Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Congratulations Christopher!

Lab alum Christopher Biermann is off to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh. Good luck Christopher!

Friday, November 13, 2015

High school students get excited about math, science

Recent article about our science and mathematics programs:
Valparaiso University botanist Robert Swanson talks to
high school students in the greenhouse at VU. Nearly 100
high school students from Northwest Indiana toured VU and
heard about teaching careers in science and math.

VALPARAISO | Nearly 100 high school students from across Northwest Indiana were awestruck when college students started off a career day by making a rocket out of a Pringles can and launching it 30 feet into the air, then rounded out the demonstration by playing with liquid nitrogen and shattering flowers, a racquet ball and pieces of fruit.

 For the full article, see here

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The 5th annual pollen RCN in Minneapolis

5th Annual Meeting in Minneapolis was held recently in the University of Minnesota campus, bringing together pollen researchers from various parts of the world. Nearly 50 people attended the two day meeting. 

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Congratulations David Goad

David Goad (right)
Congratulations to lab alum, David Goad, graduate student in the ​Evolution, Ecology and Population Biology program at Washington University, St. Loius. David has received the William H Danforth Plant Science Fellowship that will support his graduate work with Ken Olson and Elizabeth Kellogg.

Cheers David!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Hilary Madinger doing amazing science at beautiful locations

Lab alum Hilary Madinger, PhD graduate student in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Wyoming, sampling water at steams in Iceland. Hilary is tracking nutrient cycling and stream communities under different light and temperature conditions.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Congratulations Emmy!

Gerald Nwanne and Emmily Shanks present their research project
at the VU Celebration of Undergraduate Research
Lab alum Emmily Shanks has just joined the lab of University of Chicago microbiologist Tatyana Golovkina. Congratulations Emmy!

Friday, February 27, 2015

How many pollen tubes do you see?

One of the things we are troubleshooting in the lab right now is pollen tube trafficking through the style. We would like to know how many pollen tubes make their way into the ovary. Ravi Palanivelu at the University of Arizona suggested we try a semi-in vitro system. Here is the experiment: we pollinated pistils with pollen containing a genetic marker that turns pollen blue (LAT52:GUS). After 1 hour, we cut the pistil at the carpal shoulders, and laid it on an agar plate. We then incubated the plate overnight, and stained the tubes blue (for protocols, see here).

Counting the number of pollen tubes is going to take a bit more