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Professor McGrail awarded Carver Trust grant to support cancer research

April 4, 2014

Maura McGrailThe ISU Foundation has announced that GDCB Assistant Professor Maura McGrail has been awarded a $375,000 grant from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust to support cancer research.  Dr. McGrail and her research team are investigating the genetic causes of brain cancer using zebrafish as a model system.  The goal of Dr. McGrail’s research is to identify changes in the genome that allow unregulated growth of cancer cells, information that is a necessary step to developing new therapies to treat malignant disease.  Read more about Professor McGrail awarded Carver Trust grant to support cancer research

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Professor Diane Bassham receives continued NSF funding in support of research studies on Autophagy and ER stress in plants

March 17, 2014

Bassham and HowellProfessor Diane Bassham (left), Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professor of Plant Physiology,  was awarded $213,765 for the first year of a two-year sponsored funding award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) in support of her research project entitled, “Autophagy and ER stress in plants.”  GDCB Professor Stephen Howell  (right) is a Co-Principal Investigator on this grant.  This is a continuing grant which has been approved on scientific and technical merit. Read more about Professor Diane Bassham receives continued NSF funding in support of research studies on Autophagy and ER stress in plants

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Meta!Blast: The Leaf

March 3, 2014

Meta!Blast: The Leaf, a video game application developed by an ISU research team headed by GDCB Professors Eve Syrkin Wurtele and Diane Bassham, received the People’s Choice Award in the 2013 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge Winners, as announced on February 6, 2014 by the magazine, Science. Read more about Meta!Blast: The Leaf

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Biol 394 HN Caribbean Marine Biology Field Trip

March 2, 2014

Island Aerial ViewBiol 394 HN Caribbean Marine Biology field trip takes place on the island of Roatan, at the Roatan Institute for Marine Sciences (RIMS) at Anthony’s Key Resort. Roatan, the largest of the Bay Islands is located about 80 miles off the north coast of Honduras. The course is specifically designed to provide our students with a unique marine biology field experience with extensive diving and snorkeling activities in a variety of marine habitats. The seminar portion of the course involves lectures on coral reef ecology, marine invertebrates and fish, marine mammals, health considerations while traveling abroad, Honduran culture and history, coastal marine policy. Read more about Biol 394 HN Caribbean Marine Biology Field Trip

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GDCB Professor Stephen Howell and His Research Team Study Stress Tolerance in Plants

February 28, 2014

Stress PathwayGDCB Professor Stephen Howell is senior of a paper recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (View Paper) that may shed new light on the genetic mechanisms that allow plants to protect themselves from environmental stress, which could lead to improved stress tolerance in cash crops. Read more about GDCB Professor Stephen Howell and His Research Team Study Stress Tolerance in Plants

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Professor Maura McGrail awarded NIH/NCI funding for cancer gene identification studies

February 19, 2014

Maura McGrailDr. Maura McGrail, Assistant Professor in GDCB, was awarded a sponsored grant of $139,360 from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health for the research project “Sleeping Beauty transposon system for mutagenesis in zebrafish.” The grant will support the continued development of the zebrafish transposon system for identification of cancer genes that promote tumor formation and metastasis. The long-term goal of the project is to understand how misregulation of the genome leads to metastatic behavior of individual cancer cells, in order to identify new therapeutic targets. Read more about Professor Maura McGrail awarded NIH/NCI funding for cancer gene identification studies

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Professor Carolyn Lawrence joins GDCB faculty

February 17, 2014

Carolyn Lawrence-DillCarolyn Lawrence joined the faculty of GDCB as a tenured Associate Professor effective January 2, 2014.  Dr.  Lawrence is the first university hire as part of the Presidential High Impact Hires Initiative announced in September 2013.  This initiative is to support the hiring of new tenured or tenure-track faculty in areas of high impact to the university and state of Iowa.  Read more about Professor Carolyn Lawrence joins GDCB faculty

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New director of the Plant Sciences Institute named

February 7, 2014

Patrick Schnable, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has been named director of the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University, effective February 1. Professor Schnable holds a primary appointment in Agronomy and a courtesy appointment in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology. Read more about New director of the Plant Sciences Institute named

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Professor Erik Vollbrecht named recipient of the 2014 CALS Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award

January 7, 2014

Erik VollbrechtProfessor Erik Vollbrecht, associate professor in GDCB, has been named the recipient of the 2014 CALS Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award.  The Mid-Career Achievement Award recognizes mid-career faculty members in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) who are or have great potential of becoming outstanding leaders in their areas of research/creative activity. Read more about Professor Erik Vollbrecht named recipient of the 2014 CALS Mid-Career Achievement in Research Award

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Professor Diane Bassham presented with Loomis Professorship Medallion at special event

October 12, 2013

Loomis Professorship ceremonyGDCB Professor Diane Bassham was presented with a Medallion recognizing her as the inaugural recipient of the Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professorship in Plant Physiology.  The event, which was held on October 25, 2013 in the Molecular Biology Building was hosted by the Iowa State University Foundation.  The presenters at the ceremony included Beate Schmittmann, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Jonathan Wickert, Senior Vice President and Provost; Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, Professor and Chair of the Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology Department; and Dr. Bassham. Read more about Professor Diane Bassham presented with Loomis Professorship Medallion at special event

Professors Howell and Muszynski mentor GWC summer Interns

October 12, 2013

GWC internsTwo GDCB faculty were mentors to interns participating in the Iowa State University George Washington Carver (GCW) Internship program this summer.  Professor Steven Howell was a faculty mentor to Alex Mitchell-Lindsey, a high school student from Little Rock, Arkansas; and Professor Michael Muszynski was a faculty mentor to Andrea Nuedorf, a senior at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. Read more about Professors Howell and Muszynski mentor GWC summer Interns

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Biology students making the world (and the Skunk River) a better place

October 5, 2013

Skunk River NavyBiology students learn about the natural world and the real-world challenges to health, agriculture and the environment  in their classrooms, laboratories, and, in some cases, in the nearby Skunk River.  The Skunk River Navy (SRN) was formed in 1998 as a community service activity for the Freshmen Biology Learning Community (BEST) by Jim Colbert, who is currently the Biology Program Director. Read more about Biology students making the world (and the Skunk River) a better place

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Professor Clark Coffman and Dr. Emily Elliott selected as Scholars of the ASM-NSF Biology Scholars Program

September 4, 2013

Coffman and ElliotGDCB Professor Clark Coffman and Dr. Emily R. Elliott, postdoctoral research fellow in GDCB, have been selected as 2013-2014 Scholars in The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Biology Scholars Program.  Professor Coffman was selected to join a group of 14 biologists to participate in the 2013-2014 ASM-NSF Biology Scholars Program Research Residency.  Dr. Elliott, an HHMI postdoctoral science education fellow working with Biology 212 introductory biology instructors to assess student learning, was selected for the yearlong Transitions Residency Scholar program. Read more about Professor Clark Coffman and Dr. Emily Elliott selected as Scholars of the ASM-NSF Biology Scholars Program

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Teaching innovations in Biology 255 and 256

September 4, 2013

Mary Madsen, Barbara Krumhardt, Karri HaenIn a time of record enrollments across the University, the success of the Biology 255/255L Fundamentals of Human Anatomy and Biology 256/256L Fundamentals of Human Physiology courses is remarkable.  Over 670 students are enrolled in Biology 255 this fall, including two on-campus sections and recently updated online offerings.  Plans are already underway to add innovative new lab components to the Biology 256L course this spring, which will be taught in over 20 sections of 18 students each. Read more about Teaching innovations in Biology 255 and 256

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Professor Michael Muszynski hired as GDCB Assistant Professor

August 5, 2013

Michael MuszynskiProfessor Michael Muszynski joined the GDCB faculty as a tenure-track assistant professor in GDCB on July 1, 2013, following a nationwide faculty search.  The Chair of GDCB, Dr. Jo Anne Powell-Coffman said, “We are fortunate to recruit Dr. Muszynski to this position.  His research builds upon strategic strengths at ISU, and he is a dedicated and talented instructor.” Read more about Professor Michael Muszynski hired as GDCB Assistant Professor

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Emeritus Professor John Mayfield publishes non-technical book on evolution as computation

July 5, 2013

John MayfieldEmeritus Professor John Mayfield’s “accomplishments as Professor of GDCB (and Zoology/Genetics) and as Associate Dean of the Graduate College are truly impressive,” notes GDCB Professor and Chair Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, and “he has recently added another to the list.  For the past ten years, he has been writing a book and it is now published.” Read more about Emeritus Professor John Mayfield publishes non-technical book on evolution as computation

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Two GDCB faculty receive Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research Awards

June 5, 2013

Spalding and DobbsIn his installation address in September 2012, ISU President Leath announced initiatives to make available funding for interdisciplinary research projects to encourage and expand ISU research efforts.  On June 6, ISU announced Iowa State research teams, including teams headed by GDCB faculty, Martin Spalding, GDCB professor and associate dean of LAS and GDCB professor Drena Dobbs, will receive funding to pursue competitive grants to fund large-scale, multidisciplinary research efforts of national and international importance. Read more about Two GDCB faculty receive Presidential Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research Awards

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Professor Diane Bassham named first recipient of Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professorship of Plant Physiology

June 4, 2013

Diane BasshamGDCB Professor Diane Bassham has been named the first recipient of the Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professorship of Plant Physiology at Iowa State University. The Loomis family established the Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Fund in 1981 to maintain and build upon Professor Walter E. Loomis’ legacy. Professor Loomis (1898-1977) came to ISU in 1927 and enjoyed a distinguished career at Iowa State University as professional leader, renowned teacher, and innovative and imaginative investigator in plant science. Read more about Professor Diane Bassham named first recipient of Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professorship of Plant Physiology

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Professor Carolyn Lawrence awarded NCGA funding for MaizeGDB genomics tools and training tutorials

June 4, 2013

Maize GDB teamDr. Carolyn Lawrence, GDCB collaborating professor and USDA-ARS research geneticist, was awarded $32,026 in sponsored funding from the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) for the research project entitled, “Development of Functional Genomics Software Tools (FGSTs) for MaizeGDB”.  GDCB Professor Erik Vollbrecht is the lead PI on this grant. The grant will support continued development of functional genomics tools at MaizeGDB as well as the development of professional and public outreach efforts including podcasts and website use training tutorials. Read more about Professor Carolyn Lawrence awarded NCGA funding for MaizeGDB genomics tools and training tutorials

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Professor Bing Yang receives three sponsored-funding awards for rice plant disease research

May 5, 2013

Bing YangBing Yang, associate professor in GDCB, was awarded sponsored funding for three research projects on rice plant disease.  Rice, a major food source for the world population, presents an excellent opportunity for in-depth analyses of the adaptive processes of plant disease susceptibility. Read more about Professor Bing Yang receives three sponsored-funding awards for rice plant disease research

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