Danielle hosted a weekend DIY fungi workshop titled "Skills for Low Tech Mushroom Cultivation." Participants learned simple ways to grow and make mushroom medicine, grow mushrooms in their garden, digest household waste with fungi, and work with fungi for remediation. The course involved a mix of lecture-style learning and a lot of hands-on- both indoor and outdoor skill building. Go Danielle!
Macon and Devon Payne (Eric Boyd's lab MSU) spent the week in the lab of Greg Drushel at IUPUI in Indianapolis getting a crash course in electrochemical methods. Greg's lab has utilized these methods to characterize environmental redox chemistry in the field and at the bench, and with the generous training of Greg and his grad students John and Chase we're hoping to bring the technique to Riverside.
A few in our group attended the 2019 SSSA (Soils) Conference in San Antonio, TX. Sam, Alyssa, and Danielle presented some awesome research and mingled with soils people from all parts. From here, the boss lady Sam jet sets to Germany for a symposium! Meanwhile, back at home, Miranda and Claudia covered Sam's intro soils lecture.
Claudia headed out to the field to collect some intact soil cores for her micro-sprinkler simulation experiment in the lab (with the help of Pete Homyak's suite of gas analyzers at UCR). At 32 weeks pregnant, she reached out to her mom to help her and Alyssa gather some samples. Science is definitely a family affair.
Macon passed his qualifying exam with flying colors! He blew away his committee and did an overall outstanding job. Way to go MACON!!
Sam was awarded a Fulbright Award to understand the environmental effects of the Fundão dam disaster of 2015. She will be headed to Brazil in 2020! For more information on the project:
Macon represented the Ying lab at the American Chemical Society's national Fall meeting in San Diego. The Geochemistry Devision of the ACS had a strong showing, with E. Elzinga presiding over the main session. Lots of great talks, with a strong showing by Fe. Next year it'll be Mn!
Our newest member of the lab, transfer student, Roxana Ramirez, presented her research poster titled "Redox and Reaction Rates of Vanadium Oxidation by Manganese Oxides" at the Summer Bridge to Research Symposium. Over a ten week period, Roxy worked with each of the grad students and was mentored by Macon for her summer experiment. She did an outstanding job and we are excited to have her continue with the lab as she starts at UCR this fall!
Our very own Danielle was one of only 17 people in the nation to receive the 2019 Foundation Research fellowship. Way to go Danielle!
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