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Three OEB alums land positions at Arcadia University

Kara Belinksy (PhD, 2008), Chad Hoefler (PhD, 2005) and, most recently, Tobias Landberg (MS, 2003) have joined the Biology faculty at Arcadia University. The 4,000-student university is located outside of Philadelphia. Four of the school's 13 biology faculty are OEB-trained. Small world!

Science Café announces fall series

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The Science Café series, organized by OEB grad students, is designed to facilitate an engaging science discussion outside university walls in an informative but relaxed atmosphere. Each event is focused on a single topic, with a guest speaker, quiz bowl, and questions and answer.

Science Cafés are held at Esselon Café in Hadley on Monday nights. All events start at 6:00 p.m. and are free.

For more info, see

Monday, September 9th
Some Like it Hot, with Dr. Bethany Bradley
Climate change, invasions, and marauding honeysuckle.

Monday, October 7th
How to Scare a Spider, with Skye Long
A spider’s view of the world.

Monday, November 4th
Live Wires: Bacterial Batteries, with Dr. Derek Lovley
How to turn microorganisms into living fuel cells. Really.

Monday, December 9th
To the Sea (and back again), with Dr. Steve McCormick
Fresh water, salt water, lather, rinse, repeat. Migratory fish tackle major environmental challenges.

Rachel Bolus Dissertation Defense

1:00 PM
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
319 Morrill 2 (OEB Seminar Room)
Dissertation Title: Birdsong as a source of social information for migrating common yellowthroats
Advisor: Bruce Byers

Dana Moseley Dissertation Defense

10:00 AM
Friday, August 16, 2013
319 Morrill 2 (OEB Seminar Room)
Dissertation Title: Vocal performance in songbirds: Territorial defense and the development of male song and female mating preferences
Advisor: Jeff Podos

Sasha Tulchinsky Dissertation Defense

4:00 PM
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
319 Morrill 2 (OEB Seminar Room)
Dissertation Title: Evolution of hybrid incompatibilities in gene regulatory networks
Advisor: Adam Porter

Moseley wins Allee Award at 2013 ABS meeting

Dana Moseley is the winner of the 2013 Warder Clyde Allee Competition for Best Student Paper at the Animal Behavior Society's Annual Conference in Boulder, CO. Dana, who is defending later in August, is a doctoral candidate in the Podos lab. The award is given to the best presentation of an ethological work of research by a student in a juried competition held at their annual meeting. Congratulations Dana!

Goodwin awarded NSF DDIG

Sarah Goodwin, a doctoral candidate in the Podos lab, has been awarded a NSF Dissertation Doctoral Improvement Grant for her dissertation research "Assessment of Signals in Communication Networks." NSF’s DDIG program is designed to improve the quality of dissertation research by providing funds for items not normally available to doctoral students through their university.

Four OEB defenses scheduled in August

OEB grad students Kim Ogden Vitale, Rachel Bolus, Dana Moseley and Sasha Tulchinsky are all defending during the month of August. Details for each defense are listed below.
The seminar portion of the defense is open to the public
Refreshments will be served before each defense
Copies of each student's thesis or dissertation will be on display in the OEB office one week before the defense date

Kim Vitale MS Thesis Defense

10:00 AM
Thursday, August 8, 2013
319 Morrill 2 (OEB Seminar Room)
Thesis Title: Habitat use and seasonal movement patterns of four-toed salamanders (Hemidactylium scutatum) in Massachusetts
Advisor: Paul Sievert

Goodwin awarded Dissertation Research Grant and Fellowship

In the span of one week, OEB doctoral candidate Sarah Goodwin learned that she had received both a Graduate School Dissertation Research Grant and a Graduate School Fellowship. The Graduate School Dissertation grants are new, competitive awards given to UMass doctoral students to help cover expenses associated with the student's doctoral dissertation research. Goodwin's Graduate School Fellowship was one of only 13 awarded this year to continuing graduate students at UMass. Congratulations Sarah!