Jordan Garcia, PhD candidate

Congratulations to Jordan Garcia, for completing his A-exam today! Jordan’s thesis focuses on thermal performance and local adaptation in spotted salamanders (Ambystoma maculatum) across its wide latitudinal range.

As is tradition in EEB, he dented a lab ceiling tile with a champagne cork!

the perfect dent…

Large classes reduce participation, especially by women

A new paper, led by Cissy Ballen (former active learning post-doc and now Assistant Professor at Auburn), just published in Bioscience! Data from a large number of classes across multiple institutions show that large classes reduce equity in classroom participation, especially by women. Active learning can make up some of that classroom deficit by making big classrooms feel smaller.

How can instructors promote equitable participation in science classrooms? Smaller classes and diverse teaching strategies play big roles.

Cornell Chronicle wrote an article about our paper.

Two Lab Members attend the NextProf workshop at University of Michigan

Cinnamon Mittan and Anat Belasen are attending the NextProf workshop this week at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. This is a great professional development opportunity, and leads grad students and post-docs through the steps and expectations of applying for jobs and establishing an independent research career.

The next worshop, NexProf2019, will be in Atlanta Georgia in October 2019. Applications are due June 10, 2019.

Maria Akopyan, PhD candidate

Congratulations to Maria Akopyan, co-advised in the Therkildsen and Zamudio labs, for completing her A-exam today! Maria’s thesis focuses on the genomics of local adaptation of the silverside (Menidia) across a steep environmental gradient along the eastern US coast. We look forward to the amazing findings that will come from her work.

As is tradition in EEB, she dented a lab ceiling tile with a champagne cork!

Amphibian decline podcast with the Science Show, ABC News, Australia

KZ was interviewed for a science podcast by Robyn Williams, a very fun science reporter from the Science Show, ABC News Australia. The conversation was wide-reaching, ranging from habitats, to fungi, to politics of Brazil, and international collaborations. Here is the podcast with a shout out to our wonderful Brazilian collaborators!