In March, I co-led the organization of DPW—a weekend aimed at bringing in URM students prior to applying for graduate school. We invited 40 outstanding students from 16 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico to visit, participate in workshops, meet faculty, and learn about our programs. The Graduate School has just published a very kind article on the weekend. We hope to be able to continue (and expand) the weekend in the future! To learn more about the weekend (or to apply) visit: www.inclusivecornell.org. (Feel free to also contact me directly if you have any questions!)
I had a great time visiting SE Arizona (where I grew up) for the 2018 AOS meeting! I presented on the first chapter of my dissertation focused on identifying genomic differentiation in the northern flicker complex. Look out for the July issue of The Auk: Ornithological Advances to learn more!
Additionally, I got to introduce my lab group to my family and birding in SE Arizona prior to the start of the conference. My parents were kind enough to host our group at their house in the foothills of the Huachuca Mountains!
Over the least week, the Cornell Chronicle and the Cornell Daily Sun (the student newspaper) have featured articles on the Cornelia Ye Award. I feel so lucky to have been chosen for the award and greatly appreciate the kind press. In particular, it was great to work with Dina Banning to get some professional photos taken to accompany the articles!
This week I was honored to receive the 2017-2018 Cornelia Ye Award. This is one of Cornell’s only university-wide awards for graduate student teaching (and they only give two per year), so it is a huge honor to be chosen! I’m so grateful for all the people that helped make this possible, especially the wonderful students that wrote me letters of support.
Yesterday I participated in #BOU17TC, Twitter’s first ever general #ornithology conference, organized by the British Ornithologists’ Union! It was a fun challenge to translate my research into 6 tweets and I even got to make my figures into GIFs! See my presentation here: https://storify.com/s_m_aguillon/bou17tc.
Nancy Chen and I have contributed a blogpost to PLOS Genetics’ Understanding Images Collection, a series that explains how the journal’s cover image helps understand the associated manuscript. The post, “How dispersal shapes spatial patterns of genetic diversity,” is written for scientists, but non-specialists, so is a great way to get an overview of our recent paper! Read the post here: http://blogs.plos.org/biologue/2017/10/19/understanding-images-how-dispersal-shapes-spatial-patterns-of-genetic-diversity/
I had the honor of being featured on the Better Posters blog this week for the poster I presented at Evolution and AOS. I worked really hard to make the poster visually interesting and to use minimal text, so it was an honor to get such good reviews from Dr. Zen! This blog is a great resource for scientists thinking about conference posters or graphics of any sort! You can find the critiques of my poster here: http://betterposters.blogspot.ca/2017/08/critique-and-makeover-how-to-recognize.html
I’m excited to announce that my paper on the consequences of limited dispersal in Florida Scrub-Jays is now available in PLOS Genetics! I had the great luck of being able to present this work at the American Ornithology Society meeting in Lansing, Michigan on the same day the paper was released! The paper is open access and available here: http://journals.plos.org/plosgenetics/article?id=10.1371/journal.pgen.1006911.
More details to come in the next few weeks… but I had the honor to be filmed for a new project profiling emerging scientists (along with my labmate, Natalie Hofmeister)! These videos will be a more personal take on the traditional scientist video. We finished the filming in the last few days and I will be excited to share the final video soon!