CollegeNET and PayScale have launched www.socialmobilityindex.org, a new College Ranking system based on the Social Mobility Index. The Index is based on the ability of the college to graduate students from lower income families into careers with a higher income. It is measured by five variables with declining weight: Tuition, Economic Background, Graduation Rate, Early Career Salary, and Endowment.
Florida had the fourth highest SMI rank of all states, with FAMU and FIU being among the top ten schools reducing the income gap between rich and poor.
Bethune-Cookman is strong in the middle field ranking #169 out of #539.
Harvard University ranked #438 out of #539 schools.
Climate change is a fact - but how will ectotherms such as lizards adapt to it?
A lot of work has been conducted in order to understand the thermoregulatory behavior of reptiles as a response to changing temperatures. Such studies usually look at existing climatic clines, for example in species that have wide distribution areas and occur in - and are already adapted to- different thermal habitats.
The question is, which genes are responsible for causing such inherited differences?
My colleague Dr. Isokpehi and I, together with a great team of B-CU undergraduate student researchers, have now identified a set of genes that are already known to adapt to changing temperatures in different lineages of vertebrates ranging from fish to human, and can even be traced back through time all the way to flies and shrimp.
We then constructed a network of gene interactions in the chicken, the model organism most closely related to reptiles. This network provides a resource and point of orientation for the study of the genetic basis of thermal adaptation in non-avian reptiles.
Link to the article: https://peerj.com/articles/578/
My colleagues and I were very excited to receive our first collaborative NSF award today. This grant will allow to transform the way we teach Biology here at B-CU. Besides changes in instructional practices, we will be able to offer our students great research opportunities via a new Genomics Core facility and a Bioinformatics facility. I will be involved in developing and teaching two new classes, Bioinstrumentation and Computational Genetics.
I collaborated on a paper that recently appeared in Amphibia-Reptilia where Bina Perl published a barcoding phylogeny of the Malagasy amphibians. We are happy to add CO1 sequences of these great frogs to the global barcoding dataset! You can download this and any other paper from my ResearchGate page.
A while ago, I blogged about our 2013 paper in Ecology and Evolution about Anolis community assembly on the great blog "Anole Annals" http://www.anoleannals.org/2014/03/07/what-makes-anolis-communities-complete/. In this blog, I explain that complete communities of Anolis on the Greater Antilles arise by environmental filtering.
I am feeling very honored that parts of a 2010 paper of mine inspired someone to spoof a Nick Cave song...
"...A part of Katharina C. Wollenberg's paper "Inferring factors of lineage differentiation in widespread Anolis species" (2010), Anolis Newsletter VI, The Museum of Comparative Zoology
Harvard University, recorded in the style of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds ca. The Good Son...."
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