Author Archives: Danielle Whittaker

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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Today's Google Doodle features hominid evolution!

Here at BEACON, we’re of course excited to see today’s Google Doodle (archived here) celebrating Lucy, the Australopithecus afarensis fossil discovered in 1973. However, BEACON’s Education Director Louise Mead points out, “I usually love the Google doodles, but the one for today, acknowledging … Continue reading

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BEACON Activity in China

BEACON Director Erik Goodman just returned from a 13-day trip to China, where he met with BEACON-collaborating teams in Shanghai’s Tongji University and at Shantou University in Guangdong Province. In Shanghai, the Tongji researchers also met with MSU Horticulture Prof. … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Evolution Goes Plink

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Kyle Card. Richard Feynman was an eccentric theoretical physicist and Nobel laureate who had a profound impact on the field of quantum mechanics. As a child, he … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Searching for the Cradle of Life…

This week’s blog post is by MSU faculty member Matt Schrenk (Dept. of Geological Sciences & Dept. of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics). … a kilometer beneath the sea. We set sail from Southampton, UK in late October aboard the RRS James … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Omics beyond model organisms, part II

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU postdoc Gaurav Moghe. Almost two and half years ago, when I was a graduate student, I wrote a blog post in this very series titled “Omics beyond model organisms”, … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: The grasshopper mouse versus venom

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Abhijna Parigi. Of all the bizarre animals that live in the deserts, grasshopper mice are, objectively, the cutest. These cinnamon-colored rodents are small enough to fit in … Continue reading

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