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Thursday, 24 September 2009 00:00

Dr. Win Fairchild and coauthors C. Robinson and G. Coutu presented "Distribution and Recent History of Ponds in an Urbanizing Landscape" at the 2009 meeting of the Ecological Society of America. 

Dr. Frank Fish and Brittany Coughlin (formerly Fredericks), Biology undergraduate student, published the paper “Hippopotamus underwater locomotion: reduced-gravity movements for a massive mammal” in the Journal of Mammalogy, 2009, 90: 675-679.

Dr. S. Anne Boettger (1) published the article “Mass culture and characterization of tumor cells from a naturally occurring invertebrate cancer model: Applications for human and animal disease and environmental health” in Biological Bulletin, (2009), 216, 23-39; and (2) published the article “The effects of chronic inorganic and organic phosphate exposure on bacterial activity of the coelomic fluid of the sea urchin Lytechinus variegates (Echinodermata: Echinoidea)” in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, (2009), Part C 150: 39-44.

Dr. Greg Turner co-authored the paper “Light availability differentially influences ectomycorrhizal fungal communities on oak seedlings grown in oak- and hemlock-associated soils” with J. Lewis, B. Schuster, J.T. Mates-Muchin and L. Watt in the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, 2009, 39: 1247-1258.

Dr. Frank Fish (1) gave a live interview about the dolphins and whales on radio station WALO 1240 AM from Humacao, Puerto Rico on July 2;  (2) presented an invited paper “Biomimetics: Determining engineering opportunities from nature” as part of a symposium on Biomimetics and Bioinspiration at the SPIE (Society for Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers) conference in San Diego on August 2; (3) presented an invited seminar “Biomimetic applications of cetacean natural technologies for efficient propulsion and energy generation” to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in LaJolla, CA on August 4;  and (4) appeared on the television show “HOOKED: Flying Monsters” which aired on the National Geographic Channel on August 3 and 8.

Dr. Frank Fish presented and co-authored four papers which were delivered at the meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology held January 3—6, 2009 in Boston: “Ecological morphology of the flippers of cetaceans based on two-dimensional geometry” with Lori Timm, Biology graduate student, Laurens Howle and Mark Murray; “Exceptional force generation is behind dolphins’ swimming prowess” with T.M. Williams, T. Wei, P. Legac; “Turning performance in batoid rays: Limitations of a rigid body” with Jana Parson, Biology undergraduate student, and Professor Anthony Nicastro, Physics; and, “Morphology of the bumpy profile of phocid vibrissae” with Carly Ginter, Biology undergraduate student, and C. Marshall.

Dr. Oné Pagán was notified that his NIH (NIDA) grant submission "Cocaine-induced planarian behavior and its modulation by sesquiterpene lactones" will receive funding (approx. $63,000). 

Dr. Frank Fish (1) published the paper “A comparison of the kinematics of the dolphin kick in humans and cetaceans” in Human Movement Science (2009) 28: 99-112.  The paper was co-authored with Dr. Alfred von Loebbecke and Dr. Rajat Mittal of The George Washington University and Russell Mark of USA Swimming; (2) in January, he was featured on the television show “Jealous Gator” that aired on Animal Planet; (3) on February 15, Professor Fish appeared in a segment entitled “Untamed and Uncut” on the television show Animal Planet; and (4) was an invited member of the Bio Sciences panel for the annual Careers in Science event at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia on February 25.

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