Wednesday, April 13, 2016

GREBE Officer Nominations and Last Meeting of the Year

Our LAST GREBE meeting of the year will be next Friday (April 22), in 427 Hesler, from 12-1:30PM and will feature our grad reps and what they learned from serving on the search committees. 

We are now soliciting nominations for the 2016-2017 GREBE Officer positions, which will be revealed at this meeting, so submit them via the Google form below by Thursday, April 21. Do let us know if you are nominating yourself, as this will save us the extra step of confirming that you are interested in a position you have been nominated for. 

If you are thinking about running for a position, please consider talking to the students who are currently or have previously served to better understand the duties and time commitment involved. 

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Meeting tomorrow!

Hi everyone,

We will meet tomorrow at 575 Dabney at 12:05 for a meeting with graduate affairs chair, Joe Williams, to discuss some changes to grad funding.

Our last meeting of the year will be on Friday, April 22, from 12:05-1:30. Our grad reps from the recent search committees will be sharing their insights on the process.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

2015-2016 EEB Graduate Student Collaborations

We tried to capture the network of professional interactions that grads are involved in (i.e. not including exclusive faculty-faculty projects), by visualizing self-reported departmental collaborations (click on each for full view).

Collaborations are considered to be any projects that will result in a publication or presentation at an academic meeting. Dissertation-related research between a grad and their adviser is not considered to be a collaboration for the purposes of this figure. Rather, many of the projects linking individuals in these figures represent side projects.
Figure 1.
Figure 2. 

Figure 3. 

In Figure 1, we show formal lab connections, with advisers (in green) linked to their graduate students, including co-advisers (in blue). This serves as a null model to compare with the full network figure in Figure 2.

In Figure 2, we show how collaborations link grad students to other grads, post-docs (also in green), and faculty in the EEB department, outside of primary dissertation work. Graduated students are shown in brown, and many collaborations with such students were likely not reported. Grad students with no self-reported collaborations are not included in this figure, although they are shown in Figure 1.

In Figure 3, we show only grad-grad collaborators and the extent of activities going on within and between labs. Different colors represent different labs.

Special thanks to Jordan Bush for collecting the 2015-2016 data and creating these figures!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Simberloff talk on local invasive species tonight!

A pioneering UT biologist will highlight regional invasive species and their ecological impact during a talk at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 2.
Dan Simberloff, one of the world’s leading experts on invasive species, will give a presentation titled “Zebra Mussels, Zika, Kudzu, and More: Winning the War Against the Aliens Among Us” in the auditorium of the McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture. It is free and open to the public.

A 6:00 p.m. reception will be held before the presentation.
Simberloff will discuss current efforts to stem the spread of local and regional invasive species and describe ways the public can join the fight. He will be introduced by Susan Kalisz, another prominent invasion biologist at UT. Kalisz studies how overabundant deer populations encourage invasive species by preferentially eating native species over introduced weeds.
(Excerpt from Tennessee Today)