Category Archives: BEACON Researchers at Work

High school phage hunters: an experiment to encourage young scientists

This post is by MSU postdoc Sarah Doore, with contributions from Dr. Kristin Parent and Mr. Kevin Schrad For the last couple years, our lab at MSU has been advocating “phage hunting” as part of the biology classroom experience. Bacteriophages—”phages” for … Continue reading

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In the Light of Evolution: Connecting Genotype to Phenotype and Fitness in an Introductory Biology Class

This post is by UW research scientist Katie Dickinson “It was through the [Bio180 CURE] class that biology truly came to life and I felt that our time in [the] lab was interesting and relevant to our world today. The large … Continue reading

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Exploring the evolution of troglodytes?

This post is by MSU postdoc John Phillips Some of you may be familiar with the term ‘troglodyte’, which is a somewhat old-timey derogatory term for an unintelligent person. The Greek root troglo- means “cave” so a troglodyte is a cave … Continue reading

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Art and Science, Science and Art: Science outreach to young artists

This post is by MSU grad student Cybil Nicole “Nikki” Cavalieri “I am not good at science, I am more artistic.” “I have decided to drop biology, I am changing my degree to packaging I want to work in a … Continue reading

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Using music, beer, and pop-culture to communicate science. Zombie Brains: Microbial Mind Control

This post is by former UT Austin graduate student Rayna Harris. I recently gave a talk at The North Door for Nerd Nite Austin. This is a monthly event with an audience of 250 partially inebriated nerds, including about a … Continue reading

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Feral chickens are a-changing: updates on the rapid evolution of Kauai’s hybrid Gallus gallus

This post is by MSU research associate Eben Gering. After an hour of trying to trap chickens at Hanalei Beach Park, we had only caught odd looks from locals. Finally, one bold rooster approached our buried net, cautiously tapped the spring-loaded … Continue reading

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Can birdsong signal immune gene quality?

This post is by MSU postdoc Joel Slade.  “BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!” – I wake up to the dreaded sound of my alarm clock at 3:45 am in my cabin. Even though it’s mid-April at the Queen’s University Biological Station in Elgin … Continue reading

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