Category Archives: BEACON in the News

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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Wiley Practice Prize awarded to BEACON's Multi-Criterion Decision Making team

Good news for BEACON and our Multi-Criterion Decision Making team (BEACON faculty Kalyan Deb, Erik Goodman, and BEACON collaborator Dr. Oliver Chikumbo, of Scion, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute). In January, the team submitted a paper for the prestigious … Continue reading

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BEACON High School Summer Program

In the summers, BEACON hosts a week-long residential high school program at Kellogg Biological Station. Students develop, carry out, and report on a research project focusing on evolution in action. 30 students participated this year, including two from Utica Community … Continue reading

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Zachary Blount shows us evolution in action in E. coli

BEACON member Zachary Blount, formerly a graduate student and now a postdoc in Richard Lenski’s lab, is the lead author on a new paper in Nature describing the step-by-step process by which E. coli evolved the ability to consume citrate … Continue reading

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Evolution of Music Illustrates Epistatic Interactions

In today’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, BEACONite Chris Adami comments on a research article by MacCallum, Mauch, Burt & Leroy on “The evolution of music by public choice.” Much like the digital evolution techniques used … Continue reading

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BEACON exhibit and workshop draws teachers interested in Evolution in Action!

The Michigan Science Teachers Association held their 59th Annual Conference, Pure Michigan Science, in Lansing March 8-10, 2012 and a number of BEACONites attended, informing regional teachers about the exciting educational programs in development across our consortium.   The BEACON … Continue reading

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The Black Queen Hypothesis

A new evolutionary theory proposes that microorganisms may be selected to lose costly functions if another organism can perform them instead. BEACON postdoc Jeffrey Morris, along with professor Richard Lenski and University of Tennessee collaborator Erik Zenser, proposes this explanation … Continue reading

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