Fall 2015 Seminar Series Launches
September 3, 2015
Join us in the lobby of Ellington Hall at 3:30 for a brief reception, as we welcome our own Dr. Duane McKenna at 4:00 PM to present "Genes and genomes reveal new insights into phylogeny and evolution of beetles." Dr. McKenna, a highly regarded expert on beetles, is one of just six U.S. scientists invited to participate in 1KITE's 100-member international team of scholars, which includes experts in molecular biology, morphology, paleontology, embryology, bioinformatics and scientific computing. Notably, the November issue of Science magazine devotes its cover story to an unprecedented scientific study of insects. This groundbreaking work, produced by University of Memphis entomologist and evolutionary biologist Duane McKenna and 1KITE (www.1kite.org) project collaborators from 10 countries, resolves the evolutionary history of insects and answers many long-held questions about the world's largest and most diverse group of animals. Novel big data analytics developed to enable this work will pave the way for further study aimed at reconstructing a comprehensive insect tree of life.
Creating Leaders in Research, Education and Service
Over the summer months many of our research faculty and graduate students will be traveling to various points abroad to enhance their experience as researchers and extend their knowledge.
Deepthi Raghu (PhD student, Dr. Amy Abell lab) has been awarded the 2015-2016 Dr. Bill Simco Scholarship.
The following Undergraduate Scholarships for the 2015-2016 Academic year were recently awarded:
Amanda Walker was awarded The Edward T. Browne Biology Scholarship
Olivia Freeman was awarded The Goldye Feinstone Scholarship
Demi Brasfield was awarded The Pricilla Rushton Scholarship
Sara Bruninger was awarded The Omar E. Smith Ecology Scholarship
Check out the latest edition of the Department of Biological Sciences Newsletter. Several students in Dr. Duane McKenna's lab all received Student Graduate Association funds. The department registered a Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) organization on campus. Several faculty and staff are retiring or moving away, and find out who won ribbons for the Memphis Orchid Club. You'll also find information about grants, publications, presentations and awards. Visit the News and Seminar page.