I am pleased to have this opportunity to introduce this year’s newsletter and share my perspective on how the department has progressed over the past year. In short, we are doing very well! Although we can highlight only a few of the many stories that illustrate our accomplishments, they are certainly representative of the great work that goes on across the department every day. Our faculty have received many professional awards and secured several important new grants. Faculty honors this year include Jenny Boughman’s election to vice president of the Society for the Study of Evolution; Sarah Fitzpatrick’s Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigators Award; Steve Hamilton’s Society for Freshwater Science Fellowship; Rich Lenski’s Friend of Darwin Award; Elena Litchman’s Excellence Professorship award from the Professor Dr. Werner – Petersen Foundation; Jim Smith’s American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellowship; and Elise Zipkin’s Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellowship, to name just a few. You can read about these and other outstanding faculty accomplishments on page 4. Key grant awards include National Science Foundation (NSF) awards to Jenny Boughman and Gideon Bradburd, Heather Eisthen, Jason Gallant, Elena Litchman and Elise Zipkin; and National Institutes of Health funding for Ingo Braasch (see page 8). You can also read about some of the many awards received by our graduate students, including NSF Graduate Research Fellowships to Lauren Koenig, Connie Rojas and Allison Young (see page 4). The department’s undergraduate curriculum continues to adapt to serve student needs. We added several new courses, including an introduction to biology for scientists and engineers who are not life-science majors (led by Louise Mead); a course on global change (led by Sarah Evans and Sarah Fitzpatrick); a Conservation Medicine in New Zealand course (led by Jeanette McGuire—see back cover); and an online program on captive animal management, in partnership with the San Diego Zoo Global Academy (led by Richard Snider and colleagues). “ALTHOUGH WE CAN HIGHLIGHT ONLY A FEW OF THE MANY STORIES THAT ILLUSTRATE OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, THEY ARE CERTAINLY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE GREAT WORK THAT GOES ON ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT EVERY DAY.” New members of the IBIO community continue to invigorate us. Gideon Bradburd joined the faculty last fall; Sarah Fitzpatrick and Mariah Meek joined the faculty this spring; and Eila Roberts joined the staff as an advisor at the beginning of this summer. Learn more about them on page 3 and check them out on our website – https://ibio.natsci.msu.edu/about/directory/. Many of you will have fond memories of your interactions with Richard “Dick” Hill, a greatly admired and respected teacher and researcher in zoology and integrative biology. Dick retired this spring, but continues to work on his textbooks and several interesting lines of research. Please join me in congratulating Dick on a wonderful career and the beginning of a rewarding retirement (read more on page 3). We are also pleased to share a profile on one of our alumni, Beth Seaman, who is featured on page 7. There are many more stories on our website (https://ibio.natsci.msu.edu), where you can also find links to our social media. Our communications manager, Katie Licht, does a remarkable job of telling our stories—and yours. We are proud of our community of alumni and we want the world to know it. Please watch our progress, take pride, share your stories and help us continue to grow and shape the future for the better. We need your support, both moral and financial. Now, please turn the page and enjoy learning more about us! Thomas Getty, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Integrative Biology firstname.lastname@example.org IBIO.NATSCI.MSU.EDU
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