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Achievements

Students in Biological Sciences will spend the summer pursing independent research in both the laboratory and the field. Described below are a few of the projects they will be collaborating on:

Biology alumni, Daniel Holt, recently completed his doctorate at Auburn University. His dissertation is entitled: "Sound Production And The Effect Of Noise On Communication In The Blacktail Shiner (Cyprinella venusta)."

Biology alumna, Rachel Nuwer, publishes "Bugs That Transmit 'Silent Killer' Are Biting More in U.S" online in 'Scientific American.'

Biology alumni, Juan Calix wins University of Alabama Birmingham's "Samuel B. Barker Award" for Excellence in Graduate Studies at the Doctoral Level. This award is given each spring to one Ph.D. student and one Masters student, both of whom expect to receive their degrees within the calendar year.

Dr. Patricia Dorn and her co-authors' article on Chagas disease, which shows that kissing bugs in California and Arizona are both infected with the Chagas parasite and have fed on humans will be published and highlighted on March 14 in the 'Emerging Infections Diseases' journal.

Dr. Barnes and Biology alumna, Michele Abbene, who is currently studying at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale University publish paper on litter decomposition.

Dr. Robert A. Head ’69, a veteran Dothan, Ala., physician, will be Apalachicola’s first pediatrician when he begins work in January for the Sacred Heart Medical Group out of a downtown site the group practice is buying.

Biology alumna is head of pediatrics at GHESKIO CENTER in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. GHESKIO CENTER was the first institution in the world dedicated to the fight against HIV/AIDS. GHESKIO has provided continuous medical care in Haiti since 1982 - never once shutting its doors or charging fees.

Dr. Dorn has published nine original research articles in journals such as Public Library of Science -Neglected Tropical Diseases; Infection, Genetics and Evolution; Clinical Infectious Diseases; Heredity, and Journal of Medical Entomology since 2009.

Dr. Patricia Dorn's research group, including undergraduate biology researchers, have uncovered important aspects of a major parasitic disease of the Americas.

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