Author Archives: Danielle Whittaker

BEACON’s Paul Turner honored at Yale University

This post is written by MSU postdoc Zachary Blount. In July, BEACON Faculty Affiliate Paul E. Turner was named as Yale University’s first Elihu Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Named in honor of the school’s namesake, Elihu Yale, a … Continue reading

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Richard Lenski wins 2017 Friend of Darwin award

Richard E. Lenski, the Michigan State University John Hannah Distinguished Professor and evolutionary biologist renowned for his E. coli Long-Term Experimental Evolution Project, has received a 2017 Friend of Darwin award from the National Center for Science Education (NCSE). Lenski … Continue reading

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Bio-inspired computation

BEACON Distinguished Postdoc Amir Gandomi was recently interviewed about his work in Zygote Quarterly, after his talk at the 1st NASA Biomimicry Summit and Education Forum, called “an uncommon event of cross-fertilization co-sponsored by the NASA Glenn Research Center, Great Lakes … Continue reading

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Historic $12.7 million gift to BEACON Center, MSU College of Engineering

The Michigan State University College of Engineering has received its largest individual gift in the history of the college. A $10.7 million bequest from a California entrepreneur joins a previous cash gift of $2 million, bringing his total giving to … Continue reading

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Avida-ED for classroom research

This post is by MSU postdoc Mike Wiser. Reposted from the DevoLab blog. Laboratory components are often integral parts of both K-12 and college science courses. I certainly had a lot over the course of my science education; 5 courses … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: #SummerofKBS

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by 2015 REU student Douglas Page. My time at the Kellogg Biological Station working as a BEACON/NSF sponsored REU was an amazing opportunity to not only conduct research in the field … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: How to Grow an Animal

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Rewatee Gokhale. Meet Sal* the Salamander. Sal, like all of his kind, has a unique gift. He can regenerate his limbs, if you cut one off! This … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The Evolution of Cooperation by the Hankshaw Effect: A Big Thumbs Up for Cooperation!

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Washington graduate students Katie Dickinson and Sarah Hammarlund and postdoc Brian Connelly. Hold your hand out in front of you and examine it closely. Five digits, four fingers … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Source-sink population dynamics facilitate plasmid host range evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Idaho postdoc Wesley Loftie-Eaton. With all the thanks to BEACON for funding and Dr. Eva M. Top for her support and guidance, my latest foray into the world … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Soft-bodied animals and soft-bodied robots

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Thassyo Pinto. In recent years, robots are becoming more accessible and almost an integral part of our lives. They are not seen as only industrial machines which … Continue reading

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