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Posted by nfranz on February 15, 2016 - 8:26pm in Graduate Students

2015 - present: M.Sc. Student in Biology, School of Life Sciences, ASU

2014 - B.Sc. in Biology & Ecology (with concentration in Marine Biology), Louisiana State... Read More

Posted by nfranz on February 14, 2016 - 9:27am in Collections

The Hasbrouck Insect Collection is named in honor of Dr. Frank F. Hasbrouck, an expert on the "burrowing webworm moth" family Acrolophidae (Lepidotera) who was recruited to Arizona State University in 1962. Hasbrouck presided over the collection for nearly 25 years. Under his energetic and meticulous curatorship, the collection grew from approximately 50,000 specimens - which had been accumulated gradually since the 1910s and mainly in service of teaching endeavors - to about 650,000 specimens... Read More

Posted by nfranz on February 12, 2016 - 10:29pm in Collections

Opportunities for making gifts in kind

The Hasbrouck Insect Collection has established a clear and efficient process for facilitating donations of specimens as "Gifts in Kind". Such gifts are ultimately processed through the ASU Foundation, with an option to utilize the charitable donation to receive tax deductions (see also... Read More

Posted by nfranz on February 12, 2016 - 4:37pm in Collections

Our specimens are available for study

The Hasbrouck Insect Collection actively seeks to increase the value and use of our specimens through reliable loans to inter-/national researchers in the biological disciplines. Scientists who wish to request a loan should contact the collection manager, Dr. Sangmi Lee. We have a generous three-year loan... Read More

Posted by nfranz on February 11, 2016 - 2:17pm in Research

The following paper was published in late 2015, with Nico Franz and Guanyang Zhang as ASU co-authors.

Thessen, A.E. et al. (including N.M Franz and G. Zhang). Emerging semantics to link phenotype and environmentPeerJ 3:e1470. Link to publication:

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Posted by afsarno on February 11, 2016 - 1:39pm in Meetings


Sponsors: School of Life Sciences ASU, Genome@ASU, Microbiology Graduate Students Association (MGSA), Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center (BioKIC).

Motivation and goals:  “Omics analysis can allow a deeper mechanistic understanding and modeling of biological systems. Data generation and integration of proteomics to multiple microbial studies is a growing field where ASU's research can have an strong impact”. This is a two-day hands-on proteomics workshop... Read More

Posted by mwilsons on February 11, 2016 - 1:21pm in Meetings

We hosted workshop in January:

Introduction to Galaxy
January 8, 2016
Presented by: Anton Nekrutenko
Organized by: Melissa A. Wilson Sayres and Nico Franz
Sponsored by: ASU's Biodiversity Knowledge Integration Center

If you'd like to access Galaxy directly, you can do so here:

To join the ASU genomics community, you can sign up for the ASU_genomics google group:

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Posted by nfranz on February 9, 2016 - 1:31pm in Learning Events

This blog post introduces the BioKIC Academy program, led by Anne Basham, and focused on promoting literacy and understanding of our biodiversity ​via collection-based pedagogy. The goals are to connect learners of all ages with natural history collections through hands-on activities, community programs, and innovative learning tools and resources for the classroom. You can register and participate in courses and workshops.

For more information, see ... Read More

Posted by nfranz on February 9, 2016 - 12:00pm in Courses

Blog posts related to the ASU-SoLS seminar "Current Topics in Systematics" (BIO 494 / EVO 598), formerly posted here (with 53 posts), are now migrating to the BioKIC blog. This Spring 2016 semester we started off reading paper on biodiversity informatics. This is the paper to read and discuss for next week's session:

Guralnick et al. 2015. Community next steps for making globally unique identifiers... Read More

Posted by nfranz on February 4, 2016 - 12:50pm in Media

This is our new BioKIC social media icon, developed by Jo Ramirez of the SoLS VISLAB, and available for use in any social media context. You can see an example of the icon in use on the BioKIC Twitter account. This blog post serves as resource for downloading the icon.

In addition, we have the "ASU Endorsed Branding Logo" for BioKIC,... Read More