- We are pleased to welcome our former intern and newest lab technician, Rachel Foister! She will be assisting Yunqing and Dhinesh in their research and gain experience for graduate school. This is another reason Danforth Center internships are so valuable; you may return as a future employee! If you'd like to learn more about the Center's undergraduate internship program, visit www.danforthcenter.org/education-outreach/research-internships
- Chuanmei Zhu was invited to talk at the Local Auxin Meeting in Tyson Research Center, MO on "Understanding the function of auxin influx carrier genes in grasses using Setaria as a model"
- Chuanmei Zhu gave a talk at the Second International Setaria Genetics Conference and wrote a meeting report for this conference. Zhu C., Yang J., and Shyu C. (2017). "Setaria comes of age: meeting report on the second International Setaria Genetics Conference. Frontiers in Plant Science. 28.
- E. A. Kellogg and Peter Stevens participated in STEM day at Jury Elementary School, Florissant, MO, March
- E. A. Kellogg presented a seminar at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany, April
- Olivia Crowell is joining the lab for summer as a STARS student; and Rachel Foister will be our REU intern
- E. A. Kellogg and Michael McKain were featured in the Roots & Shoots Blog by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center https://www.danforthcenter.org/news-media/roots-shoots-blog/blog-item/preserving-and-renewing-the-environment
- E. A. Kellogg, Taylor AuBuchon, and Tina Zudock participated in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri's and the Danforth Center's "Girls STEAM Ahead" program, which inspires girls in grades 2-12 to get involved in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).
- E. A. Kellogg presented seminars at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, the Boyce Thompson Institute in Ithaca, New York, and Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri
- E. A. Kellogg gave a Science Day presentation to 2nd and 3rd graders, Jury Elementary School, Hazelwood, Missouri
- Paper and poster contributions: St. Louis area Evolution, Ecology and Conservation Retreat, St. Louis University, 1 poster; Botanical Society of America, Forth Worth, Texas, 1 poster; Maize Genetics Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri, 4 posters;
- E. A. Kellogg taught at the Cereal Genomics Workshop, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
- E. A. Kellogg taught a workshop on grasses for high school teachers, Purdue University, IN
- (June) Our REU summer interns and STARS students have arrived! Welcome Tina from WashU, Abigail from UMSL, Callista and Alex!
- Chuanmei Zhu has joined the Kellogg Lab. Welcome!
- Michael McKain was invited to talk in a seminar series at Michigan State University, Lansing, MI, on "Modern Consequences of Ancient Polyploidy: Comparative Phylogenomics of Maize Subgenomes," and at Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA, on "Phylogenomics and Evolution of Ecologically Dominant Grasses."
- E. A. Kellogg was selected by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to serve as chair-elect for the Biological Sciences Section
- E. A. Kellogg joined the Plant Advisory Committee, Joint Genome Institute-DOE
- E. A. Kellogg gave talks at: University of Iliinois, Urbana-Champaign; Iowa State University; Maxplanck Institute for Molecular Physiology, Golm, Germany; Plenary speaker at Plant Genome Evolution, Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Michael McKain was invited to talk at Washington University, St. Louis on "Modern Effects of Ancient Polyploidy: Evolutionary History of the Maize Genome"
- E. A. Kellogg participated in the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri's and the Danforth Center's "Girls STEAM Ahead" program, which inspires girls in grades 2-12 to get involved in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM).
- E. A. Kellogg joined the Advisory Committee for Biology Directorate, National Science Foundation
- Michael McKain and Pu Huang have officially joined to the Kellogg Lab. Welcome!
- Michael McKain together with Norman J. Wickett, Yeting, Zhang, Saravanaraj Ayyampalayam, Richard McCombie, Mark Chase, J. Chris Pires, Claude W. dePamphilis, and Jim Leebens-Mack gave a presentation at the Botanical Society of America Meetings 2012, Columbus, OH entitled “The effect of paleopolyploidy on genome evolution in Agavoideae.”
- Heritiana Ranarivelo presented a poster at the Botanical Society of America Meetings 2012 Columbus, OH, entitled "Morphometric relationships, phylogenetic correlation, and character evolution in the Afro-Malagasy genus Psorospermum (Hypericaceae)."
- Elizabeth Kellogg gave a talk at the Chicago Botanic Garden spring symposium in 2012.
- During 09/2011 – 07/2012, Xin Zhong was developing his research on "The chemical mechanism of co-evolution of Araceae and insects", which was supported by National Orchid Conservation Center of China.
- In 2011 Michael McKain was invited to give a talk at Wabash College, Crawfordsville, IN entitled “Paleopolyploidy and chromosome evolution in Agavaceae”. He also gave a presentation together with Norman J. Wickett, J. Chris Pires, Claude W. dePamphilis, and Jim Leebens-Mack at the International Botanical Congress, Melbourne, Australia entitled “Origin of bimodal karyotype in Agavoideae coincides with a paleopolyploidy event.”
- In 2011, Elizabeth Kellogg gave talks at the Penn State Plant Science Symposium and the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Fall Symposium.
- Cynthia Hong-Wa attended the AETFAT (Association pour l’Etude Taxonomique de la Flore d’Afrique Tropicale) meeting in Antananarivo, Madagascar, 26-30 April 2010. She gave a presentation entitled “The sectional classification of the Madagascar olive, Noronhia (Oleaceae): insights from morphological and molecular data.” She also presented a poster “Potential distribution of Malagasy endemic plant species and implications for their conservation: a case study of Mediusella and Xerochlamys (Sarcolaenaceae).”
- Elizabeth Kellogg was an instructor in the course in Advanced Techniques in Plant Sciences, at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
- Elizabeth Kellogg presented talks at the Academia Nacional de Ciencias in Córdoba, Argentina; the Instituto de Botánica Darwinion, in Buenos Aires, Argentina; and at Oberlin College, in Oberlin, Ohio.
- Elizabeth Kellogg presented talks at the UC Riverside Symposium on Plant Biology, and the Smith College Darwin Symposium.
- Elizabeth Kellogg was interviewed for the Video Showcase, University of Missouri-Research Board (http://umresearchboard.org/articles/10)
- Elizabeth Kellogg participated in a panel discussion at the St. Louis Science Center on sustaining the world food supply.
- Felipe Zapata was a teaching assistant in the annual course in Molecular Evolution at Woods Hole.
- Jimmy Triplett presented two talks at the annual meeting of the Botanical Society of American in Snowbird, UT, in August.
- Elizabeth Kellogg was an instructor in the course in Advanced Techniques in Plant Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.Elizabeth Kellogg was interviewed via video conference by science students at the Wydown Middle School in Clayton, MO, on the subject of biofuels.
- Renata Reinheimer presented a poster at the annual Maize Genetics Meeting in St. Charles, Illinois.
- Elizabeth Kellogg served as a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation, in the cluster for Systematic Biology and Biodiversity Inventories, Division of Environmental Biology, from August 2008-August 2009.
- Elizabeth Kellogg presented a talk entitled C4 photosynthesis and the evolution of the grasses at the Missouri Botanical Garden annual Systematics Symposium in October.
- Felipe Zapata was interviewed by the project Great Libraries of the World (GLOW). Taping and interviews were done in the herbarium, the library, and the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Eventually this series will be available for public broadcast and for download from the internet.
- Sarah Youngstrom, Cynthia Hong-Wa, Sara Fuentes, and Renata Reinheimer presented talks at the annual meeting of the Botanical Society of America in Vancouver, in August.
- Felipe Zapata participated in the course in Molecular Evolution at Woods Hole.
- Sarah Youngstrom participated in the course in tropical plant systematics in Costa Rica, run by OTS.
- Renata Reinheimer and Toby Kellogg were instructors in the course in Advanced Techniques in Plant Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.
- Felipe Zapata gave a talk at the Universidade de Sao Paulo, on his research on diversification of plants in Neotropical mountains.
- Sarah Youngstrom volunteered with the St. Louis Academy of Sciences to talk to students from the St. Louis public schools about careers and opportunities in science.
- Elizabeth Kellogg was interviewed in an online special feature in Science: Plant Genomes: from evolutionary insights to crop development. http://www.sciencemag.org/plantgenomes/feature.html.