Undergraduate Maggie Boyd has been awarded the Life Sciences Poster Award in the University of Montana Conference for Undergraduate Research for her poster “Motility in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.” This is kind of a big deal: only one poster award and one oral presentation award were bestowed in Life Sciences university-wide.
Maggie has also recently been awarded a Honerkamp-Smith Travel Grant to attend the Third International Volvox Meeting in Cambridge, U.K. this summer.
The somatic cells commit suicide by a process known as apoptosis — programmed cell death — that I wrote about here. This process involves a minimum of several novel genes as well.
…among the simplest animals to have more than one cell type
is cringe-worthy: Volvox is no more an animal than is a tomato:
Earlybird registration for the Third International Volvox Conference is open until next Friday, May 15. This year’s meeting is August 19-22 at the University of Cambridge and features Prof. Pauline Schaap FRSE as the guest speaker. The meeting is directly followed by the 6th European Phycological Congress in London, August 23-28.
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