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Garvin nets grant amid stiff competition

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Mercyhurst University anthropologist Heather Garvin was one of five early-career scientists from prestigious universities and medical institutions selected by eLife senior editors to receive travel grants, based on the quality of their submissions and the certainty that they would be presenting at a conference.  

The grants of $1,000 each will allow the winners to travel to a relevant meeting of their choice and present their work, helping them to get exposure and gain recognition among leading scientists in their fields.

Mercyhurst’s Garvin, who was on the international team of scientists to discover a new species of human being in South Africa last year, will present her research into sexual dimorphism of that species, known as Homo naledi, at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists 85th Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

The other four recipients, chosen from among 100 applicants, include:

Hernan Garcia from the University of California in Berkeley, who will present at the Molecular and Developmental Biology of Drosophila conference in Kolymbari, Greece.  He’s working on the fundamental principles underlying the gene regulatory code of multicellular organisms.

Parthiv Haldipur from Seattle Children's Research Institute will travel to the 21st Biennial Meeting of the International Society for Developmental Neuroscience in Antibes, France. Parthiv will present a poster on genetic causes and molecular mechanisms underpinning a posterior fossa phenotype spectrum that includes Dandy-Walker malformation (DWM), the most common human cerebellar malformation.

Johannes Reiter from Harvard University will travel to the AACR Annual Meeting 2016 in New Orleans to present his poster on a new approach to reconstructing the evolutionary history of cancer metastases.

Andrew Sczesnak, also from the University of California in Berkeley, will travel to the meeting on Gut Microbiota, Metabolic Disorders and Beyond in Newport, Rhode Island. He's working on a new method to sample millions of combinations of genetic mutants in microbial communities.

According to its website, eLife publishes “outstanding research in the life sciences and biomedicine, from the most fundamental and theoretical work, through to translational, applied, and clinical research. Our 31 senior editors and 272-member Board of Reviewing Editors are among the most respected and accomplished individuals in their fields – from human genetics and neuroscience to biophysics and epidemiology.”