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Recent Publications & Awards

Faculty research and scholarly activity covers diverse topics, including the microbiology, cell biology, development, evolution, ecology, conservation biology, and biology education. Below are recent news of publications and awards and tables show faculty selected publications and awards.

Publication News

 

Faculty Publication  Publication
Robin Altman Hilt S, Altman R, Kalai T, Maezawa I, Gong Q, Wachsmann-Hogiu S, Jin L-W, Voss JC. 2018. A Bifunctional Anti-Amyloid Blocks Oxidative Stress and the Accumulation of Intraneuronal Amyloid-Beta. Molecules 23(8)  
Tim Davidson TM Davidson, AH Altieri, GM Ruiz, ME Torchin (2018) Bioerosion in a changing world: a conceptual framework. Ecology Letters 21: 422-438  
Lani Gleason Gleason LU, Strand E, Hizon B, Dowd WW (2018) Plasticity of thermal tolerance and its relationship with growth rate in juvenile mussels (Mytilus californianus). Proceedings of the Royal Society B 285: 20172617.   
Jamie Kneitel Kneitel, J. M. 2018. Occupancy and environmental responses of habitat specialists and generalists depend on dispersal traits. Ecosphere9: e02143. Van den Broeck, M., Rhazi, L., Waterkeyn, A., El Madihi, M., Grillas, P., Kneitel, J. M.& Brendonck, L.2019.Livestock disturbances in Mediterranean temporary ponds: A mesocosm experiment with sheep manure and simulated trampling. Freshwater Biology64: 856-869.
Kelly McDonald K.K. McDonald, A.R. Martin*, C.P. Watters*, T.E. Landerholm. “A Faculty Development Model for Transforming a Department’s Laboratory Curriculum with Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences.” 2019. Journal of College Science Teaching, 48(3), 14-23.*CSUS graduate students N.V. Dang, E.J. Chiang, H.M. Brown, and K.K. McDonald. Curricular activities that promote metacognitive skills impact lower-performing students in an introductory biology course. 2018. Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, v19(1) 
Drew Reams Reams, A. B. and J. R. Roth, 2015.  Mechanisms of Gene Duplication and Amplification In DNA Recombination, Vol. 7(2), Editors: Stephen Kowalczykowski, Neil Hunter, and Wolf Heyer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Cold Spring Harbor, NY. 2)  Roth, J. R., E. Kugelberg, A. B. Reams, and D.I. Andersson, 2006.  “Origins of mutations under selection - the adaptive mutation controversy” Annual Reviews of Microbiology, 13(60), 477-501.
Clayton Visger Folk, R.A., C.J. Visger, P.S. Soltis, D.E. Soltis, and R.P. Guralnick. 2018. Geographic range dynamics drove ancient hybridization in a lineage of Angiosperms. The American Naturalist. DOI: 10.1086/698120 Visger, C.J., G.K.-S. Wong, Y. Zhang, P.S. Soltis, and D.E. Soltis. (in press). Divergent gene expression levels between diploid and autotetraploid Tolmiea (Saxifragaceae) relative to the total transcriptome, the cell, and biomass.  

Award News

  • Dr. Mulligan had an award-filled spring 2019 semester! She received a National Institute of Health SCORE Award, SEE Mentor of the Year Award, Sac State Retiree's Association Probationary Faculty Development Award, and RCA Award
  • Dr. Gleason received a CSUS-RCA Award, titled: Investigating the Relationship Between the Gut Microbiome and Host Thermal Tolerance in the Economically Important Red Abalone Haliotis rufescens
  • Dr. Visger received a National Science Foundation Award, NSF-IOS Collaborative Research: RUI: Understanding the effects of ploidal level on responses to global change in plants
Faculty Award Award
Robin Altman 2018-19 CSUS RCA Award (project title: Potential ability of a signaling lipid, sphingosine 1 phosphate, to protect against the brain endothelial cell damage characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease)  
Jamie Kneitel Bureau of Reclamation/US Fish & Wildlife Service Central Valley Project Conservation Program: Longhorn Fairy Shrimp (Branchinecta longiantenna) Habitat Research in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties, CA (2016-21) Fulbright Scholar Award (2017-2018) University of Haifa (Israel): A Synthesis of Seasonal Wetland Ecology in Mediterranean Climate Regions & Fulbright Regional Travel Grant (2018) University Mohammed V (Rabat, Morocco) 
Clayton Visger  National Science Foundation Award, NSF-IOS Collaborative Research: RUI: Understanding the effects of ploidal level on responses to global change in plants