Category Archives: BEACON Researchers at Work

Two BEACONites receive awards from Web of Science for their publication records

We are very excited to congratulate two amazing researchers, Amir Gandomi and Kalyanmoy Deb for their recent awards from Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, and owner of Web of Science. Amir Gandomi was named a 2017 Clarivate … Continue reading

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The phage from the local lagoon

This post is by MSU postdoc Sarah Doore Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about doing some hunting with a graduate class here at Michigan State University. I’m not talking about hunting in the traditional sense though, since what … Continue reading

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In search of evolutionary hotspots

This post is by MSU grad student Emily Dolson Imagine that an alien species arrives on earth. It happens to be able to live and reproduce in any part of the world, and, over successive generations, it begins to adapt … Continue reading

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Uncovering the function of host-associated microbial communities

This post is by MSU grad student Connie Rojas Microbes colonize every surface of their hosts. Once established, they do not live in isolated patches, but instead form highly regulated, structurally and functionally organized communities, termed ‘microbiota’. Due to the … Continue reading

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Beneficial bacteria in Oz

This post is by MSU grad student Colleen Friel Increasing agricultural sustainability is an important research focus in the face of climate change, rapid population increase, and growing food insecurity. Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers have fueled a huge boom in agricultural productivity … Continue reading

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Frame your science to make it accessible, including for your representative

This post is by UT Austin postdoc Tessa Solomon-Lane. Tessa is working with Hans Hofmann (UT Austin), Travis Hagey (MSU), and Alexa Warwick (MSU) on public engagement at BEACON. BEACON Congress resources (2017) As a scientist communicating with the public, … Continue reading

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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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