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Dec 16, 2014 08:53 AM

Mapping the tree of life

Three big papers in Science and much coverage!

Abstracts:

Three crocodilian genomes reveal ancestral patterns of evolution among archosaurs

Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation

Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds

Coverage:

Press Release

LSU Media

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/genetic-megaproject-traces-evolutionary-big-bang-birds-n265996

http://phys.org/news/2014-12-lsu-modern-genomic-analysis-historic.html

http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/41645/title/Bird-Genomes-Abound/

http://news.sciencemag.org/biology/2014/12/slideshow-untangling-bird-family-tree

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-flock-of-genomes-bird-evolution-20141210-story.html

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21635980-cheap-gene-sequencing-and-computing-produces-avian-time-machine-history

 


 

Dec 11, 2014 10:00 AM

Museum of Natural Science Grad Student Award

Caleb McMahan has won the 2014 Museum of Natural Science Grad Student Award. A PhD student in the Chakrabarty lab, McMahan has 17 scientific publications, an NSF DDIG Grant and won the highest honor for a fish student at the American Society for Ichthyologists and Herpetologists (Stoye Award). He has also landed a job as Collections Manager for Fishes at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.


 

Dec 09, 2014 10:11 AM

NASA Orion Mission Patch

As part of LSU Space Day activities, artist Zachary Donze (son of David Donze and Holly Halle-Donze) custom designed a winning  Orion  mission patch with the help of his Parkview Bapist team.  This patch launched with Orion earlier this month!

View full story.


Dec 09, 2014 09:56 AM

The Thrash Lab blog

Cameron Thrash received an Honorable Mention for the 2015 Mindlin Foundation Science Communication  Prize.for his blog.

Visit the Thrash Lab blog.


Dec 04, 2014 08:40 AM

LSU team in Nature

Oct 28, 2014 10:26 AM

Alligator Mentoring

OSI Research Mentor Dr. Ryoichi Teruyama is highlighted in the latest publication from the Office of Strategic Initiatives.

View:  OSI Fall 2014 Newsletter (page 6)


Sep 30, 2014 09:31 AM

Blackwell named IMA Founding Fellow

Meredith Blackwell, Department of Biological Sciences, attended the Tenth International Mycological Congress in Bangkok, Thailand in August. She received two awards from the International Mycological Association (IMA).

She was one of two De Bary Medal awardees to individuals who have made outstanding, career contributions to mycological research. She and Robert Samson, Centraalbureau voor Schimmelcultures, Fungal Biodiversity Center of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Utrecht, were the forth and fifth winners of the de Bary Medal in the forty year history of the IMA. In addition she was named  one of nine founding Fellows of the IMA.


Sep 16, 2014 09:09 AM

Small-Ape Evolution

Batzer, Konkel and Walker contribute to Nature cover article.

View full story.  View article.


 

Sep 02, 2014 09:22 AM

Oil Impacts on Louisiana Oysters

Maria Vozzo, graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, is researching the impact of oil on Louisiana oysters as a Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Scholar (GoMRI) with the Coastal Waters Consortium. Vozzo has completed her thesis detailing her long-term study of Barataria Bay oyster recruitment and predator  exclusion study. She is now preparing to publish her results in scientific journals and is applying to PhD programs in Australia where she will soon be living.

See full story.


Aug 21, 2014 09:28 AM

WISSARD in the News

Amanda Achberger and Brent Christner in Nature.  View press release.


Aug 05, 2014 09:13 AM

Morgan Kelly in Science News

View full story.


Jul 17, 2014 09:05 AM

Jackie Stephens on WAFB

Jul 10, 2014 09:46 AM

Earl Weidner on YouTube

Earl Weidner on Marine Biological Laboratory – View


Jul 10, 2014 09:27 AM

A cathedral of understanding – TEDxLSU

 A cathedral of understanding: Jacqueline Stephens at TEDxLSU – View


Jun 26, 2014 09:26 AM

Carnivorous Water Rat

LSU Scientist Assists in Discovery of Carnivorous Water Rat in Indonesia

See Full Story


Jun 17, 2014 09:39 AM

Chakrabarty in the News

LSU Researchers Discover New Eyeless Cavefish

See full story.


Jun 12, 2014 09:12 AM

Catfish Whiskers, pH Detectors, Help Track Prey

Catfish Whiskers, pH Detectors, Help Track Prey

Japanese sea catfish are able to detect minute changes in seawater acidity, helping them find their favored food.

See full story.


May 22, 2014 09:31 AM

Always at the Cutting Edge

Dominique Homberger is highlighted on the LSU homepage for her work mentoring students.  See LSU News.


Apr 10, 2014 08:55 AM

SEC Announces 2014 Faculty Achievement Award Winners
 

Oct 24, 2013 09:05 AM

Epidemic Patterns

Bret Elderd highlighted on the LSU Homepage for his work with the complex connections among a baculovirus pathogen, its host and the ecological community that contains them.

Full Story


Oct 01, 2013 09:43 AM

Maruska Receives Award

Karen Maruska, assistant professor of biological sciences, is a recipient of the national Ralph E. Power Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). The award provides seed money to support research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. This is the second year in a row that a member of the biological sciences faculty has received this competitive award. Michal Brylinski, assistant professor of biological sciences, won the award in 2012


Oct 01, 2013 09:36 AM

Remsen Wins Prestigious Award

Van Remsen, John S. McIlhenny Professor of Biological Sciences and curator of birds for the LSU Museum of Natural Science, is the 2013 recipient of the William Brewster Memorial Award, one of the highest honors given annually by the American Ornithologist’s Union (AOU). The award recognizes the author or co-authors of an exceptional body of work on birds of the Western Hemisphere.  Read full story HERE.


Jun 11, 2013 11:29 AM

Dr. Caprio in Japan

John Caprio met with the president of Kagoshima University, where he has had a long standing collaborative relationship.

See:  Kagoshima University


Jun 05, 2013 10:50 AM

Spring 2013 Graduates

Congratulations to the following Graduate Students who received their degrees at the spring 2013 commencement:

Lisa Boughner – Doerrler – PhD

Tyler Broussard – Waldrop – PhD

George Cook – Batzer – PhD

Ben Dubansky – Galvez – PhD

Muhammad Ekram – Kim – PhD

Sarah Hird – Brumfield – PhD

Verity Mathis – Hafner – PhD

Khoa Nguyen – Grove – PhD

Michelle Osborn – Homberger – PhD

Kathir Selvam – Battista – PhD

Yalma Vargas-Rodrigues – Platt – PhD

…and to our 276 undergraduates who earned their Bachelor’s degrees!  There were 34 Biochemistry majors, 231 Biological Sciences majors and 11 Microbiology
majors.


 

Jun 05, 2013 10:27 AM

Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Awards

Congratulations to our faculty who received Tiger Athletic Foundation Undergraduate Teaching Awards!

Sue Bartlett

Dominique Homberger

Steve Pomarico

Bill Wischusen


Jun 03, 2013 11:49 AM

Paedophryne amanuensis in the News

The smallest living vertebrate, discovered by PhD student Eric Rittmeyer and Dr. Chris Austin, has made this year’s Top 10 New Species list!

See also:  Live Science, The Guardian


May 06, 2013 11:30 AM

Dubansky and Galvez in the News

Benjamin Dubansky, Fern Galvez and a team of collaborators study the long-term impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on killifish.  See:  LSU Research News


 

Apr 25, 2013 11:25 AM

LSU Biology Class Working to Fight Invasive Species in Bluebonnet Swamp

Dr. Aronhime and his class are working to eradicate an aggressive invasive species of plant called elephant ear at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center.  See full story:  LSU News


Mar 11, 2013 10:24 AM

2012 Rainmakers Announced

Prosanta Chakrabarty was named a 2012 Rainmaker STEM Emerging Scholar!

See also:  LSU News


Mar 04, 2013 10:28 AM

Mike Hellberg in LSU Research News

Michael Hellberg and graduate student, Carlos Prada, investigate how corals form in the ocean.

See also:  LSU Research News, PNAS, Hellberg site


Feb 25, 2013 10:29 AM

Meredithblackwellia eburnea

A new yeast genus has been named after Meredith Blackwell, Meredithblackwellia eburnea.  It will be featured on the cover of Mycologia March/April this year.

See also:  Cover


Feb 25, 2013 09:08 AM

News from Antarctica

Brent Christner’s group has made news from Antarctica.  They recovered water and sediments from a subglacial lake for the first time!

See also:  Science News, WISSARD


Feb 21, 2013 10:04 AM

Paedophryne amauensis, the famous little frog

The little frog is still making big news!  Chris Austin’s new species made Discover magazines top 100 science stories!

See also:  Discover Magazine, Business Report Daily


Feb 20, 2013 10:29 AM

Awards and Recognition

A team of graduate students from the LSU Museum of Natural Science have won the Peru Birding competition!  Michael Harvey, Glenn Seeholzer, Paul Van Els and Ryan Terrill beat teams from Cornell University, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Spain and Brazil to win the Birding Rally Challenge.  Congratulations!

See also:  The Advocate

Ryo Teruyama was selected by a LSU committee to receive support as a LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Research Mentor from the LSU-HHMI grant.

Prosanta Chakrabarty has won the LSU Emerging Scholar Rainmaker Award


Jan 15, 2013 09:17 AM

LSU News highlights the Boyd Professorship

LSU News highlighted Meredith Blackwell in a piece about the LSU Boyd Professorships.

See also:  LSU News, LSU Boyd Professors, Blackwell lab


Jan 10, 2013 10:44 AM

Jeremy Brown and the Phyleaux Lab

 Jeremy Brown and his Phyleaux Lab are highlighted on the LSU Research News for their work using phylogenetic approaches to track HIV transmission for forensic purposes.

See LSU Research News,  Phyleaux Lab


Dec 05, 2012 11:15 AM

Wischusen receives award

Bill Wischusen, associate professor of biological sciences, has been awarded the 2012 Torchbearer Award for Leadership in IT Advancement.  Wischusen was recognized during an award ceremony on November 30.  See also:  ITS News


Dec 05, 2012 11:07 AM

Alumnus finalist for Rhodes Scholarship

Recent biological sciences graduate Stewart Humble, a native of Egan, La., has been named a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship.  The Rhodes Scholarships are the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship awards in the world. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years.

Humble graduated with a perfect grade-point-average in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and a minor in chemistry. A member of the LSU Honors College, he graduated with Upper Division Honors Distinction.

See also:  LSU News


Dec 05, 2012 11:00 AM

Marquis publication for Mark Batzer

Mark Batzer, LSU System Boyd Professor and Mary Lou Applewhite Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences and his team of faculty, staff and student researchers are collaborating with an international consortium of experts who are working together to tackle the 1,000 Genomes Project. A recent report on phase one of the project published in Nature demonstrates human genetic variations through the analysis of genomes of 1,092 individuals from 14 populations.

See also:  LSU Research News , Nature


Dec 05, 2012 10:58 AM

Professor named AAAS Fellow

Marcia Newcomer, George C. Kent Professor of Biological Sciences, was voted in for her distinguished contributions to the field of structural biology, particularly for her recent elucidation of the structure of human 5-lipoxygenase.

New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a rosette pin on February16 at the AAAS Fellows Forum during the 2013 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, Mass.

See also:  AAAS Fellows


Dec 05, 2012 10:34 AM

LSU Research Magazine – Fall 2012

LSU Research, published annually by the Office of Research & Economic Development, features several of our faculty, staff and students.  Some mentions are Jackie Stephens, Nathaniel Gilbert, Marcia Newcomer, the MARSLIFE project, Chris Austin and Al Meier.

See also: LSU Research magazine , Office of Research and Economic Development


Nov 12, 2012 11:31 AM

BioGrads Symposium Awards

The award winners of this year’s symposium are as follows:

Best Poster Awards

BMB – Hiromi Brown

CDIB – Vijai Krishnan

SEE – Michael Harvey

Best Oral Presentation Awards

CDIB/BMB – Shawn Doyle

SEE – Michelle Osborn


Oct 30, 2012 11:58 AM

Maruska research in the news

Recent press coverage for Karen Maruska:

Science Daily , Natural History


 


Sep 25, 2012 12:00 AM

Poster takes 1st place

Allison James, graduate student in Patrick DiMario’s lab, was awarded the Masayasu Nomura prize for the best poster presented by a graduate student at the 9th International Conference on Ribosome Synthesis held in Banff, Canada from August 22-26. Congratulations, Allison!


Sep 05, 2012 10:47 AM

Poster takes 1st place

Hector Urbina, PhD student in Biological Sciences, won a first prize for his poster presentation, Phylogenetic Study of the Xylose Reductase XYL1 in Insect Gut Yeasts, at the 13th International Conference on Yeasts at Madison, Wisconsin, 26-30 August 2012.  About sixty students presented posters. Urbina’s research poster is part of his larger dissertation research for which he has collected in Guatemala, Thailand, and tropical Australia.  He also gave a second oral presentation chosen from among the abstracts that was presented in a symposium, Yeast Biogeography. Urbina’s presentation was entitled “A biogeographical study of the xylose-fermenting yeasts from the gut of passalid beetles.”

Abstract: The fermentation of D-xylose by yeasts requires the expression of xylose reductase (XYL1), xylitol dehydrogenase (XYL2), and xylulose kinase (XYL3) to convert D-xylose to D-xylulose-5-phosphate, that is then incorporated into the pentose phosphate pathway to be catalyzed to ethanol. In order to study the evolution of this biochemical ability in yeasts, we used two strategies, 1) the characterization of ascomycete yeasts that ferment or assimilate xylose from the gut of wood-feeding passalid beetles collected from distant regions (Thailand, USA, Guatemala, and Panama), and 2) the design of degenerate primers for XYL1, the enzyme that plays a fundamental role in the pathway. The diversity of gut-inhabiting yeasts was dominated by undescribed ascomycete species classified in the non xylose-fermenting (X-F) Sugiyamaella and Lodderomyces clades, as well as from the Scheffersomyces and Spathaspora clades where the highest diversity of X-F yeasts has been reported. We were able to amplify a 600 bp of the N-terminal region of XYL1 from most of the species studied regardless of whether they ferment or assimilate D-xylose or not. The conserved domains G(X3)DXA(X2)Y, L(X8)D(X4)H and G(X3)GXG, and the conserved amino acids that form the xylose binding pocket, however, were present only in yeasts that are able to ferment and/or assimilate D-xylose. We found numerous amino acid substitutions surrounding the conserved domains, primarily in the Scheffersomyces yeast members. These mutations may enhance the rate of xylose fermentation, as has been shown by some Scheffersomyces clade members. Phylogenetic analyses based on XYL1 also indicated a clear separation among members of the Spathaspora clade in relation to the geographical distribution of their beetle hosts. Results of this study support the close association between xylose-fermenting yeasts and wood-feeding beetles in widely separated geographic regions.


Aug 08, 2012 11:59 AM

BioSci T-shirt sales

The new t-shirt is ready and now on sale through BioGrads!   The regular price of these shirts is $15;  however until Friday (8/10),  they will only be $12!  For more information or to purchase, contact Ling (Yanling Meng) at her office: LSB 213, ymeng2@lsu.edu or 578-1759

Hurry in and get your new t-shirt now!


Aug 02, 2012 09:29 AM

Summer 2012 Graduates

Congratulations to the following Graduate Students who will receive their degrees at the summer 2012 commencement:

Yunbing Ma – Moroney – PhD

Kimberly LeBlanc – Donze – MS

Gustavo Bravo – Remsen – PhD

Shujun Zhang – Galvez – PhD

Yu Ge – Hart – MS

Darin Ellair – Platt – PhD

Laura Brown – Brown – MS

….and to those receiving undergraduates degrees this summer, which includes 28 biochemistry, 226 biology and 9 microbiology majors!


Aug 02, 2012 09:02 AM

National Academies Gulf Coast Summer Institute

July 16-20 the department hosted the 2012 National Academies Gulf Coast Summer Institute (GCSI) on Undergraduate Education in Biology. This HHMI-supported program is one of seven such programs nationally aimed at fostering innovative approaches to teaching undergraduate biology. The program involved 34 faculty from twelve universities and colleges and was directed by Chris Gregg and Bill Wischusen. Kevin Carman, Anne Grove and Joe Siebenaller were presenters and facilitators. As a result of their successful completion of the GCSI the following Biological Sciences faculty earned the title of National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences: Barry Aronhime, Brooke Dubansky, Bret Elderd, Sheri Glowinski, John Lynn and Ryoichi Teruyama. Since 2004 sixteen Biological Sciences faculty have earned this distinction.


Aug 02, 2012 08:55 AM

BIOS Creators Teach Colleges to Replicate Successful Pre-College Boot Camps

Jul 24, 2012 10:56 AM

Jackie Stephens receives Rainmaker award

Jackie Stephens received the LSU Rainmaker Senior Scholar Award in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  See also LSU News.


Jul 11, 2012 09:50 AM

Michal Brylinkski receives Powe Award

Oak Ridge Associated Universities, a consortium of doctoral-granting academic institutions, announced that Assistant Professor Michal Brylinski of LSU’s Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Computation and Technology, or CCT, is among the recipients of its annual Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award.  View full story: LSU news


Jun 20, 2012 10:10 AM

Prosanta Chakrabarty’s new book, “A Guide to Academia”

View LSU News story: LSU Professor Pens “A Guide to Academia”

See also Science review:  Getting Established in Academia


Jun 19, 2012 10:24 AM

Nathan Gilbert receives Distinguished Dissertation Award

Nathan Gilbert, alumni of the Newcomer lab, received the LSU Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award in Science, Engineering & Technology.  See also LSU News.


May 15, 2012 10:57 AM

Graduate Student Awards announced

At the Departmental Crawfish Boil a number of our graduate students received research, teaching, and travel awards:

Jonathan Bonin and Ben DubanskyWilliam H. Gates Award for Excellence in Freshman Instruction – Given annually to a teaching assistant for outstanding instruction in freshman biology laboratories for majors.

Satya AvvaFreshman Biology Award – Given annually to a teaching assistant in the biological sciences for outstanding instruction in freshman biology laboratories for non-majors.

Yuna SeoScott and Louise Pierce Allen Scholarship for Biochemistry – Given annually to a biochemistry graduate student for significant achievement in research.

Yunbing MaC. W. Edgerton Honor Award – Given annually to a finishing plant biology graduate student for significant achievements in research.

Andrés CuervoC. R. Komma Memorial Outstanding Graduate Student Award – Given annually to an outstanding international PhD graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Michael HarveyT. Vinton Holmes Award – Given annually to support student research in the field of ornithology.

Ben Dubansky and Yangling MengMcDaniel Travel Award – Established in memory of Michael McDaniel who was a graduate student in the Department of Zoology and Physiology.


May 15, 2012 10:14 AM

Department awards at Choppin Honors Convocation

At the Choppin Honors Convocation a number of our faculty and students won awards. The faculty who received awards were:

David Donze: TAF Graduate Teaching Award

Kathy Thompson: TAF Undergraduate Teaching Award

Bill Platt:  TAF Undergraduate Teaching Award through the Honors College

Christopher Gregg:  Faculty Rector of the Year for the second year in a row!

The undergraduates who received awards at the Honors Convocation:

Zachary Fitzpatrick (BCH): College of Science, Outstanding Sophomore

Lauren Oliver (BIOL – Austin): Biological Sciences Research Award. Lauren was also awarded a NSF fellowship.

Pamela Doerner (BCH – Bartlett) Biochemistry Research award

Chelsea Kleibert (BCH – Achberger)

Elizabeth Mengis (BCH – Grove) and Tiffany Lemon (BCH – Grove) won Charles S. McCleskey Awards

Chase Mayers (MBIO – Longstreth) won The Robert L. Amborski Award

Sahiti Kilaru (MBIO – Christner) won the Marion D. Socolofsky Award

Tyne Courville (BIOL – Achberger) was named the Outstanding Geaux Teach Student

The following undergraduates earned College Honors:

Mytrang Do, Stewart Humble (Kevin Smith in Chemistry), Glynis Mattheisen (Gleason), Scott McFerren (Homberger), James
Oldenburg
(Batzer), and Lauren Oliver (Austin). Catherine Fontenot (BIOL – Batzer) and James Oldenburg (BIOL – Batzer) won Dean’s
Awards.

See also College of Science News.


May 10, 2012 10:19 AM

Department Students Awarded NSF Fellowships

Amanda Achberger, Valerie Derouen, and Lauren Oliver were awarded the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship.  See also College of Science News.


May 07, 2012 11:56 AM

Batzer lab in the news

LSU Research Finds Orangutans Host Ancient Jumping Genes

Mark Batzer, along with research associate Jerilyn Walker and assistant professor Miriam Konkel, have published research determining that modern-day orangutans are host to ancient jumping genes called Alu, which are more than 16 million years old. The study was done in collaboration with the Zoological Society of San Diego and the Institute of Systems Biology in Seattle and is featured in the new open access journal Mobile DNA. See also  Abstract, LSU news, Science Codex


Apr 27, 2012 12:00 AM

Meredith Blackwell elected member of AAAS

Meredith Blackwell  was elected to be a member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The academy was founded in 1780 and early members included Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Alexander Graham Bell and Ralph Waldo Emerson. The Academy has members in the sciences as well as other academic pursuits. See also LSU news,  The Advocate


Apr 20, 2012 10:42 AM

April News

Marcia Newcomer was named the winner of a Distinguished Faculty Award.

Nathan Gilbert, who received his Ph.D. working with Marcia Newcomer this past semester, won a LSU Alumni Association Distinguished Dissertation Award in Science, Engineering and Technology.

Michal Brylinski won the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award.

Amanda Achberger (Brent Christner’s lab) won a NSF fellowship.

Valerie Derouen (Prosanta Chakrabarty’s lab) won a NSF fellowship.

Hector Urbina (Meredith Blackwell’s lab) received a Mentor Student Travel Award (MSTA) to attend the Mycological Society of America annual meeting at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, from July 15-18, 2012.


Apr 20, 2012 08:19 AM

Brent Christner’s group in the news

Brent Christner’s group was featured in a cover article in Discover Magazine (April 2012). The article is entitled “Life at the Edge of Space: Do high-flying microbes control Earth’s weather?” and features the MARSLIFE project.  See also LSU news, The Advocate


Apr 20, 2012 07:59 AM

Simon Chang speaks at memorial symposium

Simon Chang, professor emeritus, recently traveled to Boston to speak at a symposium in memory of H. Gobind Khorana, Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Biology and Chemistry, emeritus at MIT and Nobel Laureate. Professor Chang was a postdoctoral researcher with Professor Khorana.


Mar 29, 2012 11:29 AM

Faculty Awards

Jackie Stephens was named an LSU Rainmaker.

David Longstreth won a TAF Freshman Teaching Award given by the University College.

Congratulations to our award winning faculty!


Feb 23, 2012 11:32 AM

Jim Moroney invited to Gates Foundation Workshop

LSU Biology Chair and Glenda Wooters Streva Alumni Professor James Moroney was one of 13 scientists invited to a workshop sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to share their views on how photosynthesis research may positively impact agricultural productivity. These discussions will help to educate the Gates Foundation’s Agricultural Development program about future projects to support increased sustainable productivity of small holder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. View Full Story


Feb 22, 2012 12:00 AM

Marcia Newcomer Selected to NIH Scientific Review Council

Professor Marcia Newcomer has accepted an invitation to serve on the Macromolecular Structure and Function E-Study Section, or MSFE, of the Center for Scientific Review, or CSR, from July 1, 2012 until June 30, 2016. View full story.


Jan 12, 2012 11:27 AM

Chris Austin Discovers World’s Tiniest Vertebrate

LSU’s Chris Austin recently discovered two new species of frogs in New Guinea, one of which is now the world’s tiniest known vertebrate, averaging only 7.7 millimeters in size – less than one-third of an inch. It ousts Paedocypris progenetica, an Indonesian fish averaging more than 8 millimeters, from the record. Austin, leading a team of scientists from the United States including LSU graduate student Eric Rittmeyer, made the discovery during a three-month long expedition to the island of New Guinea, the world’s largest and tallest tropical island.  View FULL STORY 


Oct 16, 2011 12:00 AM

Maria Sagot and Stevens’ Lab Research Highlighted

Steven’s Lab Graduate Student Studies Bat Behavior

Aside from witches and black cats, bats are one of the creatures most synonymous with Halloween – and, perhaps, one of the most villainized mammals in existence.  View FULL STORY


Oct 10, 2011 01:57 PM

Former student highlights Dr. Gleason for Ada Lovelace Day

A former student highlights Dr. Gleason for Ada Lovelace Day.  View BLOG