news that people bother to send in"
miss the especially outstanding rotogravure
section at the end of the newsletter
widow of former Department of Biochemistry chairperson Scott Allen,
died Wednesday, May 15, 2002. She was born in Salem, Utah, on April 17,
1918, to Isaac Riley Pierce Jr. and Flora Jeannette Lerwill Pierce. She
was reared in Salem, where she completed her high school education, went
on to beauty school and later opened her own beauty shop in Spanish Fork,
Utah. She married Allen in 1940 in Spanish Fork. The Allens and their three
sons lived in Utah, Iowa and Louisiana. Burial was in Provo Cemetery, Provo,
Utah. [Based on an obituary published in The Advocate on 19 May 2002.]
Allen and her sons were known to many department members, who remember
visits to departmental awards ceremonies to present the Robert Scott and
Louise Pierce Allen Scholarship for Biochemistry.
Volume 2, Number
7, May 2002
Caprio (Department of Biological Sciences)
Ricapito (Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures) were honored
as the Distinguished Research Masters for 2002 at a ceremony held
at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, 29 May at the Lod Cook Conference Center.
Family and friends of both honorees as well as many high-ranking administrators
(Kevin Smith, Daniel Fogel, and Harold Silverman) attended.
The Office of Research provided a lavish spread after the program.
Caprio recounted several major events in his research career, including
the discovery of "Gotta Bite," an amino acid modified food for ictalurid
catfish and fish with similar feeding behavior. Caprio has described
his taste bud-covered research organism as a "swimming tongue," an appellation
picked up by Steven Hand in his introduction of Caprio. [Abstract
from the LSU intellectual Properties web site: The snapping and biting
response of Ictalurid catfish, and fish with similar feeding habits, are
released by the use of the free amino acids: L-proline, L-alanine,
and L-arginine, and mixtures thereof, at concentrations above those normally
found around the fish's normal, or natural food.]
The swimming tongue
to Kurt Svoboda,
who has an e-mail address <email@example.com>, indicating his imminent
|From the Newsletter editor:This
will be the last newsletter I do as I begin to shed all extra duties and
prepare for a busy summer and fall followed by sabbatical leave in Spring
2003. The upcoming meeting season began in
Veracruz, where I ran an NSF-funded workshop for students from six countries
in Latin America. Meetings will continue to punctuate the summer
with travel to Corvallis, Paris, and Oslo. A research trip to Panama
with Sung-Oui Suh and entomologists from the University of Georgia
and Brigham Young University will fill the rest of the summer. Our
lab will change with
John Williams gone off to Europe before beginning
medical school (LSU-Shreveport) in the fall, and Ebony Spikes getting
ready to go to Oxford on a British Marshall Scholarship. Recent PhD
(see graduate awards, below) Ning Zhang is in the postdoctoral groove
at Penn State and has already given her first seminar and aligned several
hundred new sequences. Undergraduates Nhu Nguyen, Christine
Ackerman, Amy Whittington help to fill the void, and they learn
fast and work hard. Suh and I will be in and out! --Meredith Blackwell
Mohamed Noor has
won the Phi Kappa Phi 2002 Non-tenured Faculty Award for the Natural and
In its mission to recognize and
promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education, the LSU
chapter of the national service fraternity, Phi Kappa Phi, presents awards
to three untenured LSU faculty members annually. This year Mohamed Noor
was chosen Outstanding Non-Tenured Faculty member in the Physical and Natural
Sciences. Phi Kappa Phi presented plaques and sizable checks to Noor,
as well as non-tenured faculty in two other categories, social sciences
and humanities and creative and performing arts.
from the News
See the LSU
news site for publicity on research that reveals "junk" DNA may function
in DNA repair.
|Has a forthcoming novel been
named for the Life Sciences Building? The early buzz on a novel acquired
recently by Little, Brown, and Company has a title that makes one wonder
about the connection .
From Publishers' Marketplace
(1 May, 2002) Fiction: Journalist Elise Blackwell's
first novel LIFE SCIENCE, a "haunting and spare" tale of hunger,
love, and survival showing how extreme conditions bring out the greatest
human strengths and weaknesses, inspired by actual events at Leningrad's
Institute for Plant Science during World War II, when scientists made a
pact to protect their precious collection of rare seeds despite starvation
that was killing thousands daily, to Michael Pietsch at Little, Brown,
who will edit along with Asya Muchnick, for publication in 2003, by John
record year with 132 contributors to the 16th Annual LSU Ornithology
Birdathon. See the site for all the details
Spotlight on Pat Cox:
heavily from IN VIVO, the University of Tennessee Division of Biology
Newsletter in which Cox was featured, February-March 2002)
the Core Biology Coordinator for the Division of Biology and Adjunct Assistant
Professor of Botany at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She
earned her B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Northeast Louisiana University
(University of Louisiana at Monroe) and her Ph.D. in Department of
Botany from Louisiana State University where she worked with Lowell
Urbatsch. She has co-authored three lab manuals and a study guide
for a non-major’s biology textbook. Previously, an instructor for
the general biology program at Tennessee, she is concerned about the quality
of undergraduate biology education. Her research interests are in
the systematics of Rudbeckia and related composites. In addition
to her work on Rudbeckia, she is also interested in Liatris
of the southeast and field pteridology. Currently, she teaches a field
pteridology course and is co-chair of the Plant Twig for the All Taxa Biodiversity
Inventory for the GSMNP where she is concentrating on re-evaluating the
pteridophyte flora in the park. Cox has served the Association of
Southeastern Biologists previously as an Executive Committee Member and
co-program chair for the 1995 ASB meetings hosted by the University of
Tennessee. She also has been an active member of The Southern Appalachian
Botanical Society (SABS) where she has served as Member-at-large, Editor
for Castanea and currently serves as the SABS Representative to
the Great Smoky Mountain Wildflower Pilgrimage for which she is one of
the coordinators. Cox was the 1995 recipient of the Richard and Minnie
Windler Award for the best systematics paper published in Castanea:
“A taxonomic Revision of Rudbeckia subg. Macrocline (Asteraceae:
Heliantheae: Rudbeckiinae).” On a personal note, Cox is a mother
of four and a raging Lady Vol Basketball fan.
It is rumor ed (from a conversation
with his mother-in-law) that Steven
Brewer , former student of Bill Platt, has been awarded
tenure at the University of Mississippi. Congratulations to him!
Susan Pell reported on her new
job at the New York Botanical Garden:
Her official title is laboratory manager of the Lewis
B. and Dorothy Cullman Program for Molecular Systematics Studies at
the New York Botanical Garden. She trains all new users of the lab
(including visitors and new graduate students as well as some current staff),
orders supplies for the lab, maintains the lab, introduces new molecular
systematics techniques, and conducts research for Tim Motley and Ken Cameron.
She is involved in two research projects at the garden: one involves
Anacardiaceae (cashew and poison ivy's family) (genera Abrahamia,
and Heeria) working with John Mitchell at NYBG and Armand
Randrianasolo from the Missouri Botanical Garden. The other is a
large cycad project that is just getting started working directly with
Dennis Stevenson (Pell's boss) and Ken Hill from Australia; the collaborative
project involves all the major cycad molecular systematics research
labs in the world.
And another job! Aravind Somanchi
was hired in a tenure-track position in the Department of Biological Sciences
at Auburn University, Auburn, AL. Aravind received his PhD in Plant
Biology in 1998 working on the CO2 concentrating mechanism of
reinhardtii with Jim Moroney. For the past three years
he has been a postdoctoral investigator at Scripps Research Institute,
La Jolla California, working with Stephen Mayfield on the light regulation
of translation of chloroplast mRNAs. Frost Rollins, a recent
LSU Plant Biology graduate (Spring 2001), attended Somanchi's seminar.
Rollins is in a graduate program in landscape architecture at Auburn.
Graduate Awards for 2002 (read more about
the winners on their linked web sites) The
graduate student awards ceremony was held in the Life Sciences Annex Auditorium
on Friday, 3 May, at 1:30 PM. A nice spread of refreshments were
served in the annex lobby to make the ceremony truly festive. For
the first time the complete ceremony is on line <http://www.biology.lsu.edu/grads/Graduate_Awards_2002_files/frame.htm>
(view with Internet Explorer)
Holmes Endowment for Research in Ornithology Grant in the field of
Gates Memorial Fund to a graduate student for outstanding teaching
in the Introductory Zoology Laboratory (BIOL 1509): Daniel
Younathan Outstanding Biochemistry Teaching Assistant to a biochemistry
C. W. Edgerton
Endowment Fund Award honors research accomplishments by a graduating PhD
student in plant biology: Ning
A hearty congratulations
to the winners of the spring round of Sigma Xi grants-in-aid of research
from the national organization. LSU BioSci earned 4 of the 293 grants
in all disciplines. Competition was tough this round: 1117
proposals were submitted, and people applied from all 50 states as well
as 24 foreign countries. Below are the LSU-Biological Sciences winners,
in alphabetical order:
Scott Crousillac, Biological
Sciences, Gleason lab: Expression of TRP Channel Subunits in the
Developing and Adult Chicken Retina.
Thomas Devitt, Biological Sciences,
lab: The Genetic Consequences of Habitat Fragmentation on the Gopher Tortoise
(Gopherus polyphemus) in the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem.
Loren Henagan (undergraduate),
Biological Sciences, Noor lab: A test of the balanced inversion
model of speciation.
Carrie Yoder, Biological Sciences,
lab: Community recovery following multiple disturbances of fire and
to Roland Roberts, who was awarded the Charles E. Harrington graduate student
award for outstanding contributions and performance at Louisiana State
University in late April.
to two LSU graduate students have been selected for courses
sponsored by the Organization for Tropical Research. Acceptance into
the courses is highly competitive, and the students are funded in part
From the OTS website: The Organization
for Tropical Studies is a non-profit consortium of more than 50 universities
and research institutions in the United States and Latin America dedicated
to providing leadership in education, research, and the wise use of natural
resources in the tropics. Graduate and undergraduate students may join
scientists from 25 countries to attend OTS courses (more than 200 offered
since 1963) at one of three field sites in Costa Rica:
Vesna Karaman was accepted into
the six week course in Tropical
Plant Systematics described on the OTS website as: A relatively new
course emphasizes a strong theoretical/conceptual foundation in phylogenetic
systematics while at the same time taking advantage of the unique field
opportunities and spectacular examples of bio- diversity. Las Cruces Biological
Station is the course's home base. On-site access is provided here to the
eight hectare Wilson Botanical Garden and the 160-hectare forest reserve.
Within easy reach are extensive mid-elevation fragments of premontane rain
forest, the vast La Amistad National Park that extends to the high paramos,
and the Corcovado National Park on the Osa Peninsula with its tidal and
mangrove swamps and "Amazonian" lowland rain forest. This course
was designed for the hard-core graduate student in plant systematics, but
biologists in related disciplines (e.g., anthropology, ethnobotany) may
find the training invaluable.
Meghan Radtke was accepted for
the eight-week field course, Tropical
Biology: An Ecological Approach. The OTS website description
of the course follows: This, the so-called Fundamentals course, is
intended for graduate students in the biological sciences. It is an intensive
field course that emphasizes theory and methods of tropical ecology,
with a particular focus emphasis on natural ecosystems. Six or more contrasting
sites throughout Costa Rica are visited, ranging from sea level to the
paramo and from wet tropical rain forest to seasonally dry deciduous forest.
Offered continuously since 1964, this is the oldest and best known of OTS
The Atlantic lowlands hosts the La Selva Biological Station, dedicated
to rain forest research
The southern Pacific slopes are the home of the Las Cruces Biological Station,
perfect for study of fragmented premontane rain forests.
Pacific lowlands harbors the Palo Verde Field Station, ideal for study
of deciduous dry forest and freshwater marsh
Top Student Honors in the College of Basic Sciences went to Biologists
Senior —G. Bryan Fillette (Zoology).
Junior —Christina Jia Sheng Chen (Biochemistry).
Sophomore —Arsham Sheybani (Biological Sciences).
junior —Christina Jia Sheng Chen
Hussey College Achievement Award for leadership, service, and scholarly
Harrell (Zoology) won one of the two awards named in honor of Dean
Emeritus Greg Hussey who retired in 2000 after serving as a faculty member
for 38 years and as Assistant Dean for 29 years.
Sciences Departmental Awards
Each of these
student's accomplishments include a long record of excellent academic performance,
participation in laboratory or classroom teaching and research, and community
and University service and leadership.
Sciences Undergraduate Research Award—Lisa Ann Bertucci
Amborski Award for the Outstanding Senior in Microbiology—Erin Marie
Socolofsky Scholarship for Excellence in Microbiology—Chris Nicole
S. McCleskey Memorial Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Microbiology
(3 winners)—Jennifer Eileen McCain, Jessica Reneé Gautreaux,
and Joseph Chris Bruno, Jr.
Senior in Biochemistry —Jennifer Eileen McCain (see blue box
below of honors students)
Senior in Zoology —Sara Kathryn Bordelon
Nweze, a senior microbiology major in our department, has been selected
to participate in The University of Wisconsin-Madison Molecular and Environmental
Toxicology Summer Research Program for undergraduates. The program provides
a monthly stipend and summer housing costs.
Weisenhorn, a senior biology major, has accepted an NSF-funded summer
REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) position at the Institute
of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York. Weisenhorn will conduct
research on Hudson River wetland ecosystems under the supervision of Stuart
Findlay. The REU at the Institute for Ecosystem Studies is a particularly
competitive program with applicants from all over the country. The
award covers lodging and has a $3000 summer stipend. This is Weisenhorn's
second summer REU appointment. Last summer she participated in an REU project
at the Savannah River Ecology Lab. During the year Weisenhorn did
research with Loretta Battaglia and currently she is completing a manuscript
from that work that should be submitted before she leaves for Millbrook.
|Four students in the College
of Basic Sciences students will earn upper division honors at May
2002 commencement are all from the Department of Biological Sciences:
David Story (Biochemistry)
Thesis advisor: Jackie Stephens. David J.
Story worked with Jackie Stephens
on signaling proteins in type II diabetes. He will start in
the MD/ PhD degree program at LSU New Orleans in Fall 2002.
Jennifer McCain (Biochemistry)
Thesis advisor: Pat Dimario. McCain's honor's thesis described
the transformation of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, to
express the nucleolar protein, Nopp140, as a green fluorescent protein
tagged fusion. McCain will graduate from LSU with majors
in Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Microbiology. She recently was accepted
to LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
Amy Noles (Microbiology)
Thesis advisor: Sue Bartlett. Noles modified a promoter for
expression of a chloramphenicol cassette in Deinococcus radiodurans.
She also prepared vectors for homologous recombination into the beta and
gamma carbonic anhydrase genes in D. radiodurans. In addition,
she made expression vectors for both of the CA genes.
Ebony Spikes (Biochemistry)
Thesis advisor: Meredith Blackwell. Spikes cultured a large number
of yeasts isolated from the gut of mushroom-feeding beetles. The
results of the study eventually will help to determine the relationship
between the presumed endosymbiotic yeasts and their beetle hosts.
interest to undergraduates
Weisenhorn* work presented a paper at
the recent meeting of the Association of Southeastern Biologists held in
Boone, North Carolina April 10-13: Weisenhorn, P. B., L.L. Battaglia,
and B.S. Collins. Resource dynamics and Quercus michauxii
recruitment in aging canopy gaps.
snow down on Salt Lake City
from the LSU Department of Biological Sciences attended the 102nd General
Meeting of the American Society of Microbiology in Salt Lake City, Utah
(May 19th-23rd). Fred Rainey attended the Council of ASM on which
he presents Division R (Systematics and Evolutionary Microbiology).
The American Society of Microbiologists is the largest biological society
with a membership of over 43,000. The microbiologists from Biological
Sciences LSU presented six posters in various poster sessions at the meeting:
, D.P. Bourgeois, and R.J. Siebling. Prevalence of integrons
and gene cassettes in environmental isolates from Louisiana.
and F.A. Rainey. Detection of potentially ubiquitous taxa using
culture-independent techniques. Special
congratulations to Brian Rash from the Rainey Lab, who was awarded an ASM
Student Travel Award for this poster presentation.
, J. Sansalone, and Y.H. Young. A fast-rate anaerobic reactor
? Studies on a continuous process for the biodegradation of municipal waste
, R.E. Bridges, J. Enticknap, M.C. Clements, F.A.
Rainey. Collection of air-water biofilms for correlative microscopy
and molecular biology characterization.
, and R.J. Siebling. Evidence for a super-integron in Vibrio
, D.P. Bourgeois, and R.J. Siebling. Integrons and gene cassettes
in environmental isolates of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia.
Ward, M.S. daCosta. Using the Genome Sequence of Deinococcus
radiodurans to mine gene sequences from related taxa for phylogenetic
analyses at various taxonomic levels.
|...and a final
note on the ASM meeting: Ron Siebeling, along with arch rebel V.R. Srinivasan
and the customary vanful of students, has safely returned from the 33rd
CONSECUTIVE Siebeling-mobile drive to the annual meeting of the American
Society for Microbiology. Siebeling provided transportation for approximately
200 students and others, who presented at least 100 papers and posters
over the 33 years!
afternoon field trip was made to the Red
Butte Garden, the Botanical Garden and Arboretum of the University
of Utah. During the visit snow fell, which for some Louisiana natives was
a new and exciting experience. Photographs, Frederick
Donze, D., and R. T. Kamakaka.
2002. Braking the Silence: How Heterochromatic Gene Repression is
stopped in its tracks. Bioessays 24:344-349.
Mendonca, S., G.P. Johnson, A.D. French,
and R.A. Laine. 2002. Conformational Analysis of Native and Permethylated
Disaccharides. Journal of Physical Chemistry A 106: 4115-4124.
Zhang, N., and M. Blackwell.
2002. Molecular phylogeny of Melanospora corda and similar pyrenomycetous
fungi. Mycological Research 106: 148-155.
Williamson, G. B., and K.
Ickes. 2002. Mast fruiting and ENSO cycles - Does the cue
betray the cause? Oikos 97: 459-461.
on new research grants
David Donze and colleagues Giorgio
Dieci (University of Parma, Italy) and Takehiko Kobayashi (National Institute
for Basic Biology, Japan) have been awarded a Human Fronteirs Science Program,
Young Investigator's Grant to study "Functions of the RNA Polymerase III
Transcription System in Genome Organization and Dynamics" The grant for
$250,000/year with Donze's share of $80,000/year will run from July 2002
until June 2005.
Craig M. Hart was funded
for a project: Structural and Functional Analysis of Chromatin Domain Insulators.
Year 1: $64,758 Year 2: $58,258
Mike Taylor was awarded
$9955 from NSF's DEB Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Program for his
proposal "Covariation of opsin proteins and coloration in a Caribbean
goby species complex". Taylor works with Michael Hellberg, who is
as always very proud of him.
Kyle Harms is a co-PI on a $500,000
four-way collaborative grant recently funded by NSF: Effects of soil-borne
resources on the structure and dynamics of lowland tropical forests." Jim
Dalling (U. Illinois) is PI and Joe Yavitt (Cornell) and Bob Stallard
(USGS) are the other PIs. A quote from Kyle about the award:
"My cut is only about $30,000, but it's a start"!
Jim Cronin on receiving word
of funding by the NSF Ecology program: Landscape heterogeneity,
patch connectivity, and host-parasitoid population dynamics (DEB-0211359).
$351,558. Funding period: 1 Sept. 2002 to 31Aug. 2005.
Meredith Blackwell was awarded
$7,000 from NSF (International Programs) for an Ascomycete workshop preceeding
the IV Congreso Latinamerico de Micologia in Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico.
Mohamed Noor received word of
funding from NSF Population Biology for a collaborative project entitled
"Genetics of sexual isolation in Drosophila mojavensis" (DEB 0211007).
LSU will receive $269,000 from this award for the period of September
1, 2002, through August 31, 2005. His collaborator is Bill Etges
at the University of Arkansas, who will receive $212,000 from NSF for this
Lowell Urbatsch will receive
NIH support. This interesting interdisciplinary study that brings
together food scientists and plant geneticists and systematists is described
is part of a very large study focusing on the phylogeny and population
genetics of plants used in herbal remedies. He will receive
NIH funds for the study of natural populations of purple cone flowers,
of which the genus Echinacea is a member. Echinacea
has been touted by many advocates of herbal remedies on the web, such as
the Eclectic Institute Inc.:
"Strong immune stimulating properties; useful in colds, flu, sore throat,
infections, skin eruptions, allergies, viral disease and immune deficiency.
" This same group has a motto of "Consistency Without Chemicals,"
and it is exactly this aspect of the use of herbal remedies that Urbatsch
will study, because the amounts of bioactive compounds are almost certainly
under genetic control that varies widly within populations.
Center for Dietary Supplements Research, -Botanicals. National Institute
of Health. D. Birt, P.I., Iowa State University.
$25 Million. LSU share $30,372.00.
PI, is Chair Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition. Urbatsch will
be interacting most often with Co PI Jonathan Wendel, Professor of Biological
Sciences, Iowa State University. Wendel's research interests coincide with
those of Urbatsch, and they include molecular evolution, genome evolution,
and phylogenetics of higher plants, and he is presently using molecular
and genetic tools to explore the manner in which DNA sequences and genomes
change over evolutionary time, especially gene and genome evolution in
polyploids, with a special focus on the cotton genus
aims of the study will be to i) determine the phylogenetic relationships
among species within Echinacea and allied genera, and ii) determine
the levels and patterns of genetic diversity in wild and cultivated populations
of Echinacea purpurea, E. angustifolia, and E. pallida.
(and also Hypericum, St. John's Wort, which is included in the larger study)
extracts are popular health-remedies. However, genetic diversity in these
species and natural abundance of the putatively bioactive chemicals have
not been systematically addressed. The general hypotheses being tested
in this project are: 1) Echinacea and Hypericum species contain
wide natural variation in levels of bioactive compounds, and 2) The natural
abundance of the Echinacea and Hypericum bioactive chemical(s)
is broadly affected by environmental and developmental cues. We will
identify accessions and developmental and environmental cues that positively
affect accumulation of beneficial bioactive compounds and negatively affect
the accumulation of potentially undesired toxic compounds. We will
determine patterns of genetic diversity in Echinacea and Hypericum
and how this diversity is related to accumulation of bioactive constituents.
We also will define the relationship between accumulation of bioactive
constituents and developmental and environmental cues. Variation
in the accumulation and distribution of bioactive components will be assessed
systematically throughout plant development. This project plays a
critical role in the Dietary Botanicals Center, identifying natural genetic,
developmental, and environmental variation in the levels and patterns of
accumulation of key bioactive constituents, and in determining strategies
for optimizing the accumulation of beneficial compounds and minimizing
toxicity. An additional result of the project will be a genetic "fingerprint"
technology to facilitate identification of plant material of unknown provenance.
The following specific aims will be addressed: Both Echinacea and
contain a great deal of natural genetic diversity, and only a small portion
of this diversity has been evaluated for potential health effects in humans.
In this portion of the project we detail a research plan that will elucidate
the "family tree" of each genus and its close relatives. In addition,
we describe approaches to clarify the levels and patterns of genetic diversity
within the particular species that have been touted for their putative
health benefits. As a result of these experiments, we will characterize
and quantify the portion and proportion of naturally occurring diversity
that are utilized in commercial extracts. This comparative framework
will provide the critical context for other objectives in this proposal
and for future experiments. These include the design of sampling
strategies for maximizing genetic diversity, the development of "core"
collections for experimental use, and a means for rational assessment of
the natural relationships of materials used commercially or for scientific
experiments. The data generated also provide the essential framework
for developing PCR-based tools for "forensic" objectives, such as determining
the identity of unknown plant materials as well as their geographic origin.
amount of the funds will be for the clinical testing bioactive compounds
at the University of Iowa Medical School.
Last month we reported that
LSU undergraduates (Johnna Roose, former LSU undergraduate who did
research with Terry Bricker and current PhD student at Washington
University )and Jessica Koederitz (current undergraduate student
Van Remsen) were awarded an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship.
discovered that a third student was awarded an NSF Predoctoral Fellowship.
Blouin, former undergraduate researcher with Tom Moore and, later,
Evanna Gleason, also received the prestigeous award that comes just before
or at the beginning of a graduate career. Blouin attends UCLA.
Are you interested in news of
other biologists at LSU? Try the Museum
of Natural Sciences, Pennington Biomedical
Research Center, School of Veterinary
Medicine, School of the Coast and
Environment, College of Agriculture,
||On Saturday 27 April
after Friday's successful herbarium grand opening symposium , a group of
biologists went out into the field to the northeast of Baton Rouge.
Shown in the photograph (left to right) are Kurt Neubig, Peter Stevens
(University of Missouri, St. Louis, and Missouri Botanical Garden), Tom
Wendt (University of Texas), Meredith Blackwell, Vickie Funk (Smithsonian
Institution), Kyle Harms,
Diane Ferguson, Vesna Karaman,
Wes Colgan (Louisiana Tech), Milan Vavrek (Louisiana Tech), Heddy
Cibula (Picayune, Mississippi), Niholas Simpson (graduate student.
Louisiana Tech), Bill Cibula (Picayune, Mississippi), and Lowell Urbatsch,
who organized everything so beautifully. Not shown is the photographer,
LSU undergraduate, Christine Tran.
(Parrot Pitcher Plant) photographed at Talisheek Longleaf/Slash Pine Restoration
Preserve, by Lowell Urbatsch
||When we were getting
ready for the herbarium opening, we looked for a photograph of Charles
Schexnayder, first chair of the Department of Botany, which came in
a bit late pictures all four chairs of that defunct department. It is included
here as a nostalgic reminder of the 25th anniversary of the department.
Pictured (left to right) David Longstreth, Russ Chapman,
Moore, and Schexnayder.
29 May 2002
Thanks to Vermar Hargrove
and David Foltz for the excellent proof-reading job.
Tom Moore and David Longstreth
checked out the format.
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