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Featured TA of the Week: Annise Dobson

Catching up with Annise, TA to 417 and 421!

Where are you from?

Connaught, Ontario, Canada.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! 

I have planted over 170,00 trees in my lifetime.

What is the focus of your professional research? If you have any published scientific writing, where can we read it?

Invasion ecology — my paper is in the Journal of Ecology, Issue 105.

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Featured TA of the Week: Juana Muñoz Ucros

Catching up with Juana, TA to sections 411 and 423

Where are you from, and how long have you lived in Ithaca, NY?

I’m from Colombia, and have lived in Ithaca 3 years.

What is the focus of your professional research? If you have any published scientific writing, where can we read it?
I work on understanding the interactions between plant roots and soil microbes. Here’s a link to our lab website: https://bauerlelab.wordpress.com/juana-munoz-ucros/

 

Tell us a fun fact about yourself! 

I’m a certified safari guide in South Africa.

 

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From the Desk of the Director: Tour-guides on a Journey Called Biology

Screen Shot 2015-04-21 at 2.11.52 PMHave you ever watched the campus tour-guides walking backwards, telling cool stories about your university? If a tour group is too big, the people in the back lose interest quickly. Our graduate student lab instructors face a similar challenge: multiple student research groups design, set-up, and analyze different experiments in our teaching labs. It is easy to get too involved with assisting one group while accidentally ignoring others, who therefore do not receive similar guidance on their scientific journey.  Continue Reading