Diversity Preview Weekend (DPW) 2018

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!)

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Attendees from the 2018 Diversity Preview Weekend

AOS 2018, Tucson

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!

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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!

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The extended Lovette Lab group in my parents’ backyard in Sierra Vista, AZ

Contribution to PLOS Biologue out today

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/ 

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Recent feature on Better Posters!

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

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PLOS Genetics paper out!

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.

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