Andrew Short Elected

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Andrew Short, Entomology curator, was elected this month to a 2-year term on the executive committee of the Coleopterists Society. More information on the entomology digitization project can be found here: http://news.ku.edu/2013/06/26/database-biodiversity-offers-peek-biologis...

Research and Graduate Studies has announced that Craig Freeman will be honored with the 2013 KU Research Achievement Award at 3:30 ­ 5 p.m., on July 8 at the Shankel SBC on west campus.  There will be a brief ceremony followed by reception, open to all Biodiversity Institute staff and students. The award, one of two this year, is the highest honor given annually to a full-time academic staff researcher working in a department or research center on KU’s Lawrence campus.

Other headlines include:

The Wilson Journal of Ornithology has published work done by Pete Hosner, a doctoral student of exology and evolutionary biology at KU; Town Peterson and Mark Robbins of KU’s Biodiversity Institute, and Thomas Valqui of the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science and the Centro de Ornitologia y Biodiversidad in Lima, Peru. The research describes a new species of Scytalopus tapaculo (Aves: Passeriformes: Rhinocryptidae) from the temperate humid montane forests of Peru.

Carl Oliveros and Rob Moyle of the KU Biodiversity Institute ornithology department, were part of a research team that documented a new species of bird, in the capitol of Cambodia, PhnomPenh. The researchers describe the Cambodian tailorbird in the OrientalBird Club's journal Forktail.

--Robert A. DePalma II, David Burnham, the late Larry Martin, Bruce M.

Rothschild, and Peter L. Larson authored an article that is in press in the journal PNAS about evidence of how a Tyrannosaurus rex hunted and killed prey. Brendan Lynch is also working on a release about that one as well. Both Burnham and Rothschild represent the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Kansas. According to the authors, the findings represent thef irst direct evidence of predatory behavior by T. rex.

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