Author Archives: Danielle Whittaker

BEACON alum Wendy Smythe receives AISES Professional of the Year award

Dr. Wendy Smythe, former BEACON Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2016-2018) received the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Professional of the Year Award.  Wendy Smythe, now a tenure track assistant professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD), received the AISES award … Continue reading

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BEACON Team wins Best Paper Award in Evolutionary Machine Learning Track at GECCO 2019

Congratulations to BEACONites Zhichao Lu, Ian Whalen, Vishnu Boddeti, Yashesh Dhebar, Kalyanmoy Deb, Erik Goodman, and Wolfgang Banzhaf! Their paper “NSGA-Net: Neural Architecture Search using Multi-Objective Genetic Algorithm” won the Best Paper Award in the Evolutionary Machine Learning track at GECCO 2019 in … Continue reading

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Paul Turner elected to National Academy of Sciences

Professor Paul Turner was elected to the National Academy of Sciences earlier this week (following his election to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences two weeks ago). Paul Turner is a professor of of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale … Continue reading

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A tale of scales and feathers… (ice and volcanoes)

This blog post is by MSU postdoc Murielle Ålund. It all started with a-real life tetris game: trying to fit six gigantic coolers full of field gears, luggage, two kids and three adults into what was going to be our field … Continue reading

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Mapping Antibiotic Resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms to Develop Better Therapies for Cystic Fibrosis

This blog post is by MSU graduate student Michael Maiden. Currently, I am a 7th year DO-PhD student in the physician scientist training program in Dr. Christopher Water’s drug development and biofilm laboratory in the department of Microbiology & Molecular … Continue reading

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Kalyanmoy Deb honored with IEEE Computational Intelligence Pioneer Award

BEACON’s own Professor Kalyanmoy Deb, the Koenig Endowed Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University, was honored today by the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society. At the World Congress of Computational Intelligence meeting in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, … Continue reading

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BEACON’s China Collaborations Expanding

BEACON Director Erik Goodman just returned from a 2-week whirlwind trip to four cities in China. He was seeking new collaborations and following up on existing ones, including two of long standing. His first stop was Shanghai’s Tongji University, visiting … Continue reading

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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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