Category Archives: BEACON in the News

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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BEACON in the News: (How) does a bear walk in the woods?

This week BEACON grad student Katie Shine and her PhD advisor Craig McGowan at the University of Idaho are getting a lot of news coverage for their research investigating bear locomotion using live bears from Washington State University (grizzlies) and … Continue reading

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Publicizing Your Research

This post is by MSU Media Communications Manager/Spartan Science Storyteller Layne Cameron. First of all, allow me to introduce myself. I’m Layne Cameron, the Spartan Science Storyteller. My job is to help publicize the research that is being conducted at MSU. … Continue reading

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BEACON's NSF grant renewed for another 5 years

From the press release at MSU Today Michigan State University has been awarded $22.5 million by the National Science Foundation to continue the research, education and outreach activities of the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action. Since … Continue reading

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This scientist's not-so-secret life

Most of you know me by the name Danielle Whittaker. I am the managing director of BEACON, and also an animal behavior researcher. I’ve blogged about my research a couple of times: Deciphering avian aromas and The sweet smell of (reproductive) success.   You may … Continue reading

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"The Man Who Bottled Evolution"

A new Science paper from the Lenski lab is generating lots of buzz! Facebook’s popular page “I F*ing Love Science” sums up the Long-Term Evolution Experiment in this infographic: From the MSU press release: There’s no peak in sight ­– … Continue reading

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Discussing evolution on reddit: Interview with Bjørn Østman

Cross-posted from Randal Olson’s blog.  As a followup to my previous blog post about using reddit AMAs as a form of science outreach, I thought it’d be helpful to interview a few scientists who are already doing science outreach on … Continue reading

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Kalyanmoy Deb receives the World Academy of Sciences Prize in Engineering Sciences

Prof. Kalyanmoy Deb, a Beacon researcher and Koenig Endowed Chair Professor of Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University, received the TWAS Prize in Engineering Sciences from The World Academy of Sciences in a meeting held in Buenos Aires, … Continue reading

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