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Department of Biology

Baylor University






February 2011

No.
59





PUBLICATIONS



Usenko, C.Y.
,

S.L.
Harper,
M.T.
Simonich, and
R.L. Tanguay
. (2010). Fullerene Toxicity,
Handbook
of Nanophysics: Nanomedicine and Nanorobotics
, CRC Press, Boca Raton
pp. 17.1
-
17.8.


Usenko, C.Y.
,
E. Robinson, S. Usenko, B.W. Brooks,

and
E.D. Bruce
. (accepted). PBDE congener
-
specific effects on embryonic zebrafish development. Environ Toxicol Chem.


Liu, Z.

(graduate student) and
C.M. Kearney.
An efficient Foxtail mosaic virus vector system
with reduced environmental risk. BMC Biotechnology 2010, 10:88.


Liu, Z.

(graduate student) and
C.M. Kearney
. A tobamovirus expression vector for agroinfection
of legumes and Nicotiana. Journal of Biotechn
ology, 2010, 147:151
-
159.


Gutzwiller, K.J.
, W.C. Barrow, Jr.,
J.D. White
, L. Johnson
-
Randall, B.S. Cade, and L.M. Zygo.
2010. Assessing conservation relevance of organism
-
environment relations using predicted changes
in response variables.
Methods in E
cology and Evolution

1:351
-
358.


Forbes, M.G.,
R.D. Doyle
, J.T. Scott, J. Stanley, H. Huang, B.A. Fulton, and B.W. Brooks. In press
2011. Carbon sink to source: Longitudinal gradients of planktonic P:R ratios in subtropical
reservoirs.
Biogeochemistry

doi:10.1007/210533
-
101
-
9533
-
3.


Forbes, M.G., J.C. Yelderman Jr., T. Potterton,
R.D. Doyle
. 2010. Effects of intermittent loading,
media type, and wetland age on nitrogen removal in horizontal subsurface flow wetlands.
Water
Science and Technology

62:1865
-
1871.




Doyle, R.D.
, J.T. Scott, M. Forbes. 2010. Hot Spots and Hot Moments of Planktonic Nitrogen
Fixation in a Eutrophic Southern Reservoir.
Lake and Reservoir Management

26:95
-
103. Nominated
for Society of Wetland Scientist “Labounty Awar
d for Best Paper.” 2010.


Adams, R.P.
, B. Rumeu, S.S. Fontinha and M. Nogales. 2010. Speciation of
Juniperus

cedrus and
J.
maderensis

in the Canary Islands and Maderia based on terpenoids and nrDNA and cp petN
sequences.
Phytologia

92(1): 44
-
55.


Adams, R.P.

and Vasu Dev. 2010. Synthesis and gas chromatographic/mass spectrometric analysis
of angelates and tiglates as aid to identification of these components in essential oils.
Flav. Frag. J.

25:71
-
74.


Adams, R.P.
, A.E. Schwarzbach and J.A. Morr
is. 2010.
Juniperus zanonii
, a new species from
Cerro Potosi, Mexico.
Phytologia

92(1): 105
-
117.


Mao, K.G
. Hao, J.Q. Liu,
R.P. Adams

and R.I. Milne. 2010. Diversification and biogeography of
Juniperus

(Cupressaceae
): variable diversification rates and multiple intercontinental dispersals.
New Phytologist

188:254
-
272.


Adams, R.P.

and L.N. Sharma. 2010. DNA from herbarium specimens: I. Correlation of DNA sizes
with specimens age.
Phytologia


92(3): 346
-
353.


Geng Chen

(graduate student),
Alicia K. Rogers

(undergraduate student),
Garrett League

(graduate student) and
Sang
-
Chul Nam
. 2011. Genetic interaction of Centrosomin and Bazooka in
apical domain regulation in
Drosophila

photoreceptor.
PLoS ONE

6(1):e161
27.


Sim, Cheolho

and D.L. Denlinger. 2011. Catalase and superoxide dismutase
-
2 enhance survival and
protect ovaries during overwintering diapause in the mosquito
Culex pipiens
. Journal of Insect
Physiology. (in press)


White, J.D.
, S.J. Prochnow, C.T.

Filstrup, J.T. Scott, B.W. Byars and L. Zygo
-
Flynn 2010. A
combined watershed
-
water quality modeling analysis of the Waco Lake reservoir: I. calibration and
confirmation of predicted water quality. Lake and Reservoir Management 26:147
-
158.


White, J.D
.
, S.J. Prochnow, C.T. Filstrup, and B.W. Byars. 2010. A combined watershed
-
water
quality modeling analysis of the Waco Lake reservoir: II. watershed and reservoir management
options and outcomes. Lake and Reservoir Management 26:159
-
167.


White, J.D.

and B.R. Moore. 2010. Carbon accumulation in a humid temperate prairie pasture
following abandonment and afforestation. Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology 4(6): 1
-
9.


Di. Vittorio, A.V., R.S. Anderson,
J.D. White
, N.L. Miller and S.W. Runni
ng. 2010. Development and
optimization of an Agro
-
BGC ecosystem model for C
4

perennial grasses. Ecological Modelling
221:2038
-
2053.


Taylor, M.F.

2010. Making biology teaching more Graphic. The American Biology Teacher
27(9):568
-
571.


Sturmbauer, C.,

M. Husemann

(graduate student), and
P. Danley
. (accepted). New insights on
explosive speciation and adaptive radiation from African cichlid fishes. In: Habel, J.C., Zachos,
F.E.: Hotspots, Springer.


Locklin, J.L. and
D.S. Vodopich
. 2010.
Eugregarine parasitism of
Erythemis simplicicollis

(Say) at a
constructed wetland: a fitness cost of females? Odonatologica 39(4):319
-
331.


King, R.S.
, M.E. Baker, P.F. Kazyak and D.E. Weller. 2011. How novel is too novel? Stream
community

thresholds
at exceptionally low levels of watershed urbanization.
Ecological
Applications
. doi:10.1890/10
-
1357.1.


Shaftel, R.S
. (graduate student),
R.S. King

and
J.A. Back
. 2011. Alder cover drives nitrogen
availability in Kenai Peninsula headwater streams, Alas
ka.
Biogeochemistry

doi:10.1007/s10533
-
010
-
9541
-
3.


King, R.S.

and
M.E. Baker. 2011. An alternative view of ecological community thresholds and
appropriate analyses for their detection.
Ecological Applications

doi:10.189
-
/10
-
0882.1.


King, R.S.

and M.E. Baker. 2010. Considerations for analyzing ecological community thresholds in
response to anthropogenic environmental gradients.
Journal of the North American Benthological
Society

29:998
-
1008. Joint first
-
authors.


Dodds, W.K., W.H. Clements,

K. Gido, B. Hilderbrand, and
R.S. King
. 2010. Thresholds,
breakpoints, and nonlinearities in aquatic ecosystems as related to management.
Journal of the
North American Benthological Society

29:988
-
997.


Baker, M.E.^ and
R.S. King
^. 2010. A new method

for identifying and interpreting biodiversity and
ecological community thresholds.
Methods in Ecology and Evolution

1.25
-
37. ^Joint first
-
authors,
listed in alphabetical order.


Holmes, W.C.

and H.J. Blizzard. 2010. The derivation of the name
Datisca

(Datiscaceae).
Phytoneuron 2010
-
6: 1
-
2. (March 10).


Singhurst, J.R. &
W.C. Holmes
. 2010.
Lilium lancifolium

(Liliaceae): New to Texas. Phytologia 92:
56
-
58.


Holmes, W.C.

and B.K. Amor. 2010. The Vascular Flora of a River Bottom in East Central
Mis
sissippi. Phytologia 92: 88
-
111.


Holmes, W.C.

2010.
A Dictionary of Louisiana
-
French Animal Names
. Big Mailbox Publishing Co.,
Waco, TX. 137+ xx pp.


Holmes, W.C.

2010. Caricacceae. In Flora of North America Editors, Flora of North America vol.
7.

Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO, pp. 170
-
171 + illustration p. 169.


Singhurst, J.R.,
J.N. Mink

(graduate student) and
W.C. Holmes
. 2010. New and Noteworthy
Plants of Texas. Phytologia 92: 248
-
254.

Singhurst, J.R. and
W.C. Holmes
. 2010.
Car
issa macrocarpa

(Apocynaceae): New to the Texas
flora. Phytoneuron 2010
-
19: 1
-
3.


Mink, J.N.

(graduate student), J.R. Singhurst and
W.C. Holmes
. 2010.
Penstemon oklahomensis

(Scrophulariaceae) in Texas. Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of T
exas 4: 471
-
472.


Singhurst, J.R., L.L. Hansen,
J.N. Mink

(graduate student), B. Armstrong, D. Frels Jr. and
W.C.
Holmes
. 2010. The Vascular Flora of Kerr Wildlife Management Area, Kerr County, Texas. Journal
of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas

4: 497
-
521.


Nesom, G.L., J.L. Aplaca, W.R. Carr, N.L. Fowler, L.L. Hansen, S.L. Hatch, B.W. Hoagland,
W.C.
Holmes
, E.L. Keith, B.L. Lipscomb, B.R. MacRoberts, M.H. MacRoberts, J.A. McDonald, T.F.
Patterson, J.M. Poole, A.M. Powell, N. Rich, M.D. Reed, D.
J. Rosen, J.R. Singhurst, B.A. Sorrie, B.L.
Turner, D.E. Waitt, and J.K. Williams. 2010. Texas non
-
native plants: Overview of occurrence and
invasiveness assessments.
http://www.texasnonnatives.org


Singhu
rst, J.R. and
W.C. Holmes
. Comments of
Buddleja lindleyana

(Buddlejaceae) in Texas.
Phytoneuron 2010
-
42. 1
-
2.


Singhurst, J.R. and
W.C. Holmes
. 2010.
Prenanthes aspera

(Cichorieae): New To Texas.
Phytoneuron 2010
-
52: 1
-
4. 2010
-
53. December 2010.


Mink, J.N.

(graduate student), J.R. Singhurst, and
W.C. Holmes
.
Dryopteris marginalis

(Dryopteridaceae): New to Texas. Phytoneuron 53:1
-
6.


Holmes, W.C.
, J.R. Singhurst, and
J.N. Mink

(graduate student).
Heuchera americana

(Saxifragaceae) in Texas.
Phytoneuron 2011
-
n: 1
-
4.


Mink, J.N.

(graduate student), J.R. Singhurst, and
W.C. Holmes
. 2011.
Dryopteris celsa

(Dryopteridaceae) and
E.J. Palmer 29404
: Solution of a Texas mystery. Phytoneuron 2011
-
11: 1
-
8.


Danley, P.D.

(In Press). Aggression in c
losely related Malawi cichlids varies inversely with habitat
complexity. Environmental Biology of Fishes.


Bartram, B.

(graduate student),
P. Danley

and J. Tibbs. (In press). Factors affecting blue catfish
(
I.furcatus)

populations in Texas reservoirs.
In
Conservation, Ecology & Management of Worldwide
Catfish Populations & Habitats

(American Fisheries Society).


Sturmbauer, C.,
M. Husemann

(graduate student), and
P.D. Danley
. (In press). Diversity,
speciation and adaptive radiation in African cichlid
fishes. In
Biodiversity Hotspots

(Springer) Eds.
J. Habel and F. Zachos.


N.S. Green

&
K.T. Wilkins
. 2010. Continuing range expansion of the northern pygmy mouse
(
Baiomys taylori
) in northeastern Texas.
The Southwestern Naturalist
, 55:288
-
291.


B.K.
Kirchner
,
N.S. Green
,
D.A. Sergeant
,
J.N. Mink

&
K.T. Wilkins.

In press.

Responses of
small mammals and vegetation to a prescribed burn in a tallgrass blackland prairie.
The American
Midland Naturalist
, July 2011.

P
RESENTATIONS


Usenko, C.Y.
,
E. Robinson, S. Usenko,
and
E.D. Bruce
. Brominated flame retardants: new
compounds new problems? SETAC North America, Portland, OR. November 7
-
11, 2010.


Usenko, C.Y
.;
E.D. Robinson,
and
S. Usenko
. Simplified analytical methods for concentration and
d
ose determination in toxicity studies, SETAC North America, Portland, OR. November 7
-
11, 2010.


Usenko, C.Y
., B.W.
Broo
ks, and E.D. Bruce
. Effects of PBDE congener exposures on embryonic
zebrafish development. SETAC South Central, Junction, TX. April 3
0
-
May 1, 2010.


Geng Chen

(graduate student) and
Sang
-
Chul Nam
. 2010. Role of Centrosomin in
Drosophila

photoreceptor. Society for Developmental Biology. Southwest Regional Meeting, University of
Texas/Austin, October 1
-
3, 2010.


Chris Kearney

was an invited speaker at the Cambridge Healthtech Institute Peptide Conference in
San Diego, CA held on January 10
-
11. His talk was “A suite of buisafe deleted plant viral vectors
for high level protein expression.”


Tracy Pinney

and
Kevin Gutzwiller
.
Distance decay in bird community similarity: investigating
predictions of neutral theory and niche
-
assembly theory. 95
th

Annual Meeting of the Ecological
Society of America, Pittsburgh, PA, August 2010.


Doyle, R.D.

and D. Barker. 2010. Biodegradeable
Organic Carbon Inputs to Lake Waco, TX. North
American Lake Management Society. Annual Meeting, November 3
-
5, Oklahoma City.


Doyle, R.D.

2010. Nutrients in the aquatic environment: impacts to aquatic plants. The 2010
Biological Control for Nature Co
nference. Northampton, MA, October 3
-
7. Invited symposium
presentation.


Doyle, R.D.
, M.G. Forbes, J.T. Scott. 2010. Spatial patterns of planktonic production and
respiration: a test of reservoir zonation theory. Am. Soc. Limnology and Oceanography,
June 6
-
11,
Santa Fe, NM.


Forbes, M.G.,
R.D. Doyle
, J. Yelderman. 2010. Coastal Prairie Wetlands: Big benefits in small
packages. Soc. Wetland Scientist, June 27
-
July2, Salt Lake.


Filstrup, C.T.,
J.D. White
, B.W. Byars, S.J. Prochnow, and
O.T. Lind
.

Impact of climate change on
terrestrial organic matter loading to a south
-
central United States reservoir. American Society of
Limnology and Oceanography Meeting, June 2010, Santa Fe, NM.


Sides, M.A.

(graduate student)
,

J.D. White
, and
D. Murray

(gradu
ate student). Woodland
composition inertia affected by disturbance and climate assessed by dimensional analysis of
historical landcover change data. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 2010, San
Francisco, CA.


Adhikari, A.

(graduate studen
t) and
J.D. White
. What are the potential CO2 emission effects
for thorn woodlands? a promising remote sensing approach for mapping carbon sequestration.
American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 2010, San Francisco, CA.


Murray, D.

(graduate stu
dent) and
J.D. White
. Woodland patch dynamics affected by oak
growth: fire, climate, and human influences. American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December
2010, San Francisco, CA.

Yao, J.

(graduate student) and
J.D. White
. Impact of fire disturbance
on regional net ecosystem
exchange for a sub
-
humid woodland and grassland ecosystem. American Geophysical Union Fall
Meeting, December 2010, San Francisco, CA.


King, R.S.

Synchronous changes in periphyton autotrophy, carbon:nutrient ratios, and species
composition reveal stream ecosystem thresholds at low levels of phosphorus enrichment.
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, MD. December 2010 (invited).


King, R.S.

An alternative view of ecological community thresholds and appropriate
analyses for
their detection. UNC Institute for the Environment, Chapel Hill, NC. November 2010 (invited).


King, R.S.

Wetlands are strongly linked to headwater stream ecosystems in the Kenai Lowlands,
Alaska. Duke University Wetland Center Distinguish
ed Speaker Series, Durham, NC. November
2010 (invited).


King, R.S.

Effects of urbanization on stream communities. Kachemak Bay Research seminar
series, Homer, AK. October 2010 (invited).


King, R.S.

Linking observational and experimental approaches for the development of regional
nutrient criteria for wadeable streams. Texas Parks and Wildlife Regional Directors meeting, Buda,
TX. June 2010 (invited).


King, R.S.

and M.E. Baker. Considerations for
analyzing ecological community thresholds in
response to anthropogenic environmental gradients. Joint meeting of ASLO/NABS, Santa Fe, NM.
June 2010.


Back, J.A.
,
J.M. Taylor

(graduate student) and
R.S. King
. Sex and size matter: ontogenic
controls on c
arbon, nitrogen and phosphorus stoichiometry in aquatic macroinvertebrates. Joint
meeting of ASLO/NABS, Santa Fe, NM. June 2010.


Taylor, J.M.

(graduate student),
J.A. Back,
T.W. Valenti, and
R.S. King
. Evidence for fish
-
mediated nutrient recycling in e
xperimental streams. Joint meeting of ASLO/NABS, Santa Fe, NM.
June 2010.


Shafter, R.S., R.S. King

and
J.A. Back
. Alder drives nitrogen availability, breakdown rates, and
macroinvertebrate colonization of grass litter in Kenai Lowland headwater streams
, Alaska. Joint
meeting of ASLO/NABS, Santa Fe, NM. June 2010.




PAPERS/POSTERS PRESE
NTED AT PROFESSIONAL

MEETINGS


North American Symposium on Bat Research, Denver CO. October 2010





Differences in structure of the bat community in managed and
unmanaged southeastern
pine
-
hardwood forests. Poster
: Anica Debelica (presenter),

Michael Weber (Business
Fellows undergraduate) and
Ken Wilkins.





The role of ecomorphology in determining response of a forest
-
dwelling bat community to
management by presc
ribed burns. Poster:
Cory Hanks

(Honors Program undergraduate,
presenter),
Anica Debelica
,
Tommy Pettit

and
Ken Wilkins
.




The relationship between clutter orientation and bat activity in forest canopies and edges.
Oral presentation:
Tommy Pettit

(presenter) and
Ken Wilkins
.


Texas Society of Mammalogists, Junction TX. February 2011




Effects of prescribed fires on composition of the forest
-
dwelling bat community in
southeastern pineyforests. Oral presentation:
Anica Debelica

(presenter),
Cory Ha
nks
,
Tommy Pettit
, and
Ken Wilkins
.





A Comparative Study of Wing Morphology and Echolocation Call Characteristics among
Sympatric Bat Species in Sam Houston National Forest. Poster presentation:
Cory Hanks

(presenter),
Anica Debelica
,
Tommy Pettit
, and
Ken Wilkins
.




Seasonal and Nightly Bat Activity Patterns in Alpine Aspen (
Populus tremuloides
) Forests.
Oral presentation:
Tommy Pettit

(presenter) and
Ken Wilkins
.




Multiple Captures of Reithrodontomys fulvescens and Baiomys taylori: evidence for short
-
t
erm social traveling. Oral presentation:
Nick Green

(presenter),
Laura K. Beard
,
Cathleen
N. Early
, and
Ken Wilkins




Texas Academy of Sciences, Austin TX. March 2011




Differences in structure of the bat community in managed and unmanaged southeastern
pine
-
hardwood forests and the role of ecomorphology. Oral presentation:
Anica Debelica

(presenter),
Cory Hanks
,
Tommy Pettit
, and
Ken Wilkins
.




Multiple captures of
Reithr
odontomys fulvescens

and
Baiomys taylori

may indicate short
-
term, not long
-
term pair
-
bonding. Oral presentation:
Nick Green

(presenter),
Laura K.
Beard
, Cathleen N. Early, and
Ken Wilkins




Bat activity distribution in a medium
-
sized city, Waco, Texas: pre
liminary findings. Poster
presentation:
Han Li
(presenter),
Therese Gavin
, and

Ken Wilkins
.



Southwestern Association of Naturalists, April 2011





Bat interaction with vegetation in forest edges and canopies. Oral presentation:
Tommy
Pettit
(presenter) and
Ken Wilkins
.




GRANTS


Alaska Sustainable Salmon Fund.
Tools for ecosystem
-
based management of wetlands on the Kenai
Lowlands, Alaska: Understanding upland
-
wetland
-
stream connections
. C. Walker,
R.S. King
, D.F.
Whigham and M. Rains.
$299,824. 2010
-
2012.


Baylor University: Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Achievement


Parallel Speciation or
Common Ancestry?


Evolution of Diversity in New and Old World Genera of Band
-
Winged
Grasshoppers. PI:
Patrick Danley
. $5000.


2010. Gu
s Glasscock, Jr. Endowed Fund for Excellence in Environmental Sciences in the College of
Arts and Sciences. Grant amount: $7,000 (awarded). [PI:
Anica Debelica
]


2010. Sigma Xi Grant
-
in
-
Aid of Research. Grant amount: $996 (awarded) [PI:
Nick Green
]


20
10. Doctor of Science in Physical Therapy (DScPT), U.S. Army Medical Center & School (Brooke
Army Medical Center, Ft. Sam Houston TX and United States Military Academy, West Point NY.
Renewal proposal, July 2010

December 2015. Contract value: $175,091 (
awarded). [Co
-
PIs:
Ken
Wilkins
and L. Lyon]


2010. Doctor of Science in Occupational Therapy (advanced residency, DScOT), U.S. Army Medical
Center & School, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas. Renewal proposal, July 2010

October 2015. Contract
value: $187,919 (aw
arded). [Co
-
PIs:
Ken Wilkins

and L. Lyon]




AWARDS


SETAC Student Travel Award (to attend National meeting in Portland, OR). Funding to Aid
Interdisciplinary Research (FAIR), SETAC South Central Chapter (award for research proposal).


Marsh Madness was recognized with a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
Environmental Excellence Award in Education for its GEAR UP Waco program.
Robert Doyle

received recognition for outstanding service in Environmental Education by the Nort
h American
Lake Management Society (NALMS) for his role in Marsh Madness. This national award is granted
to one recipient annually.


Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, Spring 2010.
Tommy Pettit



MISCELLANEOUS


Darrell Vodopich was the featured
speaker at the Fall

Biology Awards Night and Davidson Lecture
which was held on November 12, 2010. The title of his talk was “Processes of Species Change in the
Galapagos Islands.”


Baylor and the City of Waco celebrated World Wetland Day on February 11
with a special seminar
at the Lake Waco Wetlands Research and Education Center
. The Department of Biology was well
represented in the following talks:


Jason Taylor

(graduate student)


“Stream research at the BEAR facility mesocosms”


Robert Doyle


“C
an the wetland save the lake?


what the water quality data tells us”


Jacquelyn Duke

-

“Riparian wetlands”


Marty Harvill



“Undergraduate research and teaching at the Lake Waco Wetlands”


Darrell Vodopich



“Dragonfly field research at the Lake Waco Wet
lands”


Fred Gehlbach

(Research Professor) finished a 30
-
year study of effects of suburban sprawl and
climate change on a population of suburban
-
nesting Eastern
Screech Owls in Waco and sent the
manuscript to
Journal of Raptor Research

in January. He also negotiated with the University of
Arizona Press’ request to publish his book manuscript on a 10
-
year study of a unique guild of five,
close
-
nesting species of small owls, their ecological niches and ecosystem in two mountain ranges of

southeastern Arizona. He expects to put finishing touches on the field study and mostly written
manuscript this year.


Walter Holmes

has
recently
been invited by the St. John Baptist Parish Public Library, LaPlace, LA,
to give a presentation

on March 17, 2011 on his books (A Dictionary of Louisiana
-
French Animal
Names (2010) and Flore Louisiane: An Ethnobotony of French
-
speaking Louisiana (1990)).

The title
of the presentation
will be “Crapaud Volant,” (flying toad).


Patrick Danley
, The S
ound and the Fury (and the Color): Diversification of Lake Malawi Cichlid
Fish. UT Arlington. 2010.

NEWS OF
FORMER STUDENTS


David M. Hillis, 1960 graduate
of

Biology and son of
Bill Hillis
, is now the Roark Centennial Professor
of Biology at the University of Texas/Austin. He was recently elected to the National Academy of
Sciences. In February he received the President’s Civitatis Award for major academic
contributions to the Biological
Sciences at the University of Texas. He is also senior author of a
new beginning Biology textbook,
Principles of Life
, W.H. Freeman and Company, 2010.


Stephen Cook

(BIO graduate 2010), a former student in
Ryan King’s

Aquatic Bio class last spring,
has taken his interest in aquatic science to the extreme. Stephen is currently working as a
research technician for Alaska Fish and Game on a crabbing vessel in the Bering Sea out of Dutch
Harbor, Alaska. This is the same
port and crab fishery featured on the television show “Deadliest
Catch.”



TRAVEL


This past summer,
Patrick Danley’s

lab went to Malawi to collect data concerning the divergence of
species and maintenance of biodiversity in Lake Malawi’s cichlid fishes.


Claudia Carvalho, Diane Hartman
, and undergraduate students Bianca Guerrero, Tim Dobin, Lucy
Xu, Kelsey Deal, Balpreet Pamma and Tiffany Goines attended the North Texas Undergraduate
Research Symposium on November 5
th

at UNHSC in Fort Worth. While there they presented the
following posters: Methicillin
-
Resistant
Staphylococcus aureus

(MRSA) Carriage Rate in a Healthy
Undergraduate Population (Tim Dobin,
Tamarah Adair

and
Diane Hartman
), What is the Incidence
of Salmo
nella in the Central Texas “Wild
-
Caught” Turtles? (Bianca Guerrero and
Diane Hartman
),
and The Effect of Blue Light on the Growth of Staphylococcus aureus (Balpreet Pamma and
Tamarah Adair
).


Bianca Guerrero (undergraduate student) and
Diane Hartman

attend
ed the Annual Biomedical
Research Conference for Minority Students held on November 10
-
13 in Charlotte, NC where Dr.
Hartman was a judge for Microbiology poster presentations.



CONGRATULATIONS!


The Fall Biology Awards Night and Davidson Lecture was

held on April 16, 2010. The following
outstanding seniors were recognized for their achievements during the program: Jessica Salter
(August 2010), and Jesse Conner, Samuel Loper, Hayley Marshall, Benjamin Nguyen, Anna Patronella,
Lindsay Tilger, Jonatha
n Tobey, and Scott Walker (December 2010)
.


The February 4, 2011 issue of the Waco Tribune
-
Herald featured a full
-
page article by
Fred
Gehlbach

on the subject of

what else?

birds. This is the first of a series of monthly columns in
which Fred will discuss

“Central Texas critters and plants and his life
-
long passion for the
environment.”



RETIREMENT ANNOUNCEM
ENT


Dr. David W. Eldridge will retire in May 2011 after a 43
-
year career at Baylor University. Dr. E
came to Baylor in the fall of 1968 as the 9
th

professor in the Department of Biology. In 1968,
student enrollment at Baylor was around 5,500 and the department occupied two floors in the Sid
Richardson Science Building. Dr. E taught five different classes that first year
:

Cellular Biology,
Cellula
r Biology Laboratory, General Botany, Bacteriology and Microbiology.


In 1968,
Biology m
ajors were required to take Introductory Botany, Introductory Zoology and
Cellular Biology.

After several years Dr. Eldridge promoted and helped develop a 2
-
semester

course
in Introductory Biology that is the basis for our current Biology 1305, 1306, 1105, and 1106.
Because basic cell biology was now taught in the basic sequence, he modified Cellular Biology to a
senior level class, now Biology 4307
-

Cellular Physio
logy and Biochemistry (Cell Fizz).


As student enrollments increased over the years, class size increased and the number of faculty
also increased. Dr. Eldridge continued to teach large classes in Biology 1305 and 1306, as well as
Cell Fizz.


When the De
partment of Biology moved to the new Baylor Sciences Building in 2004, due to the
increased enrollment his Bio 1305
-
1306 and Cell Fizz classes became larger and larger, hitting a
massive 290 students in Biology 1305 in Fall 2005 and 165 in Cell Fizz in 200
7. Dr. E estimates that
in his 43 years he has taught well over 15,000 students.


Dr. E has maintained contact with many of these students and says he will continue to do so in
retirement. He plans to do more reading, perhaps writing and of course contin
ue his passion for
fishing for that big bass at Lake Fork.


Anyone wishing to send Dr. E a note may do so at
David_Eldridge@baylor.edu

or
to

his home
address
:
254 Bluffview Circle, China Spring, T
X

76633
.



SUPPORT THE DEPARTME
NT OF BIOLOGY


There are many opportunities for donations in support of the Department of Biology Scholarship
Funds.
These include:



The Kenny Cameron Memorial Endowed Scholarship



This endowed scholarship fund
provides assistance to deserving undergraduate students who are from Harris County, TX and who
are majoring in biology. Additionally, scholarship awards will be made on the basis of merit and
need.


Eugene Crowder Memorial

Tuition Scholarship



These fund awards are designed to help
defray tuition costs for undergraduate students for any 3000, 4000 or graduate level Baylor
Biology course. This is applicable for the semester following the semester of the award. Academic
ac
complishments and financial need of the applicants will also be considered.




The David W. Eldridge Endowed Scholarship



The scholarship fund provides assistance to
students of Baylor University who are majoring in biology based on the student’s academic

performance and financial need. Preference will be given for students planning to enter any of the
health care professions.


Frederick R. Gehlbach Endowed Scholarship



Awards are made annually on the basis of
merit with need being a secondary considerat
ion.


F. Ray Wilson Scholarship



This endowed scholarship is awarded by the Department of
Biology at Baylor University to biology pre
-
med students on a merit basis.


Beta Beta Beta Endowed Scholarship Fund


To donate to any of the above scholarships, go
to
http://www.baylor.edu/development

Select: Give Now

Search for: Name of scholarship fund