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Biology Graduate Student Retreat 2013

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The weekend of January 25th-27th was the annual Graduate Student Retreat for UW Biology. Nearly forty grads made the drive to Wallace Falls Lodge in Gold Bar, WA for a weekend of food, fun, games, and hot-tubbing. On Saturday grads went skiing at Stevens Pass, snowshoeing on three different trails in the Cascades, hiking to Wallace Falls, or simply relaxed by the fire and taxidermy. The retreat was an excellent time and I know many are already planning for next year!

~Brandon

Grad publication: Kylee Peterson

Grad Publication: Stephanie Crofts

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Below is some pretty awesome work co-authored by grad Stephanie Crofts inScientific Reports. Make sure to congratulate Stephanie when you see her! Here's thepaper.


        Megapiranha, an extinct fish related to piranhas and pacus, and lived during the Miocene epoch, about 10 million years ago.  Today, in the Amazon, red piranhas can get up to 50 cm (about 19.5 inches), and a single bite will take out a chunk of flesh about the size of a grape.  Megapiranha, on the other hand has been conservatively estimated to get up to 71 (28 inches) cm, and could bite off much larger pieces of meat.  Justin Grubich and the rest of the team that worked on this project wanted to know how hard a piranha the size of a dog could bite, and whether its bite was unusual relative to other animals of its size.

        In our recent paper, we worked with living piranhas and used measurements from the fossil fish to get a clearer understanding of bite performance.  Grubich and his team traveled to the Amaz…

Grant proposal: next-gen sequencing prep equipment

If you are a graduate student interested in next-generation sequencing for your work, the Biology Department really needs your endorsement. We are applying for a University of Washington grant called the Student Technology Fee. This grant will provide us with state-of-the-art machines for next-generation library data generation. How does this benefit you? Indeed, you will be trained and have access to some of the most cutting-edge instrumentation out there to generate some truly awesome Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data, which will go right on your C.V. alongside the fact that you contributed to a successful grant proposal... something future employers and academic institutions will take notice of. But first we have to get the grant! Here's where you fit in. I need one paragraph from each of you describing your status as a student/trainee at the University of Washington, the lab you work in, the research you're working on, and--most importantly--how you and your research…