Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Senior August Blackman publishes in Behavioral Ecology

Senior Augie Blackman is co-author of this paper resulting from research supported by the National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduate program at Mountain Lake Biological Station, University of Virginia. 

Plethodon glutinosus, from Caudata.org
Salamander climbing behavior varies among species and is correlated with community composition.
Tori D Mezebish, August Blackman, Alexander J Novarro.
Behavioral Ecology, Volume 29, Issue 3, 9 May 2018, Pages 686–692,
https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/ary022 (open access)

Partial abstract: Species coexistence is often facilitated by behavioral strategies that minimize competition for limited resources. Terrestrial, kingless salamanders (genus Plethodon) coexist in predictable assemblages of body size guilds, but little is known about the behavioral mechanisms that promote such coexistence. Here, we considered the hypothesis that Plethodon salamanders use climbing behavior to reduce competitive interactions, thereby promoting coexistence through spatial partitioning.  (As indexed in Web of Science)

Friday, May 11, 2018

Galaxy pairs and galaxy mergers featured in new publication from Jillian Scudder

https://bit.ly/2wzalwx
New publication by Jillian Scudder, Assistant Professor, Physics and Astronomy

Violino, Giulio; Ellison, Sara L.; Sargent, Mark; Coppin, Kristen E. K.;
Scudder, Jillian M.; Mender, Trevor J.; Saintonge, Amelie.  Galaxy pairs in the SDSS - XIII. The connection between enhanced star formation and molecular gas properties in galaxy mergers.


Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, 476 (2):2591-2604; 10.1093/mnras/sty345 MAY 2018 

Published by Oxford University Press, Academic on behalf of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Senior Jacob Rosenthal (Biology) co-authors paper in GBE

About GBE
Congratulations to Jacob Rosenthal, who co-authored this article in Genome Biology and Evolution, an open access journal published by Oxford University on behalf of the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution:

"Patterns of Population Variation in Two Paleopolyploid Eudicot Lineages Suggest That Dosage-Based Selection on Homeologs Is Long-Lived."

AUTHORS:  Hao, Yue; Washburn, Jacob D.; Rosenthal, Jacob; Nielsen, Brandon; Lyons, Eric; Edger, Patrick P.; Pires, J. Chris; Conant, Gavin C.

GENOME BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION  Volume: 10  Issue: 3  Pages: 999-1011
DOI: 10.1093/gbe/evy061  Published: MAR 2018
 
Partial abstract: Genes that are inherently subject to strong selective constraints tend to be overretained in duplicate after polyploidy. They also continue to experience similar, but somewhat relaxed, constraints after that polyploidy event. We sought to assess for how long the influence of polyploidy is felt on these genes' selective pressures. We analyzed two nested polyploidy events in Brassicaceae: the At-a genome duplication that is the most recent polyploidy in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and a more recent hexaploidy shared by the genus Brassica and its relatives... Our results paint a picture of the long-lived effects of polyploidy on plant genomes, suggesting that even yesterday's polyploids still have distinct evolutionary trajectories.

Co-authors include researchers from North Carolina State University, Cornell University, Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Michigan State University, and University of Missouri.  As indexed in Web of Science.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Brody WorkLounge Takes a Corner

Something new in the library - give it a try!  The Brody WorkLounge, by Steelcase, was delivered during Spring break.  It might become your new favorite.  Let us know what you think.  Leave a comment here or email the Science Library.  Enjoy.

Monday, March 19, 2018

New Books! So many, fantastic reading options. Take a look.

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So many new books have arrived in the past two months that we can't keep up with presenting them on our tumblr account.  Here are just two of the new book covers to entice you to view more, and look them up in OBIS.  Better yet, stop in the library and peruse the new book shelf!
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See many more book covers in a PowerPoint presentation.  Go ahead, judge a book by its cover.  Then come read it!

Recent publications: faculty, students and alumni in Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Listed below are publications from Oberlin College faculty, students and alumni, as indexed in The Web of Science during the past four weeks.  Oberlin affiliated authors are indicated in bold font: 

Fitzgerald, Stephen. A. (Professor of Physics), Shinbrough, Kai '17 ; Rigdon,  Katharine H. (current senior) ; Rowsell, Jesse L. C. (deceased, Assistant Professor of Chemistry); et al.  (2018). Temperature-programmed desorption for isotope separation in nanoporous materials. Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 122(4), 1995-2001. 10.1021/acs.jpcc.7b11048 (subscriber access)

Krasnoshchekov, S. V., Schutski, R. S., Craig, Norman C. (Emeritus Professor of Chemistry), Sibaev, M., & Crittenden, D. L. (2018). Comparing the accuracy of perturbative and variational calculations for predicting fundamental vibrational frequencies of dihalomethanes. Journal of Chemical Physics, 148(8), 084102. 10.1063/1.5020295 (open access)

Journal cover, from Science Direct (Elsevier)
Oberdick, S. D., ...  Hunt-Isaak, Ian '17 ; Pan, Hillary '17; Ijiri, Yumi (Professor of Physics); et al. (2018). Spin canting across core/shell Fe3O4/MnxFe3-xO4 nanoparticles. Scientific Reports, 8, 3425. 10.1038/s41598-018-21626-0 (open access)

Yan, M., Fritsch, P. W., Moore, Michael J. (Associate Professor of Biology), et al. (2018). Plastid phylogenomics resolves infrafamilial relationships of the Styracaceae and sheds light on the backbone relationships of the Ericales. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 121, 198-211. 10.1016/j.ympev.2018.01.004  (access at OhioLINK Electronic Journal Center)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Communicating science: two new books just received

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Hope Jahren, author of Lab Girl, is the guest editor of The Best American Science and Nature Writing, 2017.   Jahren is the recipient of three Fulbright Awards and is one of four scientists, and the only woman, to have been awarded both of the Young Investigator Medals given within the Earth Sciences.  Included among the essays is "Out Here, No One Can Hear You Scream," by Kathryn Joyce (Huffington Post).  It is an all too timely account of sexual harassment and hostility targeting women who work for various national and state agencies that protect America's natural heritage.

An essay by Elizabeth Kolbert, author of The Sixth Extinction and Field Notes from a Catastrophe, also appears in this volume.  "A Song of Ice" (from The New Yorker) recounts her visits to Greenland, where the effects of global warming are extraordinary and devastating.

 Catalog record in OBIS
All of the essays, as always in this series, are important reading.  Borrow the book over Winter Term - an essay a night will get you through the month of January with a lot to ponder.

Learn more about the science of science communication with this new handbook from Oxford University Press.  A key question considered in the handbook is: "What can we know empirically about the impact of the full range of scientists' linguistic choices and potential alternatives on public debate?"  Given the importance of scientific literacy (or at least realistic perceptions of scientists' work) for a healthy, just society, David Kirby's chapter on "The Changing Popular Images of Science" is very instructive.

Find these books on the new book shelf.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Elemental Haiku, by Mary Soon Lee

Haiku embedded within the Periodic Table, Aug 4. 2017.  Brilliant!  How did we miss this earlier?  Find more, and write your own on Twitter, #ChemHaiku

http://vis.sciencemag.org/chemhaiku/
If you need inspiration, check out The elements : a visual exploration of every known atom in the universe / Theodore Gray ; photographs by Theodore Gray and Nick Mann or
The secret life of the periodic table : unlocking the mysteries of all 118 elements / Dr. Ben Still.