Mary receives Bormann Prize from Yale


Mary Rogalski recently received the the fifth annual F. Herbert Bormann Prize, which is given to a Yale Forestry & Environmental Science doctoral student “whose work best exemplifies the late professor’s legacy of interdisciplinary research by creating insights into the relationship between humans and the environment.” Mary recently traveled to Yale to receive the prize. Congratulations, Mary!

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Mary Rogalski (center) holding her award. Her PhD advisor, David Skelly, is on Mary’s right and Oswald Schmitz, a member of her dissertation committee, is on Mary’s left. Photo credit: Max Lambert


Clara receives Rackham One Term Fellowship


Congratulations to Clara Shaw, who has received a Rackham One Term Dissertation Fellowship for Winter 2019! This means that Clara will get to spend the Winter semester focused on writing up her dissertation research. Congrats, Clara!


Congratulations to Haniyeh!


Congratulations to Duffy Lab undergrad Haniyeh Zamani, who received an Underwood-Alger Scholarship from the Program in Biology! Haniyeh is working with Katie McLean on a project asking about the factors maintaining diversity in Daphnia populations.


Congratulations to McKenna!


Duffy Lab undergrad McKenna Turrill has been chosen as a Program in Biology EEB Summer Research award recipient! McKenna will continue her work on #teamspiro, looking at color variation in the bacterium Spirobacillus cienkowskii. Here’s McKenna and the rest of Team Spiro wearing our excellent new shirts:


Back row: McKenna Turrill, Justin Ramirez, Claire Freimark, and Meghan Duffy; Front row: Rebecca Bilich, Nina Wale, Kristel Sanchez

We’re moving to a new building!


Next week, we’re moving to a new building, right next to our current one! Among other things, this means we’ll have a new mailing address:

Duffy Lab
3020B Biological Sciences Building
1105 North University
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Meghan’s new office will be 3034 BSB — this is on the side of the building that faces North University (the “A” tower). The new office for the Duffy Lab technicians, postdocs, and grad students is 2102 (in the “B” tower).

Here’s a sneak preview of the atrium between the “A” and “B” towers:

There will be pteranodons hanging from that ceiling! The windows you can see on the lower right are the windows on the new tech/postdoc/grad office.


Prove It 2018 scheduled!


In July 2017, the Duffy Lab developed and taught an 8 day long course called Prove It! for high school students in the Wolverine Pathways program. Students who complete the Wolverine Pathways program and get admitted to Michigan get a full four year tuition scholarship. Our Prove It! course aimed to teach students how to use publicly available data to answer questions that they are interested in. Questions students asked included:

  • Do women appear in comic books less than men?
  • Is there a correlation between a community’s mean income and hate crimes?
  • How have liver cancer mortality rates changed over time?
  • What race has the highest percentage of being killed by police while unarmed?
  • What impact does LeBron James have on his team and teammates?

The students did a great job of learning how to access and work with data, how to refine a question into something that can be addressed with data, and how to present their results clearly.

We found the students were able to work through materials much faster than we initially anticipated, plus being spread across two weeks created some logistical problems. So, in Summer 2018, we will revise Prove It! to be 5 days long. Mary & Meghan are also going to develop related materials for students in the M-Sci Summer Academy at Michigan. We’re looking forward to Prove It 2018! UMich folks who are interested in being involved should contact Meghan (duffymeg@umich).


Wolverine Pathways/Prove It student giving a fist pump of success after plotting her data

Mary accepts job at Bowdoin!


Congratulations to Mary Rogalski, who accepted a job at Bowdoin College in Maine! Mary will be an assistant professor in Biology and Environmental Studies beginning in July 2018. We’re sad that Mary will be leaving the Duffy Lab, but also very excited for her to start this next chapter in her career! We’re also really excited that Bowdoin was enthusiastic about Mary’s work on Prove It (a course we developed for high school students in the Wolverine Pathways program).

Mary in a life jacket with a lake in the background