A small team of IU researchers took on a seemingly insurmountable task this summer: physically measuring the size and location of every tree in 62 acres of land deep within Lilly-Dickey Woods, one of the state's oldest forests.
The "Prepared for Change" initiative (led by Distinguished Professor of Biology Ellen Ketterson) is making news around the state.
Limestone Post magazine explores research scientist Adam Fudickar's work on the Dark-eyed Junco: ". . . when you devote your career to the study of migration patterns of birds and other animals, as . . . Fudickar does, you see some trends emerge that are stunning, even troubling, but could turn out to be hopeful."
Undergraduate advisor Danielle Murry-Knowles has been selected as recipient of the IU College of Arts and Sciences 2016-17 Advisor of the Year Award.
Professor Karen Bush to receive Hamao Umezawa Memorial Award, the highest award of the International Society of Chemotherapy for Infection and Cancer.
Study by graduate student Briana Whitaker (Clay lab) and colleagues is first to test and manipulate whole microbiomes of aboveground tissues for plant species. Published in Ecology Letters.
The Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior program in the Department of Biology at Indiana University Bloomington invites applications for an associate professor, tenure-track, in the area of invasive species ecology.
Award allows investigators to combine basic science questions with applied uses which translates into improving crop outcomes.
A study by graduate student Natalie Christian, Distinguished Professor Keith Clay, and colleagues shows exposing cacao tree seedlings to leaf litter from healthy cacao adults significantly reduced seedling pathogen damage. Article in Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
Distinguished Professor Keith Clay, former graduate student Dan Johnson (Clay lab, PhD 2013), and Associate Professor Rich Phillips in Science: Plant diversity increases with the strength of negative density dependence at the global scale.
Distinguished Professor and Clyde Culbertson Professor Yves Brun has been awarded the NIH's MIRA (Maximizing Investigators' Research Award) to continue research on bacteria.
Postdoc Kelly Ronald (Hurley lab) was given the Walter Clyde Allee award, an early-career award for the best paper in animal behavior.
Study may explain why mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria don't transmit diseases such as dengue fever, West Nile virus, and Zika
The paper “Drosophila Pax6 promotes development of the entire eye-antennal disc thereby ensuring proper adult head formation” (authored by members of Professor Justin Kumar's lab) was selected for the cover of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Amanda Gibson (PhD in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior from IU in 2016) and IU Distinguished Professors of Biology Lynda Delph and Curt Lively used the freshwater snail Potamopyrgus antipodarum to test John Maynard Smith's theory suggesting that sex is a more costly reproductive strategy than asexual reproduction.
A paper authored by Associate Professor Ke Hu's lab and colleagues was selected for the cover of the journal Molecular Biology of the Cell.
Faculty members Mike Wade and Gabe Zentner, postdoc Douglas Drury, and colleagues have found several challenges in using the revolutionary gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 to fight human disease and agricultural blight.
The IU Grand Challenges initiative led by Distinguished Professor Ellen Ketterson will tackle major environmental threats to Hoosier health and economy.
Distinguished Professor Yves Brun received a 5-year, $4 million Maximizing Investigator Research Award (MIRA) from the National Institutes of Health for his research on bacterial cell biology.
Inside Higher Ed featured Lacefield lab members Olivia Ballew, Annie MacKenzie, Ali Ordway, Tiffany Musser, and Soni Lacefield in its "Why They Marched" article. The Lacefield lab members and others from IU Biology participated in the March for Science on April 22, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Many more from the department marched in Indianapolis.
Professor Armin Moczek has been awarded the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for 2017. Fellowship recipients are selected on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise in their respective fields. Read the IU news release
Distinguished Professor Thom Kaufman and Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center at IU were given a nod in an article about medical uses of fly larvae. The BDSC, which began in 1987, is a living stock collection with over 60,000 genetically defined strains of D. melanogaster. Thousands of laboratories worldwide order strains from the center. Read the article
Delaney Halloran (Brun Lab) received the 1st place undergraduate poster award at the 2017 Indiana Branch American Society of Microbiology meeting for her work on the Caulobacter crescentus holdfast anchor. Her work will be highlighted in an upcoming IBASM newsletter.
Hannah Busey has been awarded the 2017 Provost's Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity in the Natural and Mathematical Sciences under the mentorship of Professor Armin Moczek. Hannah's publications resulting from her work on the evolutionary developmental biology of horned beetles can be found here and here.
Robert Vaughan (Associate Director of Biotechnology) and Cheng Kao (Director of Biotechnology, Professor of Biochemistry) are part of the research team speeding the path to new treatments for the Zika virus. Kao has mapped a key protein that causes the virus to reproduce and spread. Read the IU news release
Assistant Professor Jake McKinlay has been presented with IU Bloomington’s Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for 2016-17. The award celebrates tenure-track faculty working on nationally recognized research or creative programs. Read the IU news release