Author Archives: Joel Slade

Fish, You are the Father!

By: Isaac Miller-Crews, PhD Candidate, University of Texas at Austin My job would be much easier if CVS sold paternity testing kits for fish instead of humans! I am interested in the evolution of the neural regulation of reproduction, which requires … Continue reading

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200 Years of Developmental Hourglass: Using Big Data to Increase Our Understanding of Vertebrate Embryogenesis from a Trickle to a Flood

By: Megan Chan, Undergraduate Student, University of Texas – Austin When I started college at The University of Texas at Austin a couple of years ago, I enrolled as a biochemistry/pre-pharmacy major. I didn’t know anything about computational biology back then … Continue reading

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Team yEvo goes to National Association of Biology Teachers

By: Bryce Taylor, Alexa Warwick, and Ryan Skophammer Hi BEACONites! We are Ryan Skophammer of the Westridge School for Girls, Bryce Taylor of University of Washington, and Alexa Warwick of Michigan State University. We’ve been collaborating on a BEACON-funded grant … Continue reading

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A Fly’s View of Retinoblastoma-Family Protein Conservation

By: Dhruva Kadiyala (Undergraduate Student at Michigan State University) How do evolutionary perspectives illuminate cancer-related biochemistry? As a high school student, I was involved in a project to find targets to attack cancer cells. That project really inspired me to work … Continue reading

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CONSTAX: a tool to simplify and improve taxonomic classification of community sequences

By: Natalie Vande Pol (PhD Candidate, Michigan State University) I am a 5th year PhD student in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics program at Michigan State University. This is the story of a side project that has been one of the … Continue reading

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Engineering the Tools of Genetic Engineers

By: Melody Keith, Bibiana Toro, Kim Ly, Alyssa Braddom, and Eleanor Young, University of Texas at Austin undergraduate researchers. The University of Texas at Austin’s 2018 International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) team is a group of students whose aim is to … Continue reading

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Hyenas & Microbes

By: Connie Rojas, PhD Candidate at Michigan State University It has been a year of traveling! Earlier this year, I traveled to the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (MMNR) to conduct my field work, and currently, I am in Mexico … Continue reading

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Avida-ED in Action

BEACON scientists and educators featured in MSU Today reporting on a recent publication highlighting the use of Avida-ED in a newly developed undergraduate biology course. The course IBIO150 Integrative Biology: From DNA to Populations, was developed with non-Biology STEM majors … Continue reading

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Ecology/Evolution Scientific Symposium at the SACNAS National Conference

The Society of Systematic Biologists (SSB) and BEACON have collaborated to organize a scientific symposium at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) national conference in San Antonio, Texas, on October 11th, 2018 (10:30AM-12:00PM, … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Computation Experts Video Collection

This blog post is by Risto Miikkulainen [1,2], Paul Jarratt [2], and Andrew Turner [2] from (1) The University of Texas at Austin and (2) Sentient Technologies Given recent advances in evolutionary computation technology, available computational power, and opportunities for AI in … Continue reading

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