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Nov 11, 2019 - Mercury Transit

Mercury Transit
MM managed a picture of the last Mercury transit until 2032.
(Meade ETX-90EC, Canon 60D ISO 250, 1/200 sec, Baader Astrosolar Film)

Nov 6, 2019 - visit with Ellen Rothenberg!

MM with Ellen Rothenberg
Prof. Ellen Rothenberg from Caltech gave a seminar on our campus!


Nov 1, 2019 - Ivan's Birthday!

Ivan's BirthdayHappy Birthday to Ivan!
(Left to Right: Gina, Jose, Madeline, Ivan, Galu, MM)


Sept 14, 2019 - Paper on evolutionary dynamics of the med and end factors

MEDs and ENDs

After working on it on and off for a year, MM's paper on the many orthologues of the MED, END-1 and END-3 factors is available at BioRxiv! It has also been accepted with minor revisions to G3.

August 29, 2019 - Jose talks at MARCU symposium

Jose talk
Jose gave a great talk (+ received an honorable mention) at the MARCU-STAR Symposium today!


June 23, 2019 - The 2019 Worm Show!

2019 Worm Show
Curtis Loer and MM did a 7th Worm Show at the International C. elegans Meeting at UCLA.
Watch the video here. More info here.


June 22, 2019 - Poster at the IWM

Ivan at poster
Ivan (CMDB, PhD candidate) presents the poster at the meeting


April 17, 2019 - Dave Reiner visits UCR!

MM with Dave Reiner
We hosted Dave Reiner (Texas A&M) to give a talk this week.


April 2019 - Review on gut development/function accepted!

Our review on gut development and function in C. elegans has been accepted at Cell and Tissue Research.

March 2019 - Wildflowers!

flowers at the Motte reserve
poppiesLots of flowers at the Motte Rimrock Reserve

March 2019 - Has it been that long since MM started at UCR?

15 years
15 years at UCR... it went by fast!


23 Jan 2019 - Venus and Jupiter conjunction

Venus (upper left) and Jupiter on 1/23/19


20 Jan 2019 - Total Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse 2019
Canon 60D, 400mm f/5.6, Star Adventurer Mini tracker


15 Dec 2018 - Comet 46P/Wirtanen

Comet 46P
Comet 46P/Wirtanen, Canon 60D, 200mm, f/4, combined 5- and 8-sec exposures, cropped


Dec 2018 - Hailey stops by!

Hailey drops by
Almost a year after defending her PhD, Hailey stops by!


Nov 2018 - The 2019 Worm Show is officially on...

Worm Show 2019
Live June 23rd, 2019th at Royce Hall, UCLA, at the 2019 Worm Meeting


12 Oct 2018 - Heather returns to UCR!

Heather is back!
Heather Roberson, who used to be an undergrad at UCR and worked with us,
is back at UCR working in the office of Research and Development!


29 Aug 2018 - Jose talks at RISE symposium

Jose talks
Jose gives his talk at the RISE symposium! Video here.

21 Aug 2018 - Reliving the eclipse from 2017

Eclipse 2017
The 3rd contact diamond ring from the 2017 August 21 Total Solar Eclipse.
Relive our eclipse trip here.

8 Aug 2018 - Fires near Riverside

Red Sun
Smoke from the nearby 'Holy Fire' today filtered the sun to give it a red appearance.

9 Jul 2018 - Ivan advances to candidacy!

Lunch out to celebrate Ivan's passing of his qualifying exam.
(Madeline, Gina, MM, Ivan, Jose)

27 Jun 2018 - "Strawberry" Moon

Full Moon 6-27-2018
Full Moon, 6-27-2018. Handheld shot, 100-400mm zoom lens, cropped.

29 May 2018 - MM gets to play emcee

MM got to host the 2nd annual Celebration of Teaching on 5/22/18 at the Alumni Center

9 May 2018 - Melissa Owraghi Antonio gets promoted!

Melissa Congrats to Melissa (former PhD student in the lab) who has earned promotion to Associate at Cal Baptist University!

26 Mar 2018 - Visiting with Randy Stout

with Randy Stout
We got to have lunch with Randy Stout, who worked in Vlad Parpura's lab at UCR
almost 12 years ago when they both moved to University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Randy is now an Assistant Professor at NYIT!

22 Feb 2018 - meeting PlayPosit team members

with PlayPosit
MM got to meet Salima and Susan from PlayPosit.
(He used PlayPosit to embed questions in his Biology 5A online videos in 2017.)

15 Feb 2018 - MM changing departments

After almost 15 years in the Biology (then Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology) Department, I have changed departmental affiliation to the Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology Department.

31 Jan 2018 - Super Blue Eclipsed Moon

Eclipsed moon by UCR Carillon Tower
The eclipsed "super blue" moon by the UCR Carillon
Tower, 31 Jan 2018.
Tweeted here.

17 Dec 2017 - Episode 8!

Star Wars 8
A lab excursion (and reunion) to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi!
L to R: Franco, Raudel, MM, Hailey, Ivan, Kollan, Chris, Gina, Dustin, Max


6 Dec 2017 - Hailey defends her thesis!!!

Hailey defends
Hailey did a terrific job!!! Here she is with MM, Patty Springer, Venu Reddy.
Congratulations Hailey!


3 Dec 2017 - Supermoon!

Supermoon 2017
The only 'supermoon' of 2017.

20 Nov 2017 - back home for a long while

UCR letters
MM is glad to be back home until the new year.

Nov 2017 - Alexandria, VA

NSF in Alexandria
The new headquarters of the National Science Foundation in Alexandria, VA, on the right.

8 Nov 2017 - visit from Crystal Rogers, CSUN

MM with Crystal Rogers
MM hosted Crystal Rogers from CSUN for a seminar.

4 Nov 2017 - Beaver Moon

Full Moon 11-4-2017
The "Beaver" Moon, 4 Nov 2017

2 Nov 2017 - Lunch to celebrate Ivan's birthday

Lunch Nov 2017
Gina, Hailey, Raudel, Ivan, Max, MM

27-29 Oct 2017 - visit to The College of New Jersey for CUR-IUSE kickoff

CUR NSF IUSE kickoff meeting
MM was at TCNJ for the kickoff meeting for the CUR IUSE project
to bring research into undergraduate curricula.
Top: Green Hall; Middle: Science Dean Jeff Osborn gives a tour; Education Building
Bottom: Main meeting area

25 Oct 2017 - visit from Mariano Loza-Coll, CSUN

MM with MLC
MM hosted Mariano Loza-Coll from CSUN for a seminar.


20 Oct 2017 - IIGB Retreat

IIGB Retreat
Elliott Meyerowitz gives the keynote talk at the IIGB retreat.


14 Oct 2017 - A Reunion Worm Show (of sorts)!

UCSB ShowCurtis and Morris reunited for a show at a retreat in UC Santa Barbara, 10/14/17.

12 Oct 2017 - MicroPublications workshop

MM at whiteboard
MicroPub meeting
MM was at a workshop for MicroPublications at Caltech.


7 Oct 2017 - HHMI-STEM group meeting at UC Santa Cruz

UCSCMM was at the annual HHMI-STEM group meeting, this time at UC Santa Cruz.

22 Sep 2017 - Visit to University of Alberta!

U of A
A visit to MM's Undergrad and PhD institution, University of Alberta
Top: Pilgrim Lab second room
Middle: Selfies with Heather McDermid, Shelagh Campbell,
Martin Srayko, David Pilgrim
Bottom: MM's old lab bench, 20 years later


21 Aug 2017 - Total Solar Eclipse over Wyoming!

TSE 21Aug2017We saw the total solar eclipse of 21 Aug 2017 over Casper, WY.

20 Aug 2017 - MM interviewed on CBC News Network

Morris interviewed in Casper
The day before the eclipse, MM appeared live on the CBC News Network!
Click here for the video and make sure to turn on the closed captions (CC).


7 Aug 2017 - Celebrating two birthdays!

Two BirthdaysCelebrating the birthdays of Raudel and Francesca!!

1 July to 30 Sept 2017 - MM gets to be Interim Chair of the Department!

MM gets to be Chair for three months. And the Biology Department changed its name.


21-25 June 2017 - International C. elegans Meeting!

IWM 2017
Clockwise from top left: Royce Hall during one of the plenary talk breaks;
MM with Curtis Loer, enjoying not preparing a Worm Show for the first time since 2003;
the posters in Pauley Pavilion; and MM with his
prior mentors Joel Rothman and Dave Pilgrim.


20 June 2017 - visit from Jay Burr

Jay Burr
Visiting with Jay Burr, Emeritus Professor from Simon Fraser University, Canada


17 June 2017 - Hailey at PhD ceremony!

Hailey PhD hooding
Hailey at the PhD ceremony, from the live stream of UCR's commencement (6-17-2017)


17 June 2017 - MM sings the National Anthem at commencement!

MM anthem 2017
MM got to sing the National Anthem at two commencement ceremonies!


9 June 2017 - Happy Birthday!



30 May 2017 - Hailey gets a teaching award!

Hailey with award
Congrats to Hailey on being recognized for her teaching!


24 May 2017 - Cheryl Van Buskirk from CSUN!

with Cheryl Van Buskirk
Cheryl Van Buskirk gave a talk today at UCR in the CMDB/GGB/MCBL seminar series!


May 12, 2017 - Paper accepted on E lineage changes in hypomorphic specification

We have a paper in press on stochastic changes to the E lineage that occur when specification is partially compromised.
link to papersPapers

11 May 2017 - Neil Shubin visits UCR

MM with Neil Shubin
Neil Shubin gave a talk today at UCR at the "Science As a Way of Knowing" series


10 May 2017 - Paul Sternberg visits UCR

MM with PS
Paul Sternberg gave a talk today in the graduate seminar series


April, 2017 - Gina's Birthday

Cake with Kollan, Raudel, Hailey, Ivan and Gina


March 27, 2017 - Lesilee Rose on campus!

Lesilee Rose
Fellow wormer Lesilee Rose was at UCR today!


March 21, 2017 - Collaborative paper on antiviral RNAi is out

A collaborative paper with the Ding lab at UCR, years in the making, is out in mBio this week.
link to papersPapers

March 17, 2017 - Leonid Kruglyak visits UCR

with Leonid Kruglyak
Leonid Kruglyak gave a seminar at UCR today.


March 8, 2017 - Victor Ambros vists UCR!

MM with Victor Ambros
Victor Ambros gave a seminar at UCR today!


February, 2017 - 20 years since MM interviewed for a postdoc

Feb1997MM visits with the then-members of the Rothman Lab, after dinner at Palazzio in Montecito, CA.

January, 2017 - Review on gut development

A review by MM on gut development in C. elegans is in press at Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology. This was a good opportunity to include a lot of new information about morphogenesis of the embryonic gut primordium, a lot of it based on recent work from the Priess lab. There has also been a lot of recent work on polarization of the intestinal cells in forming and maintaining the terminal web and the lumen. My previous reviews have focused on the gene networks in specification; this was really the first to include a lot of great anatomy and cell biology too.
link to papersPapers

January, 2017 - MM named Interim Director of the CMDB Graduate Program

MM has been named Interim Director for the Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program for winter quarter, 2017.

December 25, 2016 - 12+ years ago: The real first Worm Show!

Worm Show 2004
The first Worm Show at the 2004 West Coast Worm Meeting!

December 17, 2016 - Rogue One

Franco, Chris, Hailey
12/17/2016 - Off to see Rogue One, a visit from Franco and Chris (both in grad school now)

November 14, 2016 - Supermoon!

Supermoon! November 14, 2016

October 29, 2016 - WWAMO!

Ray Hong (Cal State Northridge) talks at the first WWAMO meeting
(Wild Worms as Model Organisms)

Meeting at Kerckhoff Laboratories, Caltech

October 13, 2016 - SACNAS

The Long Beach Convention Center where SACNAS 2016 was held.
Inset: MM with Ahna Skop (UW-Madison), and Bill Sullivan (UC Santa Cruz).

Many booths and posters

Ida Chow (on the right) at the Choose Development! Table for SDB

October 10, 2016 - Prof. Alf Inge Wang, NTNU at UCR

Alf Inge Wang
Prof. Alf Inge Wang, whose 'game-oriented' quiz format is used in Kahoot!,
visited UCR today to talk about his work in game-driven learning.


September 30, 2016 - Visit from Melissa!

Melissa Antonio visits
Former PhD student of the lab, Melissa Antonio (Owraghi), now a faculty at Cal Baptist,
visited campus today to give a talk!


September 24, 2016 - UC Faculty Learning Community Program

UC Faculty group
An HHMI-funded, day-long symposium on Implementing Vision and Change in Teaching was held at UC Riverside! It was great to meet other UC faculty, and for MM, to see many colleagues at UCSB. Above, Rolf Christofferson introduces a panel with John Matsui, Joel Rothman (both from UCSB), Manuel Ares and Robin Dunkin (both from UCSC).

September 12, 2016 - Visit from NemaMetrix

Yoanne and Cathryn from NemaMetrix visited the lab to show us their cool ScreenChip system (inset).

September, 2016 - 25 years in the worm field

MM with Rick Weger
MM has been in the C. elegans field for 25 years this month.
This image shows MM with fellow grad student Rick Weger in February of 1992 at University of Alberta.


August 27, 2016 - Jupiter-Venus conjunction

Jupiter and Venus
Venus above Jupiter, in close conjunction on the evening of 27 Aug 2016.

August 24, 2016 - RISE Scholars Presentations

Raudel at his poster
Raudel at his poster today (8-24-2016) in the Genomics Lobby.

June 23, 2016 - Lunch with Saige

Lunch 23Jun2016
Lunch outing (L to R: Gina, Saige, Santhosi, Hailey)

June, 2016 - Christian is off to USC for Graduate School

Christian Turner has graduated from UCR and will be starting graduate school this summer/fall at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Congrats Christian!

June, 2016 - Undergraduate Research Journal

URJ 2016FirstPage
Kollan has the first article in the tenth issue of UC Riverside's Undergraduate Research Journal !
(The cover is at left and the first page of Kollan's article is on the right.)
Click here to see Kollan's article.


May 24, 2016 - Space Shuttle Endeavour

The retired space shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center,
during the state science fair


May 9, 2016 - Mercury Transit

Mercury Transit 9 May 2016
Mercury, below center, transits the sun on the morning of May 9, 2016.
(Taken through a Meade ETX-90EC at prime focus, 1/1000 sec, ISO 1600, ~f/13.)

April 19-20, 2016 - Presentations at UCR's Undergraduate Research Symposium

Symposium 2016
Christian Turner

Kollan Doan
Kollan Doan

April 9, 2016 - Highlander Day

Highlander Day 2016
MM was working the CMDB and Biology tables for Highlander Day, 4-9-2016.

April, 2016 - M.M. gets promoted to Full Professor!

MM has been promoted to Full Professor, Step III effective July 1, 2016.

February 2-3, 2016 - Gene Regulatory Network meeting at Caltech

Behind the Braun Laboratories, Caltech where MM attended a small meeting on GRNs.

December 20, 2015 - Star Wars!

A lab outing to see Episode VII!

December 2015 - Cover of Molecular Reproduction & Development

Our review paper on robustness of development is a cover article.
link to papersPapers

Journal Cover

December 2, 2015 - Stephanie gets her PhD!

Stephanie Defense
Congratulations to Stephanie on the completion of her PhD!

September 27, 2015 - Supermoon Total Lunar Eclipse

TLE 27 Sep 2015
Totally eclipsed moon at about 8:10pm local time.
Canon 60D with 100-400mm at 400mm, f/5.6, 1/2sec, ISO 1600.


September 1, 2015 - the passing of Eric Davidson

Dr. Eric Davidson had a strong influence on my research for over 15 years.

MM with Eric Davidson
MM with Eric Davidson at Caltech on the occasion of his 70th birthday, 13 April 2007.
See other images here.


June 30, 2015 - Venus-Jupiter conjunction

Venus-Jupiter_30Jun2015Jupiter and four of its moons above Venus.
Canon 60D with 100-400mm at 400mm, f/8, 1/2sec, ISO 640.

June 24-28, 2015 - Another Worm Meeting at UCLA!

PWS+MM,CLCurtis Loer, Paul Sternberg with MM at the poster sessions on 25 Jun 2015.
(Image from the Genetics Society of America, likely taken by Adam Fagen.)

Watch the 2015 Worm Show here!
We finally got about 1500 hits as of August, 2015.
Read about the show here.
Was this the last Worm Show? Read here.

& We're mentioned in GSA articles here and here!

June 17, 2015 - lunch out

lunch outVisiting with Saige who is in graduate school at Yale.

June, 2015 - Another Worm Show is being planned!

Worm Show 2015

The Tenth Anniversary of the Worm Show will take place at UCLA's Royce Hall on June 27, 2015!

Learn about and view previous Worm Shows here.

If you are in the C. elegans field, see how you can contribute to the Worm Show here.

April 29, 2015 - Paper on robustness of gut development accepted

Model of Gut Stochasticity
Our manuscript on the robustness of gut specification
has been accepted to Developmental Biology.

April 4, 2015 - Total Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse April 2015
Combination of images by Mark Chappell (left image) and two images by MM.

March 28, 2015 - Bats in Austin, TX

Bats - Austin, TX
Mexican free-tailed bats leave from under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin, TX.
(MM was in Austin for a teaching conference.)

January 13, 2015 - Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2

Comet Lovejoy
Comet Lovejoy C/2014 Q2. Canon 60D with 50mm lens at f/2.8, 4sec at ISO 800 (cropped).

January, 2015 - MM on sabbatical!

MM on sabbatical
Pretend that I am in the South of France.

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