[Ocees] Announcements

Roosenburg, Willem roosenbu at ohio.edu
Wed Sep 18 10:01:54 EDT 2019

Dear All,

It is a bit of a slow week and there is no presentation at Ecolunch but we are having a discussion regarding the attached gray literature by Steven Stearns and Ray Huey regarding the nuances of graduate school. It's a quick read and all signup for the class are required to attend. Faculty it is your choice whether you want to attend or not.

1)      Ecolunch - Discussion of attached papers (quick 15 minute read). Discussion will be led by Shawn Kuchta and we encourage faculty to participate - Wednesday, 11 September 11:50 am in Irvine 159

2)      Cassie Thompson has agreed to be our social media outreach person and she will be maintain a facebook and twitter pages for OCEES. Please send her information about grants, publications, and presentations by you and your students. She also is going to set up spotlights of faculty, their labs, and important events (e.g. Darwin Lecture) for social media outreach that we plan to include on the web page too. Please send your stuff in and we will distribute addresses when the accounts are established.

3)      Please rank your choice for the Darwin Lecturer. Remember we are hoping to secure speakers for the next two years so please rank your choise from 1 (highest choice) to 3(lowest choice). Please send your rankings to roosenbu at ohio.edu<mailto:roosenbu at ohio.edu> by Friday 27 September. Nominations for Darwin Lecturer are

a.       Janet Brown -  Janet Browne's interests range widely over the history of the life and earth sciences and natural history. After a first degree in zoology she studied for a PhD in the history of science at Imperial College London, published as The Secular Ark: Studies in the History of Biogeography (1983). Ever since then she has specialised in reassessing Charles Darwin's work, first as associate editor of the early volumes of The Correspondence of Charles Darwin, and more recently as author of a biographical study that integrated Darwin's science with his life and times. While it was framed as a biographical study, the intention was to explore the ways in which scientific knowledge was created, distributed and accepted, moving from private to public, as reflected in the two-volume structure of the work. The biography was received generously both in the UK and USA, and awarded several prizes, including the James Tait Black award for non-fiction in 2004, the WH.Heinemann Prize from the Royal Literary Society, and the Pfizer Prize from the History of Science Society. She was based for many years at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London where she taught in the MA, MSc and undergraduate programs in the history of science, biology, and medicine. She has been editor of the British Journal for the History of Science. She is currently president of the History of Science Society. She has an Honorary degree from Trinity College Dublin, 2009.

b.       Scott Edwards - Scott Edwards is Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology and Curator of Ornithology in the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. He came to Harvard in December 2003 after serving as a faculty for 9 years in the Zoology Department and the Burke Museum at the University of Washington, Seattle.  His research focuses on diverse aspects of avian biology, including evolutionary history and biogeography, disease ecology, population genetics and comparative genomics.  He has conducted fieldwork in phylogeography in Australia since 1987 and conducted some of the first phylogeographic analyses based on DNA sequencing.  He did a postdoctoral fellowship in immunogenetics at the University of Florida and gained experience with studying the major histocompatibility complex (MHC) of birds, an important gene complex for interactions of birds and infectious diseases, pathogens and mate choice.  An important system for studying these issues is the ongoing epizootic involving House Finches (Haemorhous mexicanus) and the bacterial pathogen Mycoplasma gallisepticum.  His work on the MHC led him to study the large-scale structure of the avian genome and informed his current interest in using comparative genomics to study the genetic basis of phenotypic innovation in birds.  In the last 10 years Dr. Edwards has helped develop novel methods for estimating phylogenetic trees from multilocus DNA sequence data.  His recent work uses comparative genomics in diverse contexts to study macroevolutionary patterns in birds, including the origin of feathers and the evolution of flightlessness.

>From 2013-2015 Scott served as Division Director of the Division of Biological Infrastructure at the US National Science Foundation, where he oversaw a staff of 22, an annual research budget of $120M (USD), and managed funding programs focused on undergraduate research, postdoctoral fellowships, natural history collections and field stations, and cyber- and other infrastructure for all areas of biology, from molecular to ecosystem science.  He has served as President of three international scientific societies based in the US: the Society for the Study of Evolution, the Society of Systematic Biologists, and the American Genetic Association, each of which publishes a scientific journal and has memberships ranging from 500 - 2500 scientists and students.  He has served on the National Geographic's Committee for Research and Exploration, the Senior Advisory Boards of the NSF-funded US National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS), and on the Advisory Boards of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  He oversees a program funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the diversity of undergraduates in evolutionary biology and biodiversity science. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009), a Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (2009), and a member the National Academy of Sciences (2015).

c.       Jonathon Losos - Jonathan Losos received his AB from Harvard University, followed by a PhD in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley and postdoctoral studies at the University of California, Davis. He then taught at Washington University for 14 years, rising to the rank of professor and serving as the Director of the Tyson Research Center and the Environmental Studies Program. He then went to Harvard University for 12 years as a professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Curator in Herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, before returning to Washington University in 2018. Losos studies biological diversity-how it originates, what forces maintain it-focusing on lizards as a model study system. His work has been conducted in Caribbean islands, Central and South America, Australia, and South Africa. He has published two books, Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree: Ecology of Adaptive Radiation of Anoles (University of California Press, 2009) and Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution (Penguin-Random House, 2017). Professor Losos has served as Editor-in-Chief of The American Naturalist and President of the American Society of Naturalists. He is the recipient of the Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize, the David Starr Jordan Prize, The Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award, the Daniel Giraud Elliot Medal and a Guggenheim Fellowship and has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Willem M Roosenburg

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