Individuals elected to the status of Academy Fellow in 2018

Dr. Bruce Kingsbury is Professor of Biology and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW). He obtained his B.A. from Pomona College, M.S. from San Diego State University, and Ph.D. from the University of California Riverside. Dr. Kingsbury’s areas of research include wildlife ecology, behavior, and conservation. Kingsbury and his graduate students have been involved in numerous empirical and applied studies throughout the Midwestern United States on snakes, turtles, amphibians, birds, and mammals and he is considered an expert on several imperiled species. He is the founder and Director of the IPFW Environmental Resources Center (ERC). The mission of the ERC is to promote the understanding and conservation of natural resources in the region, including not only wildlife, but also other topics such as natural landscapes and water quality.

Bruce Kingsbury has a long history with the Academy since his arrival in Indiana. He has served as Chair of the Ecology section, been a member of the Biodiversity and Natural Areas Committee, and helped organize the Bioblitz at Eagle Marsh near Fort Wayne. He has published in the Proceedings, and he and his students have given numerous talks at the annual meetings over the years. Most recently, he was nominated for President of the Academy. His research has led to a book (in press) about Indiana reptiles and amphibians, as well as an invited contributor to several other books.  He has collaborated with many other Academy members on numerous projects.



Dr. Jennifer Kowalski is Associate Professor of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Kowalski (Jen) has been a very active member of the Academy since joining in 2009 when she first joined the Butler University faculty from a prestigious Ph.D. program at Harvard Medical School. Her area of expertise, Cell and Developmental Biology has resulted in numerous awards and honors.  In her short time as an IAS member, she has been awarded three Senior Research Grants from the Academy, including a $2500.00 grant for 2017-2018 for “Investigation of neuromuscular signaling control by the SUMO conjugating enzyme, UBC-9”. Jen has served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Cell Biology section and has attended every Academy Annual Meeting since arriving in Indianapolis.  Jen’s research and expertise has led her to make several presentations at the annual IAS meetings. In addition, Dr. Kowalski is an excellent student mentor and many of her students have presented their work at the Indiana Academy of Science Annual Meeting

Dr. Jordan Marshall is Associate Professor, Department of Biology, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Dr. Marshall earned his B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management at Ball State University, his M.S. in Forestry at Michigan Technological University, and his Ph.D. in Natural Resources at The University of Tennessee. Jordan is a terrestrial ecologist with research interests in plant biogeography, community composition and structure, and invasive species impacts and management. As a member of the Academy since 2010, Jordan has mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students in presenting at the Annual Meeting, publishing in the Proceedings, and receiving Senior Research Grants from the Academy. Jordan participated in the Eagle Marsh BioBlitz, has reviewed several manuscripts for the Proceedings, is currently serving as the Botany Section vice-chair, and will serve as Chair beginning in June 2018.

Dr. Eric Meyer Rubenstein earned a BS in Molecular Biology with minors in religion and philosophy in 2002 at Grove City College. He earned his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics in 2008 at the University of Pittsburgh School, of Medicine, where he investigated mechanisms of glucose sensing. He completed postdoctoral research in the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University, where he studied protein quality. Currently an Associate Professor in the Biology Department at Ball State University, Dr. Rubenstein continues to investigate conserved mechanisms of protein quality control in the model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae (budding yeast). Discoveries made by students in his lab have implications for several human diseases, including neurodegenerative conditions and cholesterol-related pathologies. He joined the Academy in August 2012 and was vice chair of the Cell Biology Section in 2015-16 and chair of that section in 2016-17. He served as an Editorial Board member for the Proceedings in 2016-17. He was awarded an IAS Senior Research Grant in 2013-14. Dr. Rubenstein has co-authored with students fourteen presentations at annual meetings of the Academy from 2014 to 2017.

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