Among the more than 30,000 people assembled in Washington Monday for the 136th White House Easter Egg Roll were Dr. Alan Jones and his wife Cathy, who volunteered at the event. Alan and Cathy set up a booth where they demonstrated to children how to make garden necklaces with carrot and lettuce seeds. READ MORE >>
Congratulations to Kevin Edwards, an undergraduate in Joe Kieber’s lab, who received a “Research Experiences for Undergraduates” (REU) award from the NSF. Kevin’s award will support his research over the summer to characterize the molecular mechanism of downstream targets of the cytokinin signaling pathway. READ MORE about the NSF REU program >>
Distinguished Professor Emeritus Alan Feduccia’s new paper, “Avian extinction at the end of the Cretaceous: Assessing the magnitude and subsequent explosive radiation” has just been published by Cretaceous Research. In this paper, Feduccia reviews the end-Cretaceous extinctions and updates his 1970s ‘big bang’ theory for Cenozoic bird and mammal evolution. He concludes, “Our continued inability to produce a veracious phylogeny of higher avian taxa is likely related to a Paleogene explosive burst or ‘big bang’ evolution of bird and mammal evolution, resulting in short ordinal internodes,” and “Massive extinctions in birds, mammals and other groups were the driving force for an explosive evolution characterizing the early Paleogene.” READ MORE >>
Congratulations to Postdoctoral Fellow Christopher Slagle (Frank Conlon’s lab) for being awarded a “Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA F32 Grant” from the National Health, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health. His project is titled: “Tissue-Specific Mechanisms of Eomesodermin-Mediated Transcriptional Regulation”.