Author Archives: Danielle Whittaker

BEACON Researchers at Work: The “(M-1)+1” Framework of Generalized Pareto Dominance for Evolutionary Many-objective Optimization

This BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by Dr. Shuwei Zhu, Prof. Lihong Xu, Prof. Erik D Goodman and Dr. Zhichao Lu. BEACON’s Greenhouse research team, led by Prof. Lihong Xu (from Tongji University, China) and Prof. Erik D Goodman, … Continue reading

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BEACONites to Compete in 2021 Reach Out Science Slam Communication Challenge

BEACON graduate students Joelyn de Lima, Anna Raschke, Miles Roberts, and Katherine Skocelas have been named semifinalists in the 2021 Reach Out Science Slam Communication Challenge jointly sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the Museum of Science, Boston. They each … Continue reading

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BEACON wins MSU Excellence in Diversity Award

Last month, Michigan State University announced this year’s winners of the annual Excellence in Diversity Awards. BEACON is very proud to receive the Team Award for Sustained Efforts towards Excellence in Diversity!   We owe much of our success to … Continue reading

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Extending Genetic Programming for use in Big Data Analytics: BEACON alum Amir Gandomi

Former BEACON Distinguished Postdoc Amir H. Gandomi has received a 2021 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award from the Australian Research Council. Amir was a BEACON postdoc from 2015-2017, and is now a Professor of Data Science at University of Technology Sydney in … Continue reading

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Evolutionary AI site with expert podcasts and a COVID-19 intervention demo

The Evolutionary AI research group at Sentient has moved to Cognizant Technology Solutions. The group includes several current and past BEACONites, including Risto Miikkulainen, Elliot Meyerson, Jason Liang, and Santiago Gonzalez, and past interns Aditya Rawal and Khaled Talukder.  The group … Continue reading

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Engaging Galápagos Students and Educators in Evolutionary Activities

This blog post is by Madison Bovee, Alexa Warwick, John G. Phillips, Brant G. Miller, and Christine Parent. Evolutionary research is conducted across the globe, yet no location may be as emblematic as the Galápagos Islands (Figure 1). Made famous by … Continue reading

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How Claire from the BA test kitchen made me rethink our scientific role models

This blog post is by MSU faculty member Arend Hintze. I love making stuff, let it be wood crafting or building cosplay Halloween costumes for my kids. However, I also like to do things the right way.  Consequently, I have … Continue reading

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Goodman Extends BEACON’s Collaborations in China

This post is by BEACON’s Executive Director Erik Goodman. On Oct. 19, 2019, I left East Lansing for China, with stops in Shantou, Guangzhou and Shanghai. I received a warm and wonderful reception everywhere I went, in spite of tariffs, … Continue reading

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Using lessons from Facebook and fence-building to understand the evolution of deadly bacteria

This blog post is by University of Idaho graduate student Clinton Elg. Evolution of a Deadly Bacteria Vibrio cholerae is bacteria that resides in water and causes deadly cholera disease. While areas of the world with functional sewage and potable … Continue reading

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An Instinct for Truth: a new book by BEACON co-founder Robert T. Pennock

Robert T. Pennock, a BEACON co-founder and co-PI, has just published a new book. An Instinct for Truth: Curiosity and the Moral Character of Science is an exploration of the scientific mindset—such character virtues as curiosity, veracity, attentiveness, and humility to evidence—and … Continue reading

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