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Two members of the Lutzoni Lab were honored at the quadrennial 10th International Mycological Congress, held August 3 to 8 in Bangkok, Thailand. Grad student Ko-Hsuan Chen received a best poster award. Alumna Tami McDonald received the Mason Hale Award from the International Association for Lichenology for the best Ph.D. thesis in lichenology completed in the past 2 years. Congratulations to Koko and Tami!
CUBR is launched! The web-based program allows Biology researchers to post openings for undergraduates interested in research. These can be paid or unpaid, eligible for work-study, suitable for independent thesis research, etc. Undergraduates can enter their particulars and apply for three positions per semester in their areas of interest. Thanks to Sheila Patek for suggesting and creating this new program! Here's to rewarding research experiences all around. [more]
Junior Roger Zou received a Dean's Summer Fellowship to develop computational methods that track cells of fruit fly embryos as they develop and heal. "My favorite thing about my research is the ability to learn new things independently," Zou said. Prof. Kiehart "is very good at leading me in the right direction but allowing me to be very independent . . . I’ve been able to learn a lot more and learn from my mistakes." Sounds fruitful for everyone! [more]
Kathleen Pryer has received the Durham Grit Award from the Herald-Sun "for her creativity and persistence" in crowd-sourcing research funding. Pryer has sought support for sequencing the genome of Azolla, a fern with great potential for cleaner and cheaper agriculture. Congratulations, Kathleen, and stick to it! [more]
Rob Jackson, Philip Benfey, Tai-ping Sun and Xinnian Dong are among the top 1 per cent of faculty whose publications are cited by other authors,according to Thomson Reuters. The study identified 3,215 researchers around the world, of whom 32 work for Duke. [more]