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john janovy jjanovy at unlinfo.unl.edu
Tue Jun 6 21:15:16 EST 1995

I am very interested in finding 2-3 exceptional individuals to work in
my laboratory, as graduate students, at the University of 
Nebraska-Lincoln, some time in the next few years.  There is no 
existing funding for such people at the moment, but I am convinced it 
is easier to find money than to find unusual human beings.  Let me 

We have a reasonably active research program on the gregarine 
(Protista: Apicomplexa) parasites of insects.  Past graduate students'
studies have focused on the gregarines of odonates, orthopterans, and 
coleopterans.  These students have worked in a variety of areas, 
including parasite ecology, taxonomy, comparative life histories, 
electron microscopy, and experimental cell biology, using the 
gregarine-insect systems.  They have also gone on to excellent 
opportunities elsewhere when they've completed their work.  
Insect-gregarine host-parasite systems are largely unexplored, and 
there are a great many truly fine MS and PhD problems that await the 
right person.  That person, however, must have a deep and abiding love
for insects and a predilection for fairly difficult problems.  If you 
are not truly fascinated with your hosts, then you are in trouble in 
the gregarine business.

At the moment, I am most interested in finding an intelligent, 
capable, articulate, self-confident individual who has an almost 
addictive fascination with small beetles, and who might be curious 
about the scholarly opportunities available in our laboratory.  My 
chances of finding money are somewhat proportional, of course, to a 
student's GPA and GRE scores.  Please write to me by regular mail if 
you consider yourself such an individual and have any interest 
whatsoever in doing experimental work with small coleopterans and 
their parasites.  The address is:

John Janovy, Jr.
School of Biological Sciences
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0118

Upon initial contact, I will forward some reprints and a letter 
outlining in more detail the kind of working environment, scientific 
and instructional philosophy, and professional expectations found in 
our lab.  Please do not write unless you are either committed to, or 
completely receptive to, working with insects, particularly 
coleopterans, for a significant portion of the rest of your life, and 
find parasitological problems to be rewarding intellectual challenges.
 Representative publications from our program can be found in the 
Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology and the Journal of Parasitology 
over the past few years; the senior authors are former students R. E. 
Clopton, T. R. Ruhnke, S. Richardson and (in press) T. Percival.  

Thanks in advance.


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