Category Archives: BEACON in the News

Judi Brown Clarke receives Excellence in Diversity Award

We are proud to congratulate BEACON’s Diversity Director Judi Brown Clarke for receiving the Individual Sustained Effort Toward Excellence in Diversity. The Excellence in Diversity Award program recognizes outstanding efforts of faculty, students, and staff at MSU who are committed … Continue reading

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Charles Ofria named one of the 2017 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty

We are proud to congratulate BEACON’s Deputy Director Charles Ofria for being named a 2017 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award winner. Charles Ofria is recognized internationally for his research at the interface of computer science and evolutionary biology. He … 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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Dr. Judi Brown Clarke as a 2016 Sequoyah Fellow

This post is written by BEACON postdoc Wendy Smythe On November 12th, Drs. Kenneth Poff and Holly Schaffer nominated BEACON Diversity Director, Dr. Judi Brown Clarke as a 2016 Sequoyah Fellow at the 2016 American Indian Science and Engineering Society … Continue reading

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Evolution & Ecology Activities at the 2016 SACNAS National Conference: STEM Diversity & Public Understanding

This post is written by Tracy Heath, Corrie Moreau, Alexa Warwick, and Felipe Zapata The 2016 National Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science was held last week in Long Beach, CA. This conference … Continue reading

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BEACON at GECCO 2016

We are very excited to acknowledge the success of some fellow BEACONites. Kalyanmoy Deb and students of the COIN (Computational Optimization and Innovation) lab this year received multiple awards and nominations at the GECCO conference (The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation … Continue reading

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BEACON now funds video games?

This is a repost from Terry Soule (Computer Science, UI) and Barrie Robison (Biological Sciences, UI) Also visit Telliamed Revisited (Richard Lenski’s blog) for another write-up.  Hello BEACONites, Thanks to BEACON’s support Polymorphic Games has created the evolutionary video game Darwin’s Demons, and placed it … Continue reading

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Mass Extinctions, Evolution, and…. Robots?

Check out this great video produced by the UT Alumni Association talking about research by BEACONites Joel Lehman and Risto Miikkulainen at UT Austin. Lehman and Miikkulainen published an awesome paper in PLOS ONE looking at evolution after a mass extinction.  I, for one, … Continue reading

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UI BEACON Director James Foster to Receive Highest Faculty Rank at the University of Idaho

This post is by UI IBEST Communications Coordinator Amberly Beckman. The University of Idaho recently named Prof. James A. Foster a University Distinguished Professor, the highest rank for faculty at the University. Foster is one of only fourteen faculty members to receive … Continue reading

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