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Graduate Student Happenings

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Christopher Holmes-Singh on his successful defense of his MS thesis entitled "Effects of diversity on community assembly dynamics in newly formed pond communities" under Carla Caceres.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Torrey Rodgers on his successful defense of his MS thesis entitled "ESTIMATION OF POPULATION DENSITY AND INVESTIGATION OF SOCIO-SPATIAL ORGANIZATION OF OCELOTS (LEOPARDUS PARDALIS) FROM COMPARISON AND INTEGRATION OF TWO NONINVASIVE METHODS" under Edward Heske.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Bill Wills on his successful defense of his PhD thesis entitled "The consequences and implications of ecology on body size distributions in social insects" under Andrew Suarez.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Xuan Zhuang on her successful defense of her PhD thesis entitled " CREATING SENSE FROM NON-SENSE DNA: DE NOVO GENESIS AND EVOLUTIONARY HISTORY OF ANTIFREEZE GLYCOPROTEIN GENE IN NORTHERN COD FISHES (GADIDAE)" under Chris Cheng.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Kate Laskowski on her successful defense of her PhD thesis entitled "Testing models of the adaptive evolution of consistent individual differences in behavior using sticklebacks" under Alison Bell.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Anna Molineaux on her successful defense of her MS thesis entitled "Functional genomics of plant compensatory responses" under Karen Sears.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Brett Mommer on his successful defense of his PhD thesis entitled "The neuroendocrine and molecular mechanisms underlying stress-induced maternal effects in the threespine stickleback" under Alison Bell.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Daniel Welsh on his successful defense of his PhD thesis entitled "Phenotypic Patterns of Size and Shape in North American Killifish" under Becky Fuller.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Madhura Siddappaji on his successful defense of his thesis entitled "Functional genomics of plant compensatory responses" under Ken Paige.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Brett Olds on his successful defense of his thesis entitled "Analysis of Genetic Variation in Pediculus Humanus and Populus Trichocarpa" under Ken Paige and Barry Pittendrigh

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Ashley Johnson on her successful defense of her thesis entitled "The Maintenance of Variation in Cyprinodontiformes" under Becky Fuller.

CONGRATULATIONS to Animal Biology graduate student Emma Berdan on her successful defense of her thesis entitled "Linking ecological divergence and reproductive isolation: a tale of two killifish" under Becky Fuller.

Faculty Happenings

At the behest of NSF GEO Directorate/Polar Programs, the NAS/NRC (National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council) has appointed a national committee for a year-long effort in "Developing a Strategic Vision and Implementation Plan for the U.S. Antarctic Program". Chris Cheng has been appointed as one of the committee members.

The effort is to chart and provide guidance for the next decade of polar scientific endeavors, using the recent scientific and logistics reviews of Polar Programs (Future Science Opportunities in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean (2011), and More and Better Science in Antarctica through increased Logistical Effectiveness (2012)) as platforms.

Congratulations to Alison Bell on her promotion from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Biology, effective August 2013. Way to go Alison!

Congratulations to Chris Cheng on her promotion from Associate Professor to Full Professor in the Department of Animal Biology, effective August 2013. Way to go Chris!

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Chi-Hing Christina Cheng, a professor of animal biology, is one of six Illinois professors named AAAS fellows. Congratulations Chris!

Dr. Ken N. Paige is serving as editor-in-chief of Conservation Biology.

Dr. Chris Cheng has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Committee to the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs for a three year term (2012-2015).

Dr. David J. Schmidly receives a LAS Achievement Award for 2012. Dr. Schmidly received his Ph.D. from the Department of Zoology (now the Department of Animal Biology) in 1971. Dr. Schmidly has had a long and distinguished career as an academician. In addition to his stellar scholarly standing, Dr. Schmidly has held an impressive number of high profile posts including President of Texas Tech University, President and System CEO of Oklahoma State University (2003-2007) and, perhaps most impressive of all, he recently completed a term as the 20th President of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He has attained outstanding success and national distinction in his chosen profession and demonstrates the values derived from a liberal arts and sciences education.