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  • Patek lab postdoc, Dr. Sarah Longo, will begin a Visiting Assistant Professor position at Towson University in Fall 2020. She will teach some of the courses that inspired her to pursue a career in higher education: Introduction to Ecology and Evolution and Evolution.
  • Ph.D. student Jason Dinh was awarded a Fellowship in Graduate Studies from the Crustacean Society! This fellowship will fund his research into the chemical mechanisms underlying winner and loser effects in snapping shrimp contests.
  • Jacob Harrison, a PhD Candidate in the Patek Lab, received two Duke Graduate School Fellowships this year – a Bass Instructional TA Fellowship and a Bass Instructional Instructor of Record Fellowship. He is looking forward to the opportunity to teach and work with undergraduates! Jacob also... Read More
  •  Jason Dinh, a Patek Lab graduate student, earned two awards for his oral presentation at SICB 2020 - 1) the Best Student Presentation Award from The Crustacean Society and 2) Honorable Mention for the Best Oral Student Presentation in the Division of Animal Behavior at SICB 2020. Congrats,... Read More
  • Patek Lab postdoc, Dr. Crystal Reynaga, accepts a tenure-track assistant professor position of physiology at Bryn Mawr College and will begin mid-summer 2020.
  • Michael Rosario, a former graduate student in the Patek Lab, and now assistant professor at West Chester University, was profiled by the Journal of Experimental Biology.  This in-depth conversation provides important insights into career paths in science. 
  • Former Patek Lab postdoc, Dr. Martha Muñoz, now an assistant professor at Yale University was profiled by The Scientist.
  • Patek published a review in the journal Integrative and Comparative Biology about the impacts and insights of interdisciplinary research on mantis shrimp raptorial appendages. Patek, S. N. 2019. The power of mantis shrimp strikes: Interdisciplinary impacts of an extreme cascade of energy release.... Read More
  • The Patek Lab published a collaborative paper about legless leaping larvae found in gall midges.  The paper received a considerable amount of press coverage, including from NPR All Things Considered, Science News, and the New York Times.  The Journal of Experimental Biology also published... Read More
  • Dr. Sarah Longo led a large team paper about latch-mediated spring actuation (LaMSA) that sets the stage for a new generation of research on small, fast systems.  Longo, S. J., S. M. Cox, E. Azizi, M. Ilton, J. P. Olberding, R. St. Pierre, S. N. Patek.  2019.  Beyond power... Read More
  • Lens of Time produced a new bioGraphic story about the biomechanics and engineering synthesis of trap-jaw ant strikes.  This is a product of a collaboration between the Patek Lab and engineer Prof. Zeynep Temel from Carnegie Mellon University and the Wood Lab at ... Read More
  • After nearly a decade of work with many collaborators, Patek led the release of Muser software. This web-based software application allows universities to efficiently connect students with research projects using a largely automated platform with a fun and intuitive interface.... Read More

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