AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts biologist Jeffrey Podos has received the Outstanding New Investigator Award 2001 from the Animal Behavior Society (ABS). Only one award per year is made, in recognition of outstanding research and promise. The Animal Behavior Society is a non-profit scientific society, founded to encourage and promote the study of animal behavior. The society states that Podos was awarded the title for "his elegant work on the interface between evolution, biomechanics, physiology, and development of birdsong." The award was presented recently at the meeting of the ABS held in Corvallis, Oregon.