Cait McDonald has taught many courses in EEB over the course of her graduate career, and excelled at all of them. This week she was named an Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant by Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Here she is with her certificate and a heavy golden apple! Congratulations Cait!
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.
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!
Sean McHugh (’18) and Brianna Mims (’19) are off to grad school! Sean will be attending Virginia Tech next semester, and Brianna will be joining the EEB department at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Congrats to both, and we know you will both do great things!
Kelly was honored yesterday with the news that she has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and will be inducted in a ceremony to be held at Harvard in October!
Of course it is a great honor. but this is what she is really excited about! Michelle Obama was elected this year too!
Lina Arcila Hernandez will be joining us starting May 2019. She will fill the new ALI post-doc position in EEB to study the feasibility and efficacy of implementing social and team-based learning in online teaching platforms. Lina will be teaching in BioEE1781, the online version of Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity, and working with Michelle Smith and Kelly Zamudio on her research. We look forward to having her!
Congratulations to Cait McDonald! Cait received a MAF Fellowship for her project entitled: Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) Immune Responses to the Next Amphibian Threat, Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans (Bsal).
She will be comparing differences in Bsal resistance/susceptibility among newt populations that occupy a latitudinal gradient. Stay tuned for cool results!