Great news: Thanks to my cool ongoing project with the Dessimoz group at UNIL and the Privman group in Haifa on social neofunctionalization of hormone processing enzymes I get to travel a few times back to Lausanne for scientific purposes through an OMA visiting fellowship! Why? We're using the excellent and multi-faceted OMA to look at this neofunctionalization.
Big change! At the start of March I moved to the Weizmann Institute of Science to work for most of this year in Ofer Feinerman's lab with their awesome trophallaxis tracking system in the Department of Physics of Complex Systems.
It's exciting to plant some roots in a new place, especially a new place with great weather and great hummus!
I'm getting the double pleasure of getting to talk about my work on two campuses on the very same day: Feb 22, 2017. In Konstanz I will be talking with folks in the neurobiology side of things (social fluids are a type of chemical communication), while in Zurich I'll be talking more with evolutionary biologists and focusing more on the evolution of parental care. Thank you to Christoph Kleineidam (Konstanz) and to Barbara König (Zurich) for welcoming me!
Last year I had the pleasure of debuting a new six-week course for doctoral students in the Faculty of Business and Economics in at the University of Lausanne on "Mastering the Art of Public Speaking." It was a wild ride that ended in a beautiful event in La Grange de Dorigny and 6 excellent talks.
This year we are doing the course again but in just three days spaced out over a week! It starts next week. I can't wait to meet this year's class! The final event will be February 28th at 2pm, Extranef room 125, at the University of Lausanne.
I'm honored to get the opportunity to be one of the scientist/artists in residence this summer in the Djerassi Visiting Artists program. I'm really thrilled to get to meet and potentially work with some of these people!
An ant’s kiss may hide a sneaky form of communication
Science, Nov 29, 2016 "An ant’s kiss may hide a sneaky form of communication"
WIRED, Nov 29, 2016 "Carpenter ants 'throw up' on each other to say hello"
Gizmodo, Nov 29, 2016 "Ants Exchange Messages When They Make Out"
Science Daily, Nov 29, 2016 "Ants communicate by mouth-to-mouth fluid exchange"
DailyMail, Nov 29, 2016
Eurekalert, Nov 29, 2016
Phys.org, Nov 29, 2016
Business Standard, Nov 29, 2016
UPI, Nov 29, 2016
NewAltas, Nov 29, 2016 "When ants kiss, it's all about the chemistry"
La Vanguardia, Nov 30, 2016 "Las hormigas también se besan, y los científicos empiezan a entender el porqué"
Live Science, Nov 30, 2016 "For Ants, a Kiss Is Not Just a Kiss…It's Communication"
Mental Floss, Dec 2, 2016 "Ants Communicate by Swapping Spit"
Der Standard, Dec 4, 2016 "Soziale Insekten kommunizieren, indem sie Flüssigkeit austauschen"
STEAM register, Nov 29, 2016
Science Explorer, Nov 29, 2016
Sky.it, Nov 30, 2016
LaInformacion, Nov 30, 2016
India.com, Dec 1, 2016
New Zealand Herald, Dec 3, 2016
Yahoo Japan, Dec 13, 2016
EntomologyToday, Dec 7, 2016
Nature, Dec 15, 2016 "Ants 'talk' by swapping spit"
Boston Globe Jan 9th, 2017
Krone Jan 9th, 2017
Die Presse, Jan 9th, 2017
NZZ, Jan 9th, 2017
La Liberté, Jan 10th, 2017
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Honored to be invited to go visit the IST Austria thanks to Sylvia Cremer in early December. I'll be talking at their Evolunch seminar series. Sylvia's lab focused on social immunity in ants, looking at how their communities can prevent epidemics.
Had a great visit to the Zoology Department at Cambridge at the end of October for their Behaviour, Ecology, Evolution Seminar series. I was hosted by the fantastic Hannah Rowland. While I meet a bunch of folks doing fascinating work, it was super exciting to meet Becky Kilner and the people in her lab working on Burying Beetles. These beetles engage in serious parental care (both parents!), where they feed their young through trophallaxis!