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Biology alumna Ashley Tate has joined the Carter Center and is going in a couple of weeks to South Sudan to work on Guinea worm eradication.

Three professors in the Department of Biological Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans were recently awarded more than $1 million in research funding.

Dr. Patricia Dorn, Professor of Biological Sciences at Loyola University New Orleans, was awarded a 5-year NSF/NIH Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Disease grant "Modeling disease transmission using spatial mapping of vector-parasite genetics and vector feeding patterns" for $568,343.

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.


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