- Frontlines - Geology Researchers Finds Signs of Dinosaur Mating Behavior, and the Discovery Shows Dinosaurs May Have Been the Original Lovebirds
A serious scientific question, according to Emeritus Geology Associate Professor Martin Lockley and his international team of collaborators: Were dinosaurs hot, as in hot lovers?
Answer: Probably yes, when they were "in heat."
It's common knowledge that some dinosaurs had flamboyant head gear: horns, frills and crests. Add to that the relatively new evidence that many had feathers and were related to birds, and a whole new vista of possibilities opens regarding their courtship, mating and display activities. Dinosaurs engaged in mating behavior similar to modern birds, leaving the fossil evidence behind in 100-million-year-old rocks. Over the past several years Lockley, a paleontologist, has led a research team that discovered large 'scrapes' in the prehistoric Dakota sandstone of western Colorado. These ancient scrapes are similar to those resulting from a behavior known as 'nest scrape display' or 'scrape ceremonies' among modern birds, where males show off their ability to provide by excavating pseudo nests for potential mates.
- Frontlines - Chemistry Faculty and Students Exercise an Affinity for Discovery by Researching Protein Membrane Docking
"We've discovered an interesting biochemistry question about how protein molecules interact with membranes, which happens to be relevant to biology and disease," Assistant Professor Jeff Knight says of the work he and his students are doing in a lab in the Science Building. "I hope it will continue to build for the rest of my career. Or at least until we solve the problem of Type 2 Diabetes."
The enthusiasm of chemistry colleagues Knight and Associate Professor Hai Lin is palpable. Both lean in when computer simulations of protein interactions with cell membranes start popping up on Knight's laptop screen. They animatedly explain the complex interactions about to take place. The work being done by Knight and Lin, along with other pioneers around the world, contributes to the search for cures to disease by providing a better understanding of how proteins play a role in cellular reactions. And their dedication is contagious. Students working in Knight's and Lin's labs are getting world-class research experience thanks to the success these professors have had in attracting funding, as well as their tireless dedication to training the next generation of biochemical researchers and modelers.
- Frontlines - Modern Languages Professor Cultivates Beauty in the Details of Life and Teaches it to His Students
The Spanish vocabulary words for the day are: encanto, entusiasmo, y energía
To illustrate the concepts behind these words, please study the example of Associate Professor of Spanish-American Literature and Culture, Andrés Lema-Hincapié. He describes himself like this: "I am a little like Borges and Cervantes. In the first part of Don Quixote, Cervantes was so eager to read that he would read every single piece of paper he found on the street, because beauty could be there, in a chocolate bar wrapper. And Borges said the same: beauty could be everywhere."