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New paper on shade avoidance in plants published by Dr. Palmer

October 2016 - Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Christine Palmer and her collaborators at the University of California, Davis just published a paper on the genetics of shade avoidance. Her work used the luminescent luciferase enzyme from fireflies to identify hormone signaling in plants under different light conditions.

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NAS Spring 2016 Newsletter - Issue 2

April 2016 - The Spring 2016 Natural Sciences Newsletter contains stories about our alumni and current students. Our graduates are doing some great things, congrats!

NAS Newsletter - Spring 2016

Castleton Undergraduate Summer Research Grants Awarded

April 2016 - Castleton undergraduate science students Mason Brown, Kyle Gosley, and Montana Lofthouse were recently awarded grants from Castleton University to pursue respective research projects in their fields of interest. Kyle will be working with Dr. Tim Grover on his NSF funded project understanding the geologic history of the Adirondack Mountains. Montana and Mason will be working with Dr. Andrew Vermilyea on his collaborative research grant with the University of Vermont and the North East Water Resources Network (NEWRnet) to better understand nutrient dynamics in the Lake Champlain Basin.

Catie Wielgasz is Bound for University of Montana for Graduate School

April 2016 - Senior chemistry major Catie Wielgasz as recently accepted an offer from the University of Montana to start in their PhD program in chemistry for the upcoming fall. Catie was offered a tuition waiver and stipend to attend. We wish her the best of luck!

Dr. Palmer coauthors a new paper on the creation of a high-throughput automated system for tracking plant growth

April 2016 - Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Christine Palmer was recently published on a paper investigating the genetics of plant responses to shade with her collaborators at the University of California, Davis and Kansas State University. This publication describes the system she built reprogramming standard digital cameras to take photos of thousands of different plants every hour over the period of months. By using multiple cameras in the array, she and her collaborators were able to create 3D imaging to track plant growth and development under different light conditions.

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$50,000 awarded to Professors Garcia and Palmer from VGN

March 2016 - Congratulations to Dr. Preston Garcia and Dr. C. Palmer for each having been awarded a successful Vermont Genetics Network Pilot Grant! Dr. Garcia’s grant is titled “Model of dual regulation control of a modified catabolite repression system”, Dr. Palmer’s grant is titled “Improving causal gene prediction from GWAS (ie, using plants as a model to find important genes from population wide studies).” Each grant is for $25,000 for the upcoming year to conduct their independent research here at Castleton University with students. In addition to the $50,000, there is an allocation of $15,000 for three $5000 stipends for students to spend the summer doing research, as well as an additional $18,407 that Castleton is given as part of the award. Overall, they are bringing in over $86,000 for research!

Castleton Students Present at Northeast Geological Society of America Conference

March 2016 - Students from geology, environmental science, and chemistry joined professors Tim Grover, Helen Mango, and Andrew Vermilyea at the 2016 Northeast Geological Society of America (GSA) Conference to learn about the current work being done in their fields. Professors Grover and Mango were co-chairs of the conference. Geology majors Kim French, Graeme Pike, and Sam Nunnikhoven presented their work, as did chemistry major Catie Wielgasz, and environmental science major Montana Lofthouse. Read more about this event below.

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Hillary Hunt is Awarded an Internship in Minnesota

March 2016 - Ecology and Evolutionary Biology major Hillary Hunt has been awarded a Summer 2016 internship at the American Bear Association Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary in the North Woods of Minnesota.

Dr. Palmer coauthors a new paper on plant immune systems.

February 2016 - Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Palmer recently was published on a paper investigating the genetics of plant immune responses and pathogen genotypes as a collaborator to a research group at the University of California, Davis where she did her postdoctoral research. This work was published in PLoS Genetics in February and highlights that plants can sense and respond different to pathogens depending on the genotype of the pathogen.

PLoS Genetics Article

Amber Miller Clark is Awarded a Research Fellowship at Dartmouth

March 2016 - Biology major Amber Miller Clark has been selected to be a member of the New Hampshire INBRE Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth for the summer of 2016.