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Biology Postdoc Symposium

Therese Lamperty, PhD
"Investigating the effects of hunting-induced animal declines in the Amazon on plant population genetics: are the small-seeded plants affected too?"

Federico Marcello Tenedini, PhD
"Length dependent neurodegeneration is mediated by inflammatory cytokines"

Mugdha Sathe, PhD
"How do immune cells detect and respond to electric fields at the wound?"

It’s not you, it’s me: individuality in insect behavior and its ecological impact

Individuality is a fundamental feature of animal behavior and represents a potent substrate that evolutionary pressures can act upon. Such idiosyncrasy in behavior exists across scales: within a single animal from moment-to-moment, across animals responding to an identical stimulus, or in response to complex and changing environments. Individuality within insect behavior is also important to understand within the context of global health.

Decision making in complex environments: Insights from bats and bees

Animals are constantly faced with decisions about what to eat, where to live, and whom to mate with. While most models of decision making assume that individuals assign absolute values to options encountered, animals often assess value relative to other options available or to options recently encountered. Such decisions can be complex, often requiring individuals to compare multiple features associated with each option and their reward payoffs. Such decisions can also produce different outcomes depending on the context of the choice.

Biology Grad Student Research Reports

Leigh West | Abrahms Lab
"Climate impacts on large carnivore spatial ecology and community interactions"

Andy Hempton | Imaizumi Lab
"Exploring the Role of FLP1 as a Far-Red Light Induced Systemic Developmental Signal in Arabidopsis"
Natalia Guayazan Palacios | Steinbrenner Lab
"Plant immune receptors for healthier crops: Restoring caterpillar sensing in legumes"

Jack Litle | Carrington Lab
"Using Embryonic Thermotolerance to Assess 'Tuning' of Reproductive Timing"

Encouraging a Joy of Learning in Biology through Mentorship, Community Building, and Technology

For many students, stepping into an undergraduate science classroom can be intimidating. Students face many barriers to success, including weaknesses in their educational backgrounds, mental and physical health issues, and outside demands on their time. As faculty, we walk beside our students through these challenges and work to inspire them to feel invested in their learning. In this talk, I will describe several strategies that I have used to create engaging classroom environments.


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