News & Announcements
16S rRNA Gene Survey of Microbial Communities in Winogradsky Columns. Rundell EA, Banta LM, Ward DV, Watts CD, Birren B, Esteban DJ. A Winogradsky column is a clear glass or plastic column filled with enriched sediment. Over time, microbial communities in the sediment grow in a stratified ecosystem with an oxic top layer and anoxic sub-surface layers. Winogradsky columns have
Barriers to gene exchange in hybridizing field crickets: the role of male courtship effort and cuticular hydrocarbons
Luana S Maroja, Zachary M McKenzie, Elizabeth Hart, Joy Jing, Erica L Larson and David P Richardson
“The Curious Case of Transmissible Cancer in Tasmanian Devils: Lois Banta at TEDxWilliamsCollege” Lois Banta is an associate professor of biology at Williams College. Her research explores the ways in which plants protect themselves from diseases. Her work has been published in the Journal of Bacteriology and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science
Dawn Carone will be arriving in Fall 2014. Dawn’s lab studies human nuclear structure and the elements that contribute to maintaining nuclear integrity. She uses a targeted combination of approaches including state of the art molecular cytology with quantitative microscopy, molecular biology and genomics in her investigations. Uncovering functions for the junk of the human
Ben Carone will be arriving in Fall 2014 for one year. Ben’s research focuses on epigenetics. The human body is composed of ~30 trillion cells, all with the same genes and same DNA sequences. Despite this, our bodies contain cells with wildly different morphologies and functions, leading us to wonder how the same genic content
Small heat shock proteins are necessary for heart migration and laterality determination in zebrafish.
Jamie L. Lahvic, Yongchang Ji, Paloma Marin, Jonah P. Zuflacht, Mark W., Springel, Jonathan E. Wosen, Leigh Davis, Lara D. Hutson, Jeffrey D. Amack, Martha J. Marvin. Developmental Biology, 384 (2013) 166180.
Oxyntomodulin increases intrinsic heart rate through the glucagon receptor.
Mukharji, A., Drucker, DJ., Charron, MJ., Swoap, SJ. Article first published online: 20 OCT 2013. DOI: 10.1002/phy2.112
Genetic identification of a neural circuit that suppresses appetite.
Carter, ME, Soden, ME, Zweifel, LS, Palmiter, RD. Nature. (2013). doi:10.1038/nature12596.
Interested in doing summer research? Watch this short 3 minute video about our summer science program….
Christine Schindler ’13, Uttara Partap ’13, and Becca Maher ’13 won the David Bruce Award at the American Physiological Society’s Experimental Biology 2013 Conference!!
Click for this years Registration Advising Hours. Don’t forget…there will be a PIZZA LUNCH in TBL 211 at noon on the first day of registration so you can hear have an opportunity to talk with faculty about what they are teaching next fall.
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BioEyes Program introduces 4th Graders to Science WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Each year hundreds of thousands of students in thousands of classrooms learn about biology by studying animals that have died. Read more…
The deadline to apply to the honors program and/or the summer research program is February 1st. Information and applications can be found here. There will be an open house for those students interested in doing a thesis as well as students considering summer research. Information Session: Tuesday, January 15th @ 7pm in TBL 112
Williams, H., Levin, I.I., Norris, D.R., Newman, A.E.M., Wheelwright, N.T. (2013) Three decades of cultural evolution in Savannah sparrow songs. Animal Behaviour. 85:213-223.