Jonathan Losos receives 2019 Sewall Wright Award
The Sewall Wright Award, established in 1991, is given annually and honors a senior but still active investigator who is making fundamental contributions to the Society's goals, namely, promoting the conceptual unification of the biological sciences. The 2019 Sewall Wright Award honors Jonathan B. Losos, the William H. Danforth Distinguished University Professor, at Washington University, and the Director of the Living Earth Collaborative, a collaboration between Washington University, the Missouri Botanical Garden, and the St. Louis Zoo.
Vierstra wins Stephen Hales Prize
Congratulations to Richard Vierstra, recipient of the Stephen Hales Prize from the American Society of Plant Biologists. This award honors the Reverend Stephen Hales for his pioneering work in plant biology published in his 1727 book Vegetable Staticks. It is a monetary award established in 1927 for a scientist, an ASPB member, who has served the science of plant biology in some noteworthy manner. The award is made annually. The recipient of the award is invited to address the Society on a subject in plant biology at the next annual meeting.
Three faculty members named microbiology fellows
The American Academy of Microbiology has named three Washington University in St. Louis faculty members as fellows: Gautam Dantas, professor of pathology and immunology at the School of Medicine, and Robert Kranz and Petra Levin, professors of biology in Arts & Sciences. The faculty are among 109 fellows elected this year to the academy, which recognizes scientific achievement and original contributions that have advanced microbiology.
Annual Holiday Cookie Baking and Ugly Sweater Contest
The Strader Lab hosted the annual biology department cookie baking and ugly sweater contest. Congratulations to Sam Powers for winning both ugliest sweater and most attractive cookie. Sam graciously deferred her cookie prize to the runner up Isabelle Trier for her adorable melting snowmen cookies. The tastiest cookie prize was awarded to Amanda Ismail for her oreo balls.
Biology Chair Joseph Jez elected as AAAS Fellow
The American Association for the Advancement of Science has bestowed upon 416 of its members the lifetime honor of being an elected Fellow in recognition of their extraordinary achievements in advancing science. . .This year’s Fellows, who represent a broad swath of scientific disciplines, were selected for diverse accomplishments that include pioneering research, leadership within their field, teaching and mentoring, fostering collaborations and advancing public understanding of science.
Keith Hengen is chosen to be a Next Generation Leader by the Allen Institute for Brain Science
Next Generation Leaders are selected each year through a competitive process that includes applications from around the world. This year, the six Next Generation Leaders come from universities and research institutes in the U.S., Canada and Germany. They will each have a three-year term on the advisory council.
Erik Herzog receives the Award for Education in Neuroscience from the Society for Neuroscience (SfN)
“The Society is proud to present Dr. Herzog and Dr. Peker with this year’s award,” said SfN President Richard Huganir. “Dr. Herzog is a gifted teacher and science communicator who is committed to increasing diversity through mentoring, while Dr. Peker has been instrumental in demonstrating the benefits of international educational experiences and research collaborations.”
Melissa Evers received the 2017-2018 Arts & Sciences Outstanding Staff Award
"Melissa is simply the best. She is proactive, highly responsible, thinks of things we should know or do before we ourselves realize, shows attention to detail, and excellence in learning new things."
Kings of the Eisendrath Garden
Monarch butterflies hatch in front of Rebstock Hall
Bacteria in a changing environment
A&S professor awarded $2 million for research that could help defeat antibiotic-resistant infections
Strassmann/Queller Lab receives NSF grant
Joan Strassmann and David Queller were awarded a $1,139,388 National Science Foundation grant for the four-year project "Kith and kin in amoeba-bacteria cooperation", about the evolution of cooperation both within and between species, using an amoeba-bacteria system.
Jonathan Myers and collaborators awarded NSF EAGER grant
The two year grant was awarded from the National Science Foundation
Student Spotlight: Ali Wilkening receives award from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation
Joe Jez, professor and chair of the Department of Biology, nominated Wilkening for the award.
ISP’s Victoria May honored for work with students
Victoria L. May, assistant dean in Arts & Sciences and executive director of the Institute for School Partnership, has been honored for her work with students.
Haussler wins Harrison D. Stalker Award
Emily Haussler has been awarded the 2018 Harrison D. Stalker Award from the Department of Biology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis.
Chen and Wang share Quatrano Prize
Alex Chen and Yixi Wang, seniors majoring in biology in Arts & Sciences, have been awarded the 2018 Ralph S. Quatrano Prize.
Three biology faculty elected to National Academy of Sciences
Three scientists at Washington University in St. Louis are among the 84 new members and 21 foreign associates elected May 1 to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.
Jordan Shaker receives this year's Spector Prize
This year’s recipient is Jordan Shaker. His thesis, titled “Endogenous Opioidergic Circuits Involved in Thermoregulation,” won praise for the experiments’ design, the technical excellence with which they were carried out and Shaker’s incisive interpretation of results.
Sally Elgin: Lessons learned in a life of science
Nowadays Sally Elgin would probably be referred to as gifted or talented. But in the 1950s, a really smart girl was obnoxious or a nerd.
Sally Elgin receives the Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award
Four Biology Students Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
Yehuda Ben-Shahar awarded $770,000 by the National Science Foundation
Yehuda Ben-Shahar, associate professor of biology in Arts & Sciences, has been awarded $770,000 by the National Science Foundation to investigate how insects produce and perceive mating pheromones as species diversify.
The Green Office Program at Wash U
Congratulations 2018 Bunche Scholars!
Congratulations to our biology majors who will be recognized at the annual James E. McLeod Honors and Awards Ceremony as 2018 Ralph Bunche Scholars.