Category Archives: BEACON in the News

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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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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