Aug 18, 2008

Wright State ES Ph.D. faculty and students co-authored 24 presentations at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America in Milwaukee on August 3-8. Presentations were authored by ES faculty John Stireman, Tom Rooney, Yvonne Vadeboncoeur, Jim Runkle, and Don Cipollini, along with ES students Sean Devlin, Jim Milks, and Jeremy Heath. This was by far the largest contingent that Wright State has ever sent to the Ecology meetings and is a sure sign of Wright State's growing influence...

Jun 14, 2008

Drs. Sweta Bose and Kathryn Barto received their Ph.D. degrees after successful defenses of their dissertations in Spring 2008. Congratulations to the program's first Ph.D. recipients!

Jun 11, 2008

Kathryn Barto, who will graduate in Spring 2008 as the second graduate of the ES Ph.D. program, was recently honored as our program's recipient of the Graduate Excellence award for 2008 from the School of Graduate Studies. Kathryn is often recognized as the leader of her cohort and is a recipient of a competitive EPA GRO fellowship. She tackled a controversial topic in plant ecology and mastered a wide array of techniques and statistical tools in her research, which she can eloquently...

May 20, 2008

University of Dayton, leading a partnership with The Ohio State University, Wright State University, and Miami University were recommended for $23,448,718 in funding for a proposal to develop the Ohio Academic Research Cluster for Layered Sensing and enable the compilation of world-renowned layered sensing intellectual capital in Ohio to establish Ohio as the undisputed academic leader in layered sensing. Layered sensing is defined as taking a multitude of diverse and distinct sensor...

May 1, 2008

Rick Salisbury, an ES Ph.D. student in the lab of Dr. Courtney Sulentic in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, won an Ohio Valley Society of Toxicology (OVSOT) student abstract competition and was given a monetary award in mid-April. Additionally, Rick was second runner-up and awarded a plaque for the student poster competition at the 2008 Toxicology and Risk Assessment Conference in Cincinnati, OH on April 16. The title of his award-winning presentation was "Role of NF-êB/Rel...

Jan 11, 2008

Dr. Chad Hammerschmidt, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has received word that a proposal, entitled "Mercury Biogeochemistry on the Continental Shelf and Slope." will be funded by the National Science Foundation-Chemical Oceanography program.

Aug 17, 2007
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(L. A. Dyer, M. S. Singer, J. T. Lill, J. O. Stireman, G. L. Gentry, R. J. Marquis, R. E. Ricklefs, H. F. Greeney, D. L. Wagner, H. C. Morais, I. R. Diniz, T. A. Kursar, P. D. Coley. 2007. Host specificity of Lepidoptera in tropical and temperate forests. Nature 448, 696–699 (09 Aug 2007)

How many animal species are there and how are they distributed?

Recent studies of insect herbivore diversity and host range in tropical systems have suggested that early estimates of 50...

Aug 15, 2007
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Christina Powell has been awarded a Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) fellowship from the United States EPA. These fellowships, which provde stipend, tuition, and research funds, are highly competitive.

Ms. Powell's topic is: Degradation of Potential of Chlorinated Ethenes in the Rhizosphere of Wetland Plants.

Jul 22, 2007

In 2007, then MS student Gian Guzman-Verri (now a PhD student at University of California, Riverside) discovered that a single-layer sheet of silicon can have so-called electronic Dirac cones, a property that has made graphene world-famous and led to the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. The flat sheet of silicon was named "silicene" in a paper published by Guzman-Verri and his advisor, Dr. Lew Yan Voon, in the...

Jun 19, 2007
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Most of the harbors in America are in trouble. The culprit is pollution. These seaports have been described as the largest and most poorly regulated sources of urban pollution in the country.

One of the primary obstacles to correcting this problem is a lack of accurate and cost- effective ways to measure the pollution that is present to determine if clean-up is needed.

“The clean-up costs for these harbors and large rivers can be staggering, costing tens to hundreds of millions...



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