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IGB Director: Gene E. Robinson

Gene E. RobinsonGene E. Robinson is the Director of the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. He holds a Swanlund Chair at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he has been since 1989. He also holds affiliate appointments in the Department of Cell & Developmental Biology, the Program in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology, and the Beckman Institute of Science and Technology.

Radio Frequency ID Tags on Honey Bees Reveal Hive Dynamics

Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place.

The findings are reported in the journal Animal Behaviour, and featured in a New York Times ScienceTake video.

Scientists track gene activity when honey bees do and don't eat honey

Scientists track gene activity when honey bees do and don't eat honey

Many beekeepers feed their honey bees sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup when times are lean inside the hive. This practice has come under scrutiny, however, in response to colony collapse disorder, the massive -- and as yet not fully explained -- annual die-off of honey bees in the U.S. and Europe. Some suspect that inadequate nutrition plays a role in honey bee declines.

Illinois Bringing Next-Gen Genomics Computing to India

Illinois Bringing Next-Gen Genomics Computing to India, as Featured in Magazine Current Science

IGB Director Gene Robinson, with Professor of Engineering Ravishankar K. Iyer, recently spoke in Bangalore, India on a next-generation computing project to allow the analysis of large amounts of genomic sequence data, as reported in the September 25 issue of Current Science.

"The genomic data is doubling every 1.5 years," says Robinson. "The current methods are unable to handle large datasets. Therefore, a new technology framework is required."

Gene Robinson elected to NIMH Council

IGB Director Gene Robinson has been elected to the National Advisory Mental Health Council (NAMHC) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The NAMHC advises the Secretary of Health and Human Services; the Director, National Institutes of Health; and the Director, National Institute of Mental Health, on all policies and activities relating to the conduct and support of mental health research, research training, and other programs of the Institute.

Gene Robinson Named IGB Director

University of Illinois entomologist and neuroscientist Gene E. Robinson has been named director of the Institute for Genomic Biology, pending approval of the University of Illinois Board of Trustees.

Professor Robinson has headed the institute on an interim basis since March 2011, and previously was leader of the IGB research theme Genomics of Neural and Behavioral Plasticity.

Robert Easter, interim vice chancellor for research, announced the appointment to administrators on January 10.

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