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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!

Long awarded two grants

OEB doctoral candidate Skye Long was recently awarded grants from Sigma Xi and the Arachnological Society. Congratulations.

OEB Science Café featured in Daily Hampshire Gazette

Goodwin and Rosario at Science Café

This spring's final Science Café was featured in a May 15 Daily Hampshire Gazette article, along with a similar series hosted through Mount Holyoke College. The series of monthly events was started by Sarah Goodwin two years ago and has become the primary outreach focus of OEB grad students. “We desperately want to make science more approachable,” said Goodwin . . . “We want the community to walk away with a better idea of what the science is about and who the scientists are.”

The OEB Cafe ( is on break for the summer, with its next café scheduled for September.