The department has teaching and research interests in many aspects of Biology from the cellular and molecular level to organismal to global ecological and conservation issues

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Walters lab - awards and more

Eric Walters, Assistant Professor of Biology, and is students had a very eventful year.
Starting in November his Ornithology class students identified a Northern Lapwing, a bird never recorded in Virginia until then (http://www.odu.edu/news/2012/11/northern_lapwing_sig).
Recently, Erin Heller an MS student working under the guidance of Dr Walters got credit for sighting a Dusky Flycatcher at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, another first for the area (http://www.odu.edu/news/2013/3/odu_student_adds_dus).
Dr Walters also mentored LaCheryl Ball in a study of Virginia Zoo Monkeys that won national award from the Charles H. Turner Program of the Animal Behavior Society and the Center for Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (http://www.odu.edu/news/2013/3/_very_special_biolog).  To top this off, LaCheryl  also received the highest honor given to a graduating ODU students, the Kaufman prize (http://www.odu.edu/news/2013/5/kaufman_award).
Yet another of Eric’s students (Jame Kling) a freshman in the CMC LEAP program was recognized as the ODU Student Employee of the Year (http://blue.odu.edu/ao/ia/insideodu/20130425/kudos1.php).
Eric's work shows that the Biology Department attracts the best and brightest, and that we have great faculty who are willing to go the extra distance for their students. 

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