Faculty KUDOS: Exciting news, grants, presentations off-campus

Faculty KUDOS: Exciting news, grants, presentations off-campus

NEWEST: Te-Wen presented in the UK; Kit and Bruce continue summer research; Susan shares with 2nd grade classroom; Peter presented in RI and elected as an Executive Committee member; Andy's Research is on the Weather Channel!; Bruce receives funding for an alum;Te-Wen receives funding; Peter presents in Physics; Maki presents work co-authored with student and others; Kit Muma--Panel Discussion; Andy Smith receives Funding; Ian Woods Presented in Wisconsin; Nancy Jacobson Presented in California

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Te-Wen Lo presented at the Evolutionary Biology of Caenorhabditis and other Nematodes conference. Cambridge, UK. June 2014. Partial funding was awarded by the Provost & VPEA Travel Fund.

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Smith and Muma

Queen's University Biological Station. Summer 2014.

  • Bruce Smith had a display on the diversity of water mites and their pathogens and Kit Muma presented a poster entitled "Tick Talk". Open House.

  • Bruce P. Smith and Kit E. Muma presented, "Kiwis and Kokakos: Wildlife Conservation in New Zealand". Queen's University Biological Station Wednesday Night Seminar Series. . 

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Susan goes to the 2nd Grade Classroom

Susan Witherup and Jennifer Mellott visited the Trumansburg Elementary School’s second grade class to read a book and showed students “creepy crawly stuff”.  The students saw scorpions and tarantulas from Ithaca College’s living arthropod collection, live snakes, and preserved mounted butterflies and moths.

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Peter has been elected to serve as a member of the Executive Committee for the Northeastern Section of the American Society of Plant Biologist.

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Peter Melcher presented. "A new approach to measure hydraulic resistance in plants".  American Society of Plant Biology Northeastern sectional meeting in Rhode Island, March 30th, 2014.

Measuring xylem hydraulic resistance in plants is a common procedure that relies on well-established methods.  Results from comparative measures of xylem hydraulic conductivity using traditional and a new protocol on eight woody species will be discussed. The new method was developed to reduce errors associated with samples that are: shorter than their xylem conduit lengths; and from fluid moving through artificially created flow paths when measurements are made on samples that are excised on both ends, such as fluid moving through xylem conduits located in older vascular growth rings that may not be conducting in the intact samples. The new method produced much lower values of hydraulic conductivity in 7 of the 8 species studied. However, there was a large species-dependent range observed between the two methods.  For example, the new method produced conductivity values that were two times lower for Acer rubrum samples compared to traditional hydraulic methods. And in some species, the differences between the two methods were only about 10%.  For Robinia pseudoacacia conductivity values were found to be the same for both methods. Reasons for these variations will be discussed. 

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