OU Graduation 2018

Congratulations to all of our graduate and undergraduate students who received their degrees this year!  Best wishes to all!

OU Commencement 2018 – Doctoral Candidates & Advisors: L-R: KD Hambright, T Hallidayschult, LJ Weider, R Hartnett, CC Vaughn, B Tweedy, R Broughton, A. Guruacharya
LJ Weider (left) congratulates Ronak Tapiavala for receiving recognition as an Outstanding Biology Undergraduate in the Class of 2018

 

L-R: Brent Tweedy, Caryn Vaughn, Larry Weider, Rachel Hartnett: Caryn and Larry hold their “Best Lotic” and “Best Lentic” Advisor awards from Brent and Rachel, respectively.

Thanks to CAS for Summer Funding!

We want to thank the OU College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) for funding our Senior Faculty Summer Fellowship (SFSF) proposal, entitled “Using Daphnia resurrection ecology to understand environmental impacts of nutrient pollution”.  This support will fund a summer Graduate Research Assistant (GRA) position and a summer Undergraduate Research Assistant (UGRA), as we push forward on our use of Daphnia as an important environmental “sentinel” organism.

Congratulations to Emily Kiehnau!

Congratulations to Emily Kiehnau on receiving both a summer 2018 and academic year 2018-2019 Adams Scholarship.  This critical funding will help support her dissertation research on the interactions of the spiny waterflea, Bythotrephes longimanus, and its Daphnia prey.

Welcome Dr. Silvia Markova!

Welcome to Dr. Silvia Markova from the Czech Academy of Sciences, who just arrived here at OU for a 6-month sabbatical stay in our laboratory.  Dr. Markova conducts research on the phylogenetics and phylogeography of a variety of organisms ranging from our beloved Daphnia to bank voles.  She is interested in interacting with other colleagues here, who share similar research interests.  During her stay, she will be sitting in Sutton Hall 102 and also PHSC 130F.  Please join us in welcoming her to OU!

Congratulations to Rachel Hartnett!

We want to congratulate Rachel Hartnett on accepting an inaugural appointment as a Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow  in the Department of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma State University.   Rachel will be taking up her new position, effective 1 July 2018, for an initial 2-year period, with the possibility of an extension to a 3rd year.   This position will have teaching, research, and outreach duties associated with it, and there is the potential that it will develop into a tenure-track position.  We will be sorry to see Rachel leave us here at OU, but she will only be a short drive up the road in Stillwater.  Congratulations again, Rachel!

Congratulations to Ritu Kulkarni!

Congratulations to Ritu Kulkarni on being awarded an Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) grant from the OU Honors College for her Honors Research Project entitled “Effects of Phosphorus and Fish Kairomones on Life History Traits of Daphnia”.

Ritu Kulkarni – Honors B.S. (Microbiology)