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Department of Biology Baylor University

April-May 2008 No. 56

Robinson, Harold and Walter C. Holmes. 2008. Mikania. In: Gunnar Harling and Claes Persoon, eds., Flora of Ecuador 83. Family 190(3). Composatae-Eupatoriear. Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Göteborg University, Göteborg, Sweden. pp. 206-294.
Marcie H. Moehnke, Terumi Midoro-Horiuti, Randall M. Goldblum and Christopher M. Kearney. 2008. “The expression of a mountain cedar allergen comparing plant-viral apoplastic and yeast expression systems.” Biotechnol Lett. 2008 Feb 13 (Epubl ahead of print).
J.W. Hermanson and K.T. Wilkins. 2008. Growth and development of two species of bats in a shared maternity roost. Cells, Tissues and Organs, 187:24-34.
Gutzwiller, K.J. and S.K. Riffell. 2008. Does repeated human intrusion alter use of wildland sites by red squirrels? Multiyear experimental evidence. Journal of Mammalogy, 89:374-380.
Campomizzi, A.J., J.A. Butcher, S.L. Farrell, A.G. Snelgrove, B.A. Collier, K.J. Gutzwiller, M.L. Morrison and R.N. Wilkins. 2008. Conspecific attraction is a missing component in wildlife habitat modeling. Journal of Wildlife Management, 72:331-336. (Invited)
Gutzwiller, K.J. and W.C. Barrow, Jr. 2008. Desert bird associations with broad-scale boundary length: applications in avian conservation. Journal of Applied Ecology 45:873-882.

Jacquelyn Duke presented a paper entitled “The Use of SWAT Modeling to Detect Small-Dam Influences on Hydrological Modifications in Downstream Reaches” at the American Water Resources Association’s 2008 GIS and Water Resources Conference held March 16-19 in San Mateo, CA. Co-authors were Joseph White, Shane Prochnow and Lisa Zygo.

Zun Liu (graduate student in the Kearney lab), presented his poster entitled “Recombinant expression of major mountain cedar allergen Jun a 1 using a tobacco mosaic virus-based vector” at the Southwestern/Rocky Mountain divisional AAAS 83rd annual meeting in Albuquerque, NM held April 9-12. Zun earned an Honorable Mention award for his presentation. The poster was co-authored by Shikha Varshney (former graduate student) and Chris Kearney.
Three research papers were presented at the annual meeting of the Texas Society of Mammalogists held at the Texas Tech University Center at Junction on February 22-24.

  • B. Kirchner and K. Wilkins. Indirect effects of fire on the small mammal community of a tallgrass blackland prairie remnant in Texas.

  • T. Pettit and K. Wilkins. Bat activity in traditional edges and canopy-sky interfaces.

  • N. Green, B. Kirchner and K. Wilkins. Landcape contrast and scales of small-mammal habitat selection.

Brianna Kirchner’s poster won the Vernon Bailey Award, which recognizes the best poster presentation in classical mammalogy at the organismal level. Other members of the “BUMS” who attended the meeting include Anica Debelica and Han Li.
June Wolfe (graduate student) was invited to speak at the International Symposium on Wetland Restoration and Management at Shimane University in Matsue, Japan this past March. He presented a paper entitled “Suspended clay effect upon phosphorus uptake and release by stream periphyton.” The meeting focused on applied research taking place in and around lakes Shinji and Nakaumi in Shimane Prefecture. In 2000, Lake Shinji was added to the list of top 500 wetlands deserving protection by the Ramsar committee. June’s work was well received at the meeting due to the interest in phosphorus management.
Sang-Chul Nam presented “Roles of spectrins in Drosophila photoreceptor morphogenesis at the 2008 Southwest-Gulf Regional Meeting of the Society for Development Biology held at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston on March 28-30 and at the Genetics Society of America 49th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in San Diego, CA on April 2-6. Co-authors are Tony Chen (graduate student) and Kwang-Wook Choi from the Department of Mol. Cell Biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Laura Davalos-Lind received a grant in the amount of $150,000 from CONACYT (Basic Science Division (equivalent to NSF) for the project entitled “Desarrollo de un modelo de calidad del agua para la presa de Aguamilpa, Nayarit” (Development of a water quality model for the Aguamilpa reservoir in Nayarit, located on the outflow of Lake Chapala). This is in collaboration with CIATEJ (Center for Research, Technology and Design of Jalisco), UdG (University of Guadalajara), and UNAM (National Autonomus University of Mexico).
A grant in the amount of $150,000 from DIG (General Research Division of Universidad Veracruzana) was awarded to Laura Davalos-Lind for the project entitled “Sistemas de Información para dl Manejo de Cuencas (SIMAC) y el Anáalisis Geográfico de Riesgo de Inundaciones en las Cuencas del Rio Tuxpan y Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz” (Geographical information systems for watershed management and flood risk for Tuxpan and Coatzacoalcos watersheds). This is in collaboration if CITRO (Center for Tropical Research) of the Universidad Veracruzana.

On May 5-9, Laura Davalos-Lind will travel to Veracruz to participate in the 2nd International Congress on Development of Successful Sustainable Societies in Veracruz, Veracruz. For more information see
Chris Kearney gave a talk at the 17th Annual Noble Foundation Virology Retreat at the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, OK held April 18-20. His talk was entitled “A tobamovirus vector for legumes.”
This past February Laura Davalos-Lind was one of three invited researchers for the Center for Tropical Studies (CITRO) to meet with the president of Iceland to discuss environmental issues.
Fred Gehlbach’s 12-year study of a guild of five small owls was sent to the editor of monographs for the American Ornithologist’s Union in late February, soon after he returned from his seventh trip to Belize studying the ecological roles of North American wintering birds in lowland tropical avifaunas.

Hania Wehbe, former graduate student of Chris Kearney, has a dual appointment as Research Assistant Professor on the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine faculty and an Educational Director for Scott and White. She is married and has a little girl, Allison.

Jonathan Hillis will receive the Congressional Gold Medal for Youth in Washington in June. The award is given for outstanding scholarship, leadership, and community service. Jonathan, who lives in Austin, is a Lyndon B. Johnson High School junior and is the son of David M. Hillis (BS, Biology, 1980) and grandson of Bill Hillis.

Three Biology majors were inducted into Phi Beta Kappa honor society (Daniel Dang, Helen Hurley and Jordan Pleitz) and represent the top 6% of the eligible Arts and Sciences graduates from August and December 2007 graduations. The initiates were asked to identify Baylor faculty members who made special contributions to their academic development and success. Among these recognized faculty is Bill Hillis.

David M. Hillis, Baylor B.S. Biology, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. David is currently the Roark Centennial Professor of Biology at the University of Texas, Austin, and is principally interested in Biologic Systematics, using nucleic acids as a key to understanding species derivation and diversification and is the son of Bill Hillis.

biology awards night AND

The twentieth annual awards night and lecture were held on April 25 with guest speaker Dr. Stephen D. Davis who gave a lecture on “Climate Change and California Wildfires.” Dr. Davis is the holder of the 2008 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching from Baylor University, and will be in residence at Baylor during the fall semester teaching courses in the Department of Biology.
The following is a list of this year’s honorees:
Cornelia M. Smith Award – Adolfo Flores, Jr.
Outstanding Senior Awards – Vanessa Browne, Whitney Davidson, Adolfo Flores, Jr., Vi Hoang, Holly Hodges, Tiffany Hsu, AnneMarie Johnson, Min Joo Kim, David Matlock, Jr., Rachel Ozsoy, Shelly Talmadge, Gregory Valentine, and Erin Wait
Dr. & Mrs. Ernest C. Butler Freshman Biology Scholarship – David Barker and Jessica Salter
Eugene Crowder Memorial Tuition Scholarship – Edgar Alvarez
Folmar Undergraduate Tuition Scholarships – Harrison Dze, Duyen-Anh Jessica Han, Charity Idowu, Jose Plata and Cassandra Waldman
David W. Eldridge Endowed Scholarship – Ly Nguyen, Van Tran, and Krystel Wilkins
F. Ray Wilson Endowed Scholarship – Barkat Bandeali, Michelle Bell, Jacquelyn Freeman, Kristin Gisselman, Lynda Hoang, David Mazariegos, Heather Sony, Tamara Strohm, and Rachel White
Folmar Research Fund Awards – Tracy Carter, Sharon Conry, Anica Debelica, Jeffrey Mink, Stacy Pfluger, Mary Sides and Jason Taylor
Bob Gardner Research Awards – Tracy Carter, Nick Green, Lynda Hoang, Brianna Kirchner, Jeffrey Mink, Stacy Pfluger, Jason Taylor and Helena Wojciechowski
Honors Thesis – Kayleigh Griffith, Tiffany Hsu, Kenneth Ike, Gloria Inyang, David Sergeant, Minal Shah, Vignesh Shettar and Rickesha Wilson

There are many opportunities for donations in support of the Department of Biology Scholarship Funds. Among these are the Frederick R. Gehlbach, David W. Eldridge, F. Ray Wilson and Eugene Crowder Scholarship Funds. For more information contact Ms. Diane Attaway in the Office of University Development, One Bear Place 97026, Waco, TX 76798, or call (254) 710-8501.
Message from Dr. David Eldridge:

Over the past year I have thought about printing a t-shirt for sale and using the proceeds to donate to my Endowed Scholarship at Baylor. Last year we awarded $4000 to four Biology students to help with their education. The t-shirts have several different phrases that are meaningful to students that have been in my classes.

If you are interested in a t-shirt let me know and I will be happy to send you one. The cost is $15 (be sure to specify small, medium, large, extra large, or 2X large when you place your order). You may send your request to Dr. David Eldridge, Department of Biology, One Bear Place 97388, Waco, TX 76798.
Any other contributions are welcome and tax-deductible.


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