Category Archives: Education

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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Interdisciplinarity in evolutionary science… and video game design.

This post is written by UI faculty Barrie Robison One year ago, my colleague Terry Soule and I embarked on a somewhat crazy idea – we wanted to make a video game built upon the principles of evolutionary biology. The two of … Continue reading

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Amoeba hugs are often deadly, and sometimes they set your career

This post is written by NCAT faculty Misty Thomas My passion for Microbiology first started when I was in my undergraduate microbiology class at the Collège Universitaire de St. Boniface, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. I’m sure it was a cold … Continue reading

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BEACON-sponsored “Business for Scientists” course at UI

With supplemental funding from NSF, BEACON is co-sponsoring a week-long “Business for Scientists” course offered at the University of Idaho, May 22-26. This course is designed to help junior faculty, postdocs, and scientific staff run their research program like a … Continue reading

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Teeny tiny creepy crawlies: the phage in your backyard

This post is written by MSU postdoc Sarah Doore When I was little, my dad would often take me around the backyard to hunt for bugs. Spiders—which are not bugs, but little me didn’t care about taxonomy at the time—were my … Continue reading

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Reporting back! Highlights from the Public Engagement Workshop

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. The majority of scientists engage with public audiences about STEM topics, … Continue reading

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Avida-ED Summer Workshop

This summer we will be holding two workshops on the use of Avida-ED; one at the University of Washington from June 21-23, and one at Michigan State University from July 27-29.  Avida-ED is a free, web-based program designed to teach … Continue reading

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Food for thought: research-based courses replace regurgitation with digestion!

This post is by UW research scientist Katie Dickinson This blog is based on a true story… After work the other day, I walked with a friend to a nearby café for dinner. After ordering, we each pulled out our laptops to … Continue reading

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