Dr. Ruth Welti was presented the Outstanding Senior Scientist Award by the Kansas State University Chapter of Sigma Xi at their spring banquet.

 

Dr. Gary Conrad received the first Dr. Ron and Rae Iman Outstanding Faculty Award for Research (award includes $5,000) on Wednesday, April 9, at the K-State Alumni Center.

 

On April 20, at the K-State Union, Dr. Gary Conrad received the second University Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Students in Research (award includes $2,500). The award was made during the Developing Scholars Poster Session.  Last year this award was presented to Dr. Lorena Passarelli.

 

Drs. Joseph Craine, Kendra McLauchlan and Noah Fierer were awarded $437,000 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) for research titled, “Testing the consequences of the carbon-quality temperature hypothesis for soil organic matter decomposition.”

 

Keerthi Mandyam and Dr. Ari Jumpponen were awarded $11,057 by the NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant for a project titled, “DISSERTATION RESEARCH: Molecular and metabolic dissection of the symbiosis between a native prairie grass and its fungal root endophyte.”

 

A retirement reception was held for Dr. Philip Gipson and Dr. Larry Williams on May 7.  Dr. Gipson spent 15 years as an Associate Professor of Biology and as Leader of the Kansas Fish & Wildlife Cooperative Research Unit.  He is moving to Texas Tech University where he becomes chairman of the Department of Natural Resource Management.  Dr. Williams, Associate Professor of Biology, spent 37 years advising, teaching, and serving as Associate Director of Biology and Director of Undergraduate Studies.  He will continue teaching Biology of Aging through the Division of Continuing Education, and as a service to the Division of Biology, he will maintain advising his current students until they graduate. The Larry G. Williams Scholarship has been recently established, to honor Dr. Williams.  If you would like to participate in establishing this scholarship, honoring Larry, and sharing in providing opportunities for students, you can make a contribution to this fund by contacting the Division office.

 

Dr. Carolyn Ferguson was elected a council member of the American Society of Plant Taxonomists (ASPT), 2008-2011.

 

Dr. Mike Herman received a Fulbright Scholar Award: Sabbatical in quantitative genomics to enhance collaboration between Dutch and Kansas ecological genomics programs.  This prestigious award, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will help to fund his sabbatical visit in the Kammenga lab at Wageningen University Laboratory of Nematology in the Netherlands, during the fall 2008 semester.  Dr. Herman will use new high throughput methodology and analysis to discover how genomes respond to environmental changes by expressing different genes during development. He will also further pursue programmatic collaborations, including student exchanges, between the KSU Ecological Genomics Institute and the Netherlands Ecogenomics program.

 

K-State Provost and Senior Vice President, Dr. M. Duane Nellis, announced three Targeted Excellence Program funded proposals this year (from 25 pre-proposals, 12 were chosen to submit full proposals and, of those, three were selected). Drs. Anthony Joern and David Hartnett were awarded $515,000  for research titled, “Enhancing Excellence in Grassland Ecology: a Center for Basic Grassland research at K-State”;  Drs. Eduard Akhunov, Bikram Gill, Frank White, Karen Garrett, James Nelson, Susan Brown, Loretta Johnson, Michael Herman, Jianming Yu, Sanjeev Narayanan, Ludek Zurek and Doina Caragea were awarded $850,000 for research titled, “Advancing Genomics at K-State: Ultra-High Throughput DNA Sequencing”; and Drs. Mohammad Hosni, Byron Jones, Helmut Hirt and Andrew Smith were awarded $640,000 for research titled, “Aircraft Cabin Environmental Security.”

 

Josh Schloesser, MS student with Dr. Craig Paukert, received the Kansas Chapter AFS Tiemeier-Cross Award for outstanding graduate student in fisheries science in Kansas.

Dr. Craig Paukert accepted a nomination to serve on the AFS Board of Professional Certification.

The following students and faculty served on various committees for the Kansas Natural Resources Committee: Dr. Craig Paukert (Steering Committee and Chair of Breakout Session); Dr. Joanna Whittier (Publicity Committee and Webpage Designer); and Josh Schloseer (Audio Visual Committee, Kansas Natural Resources Conference).

Kristen Pitts served as Co-Chair of the Audio Visual Committee for the Arizona/New Mexico AFS and The Wildlife Society 2008 Annual Meeting.

Wes Bouska and Jeff Eitzmann served as Co-Chairs of the Kansas Chapter of the AFS Raffle Committee.

Dr. Craig Paukert and Dr. Joanna Whittier were invited team members for a workshop on developing new paradigms to aid Aquatic GAP programs at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA.

Dr. Joanna Whittier taught the Basic and Advanced GIS courses at the Western Division of the AFS Annual Meeting, Portland, Oregon, May 4-9.

Dr. Craig Paukert was awarded $30,000 by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks for research titled, “Effects of Zebra Mussels on Invertebrate and Fish Abundance, and Growth of Age-0 Largemouth Bass:  Five Years After Invasions.”

The Student Chapter of The Wildlife Society held its annual banquet on May 3 at the Ashland Community Center.  Four undergraduates in the Division were awarded scholarships. Brandon Lantz and Thomas Prebyl were awarded Tri-county Rod and Gun Club Scholarships for outstanding service to the student chapter.  Amy Erickson and Brandon Calderon were awarded Enloe Family Scholarships, which recognizes the Division’s top students in the Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation Ecology major.

Dr. George L. Marchin received a grant for $45,000 from Safewater Ltd., Copenhagen, DK for research titled, “Development of an Emergency Device for Potable Water Generation.” Dr. Marchin also did consulting work for Alcavalis International, Inc., and Sterile-Med Inc., Minneapolis, MN.

 

Emilie Throop (advisor Dr. Kimberly With) was awarded the Dean E. Metter Memorial Award ($500) by the Society for the Study of Amphibian and Reptiles in support of her research on “Habitat Suitability and Metapopulation Dynamics of a Native Tallgrass Prairie Reptile.” Emilie will be studying collared lizards (Crotaphytus collaris) out on Konza Prairie. 

Page E. Klug (advisor Dr. Kimberly With) was awarded a NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award ($500) to facilitate her attendance and participation in the U.S.--International Association of Landscape Ecology meeting in Madison, WI, April 6-10.

 

The 2nd Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium was held April 10-13, at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Kansas City.  Below are some highlights:

Featured speakers included: Christine G. Elsik (Georgetown University), Sarjeet S. Gill (University of California, Riverside), Catherine A. Hill (Purdue University), Thomas Kaufman (Indiana University), J. Robert Manak (University of Iowa), Subbaratnam Muthukrishnan (Kansas State University), Hugh M. Robertson (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Bruce R. Schatz (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Jeff Stuart (Purdue University), Jack Werren (University of Rochester), Judy Willis (University of Georgia), and Evgeny Zdobnov (University of Geneva Medical School, Switzerland).

Registration numbered over 150 participants representing 69 separate universities and organizations.  Eleven countries were represented including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States.  Over 70 posters were presented during two poster sessions.

A pre-symposium workshop on using the Apollo Genome Annotation Curation Tool was presented by Dr. Chris Elsik, Georgetown University (BeeBase).  An additional workshop on Chado databases and integration with other GMOD tools was presented by Dave Clements of NESCent and Scott Cain of Cold Springs Harbor Laboratory.  Demonstrations of InsectBase and ArthropodBase were also given at the Symposium.  On Sunday, a roundtable discussion/“think-tank” meeting was held with leaders in the fields of arthropod genomics and bioinformatics.  Future goals in the development of database tools for the community, and bioinformatics resources for comparative genomics were identified.

The Arthropod Genomics Center (AGC) External Advisory Board and AGC Steering Committee met following the Symposium.  Members of the External Advisory Board include Sarjeet Gill, Professor and Chair, Cell Biology and Neuroscience, University of California, Riverside; Jeanne Romero-Severson, Indiana Center for Insect Genomics, Dept of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame; David H. Walker, Professor and Chair, Center for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Department of Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas; and Thomas Kaufman, Distinguished Professor, Molecular Biology & Genetics, Dept of Biology, Indiana University.   Members of the AGC Steering Committee include Project Director Susan J. Brown, Rollie Clem, and Rob Denell (Biology); Mike Kanost (Biochemistry); C. Michael Smith (Entomology); Ming-Shun Chen (USDA & Entomology), and Roman Ganta (Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology).

Division of Biology Graduate Student Awards (2007-2008)

A reception to honor awardees was held May 9 in Ackert Hall.  Also at the reception, the BGSA presented Dr. Rollie Clem with the Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award.

Division of Biology Undergraduate Student Awards (2007-2008)

Ryan Gallagher, JR, Microbiology/Pre-Medicine
Nathan Harms Derby,
JR, Biology/Pre-Medicine/History minor
Diana Hylton, JR, Microbiology/Nutrition Science/Pre-Medicine
Hailey Peterson, JR, Microbiology
Thomas Prebyl, JR, Biology
Aleece Preston, JR, Biology/Pre-Veterinary Medicine
Maureen Ty, JR, Microbiology/Chinese minor

A luncheon to honor awardees was held on May 3, in the Kansas State University Student Union.


PRESENTATIONS

 

Members of the Dr. Samantha Wisely lab represented the Division at the International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases hosted by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA, March 17-19. Presentations included:

 

Dr. Yuntao Zhang and Dr. Gary Conrad presented a poster titled, “MALDI Mass Spectrometry Imaging of Biomolecules in Non-Fixed Sections of Corneas,” and Dr. Abigail Conrad, M. Albrecht, M. Pettit-Scott, and Dr. Gary Conrad presented a poster titled, “Schwann Cell Differentiation in the Embryonic Chick Cornea,” at the 2008 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Meeting, April 27-May 1, in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Also attending the conference was Scott McCall (undergraduate in Conrad lab).

 

Dr. Mark H. Mayfield, Susan J. Rolfsmeier, and Dr. Carolyn J. Ferguson presented, “Using digital initiatives to promote and preserve the Kansas State University Herbarium,” at the Joint Annual Meeting of the Natural Science Collections Alliance (NSCA) and Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC), May 13-17, Oklahoma City, OK.

 

J.R. Fischer and Dr. Craig Paukert presented, “Habitat relationships with fish assemblages in minimally disturbed Great Plains regions,” at the Dakota and Iowa Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Joint Annual Meeting, Sioux Falls, SD, February 19-20.

Nate Davis and Dr. Craig Paukert presented, “An assessment of Neosho Madtom related to gravel harvest from the Neosho River, Kansas,” at the Kansas Chapter of the AFS Annual Meeting, February 23 (won best professional presentation).  Also at the meeting, Joe Gerken (PhD student with Craig Paukert) and Ginny Adams  presented, “Land use management and habitat conservation for the cave dwelling grotto sculpin.” (won best student oral presentation).

 

Joe Gerken and Dr. Craig Paukert presented, “Effects of a low-head dam on the fish community of a large Great Plains river,” at the Southwestern Association of Naturalists Annual Meeting, April 11-13, Memphis, TN.

J.T. Schloesser and Dr. Craig Paukert presented, “The use of occupancy modeling to aid the Missouri River pallid sturgeon monitoring program,” at the Missouri River Natural Resources Conference, Nebraska City, NE, February 27.

The following presentations were given at the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society in Portland, OR, May 4-9:


The following presentations were given at the First Annual Midwest Student Fisheries Colloquium, Lincoln, NE, in March:


The following presentations were given at the Kansas Natural Resources Conference, Wichita, KS, February 21-23:

 
The following presentations were given at the Arizona/New Mexico Joint Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Prescott, AZ, February 6-8:

 

Drs. Giorgis Isaac, Aruna Kilaru, Peter Koulen, Kent Chapman, and Ruth Welti presented a poster titled, “Analysis of N-Acylphosphatidylethanolamine Using Electrospray Ionization Tandem Mass Spectrometry,” at the 8th International Society for the Study of Fatty Acids and Lipids (ISSFAL), Kansas City, MO, May 17-22.

Dr. Kimberly With gave an invited seminar on, “Is the largest remaining tallgrass landscape really a population stronghold for grassland birds?” to the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University, March 18.

Dr. Kimberly With presented a plenary lecture on, “Landscape Function and Dysfunctional Landscapes: Uncoupling Pattern from Process,” at the annual meeting of the U.S.--International Association of Landscape Ecology in Madison, WI, April 8.  The meeting theme this year was, “Landscape Patterns and Ecosystem Processes.”

Dr. Kimberly With was an invited speaker as part of the H. Ronald Pulliam Symposium on, “Sources, Sinks and Sustainability,” at the U.S.-International Association of Landscape Ecology in Madison, WI, April 7-8.  The symposium honored the contribution of Ron Pulliam and the impact of his classic paper  “Sources, sinks and population regulation” (1988.--American Naturalist 132: 652-661) on the field.  Dr. With presented a talk titled, “Regional source-sink dynamics and metalandscape connectivity of grassland birds: an unfolding conservation crisis?”

Dr. Kimberly With gave an invited seminar titled, “Regional source-sink dynamics and metalandscape connectivity of grassland birds: an unfolding conservation crisis?” to the Department of Biology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario, May 13. 

Page E. Klug and Dr. Kimberly A. With presented a poster titled, “Interactions between grassland birds and their snake predators: the potential for conservation benefits or conflicts in the tallgrass prairie,” at the meeting of the U.S.--International Association of Landscape Ecology in Madison, WI, April 7.
 
Page E. Klug and Dr. Kimberly A. With presented a talk on the “Interactions between nesting birds and their snake predators: the influence of shrubby encroachment in the tallgrass prairie,” at the Kansas Natural Resources Conference in Wichita, KS, February 22.

R.S.A. Kaler, L.A. Kenney, and Dr. B.K. Sandercock presented, “Breeding ecology of Kittlitz’s Murrelets at Agattu Island, Aleutian Archipelago, Alaska,” at the Pacific Seabird Group Meeting (35th), Blaine, WA, April.

 

Dr. B.K. Sandercock, Dr. S.M. Wisely, A.J. Gregory, and L.B. McNew gave an invited presentation titled, “Effects of wind power development on the population genetics and demography of Greater Prairie-Chickens in Kansas,” at the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Wind Power Project Siting Workshop, Austin, TX, February.

 

Sanjay S. Chellapilla, Surya Kallumadi, Drs. Yoonseong Park, Doina Caragea, and Susan Brown presented a poster titled, "ArthropodEST: K-State Bioinformatics EST analysis pipeline," at the 2nd Annual Arthropod Genomics Symposium, Kansas City, MO, April 10-13.

The Division of Biology 34th Annual Graduate Student Research Forum was held on March 8 in the Big 12 Room of the K-State Union. Dr. Keith Chapes served as moderator and 20 students made the following presentations:

On April 17, the Division of Biology Undergraduate Research Scholars’ Forum, sponsored by the Division of Biology, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Biological Sciences Education grant, and the K-INBRE (Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence), was held in the atrium of Chalmers Hall. Thirty-three undergraduates presented research projects in poster format that they are conducting with K-State mentors. The following is a list of presentations (Undergraduate Scholar - Mentor - Project Title):


PUBLICATIONS

Botté, Cyrille, Nadia Saïdani, Ricardo Mondragon, Sirenia Gonzales, Giorgis Isaac, Ernest Mui, Rima McLeod, Jean-François Dubremetz, Henri Vial, Ruth Welti, Marie-France Cesbron-Delauw, Corinne Mercier, and Eric Maréchal.  2008.  Subcellular localization and dynamics of a digalactolipid-like lipid along the life cycle of the apicomplexan parasite Toxoplasma gondii. J. Lipid Res. 49: 746-762.

Chaturvedi, Ratnesh,  Kartikeya Krothapalli, Ragiba Makandar, Ashis Nandi, Alexis Sparks, Mary Roth, Ruth Welti, and Jyoti Shah.  2008.  Plastid ω3-fatty acid desaturase-dependent accumulation of a systemic acquired resistance inducing activity in petiole exudates of Arabidopsis thaliana is independent of jasmonic acid.  Plant J. 54: 106-117.

Dalgleish, H.J., D.C. Hartnett, B.K. Sandercock and A.R. Kula.  2008.  Responses of two bunchgrasses to nitrogen addition in tallgrass prairie: the role of bud bank demography.  American Journal of Botany, in press.

 

Dodds, W.K.  2008.  Humanity’s Footprint. Momentum, Impact and Our Global Environment.  University of Columbia Press. 270 pp.

 

Ferguson, C.J., S.D. Fehlberg, K.A. Ford and S.C. Strakosh.  2008.  Phylogenetic relationships of the genus /Phlox/ (Polemoniaceae): comparing and combining data sets from the chloroplast genome. In A. K. Sharma and A. Sharma, eds. Plant Genome: Biodiversity and Evolution.  Science Publishers, Enfield, New Hampshire.

Fischer, J.R., and C.P. Paukert.  2008.  Historical and current environmental influences of an endemic Great Plains fishAmerican Midland Naturalist 159: 364-377.

Hong, Yueyun, Xiangqing Pan, Ruth Welti, and Xuemin Wang.  2008. Alterations of phospholipase Dα3 change Arabidopsis response to salinity and water deficits Plant Cell. 20: 803-816.

 

Hua, D.H., H. Zhao, S.K.  Battina , K.  Lou, A.L.  Jimenez, J.  Desper, E.M. Perchellet ,  J.P. Perchellet, P.K. Chiang.  2008.   Total syntheses of (±)-ovalicin, C4(S*)-isomer, and its C5-analogs and anti-trypanosomal activities. Bioorg Med Chem 16: 5232-5246.

 

Kosciuch, K.L., J.W. Rivers, and B.K. Sandercock.  2008.  Stable isotopes identify the natal origins of a generalist brood parasite.  Journal of Avian Biology, in press.

 

Luce-Fedrow, A., T. Von Ohlen, D. Boyle, R.R. Ganta, S.K. Chapes.  2008.  Drosophila S2 cells as a model for studying Ehrlichia chaffeensis infectionsAppl. Environ. Microbiol.  74: 1886-1891. 

 

Maeda, Hiroshi, Tammy L.Sage, Giorgis Isaac, Ruth Welti, and Dean DellaPenna.   2008.  Tocopherols modulate extra-plastidic polyunsaturated fatty acid metabolism in Arabidopsis at low temperature. Plant Cell. 20: 452-470.

 

Makinster, A.S., and C.P. Paukert.  2008.  Effects and utility of minimum length limits and mortality caps for flathead catfish in discrete reaches of a large prairie river.  North American Journal of Fisheries Management 28: 97-108

 

Matlack, R.S., D.W. Kaufman, and G.A. Kaufman.   2008.   Influence of woody vegetation on small mammals in tallgrass prairie.  American Midland Naturalist 160: 7-19

Mulholland, P. J., A.M. Helton, G.C. Poole, R.O. Hall, Jr., S.K. Hamilton, B.J. Peterson, J.L. Tank, L.R. Ashkenas, L.W. Cooper, C.N. Dahm, W.K. Dodds, S. Findlay, SV. Gregory, N.B. Grimm, S.L. Johnson, W.H. McDowell, J.L. Meyer, H.M. Valett, J.R. Webster, C. Arango, J.J. Beaulieu, M.J. Bernot, A.J. Burgin, C. Crenshaw, L. Johnson, B.R. Niederlehner, J.M. O’Brien, J.D. Potter, R.W. Sheibley, D.J. Sobota, and S.M. Thomas.  2008.  Stream denitrification across biomes and its response to anthropogenic nitrogen loading. Nature 452: 202-207. 

Nooker, J.K. and B.K. Sandercock.   2008.   Phenotypic correlates and survival consequences of male mating success in lek-mating Greater Prairie-chickens (Tympanuchus cupido).  Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, in press.

Paukert, C.P. and A.S. Makinster.  2008.  Longitudinal patterns in flathead catfish relative abundance and length at age within a large river: effects of an urban gradientRiver Research and Applications.  DOI: 10.1002/rra.1089.

Petersen, J.H., D.L. DeAngelis, and C.P. Paukert.  2008.  Developing bioenergetics and life history models for rare and endangered speciesTransactions of the American Fisheries Society 137: 244-253.

Potts, B.E. and S.K. Chapes.  2008.  In Vivo Functions of C2D macrophage cells after adoptive transferJ. Leukocyte Biol.  83: 602-609. 

 

Potts, B.E., M. L. Hart, L.L. Snyder, D. Boyle, D. A. Mosier and S.K. Chapes.  2008. Differentiation of C2D macrophage cells after adoptive transferClin. Vaccine Immunol. 15: 243-252. 

               

Sandercock, B.K., A.E. Casey, D.E. Green, H.S. Ip, and K.A. Converse.  2008.  Reovirus associated with mortality of an Upland Sandpiper. Wader Study Group Bulletin, in press.

               

Sandercock, B.K., E.L. Hewett, and K.L. Kosciuch.  2008.  Effects of experimental cowbird removals on brood parasitism and nest predation of a grassland songbird.  Auk, in press.

 

Strum, K.M., M. Alfaro, B. Haase, M.J. Hooper, K.A. Johnson, R.B. Lanctot, A.J. Lesterhuis, L. López, A.C. Matz, C. Morales, B. Paulson, B.K. Sandercock, J. Torres-Dowdall, and M.E. Zaccagnini.  2008.  Plasma cholinesterases for monitoring pesticide exposure in Nearctic-Neotropical migratory shorebirdsOrnithología Neotropical 19(Suppl.): 641-651.

 

Tribolium Genome Sequencing Consortium.  2008. The genome of the model beetle and pest Tribolium castaneumNature 452(7190):  949-55.  [In 2003, Sue Brown and Rob Denell co-authored a successful white paper to the National Human Genome Research Institute arguing for the sequencing of the Tribolium genome.  Tribolium was the third non-Drosophilid insect so chosen, and its genome was sequenced at the Baylor Human Genome Sequencing Center and annotated by members of the Tribolium community.  A paper authored by the Tribolium Genome Sequencing Consortium, including Brown, Denell, Teresa Shippy, Yoshi Tomoyasu, Renata Bolognesi, and Sherry Miller from the Division of Biology, was published in the April 24th issue of Nature.  These individuals also published eight companion papers in various journals. Many other individuals from K-State and the Grain Marketing Production Research Center were also involved].

Xie, L., C.P.  O'Reilly, S.K. Chapes and S. Mora. 2008.  Adiponectin and leptin are secreted through distinct trafficking pathways in adipocytes Biochemica, Biophysica, Acta.  1782: 99-108.


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

Ecological Genomics Symposium, “Genes in Ecology, Ecology in Genes” – November 14-16, 2008, InterContinental Hotel, Kansas City, MO.

The Division of Biology sponsors departmental seminars on most Fridays at 4:00 PM throughout the semester (occasionally other days during the week).  For an updated list of seminars visit: www.ksu.edu/biology/news.html.