DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES SUMMARY
FOR JULY 1, 1997 TO JUNE 30, 1998



 


 

I. Publications, Performances, Exhibits
 
 

None.
 
 

II. Papers and Presentations
 
 

Anderson, David

R.A. Brown, D.J. Anderson, and five co-authors. 1997. Genetic diversity and divergence of endangered Galapagos and Hawaiian Petrel populations. Condor 99: 812-815.

D.J. Anderson, J. Reeve, and D.M. Bird. 1997. Sexually dimorphic eggs, nestling growth, and sibling competition in American Kestrels. Functional Ecology 11: 331-335.

W. Weathers, P.J. Hodwin and D. Anderson. 1997. Is the energy cost of begging by nestling passerives surprisingly low? Aub 114:113.

D.J. Anderson, A.J. Schwardt and H.D. Douglas. 1997. Foraging ranges of waved albatrosses in the eastern tropical Pacific. In Albatross Biology and Conservation, Surrey Beatty & Sons.

D.J. Anderson and F. Cruz. 1997. Biology and Management of the Waved Albatross: a 25 year perspective. In Albatross Biology and Conservation, Surrey Beatty & Sons.
 
 

Ashley-Ross, Miriam

Ashley-Ross, M.A. and G.V. Lauder. 1997. Motor patterns and kinematics during backward walking in the Pacific Giant Salamander: evidence for novel motor output. Journal of Neurophysiology, 78:3047-3060.
 
 

Browne, Robert

(With Erica Crespi). "Mountaintops as Islands: Genetic Variation and Gene Flow in Southern Appalachian Populations of the Pygmy Salamander," Ichthyology and Herpetology Annual Meeting, Boone, NC.

"Comparative Biogeorgraphy of North American Fly in Squiredale Based on Multiple Molecular Data Sets." Society for the Study of Evolution", Vancouver, Canada.

Browne, R.A., D.J. Anderson, J.N. Houser, F. Cruz, K.J. Glasgow, C.N. Hodges, and G. Massey. 1997. Genetic diversity and divergence of endangered Galapagos and Hawaiian petrel populations. Condor 99: 812-815.
 
 

Conner, William

M.V. Sanderford, F. Coro, W.E. Conner 1998. Courtship behavior in Empyreuma affinis Roths. (Lepidoptera, Arctiidae, Ctenuchinae): Acoustic signals and tympanic organ response. Naturwissenschaften (cover article) 85: 82-87.

R.B. Davidson, C. Baker, M. McElveen and W.E. Conner. 1997. Hydroxydanaidal and the Courtship of Haploa (Arctiidae). Journal of the Lepidopterists Society 51(4): 288-294.

Explosive Discharge of the Male Courtship Pheromone of the scarlet-bodied wasp moth (Cosmosoma myrodora). 50th Annual meeting of the Lepidopteristís Society of America, Yale University, New Haven, CT, July 10, 1997.

Bats, Moths, and Poetry: Evolution of Acoustic Cues in the Courtship of the Arctiidae. Animal Behavior Society, Midwest Regional meeting, September 26, 1997.
 
 

Curran, James

Schwartz, R.s., and Curran, J.F. 1997. Analyses of frameshifting at UUU-pyrimidine sites. Nucleic Acids Research 25, 2005-2011.

Li, J.-n., Esberg, B., Curran, J.F., and Bjork, G.R. 1997. Three modified nucleosides present in the anticodon stem and loop influence the in vivo aa-tRNA selection in a tRNA-dependent manner. Journal of Molecular Biology 271, 209-221.

Qian, Q., Curran, J.F., and Bjork, G.R. 1998. The methyl group of the N6-methyl-N6-threonylcarbamoyladenosine (m6t6A) in transfer RNA of Escherichia coli improves the efficiency of the tRNA. Journal of Bacteriology 180, 1808-1803.

Curran, J.F. 1998. Modified nucleosides in translation, chapter 27 in RNA Modification and Editing: The alteration of RNA Structure and Function, H. Grosjean and R. Benne, eds. American Society for Microbiology Press, Washington, DC, pp 493-516.
 
 

Dimock, Ronald

Morphological changes of the interlamellar septum during larval brooding in a freshwater mussel (with M.L. Schwartz). Ann. Mtg., Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Boston, MA, January 7, 1998.

Oxygen consumption by juvenile Pyganodon cataracta in declining PO2 (Bivalvia: Unionidae). Freshwater Mussel Symposium: Conservation, Captive Care & Propagation, Columbus, OH, March 6, 1998.

Growth and survival of juvenile Pyganodon cataracta and Utterbackia imbecillis (Bivalvia: Unionidae) reared on commercial algal diets. (with R.A. Tankersley and M. Whitton). Freshwater Mussel Symposium: Conservation, Captive Care & Propagaion, Columbus, OH, March 6, 1998.

Ultrastructrual analysis of the changes in the marsupial demibranch during brooding of glochidia in Pyganodon cataracta and Utterbackia imbecillis (Bivalva: Unionidae) (with M.L. Schwartz). Freshwater Mussel Symposium: Conservation, Captive Care & Propagation, Columbus, OH, March 6, 1998.

Differential sensitivity of hooked and hookless glochidia to chemical and mechanical stimuli (with M.K. Shadoan). Freshwater Mussel Symposium: Conservation, Captive Care & Propagation, Columbus, OH, March 6, 1998.

Ultrastructrual analysis of the changes in the marsupial demibranch during brooding of glochidia larvae (Bivalvia: Unionidae) (with M.L. Schwartz). Ann. Mtg. N.C. Acad. Sci., Durham, NC, March 28, 1998.
 
 

Esch, Gerald

Esch, G.W., E.J. Wetzel, D.A. Zelmer, and A. Schotthoefer. 1997. Long-term changes in parasite population and community structure: A review. American Midland Naturalist 135: 369-387.

Wetzel, E.J., and G.W. Esch. 1997. Infrapopulation dynamics of Halipegus occidualis and H. eccentricus (Digenea:Hemiuridae). Temporal changes within individual hosts. Journal of Parasitology 83: 1019-1024.

Zelmer, D.A. and G.W. Esch. 1998. Bridging the gap: The odonate naiad as a paratenic host for Halipegus occidualis (Trematoda: Hemiuridae). Journal of Parasitology 84: 94-96.

Zelmer, D.A., and G.W. Esch. "Selective treatment in the regulation of Halipegus occidualis populations in the green frog Rana clamitans," Annual meeting, Southeastern Society of Parasitologists, Clemson University, Clemson, SC, April 22-24, 1998.
 
 

Kron, Kathleen

Kron, K.A. and S.L. Johnson. 1998. Using DNA sequences to estimate evolutionary relationships among rhododendrons and azaleas. Journal of the American Rhododendron Society 52: 70-72.

Kron, K.A. and W.S. Judd. 1997. Systematics of the Lyonia group (Andromedeae, Ericaceae) and the use of species as terminals in higher-level cladistic analysis. Systematic Botany 22: 479-492.

Kron, K.A. 1997. Phylogenetic relationships of Rhododendroideae (Ericaceae). American Journal of Botany 84: 973-980.

Kron, K.A. 1997. Exploring alternative systems of classification. Aliso 15: 105-112.

Crayn, D.M., K.A. Kron, P.A. Gadek, and C.J. Quinn. Phylogenetics and evolution of Epacridaceae: a molecular analysis using the chloroplast gene rbcL with a reappraisal of the position of Lebetanthus. Australian Systematic Botany 46: in press.

Morton, C.M., M.W. Chase, K.A. Kron, and S.M. Swensen. 1996 [1997]. A molecular evaluation of the monophyly of the order Ebenales based on rbcL sequence data. Systematic Botany 21: 567-586.
 
 

Kuhn, Raymond

American Society of Tropical Medicine. Keynote Speaker, Helminta Section, December 1997.

American Association of Immunologists. Paper, April 1998.

Fancy Gap Immuniopurasitology Workshop (XXIV). 3 papers, October 1997.
 
 

Muday, Gloria

Butler, J.A., S. Hu, S. Brady, M.W. Dixon and G.K. Muday. 1998. In vitro and in vivo evidence for actin association of the NPA binding protein. Plant Journal 13, 291-301.

Ruegger, M., E. Dewey, L. Hobbie, D. Brown, P. Bernasconi, J. Turner, G. Muday and M. Estelle. 1997. Reduced NPA-binding in the tir3 mutant of Arabidopsis is associated with a reduction in polar auxin transport and diverse morphological defects. Plant Cell 9: 745-757.

Ligands and Proteins that Regulate Auxin Transport and Control Plant Development. Plant Physiology Seminar, Duke University, Durham, NC, December 12, 1997.

Muday, G., D. Brown, L.L. Cowan, D. Robertson and S.E. Wyatt (1997) Gravity Perception and Response in the Inflorescence Stems of Arabidopsis thaliana Grav. and Space Biol. Bull., 11: 92.

Brady, S.R., R.C. Reed and G.K. Muday. 1997. The Role of Basipetal Auxin Transport in Root Elongation, Gravitropism, and Waving in Arabidopsis thaliana. Grav and Space Biol. Bull., 11: 170.

Wyatt, S.E., Brown, D., Robertson, D., Muday, G. 1997. The gravitropic response of the inflorescence stems of Arabidopsis. Plant Physiol., 114S, 614.

Muday, G.K. and R.C. Reed. 1997. Inhibition of Auxin Movement from the Shoot into the Root Inhibits Lateral Root Development in Wild-type Arabidopsis thaliana and alfl-1.8th International Converence on Arabidopsis Research. 4-41.

Brown, D. and G. Muday. 1997. Testing the Hypothesis that Flavonoids Regulate Auxin Transport in vivo 8th International Conference on Arabidopsis Research. 4-8.
 
 

Silver, Wayne

Silver, W.L. 1997. Taste, In: J.J. Lagowski (ed.) Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry. Macmillan Reference, New York, pp. 1423-1425.

Silver, W.L. and Walker, J.C. 1997. Odors. In: J.J. Lagowski (ed.) Macmillan Encyclopedia of Chemistry. Macmillan Reference, New York, pp. 1067-1071.

Alimohammadi, H. and Silver, W.L. 1998. The effects of nicotine receptor blockers on trigeminal nerve responses to nicotine. Presented at the Twentieth Annual Meeting of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences. Sarasota, FL.

Silver, W.L. 1997. Chemoreception in the trigeminal nerve. Presented at 31st Annual Meeting of the Japanese Association for the Study of Taste and Smell, Kanazawa, Japan.
 
 

Spolski, Rosanne

Lauren Rule and Rosanne Spolski. Estrogen downregulates T cell development in murine bone marrow cells. Hormone Action Gordon Conference, New Hampshire, July 1997.

Spolski, R., Rule, L., York, C., Barretto, A., Thomas, P. 1998. Estrogen Regulation of T Cell Proliferation and Gene Expression. FASEB J. 12:1787A.

Toenjes, S., Spolski, R., Mooney, K., Kuhn, R. 1998. Role of Gamma Delta T cells in Immunity to Larval Taenia crassiceps. FASEB J. 12:3320A.
 
 

Tague, Brian W.

Culp and Tague. 1997. DNA-binding characteristics of four Cys2/His2 zinc finger containing proteins of Arabidopsis thaliana. Abstracts of the Thirteenth Annual Perspectives in Biology Symposium, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, November 15, 1997.

Oettinger, Janvier and Tague. 1997. Developmental and light regulated expression of a plant zinc finger protein gene. Abstracts of the Thirteenth Annual Perspectives in Biology Symposium, Department of Biology, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC, November 15, 1997.

Tague. 1997. Functional analysis of SUPERMAN homologues from Arabidopsis thaliana. Invited seminar, Department of Biology, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, November 12, 1997.

Tague. 1997. Functional analysis of SUPERMAN homologues from Arabidopsis. North Carolina PMB Consortium Eleventh Annual Plant Molecular Biology Retreat, Asheville, NC, September 12-14, 1997.

Oettinger, Janvier and Tague. 1997. Developmental and light regulated expression of a plant zinc finger protein gene. Fifth International Congress of Plant Molecular Biology, Singapore, September 21-27, 1997.

Tague. 1997. A nomenclature for zinc-containing regulatory proteins from plants. Fifth International Congress of Plant Molecular Biology, Singapore, September 21-27, 1997.
 
 

Weigl, Peter

American Society of Mammalogists, Meeting, Oklahoma State University, 3 papers coauthored.

Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, Meeting, Boston, MA, 1998. 2 papers coauthored.

Weigl, P.D. and T.W. Knowles, Antiquity of southern Appalachian grass balds: the role of Keystone megaherbivores. Symposium on Appalachian Biogeography, Virginia Museum of Natural History. (In press).

Weigl, P.D., L.J. Sherman, A.I. Williams, M.A. Steele and D.S. Weaver. Geographic variation in the fox squirrel (Sciurus niger): A consideration of size clines, habitat vegetation, food habits and evolutionary history. In Ecology of tree squirrels (M.A. Steele, J. Merritt and D.A. Zegers, eds.) Special publication, Carnegie Museum of Natural History. (In press).

Wiegl, P.D., T.W. Knowles and A.C. Boynton. The distribution and ecology of the northern flying squirrel, Glaucomys sabrinus coloratus in the southern Appalachians. US Fish and Wildlife Service 140 pp. (In press).

Thomas, R.B. and P.D. Weigl. Dynamic foraging behavior in the southern flying squirrel Glaucomys volaus: test of a model. American Midland Naturalist. (In press).
 
 

Zeyl, Clifford

"Experimental drift: mutation accumulation in small populations of Saccharomyces cerevisiae", presented June 22, 1998, to the Society for the Study of Evolution/Society for Systematic Biology/American Society of Naturalists, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
 
 

III. Editorships, Offices, and Consultancies
 
 

Ashley-Ross, Miriam A.

Representative of the Division of Vertebrate Morphology to the Public Affairs Committee of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Representative of the Division of Vertebrate Morphology to the Electronic Communications Committee of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.
 
 

Browne, Carole

Educational Testing Service, Graduate Record Exam (20 hours).
 
 

Browne, Robert

Editorial Board of the International Journal of Salt Lake Research.

Member, Board of Directors, Highlands Biological Station.

Chair, Board of Scientific Advisors, Highlands Biological Station.

Outside Reviewer for the Biology Department of Sasquehanna University (three days).

National Science Foundation Panel (three days).

International Exchange Studies, Review of Environmental Programs in London and Durham Universities, England (seven days).
 
 

Curran, James F.

Advised undergraduates who are developing a charter for a flying club.
 
 

Dimock, Ronald

Editorial Board, Freshwater Mussel Symposium: Conservation, Captive Care & Propagation, Columbus, OH.
 
 

Esch, Gerald

Editor, Journal of Parasitology.

Member, Council, American Society of Parasitologists.

Instituto de Biomedicas Investigaciones, National University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico, March 7-12, 1998.
 
 

Eure, Herman

Consultant, American Society of Parasitology (ASP).

Chair, Marc Oresden Travel Awards Committee, American Society of Parasitology.

Chair, Best Student Presentation Committee, American Society of Parasitology.

Member, ASP Visions and Mission Statement, American Society of Parasitology.

Member, ASP Science Policy Advocate Committee, American Society of Parasitology.

Educational Testing Service, SAT Review Panel.

National Science Foundation-Oakridge Associated Universities, Pre Doctoral/Post Doctoral Review Panel.
 
 

Kron, Kathleen A.

Associate Editor for Systematic Botany.

Member of the Editorial Board of the Edinburgh Journal of Botany.

Chair, Systematics Section, Botanical Society of America.

National Science Foundation Panelist, Systematic Biology Panel, Divison of Systematic Biology, October 20-24, 1997.

Board of Trustees of the Highlands Biological Station, Highlands, NC.

Field Trip to the Green Swamp, Brunswick County, North Carolina, April 25, 1998.
 
 

Kuhn, Raymond

Association Editor, Journal of Immunology.

Womble, Carlile, Legal Consultant.
 
 

Lane, Hugo

President, Sauthecostern Association of Advisors for the Health Profession (SAAHP).

Regional Representative to National Association of Advisors for Board of Directors for the Health Professian (NAAHP).

Vice President, Health Professian Advisors of North Carolina (HPANC).

Yarborough Grants Committee, North Carolina Academy of Science.
 
 

Muday, Gloria

National Science Foundation: Integrated Plant Biology Panel United States Department of Agriculture: Plant Growth and Development Panel Member of Plant Growth and Development Panel 1996. Journals: Plant Physiology, Physiological Plantarum, Plant Journal.

American Society of Plant Physiologists: Corresponding Member Committee.
 
 

Silver, Wayne

Treasurer, Association for Chemoreception Sciences, 1998-2001.
 
 

Weigl, Peter

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Non-Game Advisory Commission, 5 meetings in Raleigh, NC, and much reviewing of documents.

Nature Conservancy Southern Appalachians Highlands Conservancy, Stewardship Commission, several days per year.
 
 

IV. External Grants Received
 
 

Anderson, David

$275,025.00 requested (amount funded pending).  Topic: Cost of Reproduction and the Evolution of Seabird Life Histories.
Agency: NSF.

$8,300.00 requested (funding declined).  Topic: Evolution of Clutch size in a siblicidal bird.  Agency: NSF.
 
 

Ashley-Ross, Miriam

$6,796.55 funded of $6,796.55 requested.  Topic: Functional consequences of muscle heterogeneity in vertebrates.  Agency: Science Research Fund.
 
 

Browne, Carol

$300,000.00 funded of $300,000.00 requested.  Topic: Women in Science.  Agency: NSF.
 
 

Browne, Robert

$2,500.00 funded of $1,100,000.00 requested.  Topic: Environmental Studies Center (preproposal).  Agency: Keck Foundation (funded by International Studies: Internationalization of Environmental Studies).
 
 

Conner, William (with R. Dimock, D. Anderson, G. Muday)

$2,200,000.00 requested (amount funded pending).  Topic: Learning through Research: Applying the scientific process in the biology curriculum.  Agency: Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
 
 

Curran, James F.

$101,950.00 requested (amount funded pending).  Topic: "Test of the Allosteric three-site model for translation."  Agency: NIH.

$4,500.00 funded of $4,500.00 requested.  Topic: Use of computer models to design experiments in protein synthesis.  Agency: CELI.
 

Kron, Kathleen

$432,122.00 requested (amount funded pending).  Topic: Phylogenetic analysis of Vaccinieae: Using molecular and morphological data to determine the major clades of tropical blueberries.  James L. Luteyn (New York Botanical Garden) as co-PI.  Agency: National Science Foundation.
 
 

Kuhn, Raymond

$182,000.00 funded of $182,000.00 requested.  Topic: Immunoregulation in Cysticeriosis.  Agency: NIH.
 
 

Muday, Gloria

$399,796.00 funded of $399,796.00 requested.  Topic: Fucus as a Model System to Study the Role of Auxin Transport and the Actin Cytoskeleton in Gravity Response.  Agency: NASA.
 
 

Tague, Brian W.

$332,990.00 requested (funding declined).  Topic: Functional analysis of SUPERMAN Homologues in Arabidopsis thaliana.  Agency: National Science Foundation Eukaryotic Genetics Program.

$301,676.00 requested (funding declined).  Topic: Zinc-containing regulatory proteins and plant development.
Agency: Department of Energy, Office of Energy Research.
 
 

Zeyl, Clifford

$100,000.00 funded of $100,000.00 requested.  Topic: Molecular mechanisms of evolutionary change in Saccharomyces cerevisiae.  Agency: Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.