It was belated, which made it an even more unexpected surprise! The American Society of Microscopy awarded my poster on chiton radula physiology best student presentation! This is the science that best captured the feelings of discovery that motivate me, so I had a lot of fun conveying that excitement to others! We are working on the manuscript now, so stay tuned for more beautiful blue chiton teeth to come!
Check out the preprint of our manuscript describing the first-ever sequenced chiton genome!
I am so excited to finally share all of the amazing iron-related discoveries we made, and looking forward to seeing what the data get used for in the future!
As I move toward completing my PhD this coming year, I realized I forgot to share that I received a second Graduate Council Fellowship for the 2020-2021 academic year. This fellowship allows me to finish my research without a teaching commitment, and will hopefully allow a few extra projects to come to fruition this next year in addition to my PhD chapters. I am so thankful for the support UA has given me, and continues to offer all of its graduate students. Here's to the home stretch!
COVID has certainly thrown a wrench in many plans, but I will still share that I received two awards at Honor's Day this year!
The Ralph L. Chermock Prize is named for Dr. Ralph Chermock, professor in Biology and director of the Alabama Museum of Natural History. It is presented to the most outstanding graduate student in systematics and ecology. I am honored to receive it, and grateful to my department for the financial support for research that comes with it!
I was also awarded a second Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Student award, this time for Fall 2019. As that is the first semester of student evaluations on record since I returned to teaching after my GCF, I am ecstatic to know that my hiatus from teaching to focus on research did not decrease my effectiveness as an instructor. It was certainly a joy to get back to sharing passion for science with my students.
This past week I got to visit Curacao for the second time, this time to give a guest lecture on meiofauna to the University of Florida Invertebrate Biodiversity of Coral Reefs class! It was a bit of a trip giving a guest lecture to the professor who taught me Invert, Gustav Paulay!
Just got back from Monterey, California, where I presented an invited talk in a Utility of Molluscan Genomics session about the genome of my chiton, now approaching publication. And I won a Best Student Talk Award! I'm so excited to see the future of this work in light of the amazing comments from other malacologists!