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2015

Rubenstein Lab research on superb starlings was highlighted in the new PBS documentary Animal Homes.  (4/15)

Jay Falk was awarded a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research.  (4/15)

Sarah Guindre-Parker received an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (DDIG) for her work on African starlings.  (3/15)

Rubenstein Lab moving on to top PhD programs: Sara Keen ’11 (Cornell), Lea Pollack ’12 (UC Davis), and Natalie Hofmeister ’15 (Cornell).  (3/15)

Stephen Harris received a a Columbia Frontiers of Science Fellowship and will be joining the lab in July.  (3/15)

Rafael Maia received a Simons Foundation Junior Society Fellowship and will be joining the lab in July.  (1/15)

2014

Dustin Rubenstein was interviewed on ESPN Outside the Lines about co-evolution and the defensive shift in baseball.  (6/14)

Dustin Rubenstein was awarded a grant from the National Geographic Society to return to northern Kenya to study starling stress physiology.  (5/14)

Dustin Rubenstein was awarded a grant from the President’s Office at Columbia University to expand the Kenyan study abroad program.  (5/14)

Dustin Rubenstein and Hans Hofmann were awarded an NSF grant to organize a workshop entitled New Frontiers for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior at the New York Genome Center in August 2014.  (5/14)

Sarah Guindre-Parker and Natalie Hofmeister both received research grants from the American Ornithologists’ Union.  (4/14)

Katherine Brooks was awarded a Columbia Frontiers of Science Fellowship to do postdoctoral work in the lab.  (4/14)

Dustin Rubenstein was promoted to Associate Professor after a successful 5th Year review.  (4/14)

Maddy Cohen ’13 was featured in 2012-2013 Columbia College Annual Report about her global study abroad experiences while at Columbia.  (2/14)

2013

Julia Pilowsky ’12 and Maddy Cohen ’13 were featured in Columbia College Today about their study abroad and research experiences.  (12/13)

Sarah Guindre-Parker was awarded an Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grant.  (5/13)

Gillian Carling, a senior at The Bronx High School of Science, was admitted to Columbia’s class of 2017 and will be starting in the fall.  (4/13)

Hannah Skolnik was admitted to the 2013 Amgen Scholar’s Program as 1 of 250 students from a national pool of more than 6,200 applications.  (4/13)

Kaitlyn Gaynor and Julia Pilowsky won NSF Graduate Research Fellowships to fund their PhD work at UC Berkeley and Tufts, respectively.  (4/13)

Rebecca Kelley received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship honorable mention.  (4/13)

Gillian Carling was named a Finalist at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair for her work on snapping shrimp.  (3/13)

Julia Pilowsky’s undergraduate senior was published in the April edition of Animal Behaviour, where it is featured in the In Focus section.  (3/13)

2012

Dustin Rubenstein’s research trip with Emmett Duffy to Belize was featured in The New York Times’ Scientists at Work Blog.  (7/12)

Dustin Rubenstein co-edited a recent issue of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.  (7/12)

Lea Pollack was awarded Departmental Honors, the only EB major to receive the award.  (5/12)

Rebecca Kelley was awarded an Animal Behavior Society Student Research Grant.  (4/12)

Rebecca Kelley received an honorable mention for her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application.  (4/12)

Sarah Guindre-Parker was awarded a Canadian NSERC Fellowship to fund her PhD work.  (4/12)

Julia Pilowsky received a Charles Turner Travel Award from the Animal Behavior Society to present at the Annual Meetings this summer.  (3/12)

2011

Rebecca Kelley was awarded a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research.  (12/11)

James Kealey’s work on snapping shrimp was profiled in the STRI News.  (12/11)

Julia Pilowsky’s senior thesis research on song in superb starlings was featured in the Columbia Spectator.  (9/11)

Sara Keen was awarded a Conference Travel Award by the American Ornithologists’ Union to present her thesis work at the Annual Meetings.  (5/11)

James Kealey was awarded a Smithsonian Institution Short-term Fellowship and the STRI Ernst Mayer Fellowship.  (4/11)

James Kealey was awarded a Columbia Institute of Latin American Studies research grant.  (4/11)

The Rubenstein Lab was featured in the Spring 2011 issue of the Columbia Magazine.  (4/11)

Sara Keen received her second honorable mention for her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application.  (4/11)

Dustin Rubenstein co-organized a one-day symposium at Columbia on “Sexual selection, social conflict and the female perspective”.  (4/11)

Dustin Rubenstein and colleagues (Jennifer Fewell and Jim Hunt) were awarded a grant from NESCent to organize a working group entitled Large-scale demographic, network and behavioral trait analyses of sociality from 2011 - 2013.  (2/11) 

2010

Dustin Rubenstein and colleagues (EIleen Lacey, Steven Phelps, and Nancy Solomon) were awarded a grant from NESCent to organize a working group entitled Integrative models of vertebrate sociality: evolution, mechanism and emergent properties from 2011 - 2012.  (10/10)          

Dustin Rubenstein was awarded the 2011 Young Investigator Award by the Animal Behavior Society.  (8/10)

The Rubenstein Lab is now on Facebook.  (8/10)

Dustin Rubenstein’s research trip to northern Kenya was featured in The New York Times’ Scientists at Work Blog.  (7/10)

Godffrey Manyaas is the proud father of a beautiful new baby girl.  (4/10)

Sara Keen received an honorable mention for her NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application.  (4/10)

Dustin Rubenstein was awarded the 2010 The Ned K. Johnson Young Investigator Award by the American Ornithologists‘ Union.  (2/10)

James Kealey was awarded a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of research.  (1/10)

2009

Sara Keen and James Kealey were both awarded research travels grants from Columbia’s Earth Institute.  (12/09)

Dustin Rubenstein was profiled in Nature and interviewed on the Nature Podcast.  (12/09)

Wilson Nderitu was profiled in Mpala Memos.  (10/09)

Dustin Rubenstein’s 2004 TREE paper was named as a “Fast Moving Front” by Thomson Reuters.  (9/09)

The Rubenstein Lab has finally moved to Columbia University and was profiled in The Record.  (8/09)

Melissa Mark was awarded a 3-yr NSF Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowship to work in the Rubenstein Lab starting in Jan 2010.  (5/09)

2008

Tyler Davis was awarded an Explorers’ Club Grant for his research on sexual conflict in superb starlings.  (6/08)

Wilson Nderitu graduated with his Diploma in Wildlife Management from the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute.  (6/08)

Dustin Rubenstein will start as Assistant Professor of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology at Columbia University in Fall 2009.  (3/08)

Rebecca Calisi was awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research from the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology to study starlings in Kenya.  (1/08)

Rebecca Calisi won the award for Best Student Poster from the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology’s Division of Neuroscience.  (1/08)

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