Blanchard Lab Receives NSF LTER Funding

Jeffrey Blanchard's lab just got a new project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network.

The Ecological Metagenome-derived Reference Genomes and Traits (EMERGENT) synthesis project connects genomic information about the soil microbiome with the broader ecological context.

The illustration seen here was made by 2 UMass undergraduates Andrea Dame (Microbiology) and Eva Tipps (Biology).

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Tobias Baskin Runs a 1-Day Workshop in Japan

Tobias Baskin just gave a one-day Science Writing workshop in Japan.

The workshop advertised as follows: "Dr. Baskin, whose main focus of research is on Regulation of Plant Morphogenesis during Growth & Development, has been on the editorial board of several renowned journals. He is also teaching writing skills at the post graduate level all over the world."

This workshop was sponsored by the United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences .

There were 2 sessions available to attendees:
Morning Session: Writing for the reader: A framework for understanding how to write; Six guidelines for clear writing
Afternoon Session: How to write a scientific paper: Publishing practice; Ethics, reviewing, rebutting

The United Graduate School of Agricultural Sciences is based at Iwate University in Morioka Japan. The workshop was held on the Iwate University campus and had a great turnout.

There were about 40 attendees, mainly masters and PhD students but also some young faculty.

Foundation Supports New Work on Brain-eating Amoeba

Evolutionary cell biologist Lillian Fritz-Laylin was recently granted a three-year, $300,000 Smith Family Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research to support her research on the pathogenesis of the brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri.

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Ana Caicedo's Research Team has News about the Domesticated Tomato

Ana Caicedo's Research Team have traced Evolution of the Domesticated Tomato.

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Congratulations to Several of Lynn Adler's Graduate Students

Seanne Clemente and Carolina Agudelo have received university Lotta Crabtree fellowships to study how agricultural plants affect bee health.

Luis Aguirre is in Salzburg, Austria this year to work with a collaborator on a NSF GROW fellowship.

Alison Fowler's first thesis chapter, a review paper, was published in Emerging Topics in Life Sciences last month.