Category Archives: BEACON Researchers at Work

Smells like Mean Sprit

This post is written by BEACON’s own managing director Danielle Whittaker about her work that has been accepted pending minor revisions in a special issue of Journal of Comparative Physiology A.  Fighting is risky – at best, it uses up energy … Continue reading

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UCI Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program

This post is written by UC Irvine grad student Aide Macias Munoz My advisor Adriana Briscoe is a Faculty Affiliate of BEACON, and I have been fortunate to be a member of this supportive community since starting my PhD in 2012. … Continue reading

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Evolution, Science, and Religion

This post is written by BEACON’s Education Director Louise Mead Evolution, Science, and Religion chapter in its entirety is available here. I am an evolutionary biologist by training, and currently the Education Director at BEACON. I am also heading into … Continue reading

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Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution 2017

This post is written by Hollie Heape and MSU postdoc Alexa Warwick  As an undergraduate research assistant through BEACON at Michigan State University, I was afforded the opportunity to study the efficacy of a travel award program to increase diversity in evolutionary science. In … Continue reading

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Africa’s next top animal intelligence model

This post is written by MSU grad student Lily Johnson-Ulrich Spotted hyenas are found in just about every habitat in sub-Saharan Africa including human-disturbed areas and fully urbanized ones (i.e., cities) (Yirga Abay, Bauer, Gebrihiwot, & Deckers, 2010). While most large carnivores … Continue reading

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Getting a Head with Ptychodera flava Larval Regeneration

This post is written by UW grad student Shawn Luttrell One of the great marvels in biology is the ability to regenerate a fully functional nervous system after damage from disease or injury. Scientists have studied this remarkable process for decades, but … Continue reading

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Science Communication Strategies

This post is written by UT postdoc Tessa Solomon-Lane Science communication strategies often focus on communicating to other researchers within your field or to the general public. Interdisciplinary conversations require a mix of communication skills to bridge the gaps in … Continue reading

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Exploring Genetic Design Space with Phylosemantics

This post is written by UW grad student Bryan Bartley  Synthetic biology is a fascinating, interdisciplinary field at the intersection of biology and engineering. Synthetic biologists envision that life can be re-programmed by rewriting the genetic code of organisms. A … Continue reading

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STEMprov for improving science communication

This post is written by UT Austin grad student Rayna Harris Communicating science is important, and there are plenty of ways to improve. Improv is a theatrical technique that can help scientists tell better stories, understand group dynamics, and say yes … Continue reading

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Mapping Antibiotic Resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms to Develop Better Therapies for Cystic Fibrosis

This post is written by MSU DO-PhD student Michael Maiden I have always been interested in bacterial resistance. My first science fair project was comparing antibacterial soap versus regular soap in terms of selecting for resistant bacteria with use. In … Continue reading

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