Biology Professor’s research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Summary: Although it would seem logical that large numbers of roosting birds would attract more mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus and contract the disease when bitten, recent research has found the opposite to be true. That is, when large groups of birds roost together the chances that an individual bird will get bitten by mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus and subsequently contract the disease actually go down.
Read more about this research which has been featured on ScienceDaily.
Graduate Student Honored with Scholarship by the German Academic Exchange Service
Originally posted on my news – Tabitha Williford, a second year graduate student from Perry, Georgia has earned a scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service, or the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and has been accepted into DAAD’s Research Internships in Science and Engineering (RISE) professional program.
Biology Professor Invited to United Nations Meeting in Rome
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nation (UN) hosted the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food Security and Nutrition last week (September 18 – 19) at its headquarter in Rome, Italy. At this meeting, over 50 experts including academic professors, government officials, private sector, researcher and leaders of civil-society organizations made presentations from different corners of the globe. Dr. Subhrajit Saha of the Biology Department was invited to this meeting to present his agroecological research at the global platform of FAO. The high-level round-table discussion panel of this meeting included the agricultural ministers of France, Japan, Senegal, Algeria, Costa Rica, and the Director-General of FAO. With the threat of global warming, agroecology is being recognized more and more as a climate-smart way of agriculture and is also being highlighted at the UN Climate Summit this week in New York. Dr. Saha’s agroecology research is focused on climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration, agroforestry, organic farming and bioenergy production and apart from Georgia; he has research projects in Germany, Mexico and India. Dr. Saha’s participation at this meeting has not only represented his research at a United Nations platform, but, also exposed Georgia Southern’s agricultural research initiatives to a global community of researchers, officials, policymakers and international agencies & organizations.
Math Faculty Launch Open Source Journal: TAG
Two faculty members in the Department of Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Colton Magnant and Dr. Hua Wang, have launched a new open source journal called Theory and Application of Graphs (TAG). TAG is a fully-refereed, entirely online, open-access, completely free journal supported by Georgia Southern University through Digital Commons. TAG publishes high level research articles in Graph Theory and related areas. Please see the website: http://digitalcommons.
Please consider submitting works for publication in TAG. Also, please contact the editors with proposals for special issues, surveys, or dynamic surveys. Detailed submission information can be found at the website.
Molecular Biology Initiative Named a STEM Education Awards Finalist
Congratulations to Biology Professor Dr. Laura Regassa (STEMstars Program Director) and Janee Cardell (STEMstars Program Coordinator) for their hard work on the Molecular Biology Initiative Program as it has been named, for the second year in a row, a finalist in the Post-secondary Outreach category for the 2014 Georgia STEM Education Awards presented by the Technology Association of Georgia.
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