Kirill Vinnikov and Lynne Parenti at the State Department reception in front of Kirill’s poster and flag of the Russian Federation.
a 2013 International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow, was honored at a
reception and scientific poster session on June 11 hosted by the U.S.
Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Kirill, one of forty 2013 Fulbright S & T
fellows, is a native of Vladivostok, Russia.
He is currently a third-year
doctoral student at the University of Hawaii, Manoa; Kassi Cole, Fish Division Research Associate, is his major
professor. Kirill is a frequent visitor
to the Fish Division where he studies fish specimens and consults with Lynne Parenti, Fish Division Curator
andthe external examiner on his
committee, this month on his dissertation proposal on the evolution of
freshwater insular gobies of the Central Pacific.
Zeehan Jaafar, ready for a dive, Bintan Island, Indonesia.
We welcome Zeehan Jaafar from the National University of
Singapore to the Division of Fishes for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship. During
her stint here, Zeehan will be studying the evolution and phylogeny of
mangrove-related gobioid fishes, in part with Fish Curator Lynne Parenti. Zeehan is funded by the National University of
Singapore and also received a scholarship from MENDAKI, an organization for
minority groups in Singapore; portions of her research are also being funded by
the Division of Fishes. Zeehan is no
stranger to the Fish Division; she was here for a month in 2008 supported by
the Division’s Leonard P. Schultz Fund and visited this
past May en route to teaching a course in Costa Rica.
Earlier this summer
osteo-preparator John Ososky hosted two colleagues from the National Zoological
Museum in Copenhagen, Denmark (ZMUC), Abdi Hadayat, and Kristian
Gregersen. The National Zoological
Museum is currently constructing a new whale hall and sought the expertise of
Department of Vertebrate Zoology staff John Ososky and Charley Potter in marine
mammal specimen preparation and collections management practices.
Tom Strang, an
internationally recognized expert on Integrated Pest Management (IPM), recently
visited NMNH at the request of the museum’s Collections Program to consult on
our IPM guidelines and current practices.