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Outstanding Vicksburg graduate receives $17,000 in scholarships from CMU

October 30, 2013 - Central Michigan University freshman Claudia Ramsey has received the CMU Board of Trustees Outstanding High School Student scholarship, worth $4,000 annually and awarded to students ranked first or second in their graduating class.

She also has received an Incoming Freshman Scholarship from the CMU biology department, a one-time award worth $1,000. 

Claudia is studying biomedical science and is a member of the CMU cheerleading team. She hopes to attend medical school in southern California and become an orthopedic surgeon.

Biology graduate student recognized for Best Student Presentation

October 28, 2013 - Congratulations to Kristen Karasiewiczbiology graduate student Kristen Karasiewicz, who won the Best Student Presentation Award - Biology Section at the Michigan Microscopy and Microanalysis Society meeting held on October 18 at The Dow Chemical Company.

A native of Cedar Springs, Mich., Kristen received a B.S. in biology from CMU in 2012 and is currently working on an M.S. in biology, conducting research on shrimp in professor Philip Hertzler's lab in Brooks Hall. Her poster, "Vasa and Nanos Protein Localization within the Germ Line of Penaeid Shrimp," was singled out from ten competing posters and talks by program officers and two invited speakers. In addition to the recognition, Kristen received a new iPad.

Using fish ear bones to help protect coastal wetlands

September 30, 2013 - Don Uzarski, CMU Conducting mass spectrometry on otolithsprofessor of biology and director of CMU's Institute for Great Lakes Research and the CMU Biological Station, and his research team are reading information stored in the ear bones (otoliths) of fish to track fish movements. 

The otoliths in fish grow daily in layers, similar to rings in a tree trunk. Biology graduate student Lee Schoen and Jim Student, director of the Center for Elemental and Isotopic Analysis in the CMU College of Science and Technology, are taking thin slices of the otoliths and running them through a laser-equipped mass spectrometer, which picks up trace elements that the ear bones integrate from surrounding water, enabling the researchers to track the fish's pattern of visits to particular coastal wetlands.

Uzarski says, "We're basically trying to find out exactly how important these coastal wetlands are to the overall energy base or food web of the entire Great Lakes ecosystem." 

Their research aims to provide the hard data necessary for better choices to be made about managing, restoring and protecting the Great Lakes basin's coastal wetlands. 

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Biology professors awarded Amazon Web Services Teaching Grant that provides students with access to cloud computing

September 25, 2013 - Assistant DNA sequencingprofessors of biology Deric Learman and Andrew Mahon were recently awarded an Amazon Web Services Teaching Grant. The award, in the form of $1600 worth of credit from Amazon, enables them to use Amazon's high-powered computer servers as an instructional tool in the BIO 610: Next Generation Sequencing course that they are teaching this semester.

Access to the AWS servers allows students in the class to analyze data hands-on, including being able to do whole genome assemblies, alignments and analyses using the most modern methods in the field.

Amazon Web Services is a collection of remote computing services that together make up a cloud computing platform, offered over the Internet by Amazon.com. The AWS in Education team evaluates academic research support proposals from active faculty at accredited universities and colleges four times a year, and selects recipients for AWS Teaching Grant awards that enable students' access to the global computing infrastructure and storage capacity of the AWS cloud.

The ability to access AWS services provides a cost-effective way for educators to teach courses in distributed computing, artificial intelligence, data structures and other compute and storage-intensive subject matter. In the past, such courses would have required extensive hardware and network infrastructure.

Biology graduate student conducts shrimp research Down Under

July 18, 2013 - CMU graduate student Sam Sam GlavesGlaves from Clovis, Calif. recently spent time conducting research in Brisbane, Australia. From January through April, Sam and his research colleagues studied the germ line development of the Kuruma shrimp, Penaeus japonicas, in an aquaculture setting. They are hoping that their findings will benefit aquaculture breeding practices and help answer prevalent germ line developmental questions for this particular shrimp species, as well as others that follow the same patterns.

Sam said the trip was extraordinarily beneficial for his research progress and "an amazing opportunity not only to experience a different culture, but to experience a different way of thinking, learning and talking about our universal field of biology."

Sam collected Kuruma shrimp samples at Bribie Island, the smallest and most northerly of three major sand islands forming the coastline sheltering the northern part of Moreton Bay, Queensland. He conducted his molecular research on the shrimp at the University of Queensland, a research-intensive institution in the top 1% of universities worldwide.

Sam studies under the guidance of biology professor Phil Hertzler and plans to graduate in December 2013 with a Master of Science in biology.

Biology graduate student Clarence Fullard receives prestigious Sea Grant Fellowship

July 11, 2013 - Clarence Fullard has been Clarence Fullardselected as one of the 2014 John A. Knauss Sea Grant Fellows. Clarence is currently working on an M.S. degree under the supervision of CMU Professor of Biology Dr. Tracy Galarowicz.

Named after John A. Knauss, one of the founders of the Sea Grant program and former director of the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in national policy decisions affecting those resources.

Since their inception in 1979, more than 900 young men and women have been recipients of the prestigious Knauss awards that allow them to spend a year working in Washington, D.C. as a staff person in either the legislative or executive branch of government. Knauss fellows assist their host offices by contributing expertise gained from their graduate studies, while gaining invaluable experience and insights into public policy at the highest levels.

One of the goals of CMU's Institute for Great Lakes Research is to provide scientific information to inform public policy and assist national resource managers; through his work as a Knauss fellow, Clarence will be able to help make this goal a reality.

Click here to learn more about the John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship program.