Matt was invited by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science to present two workshops at their annual fall conference, held September 18-19, 2015, at the University at Buffalo, attended by over 100 high-school and college instructors. The titles of Matt’s workshops were “Why Are So Many College Graduates “Anti-Vaxxers”? Improving Gen-Ed Science […]
Mutations in the sodium channels of southern grasshopper mice (Onychomys torridus) make them fully resistant to components of Arizona bark scorpion (Centruroides sculpturatus) venom that can be lethal to mammals, and almost fully resistant to the toxins that cause intense, burning pain (the mice feel a few seconds of discomfort before a protein in the scorpion’s […]
Over the summer and fall, a few of our lab members presented on the work they’re doing with the lab. On July 23 at MSU’s Mid-SURE Undergraduate Research Conference, undergraduate student Dylan Miller presented on the “Robo-Scorpion” work he had done with Backyard Brains that summer. The work involved using electricity to examine the role certain […]
Yesterday, Matt Rowe spoke at MSU’s Mad Scientist Club about his passion for general undergraduate science education and empowering undergraduates in research. He also brought a few of our newest desert friends for show and tell, including a giant desert centipede who was more than happy to chow down on a cricket. There was so […]
Members of the Venom Evolution Lab traveled to Arizona and New Mexico this summer for field collection! From mid-July to mid-August, we explored the great outdoors looking for new scorpion friends to bring back home to Michigan.
Ashlee participated in a NESCent catalysis meeting focused on venom diversity and evolution, September 21-24. The meeting was organized by Marymegan Daly (Ohio State University) and H. Lisle Gibbs (Ohio State University). Image from NESCent Catalysis Group meeting: Integrating Organismal and Applied Perspectives on Animal Venom Diversity.
Our paper “Voltage-gated sodium channel in grasshopper mice defends against bark scorpion toxin” was just release on the Science .website. See DOI: 10.1126/science.1236451 MSU Has a press release, and featured our research on the MSU home page http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2013/mighty-mouse-uses-scorpion-venom-as-painkiller/ Ashlee Rowe talks with Sarah Crespi the 25 October 2013 Science Magazine Podcast about how grasshopper mice […]
Julia Ahmed of the MSU Zoology department interviewed us and a profile was posted on the Zoology website. See “The story of a mouse and a scorpion: pure science at its best”