I am a Technical Analyst in Research and Learning Technologies (CBS-RLT).
I started at the U of M in November 2012. I moved to CBS in January 2014.
I get some unique opportunities to work with different researchers and faculty on a variety of research projects. It's very high level but I learn something new about the research we are doing in CBS and sometimes get to assist in finding new technologies to help support that research.
Dr. Eric Seabloom at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve.
Species invasions come at a high cost. In the United States, the annual cost to the economy tops $100 billion a year and invasive plant infestations affect 100 million acres. While it’s tempting to focus attention on headline-grabbing cases of exceptionally fecund flora such as the kudzu vine, also known as “the vine that ate the South”, basic questions remain about how and whether exotic species are functionally distinct from native species and why they tend to take over when introduced into new environments.
Nature Structural & Molecular Biology // May 18, 2015
Hiroshi Matsuo, Rebeun Harris (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics) and colleagues, solved the structure of the Vif-binding domain of human APOBEC3G (A3G), a DNA cytosine deaminase that restricts HIV-1 infection. read more
Nature Communications // April 17, 2015
Thomas Neufeld and graduate student Jung Kim (Genetics, Cell Biology and Development) describe how insulin signaling in fruit flies responds to sugar and other nutrients in their diet. read more
The use of camera traps – remote automatic cameras triggered by heat or motion – has revolutionized wildlife ecology and conservation research. But the large number of images generated through the traps creates the problem of categorizing and analyzing all the images.
The use of camera traps—remote automatic cameras triggered by heat or motion—has revolutionized wildlife ecology and conservation research. But the large number of images generated through the traps creates the problem of categorizing and analyzing all the images.
For the second year, students from a local middle school spent time cataloging the biodiversity at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve. A group of nearly 100 eighth graders, and 15 CBS and CFANS graduate students converged on Cedar Creek in late May for the two-day immersion in ecology dubbed Eco-Extravaganza.
Students worked in small groups with a graduate student mentor to collect and analyze data collection, and featured a student-led symposium highlighting the topics covered over the two-day event.
"Due to the expertise of the grad student mentors, students moved beyond the bar and pie graph to really think about the data and ask questions leading to scatter plot, stacked bar, and other higher level forms of analysis," said Mary Spivey, education and outreach coordinator for Cedar Creek.
College recognizes staff members for excellence in work over the past year
Each year, CBS honors staff for excellence in work at both the administrative, as well as technical and faculty support levels. Recipients are nominated for going above and beyond to achieve excellence. In addition to the Innovation Awards, each year the college recognizes a Civil Service/Bargaining Unit employee for their hard work through the college's Outstanding Service award. This year's recipients include:
Left to right: College of Biological Sciences graduate students Derek Nedveck, Mohamed “Mo” Yakub, Beth Fallon and John Benning; Minnesota Zoo conservation biologist Erik Runquist; CBS postdoctoral student Ryan Briscoe-Runquist and son Jack.
Reuben Harris (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics) was selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as an HHMI Investigator and will receive the flexible support necessary to progress his research in creative new directions.
Lisa Aston Philander will join the college in July as curator of the CBS Conservatory. She will oversee administrative functions and curate the plant collection, which includes more than 1,200 plant species from rare and endangered plants to invasive species representing a range of biomes from tropical to desert.
“I am thrilled for the opportunity to return to the University of Minnesota and the CBS Conservatory,” says Philander. “As curator I hope to be instrumental in introducing students and faculty to the value, wonder, and importance of plants as a learning resource.”
Philander has a background and research interests in agroecology, ethnobotany and ethnomedicine. She comes to CBS from the University of Wyoming’s Department of Plant Sciences Department, where was a lecturer and part-time researcher for the departments of plant sciences, botany, honors, nursing, and women and gender studies.