We congratulate eight BSD students and three PSD student who received 2013 National Science Foundation awards.
Hussein Al-Asadi, Evolutionary Biology
Jenna Christensen, Cell and Molecular Biology
Vu Dinh, Biophysical Sciences
Molly Evans, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Molly Gallagher, Ecology and Evolution
Evan Koch, Ecology and Evolution
Dallas Krentzel, Evolutionary Biology
Ryan Mork, Biophysical Sciences
Guillermina Ramirez-San Juan, Biophysical Sciences
Elizabeth Sander, Ecology and Evolution
Alexander White, Ecology and Evolution
The 2012 Annual Molecular Biosciences Retreat was held at Eagle Ridge Resort in Galena, Illinois for the 10th year. About two hundred faculty, students, postdocs, and administrators from the five programs attended. Tao Pan, selected as this year's Hot Topics speaker, gave a talk titled “Adaptive Translation: can biology benefit from chance?” Vincent Lynch, a new faculty member in Human Genetics, also gave a talk entitled “Gene regulatory innovation during the evolution of mammalian pregnancy.” The theme was “Science Superheroes” – check out our MolBio superheroes in the pictures below!
The week of September 24th passed in an exciting flurry of events as the BSD welcomed our incoming class. Events kicked off on Monday with Divisional orientation in KCBD, followed by a reception where our 2012 matriculants mingled with current students and professors over drinks and appetizers. Clusters and programs held their own workshops, group meals, field trips, faculty presentations, and receptions throughout the week. Dean's Council hosted their much-anticipated annual wine tasting on Wednesday, 9/26, and Divisional events culminated on Thursday, 9/27 with our annual welcome dinner. This year's dinner was held at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, where incoming students enjoyed dinner, drinks, and dancing, as well as the company of one another and the museum's various exhibits--most notably the butterfly habitat. We look forward to working with our new students over the course of their careers with the BSD.
On Friday, June 8, 2012, the Division of Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine held its annual Divisional Academic Ceremony, in which all of the 2012 graduates were recognized. The Division graduated 58 PhDs and 4 Masters students this year; 36 PhD graduates were present to receive their hoods. The ceremony featured addresses from the University's Dr. Janet Rowley (Blum-Riese Distinguished Service Professor, Medicine) and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. Melina Hale (Associate Professor, Organismal Biology) was also honored with a faculty award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring, presented by Robert Ho (Professor and Chair, Organismal Biology). The evening prior, on Thursday, June 7th, the graduates were honored at our annual dinner, held this year at The Drake Hotel. Peggy Mason (Professor, Neurobiology) gave a speech in her capacity as this year's faculty marshall.
March 30, 2012 marked the BSD's second annual Scientific Diversity Symposium, co-sponsored by PSD. The Symposium was part of our minority recruitment weekend which was started in 2011. Our first year was so successful that the University Provost's Office decided to expand it to include the entire campus as "UC Weekend," welcoming prospective minority students from across the university. The 2012 Symposium included the inaugural EE Just Lecture, given by Paul Magwene (PhD, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, 1999), as well as talks given by PSD and BSD students and faculty.