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Dr. Muszynski awarded USDA funding

July 4, 2012

Michael MuszynskiDr. Michael Muszynski, GDCB Adjunct Assistant Professor, has been awarded $15,000 from the USDA-Agriculture Research Services (ARS) for his project entitled, “Development of functional molecular markers for the Ga1 locus.” The objective of this research is to develop functional markers for all known alleles at the GA1 locus in corn and to design a robust phenotyping strategy that will allow development of desired varieties of corn that will prevent it from being pollinated by unwanted pollen. Read more about Dr. Muszynski awarded USDA funding

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Dr. Bing Yang Co-PI on USDA funding award to University of Delaware

July 4, 2012

Dr. Bing YangDr. Bing Yang, GDCB Assistant Professor, will collaborate with Dr. Blake Meyers of the University of Delaware on the USDA NIFA sponsored project, entitled “The Role of the Rice OsHEN1 in Small RNA Modifications and in Responses to Bacterial Blight.” Dr. Yang, Co-PI on the award will receive $198,379 in funding over a three-year period for this research project. Read more about Dr. Bing Yang Co-PI on USDA funding award to University of Delaware

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Dr. Barbara Krumhardt, making science relevant for students

May 4, 2012

Barb KrumhardtDr. Barbara Krumhardt, a senior lecturer in genetics, development and cell biology, is known for motivating her students to think creatively about science in the large Biology 255 human anatomy and 256 human physiology lectures and the smaller lab sections she teaches. In 2011, she received the Excellence in Teaching by Lecturer and Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which recognizes outstanding performance in teaching undergraduates. Read more about Dr. Barbara Krumhardt, making science relevant for students

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First David Gladson Scholarship awarded by GDCB in Spring 2012

May 1, 2012

GDCB was honored to award the first David Gladson Scholarship this spring to Eun-Ah Ye, a Ph.D. candidate in Neuroscience doing her graduate research in Professor Don Sakaguchi’s laboratory. The endowed scholarship was established in memory of David Gladson, who battled Multiple Sclerosis most of his life, and the scholarship supports studies that are potentially applicable to cures for existing neurological disorders. Read more about First David Gladson Scholarship awarded by GDCB in Spring 2012

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Prof. Eric Henderson receives award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

April 28, 2012

Eric HendersonProf. Eric Henderson was awarded a $100,000 grant from The Discovery Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for his research project titled, “DNA Nanodevice for Pathogen Detection.” For this research project, Dr. Henderson will use DNA as a building material to create an inexpensive and robust biomolecular nanodevice for molecular detection and measurement. Read more about Prof. Eric Henderson receives award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Drs. Jim Colbert, Clark Coffman, and Emeka Kemdirim receive teaching recognition

April 4, 2012

Drs. Jim Colbert of EEOB and Clark Coffman and Ethelbert Kemdirim of GDCB, introductory biology instructors for Principles of Biology, were recognized as being especially influential instructors by recent inductees into the Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. To qualify for membership in these honor societies, students must earn a 3.5 or higher GPA one semester of their freshmen year. Read more about Drs. Jim Colbert, Clark Coffman, and Emeka Kemdirim receive teaching recognition

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GDCB faculty mentees showcase their research at annual Capitol event

April 4, 2012

Research in the Capitol participantsTwo ISU undergraduate students, Brock Pope and Nathan Sage, who conducted research projects in the labs of two GDCB faculty and a GDCB scientist along with mentors from outside the department, displayed their research posters and presented their work in the rotunda of the State Capitol building in Des Moines on April 4. This seventh annual event known as the “Research in the Capitol” highlights the importance of research to the undergraduate learning experience. Brock and Nathan were among 60 undergraduate students from Iowa’s three Regent universities, including ISU, invited to participate in this event. Read more about GDCB faculty mentees showcase their research at annual Capitol event

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Prof. Ling Li Receives ISU Research Foundation Funding Award

March 4, 2012

Ling LiProfessor Ling Li, GDCB Adjunct Assistant Professor and Associate Scientist, recently received a one-year ISU Research Foundation award of $30,000 for her research project entitled, “QQS as a molecular tool to increase the protein content of commercial crops.” Dr. Li has developed and obtained unique genetic and biochemical tools to identify and characterize regulatory mechanisms of QQS that control starch content, demonstrating QQS as a component of the starch metabolic network. This additional project funding from the ISU Research Foundation will help Dr. Li continue her evaluation of the developmental pathways of seeds through the use of the QQS gene and the possibility of commercially useful cultivars to increase seed protein. Read more about Prof. Ling Li Receives ISU Research Foundation Funding Award

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Diane Jepsen Receives CYtation Award

February 4, 2012

CYtation awardeesDiane Jepsen, who handles accounting and purchasing for GDCB, was one of eight P&S staff members to receive the Fall 2011 CYtation Award. This award recognizes individuals who perform above and beyond the call of duty, do something extraordinarily well, or act in such a way as to make a very real difference in the institution. Diane was nominated for her extraordinary service in assuming additional duties in GDCB during a period of transition in administrative services. President Steven Leath presented a certificate of recognition to each recipient at an awards ceremony held on February 28th in the Memorial Union. Read more about Diane Jepsen Receives CYtation Award

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Professor Wurtele’s Medicinal Plant Genomics Research Highlighted by ISU

January 4, 2012

Eve WurteleProfessor Eve Syrkin Wurtele of GDCB, along with Professor Basil Nikolau of BBMB and other colleagues at institutions around the country, have developed resources that may lead to the discovery of new, medicinally important compounds found in plants. The research data can be found at the Medicinal Plant Genomics Resource. The resources grew from their Medicinal Plant Consortium (MPC) research project funded by a $6 million initiative from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study how the genes of plants contribute to production of various chemical compounds, some of which are medicinally important. This research was recently highlighted in an ISU News Service article. Read more about Professor Wurtele’s Medicinal Plant Genomics Research Highlighted by ISU

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