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Bill A. Simco Graduate Research Scholarship Reception
Friday, March 21, 2014 from 2:30 to 4:30 pm
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Join the Department of Biological Sciences at the University Center on Friday March
21st to celebrate the establishment of the Bill A. Simco Graduate Research Scholarship.
Dr. Simco, who is the co-director of the Ecological Research Center, has spent 48
years serving the Department and the University of Memphis.
The Department of Biological Sciences welcomes our newest faculty member Dr. Jennifer Mandel. Dr. Mandel received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in Biological Sciences
and completed a post-doc in Plant Biology at the University of Georgia. Her lab addresses
questions in biodiversity and conservation, biotechnology risk assessment, population
genetics, ecological and evolutionary genetics and phylogenomics. If you are interested
in graduate work with Dr. Mandel or would like to read more about her research visit her website at
www.mandel-lab.org or drop by her office in Ellington Hall 339.
Spring 2014 Series
4 PM Thursdays in Ellington Hall Auditorium (EH100)
Reception - 3:30 PM in Ellington Hall Foyer
2/27 Dr. Julia Hurwitz, Department of Infectious Diseases, St. Jude Children's Hospital,
"HIV vaccine development: strategies for the induction of antibodies against a broad
range of variable viruses";host, Dr. Gartner.
3/6 Dr. Linda Hendershot, Tumor Cell Biology, St. Jude Children's Hospital Research
Hospital, Memphis, TN; "Maintaining ER homeostasis via the UPR: some unanticipated
aspects pertinent to tumor growth"; host, Dr. Liu.
3/20 Dr. Maria Luisa Jorga, Earth and Environmental Sciences/Biological Sciences,
Vanderbilt University; "The four largest mammals of the Brazilian Atlantic rainforest:
current status, possible causes and consequences to ecosystem function"; host, Dr.
3/27 Dr. Michael Smolensky, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Texas
at Austin, Austin, TX; "Human circadian rhythms and chrono-therapeutic approaches";
Host, Dr. Liu
4/3 Dr. Oliver Kocher, Department of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, "Regulation
of HDL receptor SR-BI expression by the multi PDZ domain adaptor protein PDZK1"; host
4/10 Dr. Ronald Bonett, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Tulsa, "Do
complex life cycle shifts influence diversification and reproductive isolation?",
host, Dr. Simco.
4/18 Dr. Vicki Funk, Smithsonian Institute: title to be announced. Dr. Bayer.
4/25 Dr. Hans-Rudolf Berthoud, Neurobiology of Nutrition Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical
Research Center, Louisiana State University, "Bariatric surgery: happy with less or
eternally hungry?"; host, Dr. Freeman.
It is our great pleasure to announce that the Materials Science Laboratory at the University of Memphis is now open (located in the Integrated Microscopy Center
in the basement of the Life Sciences Building).. We encourage you visit our website.
Featuring an X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS) and a class 1000 clean room equipped
with a deposition unit, photo-lithography station, wire bonder and spin coater, the
Materials Science Lab is the first of its kind in west Tennessee. With professional
staff and equipment enabling research and training for students, postdocs, and researchers
in micro-fabrication and surface characterization, this facility significantly enhances
the University's capabilities and competitiveness in the targeted growth area of interdisciplinary
Omar Skalli, PhD (Director, IMC)
Felio Perez, PhD (Material Science Laboratory Manager, IMC)
Lou G. Boykins, BSc (Coordinator, IMC)