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Professor Karin Dorman recognized for her teaching by honor society

April 4, 2013

Dorman research figureRecently, Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma first-year honor societies asked new inductees to share which instructor at ISU had influenced them during their first year, and how this individual had shaped their academic experience. Denise Williams, adviser to the honor society, shared part of the comments of one inductee about Karin Dorman, professor of GDCB and Statistics: Read more about Professor Karin Dorman recognized for her teaching by honor society

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Professor Carolyn Lawrence and Daniel Schnadt, sophomore in biology, recognized by Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society

April 4, 2013

Dr. Carolyn Lawrence, a collaborating professor in GDCB and researcher with the USDA-ARS, is a faculty initiate of the Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture.  Dr. Lawrence is best known for having developed MaizeGDB, the research community database for basic, translational, and applied research information for Zea mays, a species of corn. MaizeGDB supports researchers worldwide and is accessed ~2.1 million times per month on average. Today, MaizeGDB is recognized not only as a successful model organism database, but as a general model for how best to meet stakeholder needs for data management projects. Read more about Professor Carolyn Lawrence and Daniel Schnadt, sophomore in biology, recognized by Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society

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Dr. Carolyn Lawrence awarded NSF funding for SAM research studies

February 5, 2013

Carolyn Lawrence-DillDr. Carolyn Lawrence, GDCB collaborating professor and researcher for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, has been awarded $1,937,366 in sponsored funding as a collaborator on an NSF Plant Genome Research Project award to PI Dr. Michael Scanlon of Cornell University. The ultimate goal of the research project, entitled, “Genetic Networks Regulating Structure and Function of the Maize Shoot Apical Meristem,” is to increase understanding of the regulatory networks controlling SAM structure and function and the responses of these networks to environmental stresses. Read more about Dr. Carolyn Lawrence awarded NSF funding for SAM research studies

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Prof. Powell-Coffman named Chair of the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology

February 5, 2013

Jo Anne Powell-CoffmanProfessor Jo Anne Powell-Coffman has formally accepted the position of Chair of the Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology retroactive to January 1, 2013. Dr. Powell-Coffman had been interim chair of the department since July 1, 2011, when the previous chair, Dr. Martin Spalding, became interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Liberal Arts and Science (LAS). Dr. Spalding, accepted the position of Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the College of Liberal Arts and Science effective January 1, 2013. Read more about Prof. Powell-Coffman named Chair of the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology

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Professor Rodermel named to American Society of Plant Biologists committee

January 5, 2013

Steven RodermelSteve Rodermel, professor in the genetics, development and cell biology department, has been appointed to a five-year term on the publications committee of the American Society of Plant Biologists. ASPB, the world’s largest organization of plant scientists, oversees The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology, two of the dominant journals in plant biology. Professor Rodermel said the publications committee will be selecting a new editor-in-chief of The Plant Cell this year, and is considering a new journal to complement The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology. Read more about Professor Rodermel named to American Society of Plant Biologists committee

Professor Yanhai Yin receives NSF grant award for Brassinosteriod regulation studies

January 5, 2013

Yanhai YinGDCB Professor Yanhai Yin has been awarded sponsored funding by the NSF for his research project entitled, Signaling Network for Brassinosteroid (BRs)-Regulated Gene Expression in Arabidopsis.  Dr. Yin is the principal investigator on the project and Dr. Srinivas Aluru and Dr. Maneesha Aluru of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at ISU are co-principal investigators. Read more about Professor Yanhai Yin receives NSF grant award for Brassinosteriod regulation studies

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University administrative role changes for Professors Spalding and Oliver

December 5, 2012

For GDCB Professor Martin Spalding, the “interim” tag will come off his current title and he will become the associate dean of research and graduate studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. GDCB Professor David Oliver, the current associate dean of the College LAS, has been named Iowa State’s interim vice president of research and economic development. Both changes are effective January 1. Read more about University administrative role changes for Professors Spalding and Oliver

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Prof. Tom Peterson announced as an AAAS fellow

December 4, 2012

Thomas PetersonTom Peterson, GDCB professor and Pioneer Chair in Maize Molecular Genetics, was recently announced as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow in the Section on Biological Sciences. Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers. Fellows are recognized for meritorious efforts to advance science or its applications. Read more about Prof. Tom Peterson announced as an AAAS fellow

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Professor Becraft awarded NSF grant for students to attend 55th Maize Genetics Conference

December 1, 2012

Professon BecraftGDCB Professor Phil Becraft (PI) and Dr. Paula McSteen (Co-PI), professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri (Co-Principal Investigator), have been awarded $33,650.00 in sponsored funding by the NSF.  Professor Becraft is the chair and Professor McSteen a member of the 2013 Maize Genetics Conference Steering Committee, and this award is to help broaden participation and help defray the costs of participation of students from the U.S. scientific community to attend the 55th Maize Genetics Conference (MGC) to be held at the Pheasant Run Resort, St. Charles, IL on March 14-17, 2013. Read more about Professor Becraft awarded NSF grant for students to attend 55th Maize Genetics Conference

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ISU discoveries lead to exclusive license agreements for TAL technologies

November 4, 2012

Bing Yang and labIowa State University has signed two exclusive license agreements with the French genome engineering company Cellectis granting the company worldwide rights to patent pending inventions related to TAL effector-nucleases (TALENs) technologies invented by Bing Yang, Assistant Professor of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology, Graduate Assistant Ting Li, and Postdoctoral Research Associate Sheng Huang. Read more about ISU discoveries lead to exclusive license agreements for TAL technologies

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Professor Eve Syrkin Wurtele receives Iowa’s Women of Innovation award

November 4, 2012

Eve WurteleGDCB professor Eve Syrkin Wurtele was awarded the Woman of Innovation award for Research Innovation and Leadership by the Technology Association of Iowa (TAI) at their fifth annual DuPont Pioneer Iowa Women of Innovation event held on November 15, 2012 in Des Moines. This is the second consecutive year Dr. Wurtele was a finalist for this award. Read more about Professor Eve Syrkin Wurtele receives Iowa’s Women of Innovation award

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Prof. Essner research highlighted in Nature paper

October 4, 2012

Jeff EssnerProf. Jeff Essner and Ying Wang, a postdoctoral researcher in his lab, are among 16 co-authors who published their results in Nature recently of their research studies with TALENS technology. The paper, titled  In vivo genome editing using high-efficiency TALEN systems, describes the team’s effort to make TALENs technology more efficient and to create precise gene-editing techniques. Read more about Prof. Essner research highlighted in Nature paper

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Prof. Powell-Coffman chosen as one of 40 Vision and Change Leadership Fellows

September 4, 2012

Jo Anne Powell-CoffmanGDCB Professor and Interim Department Chair, Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, has been chosen as 1 of only 40 faculty in the nation who will serve as Vision and Change Leadership Fellow for the  Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education (PULSE) program. PULSE is a  joint initiative sponsored by HHMI, NSF, NIH.  A panel of experts selected fellows on the basis of their experience in catalyzing reform in undergraduate biology education. Read more about Prof. Powell-Coffman chosen as one of 40 Vision and Change Leadership Fellows

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New Loomis Professorship will benefit GDCB plant physiology researcher and ISU students

August 4, 2012

The growth of an existing endowment fund at Iowa State University will create a new professorship in plant biology in the Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology (GDCB).  The Loomis family established the Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Fund in 1981 to maintain and build upon Professor Loomis’ legacy. Read more about New Loomis Professorship will benefit GDCB plant physiology researcher and ISU students

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Prof. Powell-Coffman receives funding from NASA to study effects of altered gravity on animals

August 4, 2012

Jo Anne Powell-CoffmanHow does the altered gravity experienced during space flight change the abilities of animals to respond to stress or to resist food-borne pathogens? A team of ISU scientists, including GDCB Professor and Interim Department Chair, Jo Anne Powell-Coffman, has received funding from NASA to examine this question. Read more about Prof. Powell-Coffman receives funding from NASA to study effects of altered gravity on animals

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Prof. Jim Colbert recipient of CLAS Cassling Family Faculty Award

August 1, 2012

Colbert and Skunk River Navy volunteersJim Colbert, Associate Professor of Biology in EEOB and courtesy joint faculty in GDCB, is this year’s recipient of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Cassling Family Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching.  Prof. Colbert was formally recognized by the College at their Faculty and Staff Convocation on August 29, 2012. Read more about Prof. Jim Colbert recipient of CLAS Cassling Family Faculty Award

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Note Bene: Recognition of GDCB students, faculty and staff

July 28, 2012

2012 Recognition LuncheonGDCB Recognition Luncheon.  Ninety-five students, faculty, and staff associated with GDCB were recognized for their achievements during the year at the annual GDCB Honors and Awards Recognition Luncheon held on April 24, 2012 in the Molecular Biology Atrium. See attached program for the complete list of honorees.  GDCB would like to thank Connie Garnett (event organizer) and Diane Jepsen for their assistance with this event. Read more about Note Bene: Recognition of GDCB students, faculty and staff

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Two GDCB Research Teams in the News for Plant Research Discoveries

July 4, 2012

Wurtele and YangDr. Eve Syrkin Wurtele, GDCB professor, and Micheline Ngaki, a graduate research assistant in Prof. Wurtele’s lab, along with research groups at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, uncovered the function of three plant proteins of the thale cress plant, a discovery that could help plant scientists boost seed oil production in crops, thereby benefitting the production of food, biorenewable chemicals and biofuels. Read more about Two GDCB Research Teams in the News for Plant Research Discoveries

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