Normark comments on new findings on asexual reproduction

Benjamin Normark, Biology, was interviewed by media about a new study on Diploscapter pachys, a tiny roundworm has developed an asexual way to copy its genes that also leads to enough minute mutations to allow it to adapt but not cause crippling defects.

Podos elected President of the Animal Behavior Society

Jeff Podos was elected to serve as 2017-18 President of the Animal Behavior Society (ABS), which is the principal scientific society for this discipline in the Western Hemisphere. The Animal Behavior Society, together with its European sister society, the Association for the Study of Behavior, edits and publishes the discipline’s flagship journal, Animal Behaviour. The main duty of the ABS President is to chair the society’s executive committee, which is responsible for arranging the annual ABS conference, running student research and travel award competitions, selecting distinguished researchers for society awards, and supporting society members across the hemisphere in research, education, and outreach.

Fritz-Laylin Featured in Year in Cell Biology: 2017

Dr. Lillian Fritz-Laylin's paper WASP and SCAR are evolutionarily conserved in actin-filled pseudopod-based motility was highlighted by the Journal of Cell Biology in their Year in Cell Biology:2017. Ten research papers were identified that most captured the attention and interest of readers, based on number of requests for PDFs and full-text HTML versions of an article in the three months after its initial publication.

Brewer Honored as Western Michigan Alumnus

Steven D. Brewer, senior lecturer II in biology and director of the Biology Computer Resource Center, received the 2017 Alumni Achievement Award from the Mallinson Center for Science Education at Western Michigan University (WMU).

Brewer, who received a master’s in geology and a Ph.D. in science education in 1996, was one of 20 alumni recognized by the WMU College of Arts and Sciences.

In a seminar for current students and faculty, Brewer spoke about the path that led him to select science education as a course of study, how he has translated what he learned into practical experience in his role at UMass Amherst, and some of the current key challenges facing science education and public higher education.

Riley's Research Shows the 'Post-Antibiotic Apocalypse' Can Be Prevented. Here's How

The era of antibiotics that began almost a century ago is coming to an end. Diseases that were once easily treatable have become resistant to even the most potent antibiotics. Around the globe, drug-resistant infections claim hundreds of thousands of lives a year; according to one report, the toll of infectious disease deaths could rise to 10 million a year by 2050. England’s chief medical officer warns of an impending “post-antibiotic apocalypse.”

Pharmaceutical companies keep rolling out new antibiotics, often to great fanfare. But experts say such innovations won’t stop the potential disaster barreling our way.
An illustration of bacteriophages infecting bacteria.
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