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Monday, 17 May 2010 12:29

Dr. Win Fairchild, Biology Graduate Student A. Brainard, C. Robinson and G. Coutu presented "Estimating sediment retention associated with constructed pond proliferation at the landsape scale" at the 2010 Joint Meeting American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, and North American Benthological Society.  Albuquerque, NM and "Sediment characteristics and accumulation rates in ponds of the Brandywine watershed" at the 2010 meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Pittsburgh, PA. 

Biology students Patrick Brown and Paul Herbert and Dr. Richard Woodruff published the paper: " Vitellogenesis in Oncopeltus fasciatus: PL-C/ IP3, DAG/ PK-C pathway triggered by CaM" in J. Insect Physiology 56: 1300-1305 (2010).

Dr. Fank Fish and Biology undergraduate, Carly Ginter, published the paper, “Morphological analysis of the bumpy profile of phocid vibrissae” in Marine Mammal Science, 26(3): 733-743 (2010).  Co-author of the paper was Dr. Christopher Marshall of Texas A & M University.

Biology student Norah Taraska and co-authors Dr. S. Anne Boettger, Biology student Nicholas C. Lock, and Dr. Charles W. Walker (University of New Hampshire) presented a poster "Initiation of hemic neoplasia in the soft-shell clam Mya arenaria - Treatment with Bromodeoxyuridine" at the Annual SICB meeting (January 3-7, 2010). 
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Dr. Frank Fish presented an invited talk “Investigations of batoid morphology and efficient swimming by mantas” at the Biologically-Inspired Autonomous Sea Vehicle MURI Review Meeting held at Princeton University on March 31, which was sponsored by the Office of Naval Research.  Also presenting at the meeting were Jessica Hoffman, Biology graduate student, who presented “Examining behavioral responses for stability of batoids in response to waves,” and Rachel Nichols, Biology graduate student, who presented “Batoid tails:  Gross and sensory morphology.”  

The following Biology students have received CAS Undergraduate Research Awards in the Spring 2010 semester:  Janet Fontanella, Nicole Borochowski and Emily Margiato.

Over 100 CAS students were recognized at the College of Arts and Sciences annual Student Recognition Ceremony in Philips Autograph Library on April 21.  Two exceptional students received the 2010 CAS Outstanding Student Award:  Elizabeth Barchi (Biology) and Amy Marvin (Philosophy).

Dr. Frank Fish was featured in the BBC television production “Bang Goes the Theory,” Series 2, Episode 4, which aired in the UK in May.  He presented an invited talk with Dr. Hilary Bart-Smith of the University of Virginia, entitled “MURI: Towards a mission-configurable stealth underwater batoid” at the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) meeting held in Arlington, Virginia on May 19.  Professor Fish is co-principal investigator on a grant, “Wallops Island Science Training Program for Emergency Certified Teachers,” which has been funded by PASSHE through Millersville University.  He presented an invited talk, “Winged aquatic locomotion for high energetic efficiency through vortex control,” at the workshop entitled “Natural Locomotion in Fluids and on Surfaces: Swimming, Flying, and Sliding” at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) at the University of Minnesota on June 1st through the 5th.  In July he presented an invited talk, “Mechanics of flapping in natural oscillatory propulsive systems: aquatic locomotion by manta rays and dolphins with biomimetic application,” at the Symposium on the Mechanics and Locomotion in Fluids at the US National Congress on Theoretical and Applied Mechanics, which was held at Penn State University. He presented two invited seminars:  “Tubercle technology: Biomimetics and the humpback whale flipper” at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, CA, on August 3; and “Classroom exercises examining energy transformations through the integration of Biology and Physics” at the National Defense Education Program (NDEP) workshop on “Conservation of Energy” sponsored by the Office of Naval Research, held at the San Diego Coutny Office of Education on August 6.

Dr. Anne Boettger was notified that her proposal entitled “Seasonal Frequency and Development of hemic Neoplasia in the Soft Shell Clam Mya Arenaria along the East Coast of the United States” is funded under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-- National Marine Fisheries Service’s 2010 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program.

Dr. Frank Fish, Biology student Carly Ginter, and Dr. S. Anne Boettger presented “Morphology and microanatomy of Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) dorsal fin tubercles” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology held in Seattle, Washington, January 3-7, 2010. 
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Amanda Rowlands (Biology 2007) won the American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Essay Award for the research she worked on in the summer 2009 at Penn State.  While attending WCU she worked with Professor Oné Pagan and was co-author in 4 of the papers resulting from research in his lab.  She is currently in medical school at Penn State (Hershey).

Dr. Gregory Turner received a 2010 CASSDA Grant to support his research:  "Oriental bittersweet vine (Celastrus orbiculatus) distributions, abundances, and three impacts across forest habitats at the Gordon Natural Area .”

Dr. Frank Fish was a panelist in the “Careers in Science 2010” program for the PACTS Program of the Franklin Institute Science Museum on February 23.  He presented the invited seminar “Hydrodynamic flow control by whales and dolphins for biomimetic applications” to the Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics on February 26.  Also, Professor Fish was a contributor to the television show Richard Hammond’s Invisible Worlds, which aired on March16 on BBC1.  On April 27, Professor Fish presented an invited seminar “Biomimetic applications of cetacean natural technologies for efficient propulsion and energy generation” at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia, as part of the Sigma Xi membership induction ceremony.

Dr. Frank Fish presented the paper “Swimming kinematics of manta rays: Oscillatory winged propulsion by large pelagic batoid” at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology held in Seattle, Washington, January 3-7.  At the same meeting he was a co-author on the presentation “Finding the window of energetic opportunity: traveling North Atlantic right whales use dive depths that avoid surface drag” with Anne McGregor and Douglas Nowacek of Duke University.  At WCU on January 22, he hosted a meeting of the ONR-MURI team on “Towards a mission-configurable stealth underwater batoid.”   The meeting included representatives from UCLA, University of Virginia and Princeton University.   Also in January, he traveled to Okinawa, Japan to study manta ray swimming at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium.  Professor Fish was interviewed live on the Naked Scientists Radio Show and Podcast, based at the University of Cambridge and broadcast on BBC radio on February 21.  The interview pertained to the development of windpower based on the incorporation of the design of humpback whale flippers for windmills.

Dr. Russell Vreeland presented seminars entitled “Molecular Paleontology has not impacted the Fossil Record – yet” at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and at Rutgers University.  In addition, he published the paper, “Communicating Science to the Public—or trying to” in the Society of Industrial Microbiology Newsletter.

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