We all made it home from the Animal Behavior Society annual meeting in Toronto. Sleep-deprived, but excited to hear and talk about so much cool science. We had a busy meeting: Michael attended as a Charles Henry Turner undergrad fellow, Itachi presented a poster on her thesis work, Andreia organized our outreach efforts, and Aimee gave a talk in the cognitive ecology symposium. Plus we got to visit with lab alumna Isabel and see her excellent talk on sampling in chickadees from her new lab. Thanks to Pablo, Matt, and Randall to holding down the lab while the rest of us traveled.
Congratulations for Matt Austin, who was recently awarded a TWA Scholarship from the University of Missouri System. This is a great award that will help fund education and research expenses for Matt’s next year, and will help make more of the genetic and anatomical additions to his summer field work possible.
Lots of congratulations for some lab members for receiving awards at this year’s Biology Department Awards ceremony! Pablo Iturralde won an Outstanding Teaching Assistant award for his efforts in Animal Behavior Lab. Michael Austin was awarded a Kent A. Tomazi scholarship, which he will be using to defray costs of attending SICB next January. Katie West was awarded the undergraduate Arnold B. Grobman scholarship for her work, which these days is mostly on disease ecology in Patty Parker’s lab.
Well, we survived a day at the state capitol for the University of Missouri’s Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol. Michael Austin presented a poster on some of our work on generalization of learning in evolved populations of flies, which he has been coordinating. We spent the day in the rotunda between the representatives’ and the senate chambers. It was budget day so the place was packed with politicians and lobbyists along with the undergraduate researchers. Hopefully some of the politicians were impressed with the great work the students have been doing.
More good news on small grants. Matt Austin was awarded the Mickey Scudder Scholarship in Field Biology from the Webster Groves Nature Study Society. This will help fund Matt’s field work on bumble bees over the summer, and make some neat comparative work possible.