The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will receive $150,000 of a $450,000 grant from the United Soybean Board for research led by Associate Professor of Biology Devinder Sandhu. The plant geneticist is renowned for work to improve soybean yield and quality.
Attention area high school students:Come Participate, Get Recognized, and Be Famous!
Careers in the sciences are constantly growing. Take advantage of this opportunity to explore the many different aspects of physiology through a program that works cooperatively with students from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). The Physiology Fair is an opportunity for you to explore a topic in physiology that interests you, and to share what you learn with the community. Our UWSP undergraduate student sponsors will be there to help you do this.
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Jackie Engum, Academic Department Associate for the UWSP Department of Biology, has been recognized with an Outstanding Work Performance Award by the Classified Staff Advisory Council.The Outstanding Work Performance Award recognizes performance far beyond what is normally expected of an employee. It includes taking on additional responsibilities or increased workload, accepting and completing special projects that are not part of the employee’s normal work duties, developing or modifying procedures or exhibiting behavior that enhances the employee’s workplace. “Without her, the Biology Department would not run,” said Department Chair Chris Yahnke. “Jackie makes it all possible while making it look smooth and easy.”More here.
Students and faculty showcased their collaborative research at the twelfth annual College of Letters and Science Undergraduate Research Symposium on Friday, April 29. A record of more than 400 students, parents, faculty, retired faculty and community members attended.
“Our annual undergraduate research symposium represents our students and faculty at their very best, fulfilling the college’s goal of focusing on undergraduate education and research,” said Dean Chris Cirmo. “We are proud to highlight the major reason we exist as a college; to cherish and cultivate the special relationship which develops between the student and faculty member through directed research.”
Guided tours of scientific research and teaching collections will be featured at the Open House of the Museum of Natural History at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Saturday, March 12.Students will give guided tours of the dozen scientific collections housed within and outside the museum, as well as the Freckmann Herbarium. Tours will also feature the archaeology, anthropology, entomology, geology, herbarium, herpetology, ichthyology, mammalogy, ornithology, paleontology, and parasitology collections. More here.
Virginia Freire, associate professor of biology and bryophyte curator at the UWSP Museum of Natural History, spent a year researching Guatemala’s cloud forest bryophytes. She produced the first-ever study of the hepatoflora of a Guatemalan cloud forest. Her research will be published in the “Journal of Tropical Bryology”.“A considerable portion of the botanical richness of these ecosystems is due to the large number of bryophytes,” said Freire. “Liverworts are most abundant in the epiphytic/epiphyllic biomass of the cloud forest, with my research finding at least 105 species of liverworts from the Biotopo Universitario para la Conservación del Quetzal (BUCQ) in the highlands of central Guatemala.” Epiphytic plants grow on other plants but are not parasites.More here.
A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has landed a two-year $200,000 U.S. Department of Commerce, Sea Grant, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant to develop a Geographic Information Systems (GIS)-based analysis of sustainable domestic aquaculture development in Wisconsin.
Christopher Hartleb, professor of biology and co-director of the Northern Aquaculture Demonstration Facility, Keith Rice and Doug Miskowiak of the GIS Center, and Sarah Kaatz of UW-Extension will develop GIS-based predictive aquaculture farm models to establish a road map for the Wisconsin aquaculture industry. The results of this project will generate culture and system-specific models to help extension personnel, land-use managers, fish culturists, businesses, and agriculture and natural resource specialists to evaluate potential fish farm locations in Wisconsin.
“Shift to Later Timing of Autumnal Migrating Sharp-shinned Hawks,” will be published in The Wilson Journal of Ornithology. Robert Rosenfield, professor of biology and world-renowned Cooper’s hawk expert, biology major Jenna Cava, and Dan Lamers of Waupaca, collaborated on the work. Cava’s work took place last semester when she was a freshman honors student intern with her adviser Rosenfield. “For a true freshman to have co-authored such a piece speaks highly of Jenna and her abilities and talents,” said Rosenfield. “In over 20 years of publishing peer-reviewed manuscripts with undergraduates as co-authors, this is the very first time that a freshman was involved with such an endeavor.”More here.
Diane Caporale, professor of biology at the UWSP, will look at the growing threat of Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases at the third lecture of the 2010-2011 College of Letters & Science Community Lecture Series.Caporale’s presentation, “What is Your Risk of Contracting Lyme Disease and Other Tick-borne Diseases in Central Wisconsin?” is free and open to the public on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Stevens Point Area Senior High School Auditorium.She will examine the growing threats of tick-borne diseases and what can be done to minimize exposure to ourselves and families. More here.
Recent UWSP Department of Biology graduates Ryan Frasch and Courtney Weigand have published “Molecular Mapping of 2 Environmentally Sensitive Male-Sterile Mutants in Soybean” in the Journal of Heredity. Their research was conducted at UWSP under the guidance of professor Devinder Sandhu, and with collaborators at Iowa State University.“It is a great satisfaction to see our students succeed,” said Sandhu. The article can be viewed here.
Devinder Sandhu, Associate Professor of Biology at University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, was awarded a $1.5 million grant by the National Science Foundation for his part in the global research effort to study and develop dwarf varieties of wheat that are drought resistant. Sandhu is working with scientists in developed and developing nations like India and Pakistan to identify and test the genes in wheat that would ultimately lead to increased yields. In simple terms, the goal of the research is to help feed people around the world.Professor Sandhu works very closely with several students including Jon-Paul W. Ciszewski, Joshua Rogers, Eric Wermedal, Jordan Baumbach, Jaydeep Raval, and Alina Ott (winner of the Barry M. Goldwater National Science Scholarship). “The students do everything,” Sandhu says, “But I’m here all the time if they ever need help.” Sandhu notes that his name is at the very end of the list of authors in a recently published scientific paper. He explains that his students receive all the credit because they deserve it.More here and here.
Two recent graduates of the UWSP Department of Biology made the most of their undergraduate research opportunities to help discover two new plant species, and now their recent results will be published in a national journal.
Eddie Shea of Omro and Tanya Wayda of Stevens Point, both of whom graduated in May, join Emmet Judziewicz, associate professor of biology and forestry, as co-authors of “Two new Bolivian species of Aulonemia (Poaceae: Bambusoideae: Bambuseae),” to be published this fall in “The Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.”
“I am so impressed by both of these young researchers and am honored to have them share in this finding with the scientific community,” said Judziewicz. "Both Tanya and Eddie have gained immeasurable experience in the scientific method and can put this research on their resumes for the rest of their lives.”
UWSP biology professor Robert Rosenfield and seven collaborators have published "Comparative Morphology of Northern Populations of Breeding Cooper's Hawks" in the journal The Condor.
This article presents the results of 8 years of research into the morphological variation in large samples of live Cooper’s Hawks (A. cooperii) nesting in four study areas spanning 2660 km across the northern part of the species’ breeding range. This study represents the first analysis of morphology based on live breeding Cooper’s Hawks from different regions of the species’ broad continental distribution.
The article can be viewed here.
Ten students will join UWSP biology professor Robert Rosenfield to study gyrfalcons with a UWSP alumnus this summer in the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge in Western Alaska.
Rosenfield and his students will study with alumnus Travis Booms, a regional wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Diversity Program.
The work of 13 University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point student researchers will be showcased at the state capitol May 5 during the annual “Posters in the Rotunda.”
Wisconsin’s elected state officials and the UW System Board of Regents will be among the audience in Madison as the UWSP delegation joins student colleagues from across the UW institutions, filling the capitol rotunda with displays of their research.
“UWSP is on the leading edge of applied research in Wisconsin, and our focus is on student opportunity,” said Interim Chancellor Mark Nook. “We receive among the most external funding for research at the state’s regional universities, which supplements our state support and tuition dollars to help create hands-on research experiences for our students. Our success is further evidenced by the fact that we lead Wisconsin’s regional universities in the number of our alumni who have gone on to earn doctorate degrees over the past decade,” Nook observed.
UWSP Biology students taking part in the 2010 Posters at the Rotunda event are:
• Alina Ott of Mount Horeb. Her research objectives were to identify and characterize genes that control the quality trait of seed color in soybeans. Ott was recently named as a prestigious Goldwater National Science Scholar.
• Jaimie Klemish of New Auburn and Brooke Johnson of Stillwater, Minn., both biology majors, teamed up to determine current distribution of the amphibian disease causing fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis throughout Wisconsin.
Two University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point students are among the nation’s top science scholars as recipients of the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater National Science Scholarship.
Alina Ott, a biology and biochemistry major from Mt. Horeb, and Michelle Stephens, a physics major from Saukville, both juniors, were selected from 1,111 mathematics, science and engineering students nominees nationwide. Six other UWSP students have been named Goldwater scholars since 2004.
Ott is doing research on using soybean seed-color genes for breeding new varieties. She studies with Devinder Sandhu, assistant professor of biology, who is an expert in plant genetics and was part of a large international group of scientists who recently published the entire DNA sequence of the soybean plant.