Navigators have 3 papers accepted in July 2018

Three team publications were accepted in top journals in July 2018: Connor, E.G., McHugh, M.K. & J.P. Crimaldi, Experiments in Fluids accepted July 2018 Alvarez-Salvado, E. Licata, A., Connor, E., McHugh, M., King, B., Stavropooulos, N., Crimaldi, J. and K.I. Nagel,  “Elementary sensory-motor transformation underlying olfactory navigation in walking flies.”, Elife, accepted August 2018 S.D.…

Nagel awarded McKnight Scholar Award

Congratulations to Katherine Nagel on her 2017 McKnight Scholar Award! Nagel was one of six faculty members chosen from across the country to receive the award by the board of directors of The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. According to the organization’s website, the McKnight Scholar Awards “are granted to young scientists who are in…

PBS Newshour running 3-part series on our project

PBS Newshour will be featuring the Olfactory Navigation project in their new Science Scope segment over the next several weeks. We’ll archive them here as they become available online! John Crimaldi: What a smell looks like, June 9 Lucia Jacobs: Inside the nose of a search-and-rescue dog, Aug. 12

Project welcomes new researcher

Sebastian Boie has recently joined the project and will be based in the Victor Lab. He did his PhD research in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His work will focus on developing phenomenological models for olfactory navigation, mostly based on data from Drosophila (fruitflies) from the Nagel Lab.

Nagel wins prestigious research fellowship

Katherine Nagel was honored as a recipient of a Sloan Research Fellowship. These fellowships are given to early-career scientists and scholars “whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars—the next generation of scientific leaders,” the Sloan Foundation said in announcing this year’s fellows.  Congratulations to Kathy! >> Read More

Flume arrives in new Crimaldi laboratory

John Crimaldi’s team is moving into a new lab at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Sustainability, Environment and Energy Complex. As part of the move, they received delivery of a new flume, which holds up to 40,000 pounds of water when full. For the Odor Navigation project, they will use the flume to make measurements…

NSF awards $15 million to crack the olfactory code

Since the early 19th century, scientists have worked to unravel the mystery of olfaction, the sense of smell. Olfaction is critical for the survival of species across the animal kingdom. Yet how the brain processes and identifies odors–and how this information influences behavior–remains, largely, an enigma. To help solve this mystery, and advance our broader…