Category Archives: Uncategorized

Team yEvo goes to National Association of Biology Teachers

By: Bryce Taylor, Alexa Warwick, and Ryan Skophammer Hi BEACONites! We are Ryan Skophammer of the Westridge School for Girls, Bryce Taylor of University of Washington, and Alexa Warwick of Michigan State University. We’ve been collaborating on a BEACON-funded grant … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Team yEvo goes to National Association of Biology Teachers

A Fly’s View of Retinoblastoma-Family Protein Conservation

By: Dhruva Kadiyala (Undergraduate Student at Michigan State University) How do evolutionary perspectives illuminate cancer-related biochemistry? As a high school student, I was involved in a project to find targets to attack cancer cells. That project really inspired me to work … Continue reading

Posted in BEACON Researchers at Work, Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Fly’s View of Retinoblastoma-Family Protein Conservation

Hyenas & Microbes

By: Connie Rojas, PhD Candidate at Michigan State University It has been a year of traveling! Earlier this year, I traveled to the Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya (MMNR) to conduct my field work, and currently, I am in Mexico … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hyenas & Microbes

NCAT Research Excellence Award

We are very excited to congratulate Dr. Joe Graves and the entire BEACON team at NCAT for receiving this year’s Research Excellence Award for Interdisciplinary Team. Every spring, NCAT celebrates outstanding accomplishments and efforts of faculty innovators, mentors and dynamic … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on NCAT Research Excellence Award

Evolution is the New Deep Learning

This is a repost of a blog post by Risto Miikkulainen, Vice President Research; Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at Austin At Sentient, we have an entire team dedicated to research and experimentation in AI. Over the past … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Evolution is the New Deep Learning

A CRAL-TRIO domain gene involved in butterfly vision

This post is written by UCI grad student Aide Macias Butterflies have extremely diverse wing color patterns which cause us to wonder, what do these brightly colored insects see? The Briscoe lab at the University of California, Irvine aims to study the … Continue reading

Posted in BEACON Researchers at Work, Uncategorized | Tagged , | Comments Off on A CRAL-TRIO domain gene involved in butterfly vision

Lessons from your parents: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me” – Randall Terry.

This post is by UW faculty Cynthia Chang and Thelma Madzima, research tech Colin Feng, and undergraduate researcher Jackelyn Garcia “I told you so” – All parents? Can the lessons from your parent’s experiences be passed on to you for your benefit, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lessons from your parents: “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me” – Randall Terry.

Fall 2017 elementary school science nights

We are excited to share some pictures from three local elementary school science nights that we had the pleasure of attending this semester. We ran booths at Marble, Whitehills, and Glencairn elementary schools here in Lansing introducing kids to evolution … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fall 2017 elementary school science nights

Judi Brown Clarke receives Sequoyah Fellowship medal

We are proud to announce that BEACON’s Director of Diversity, Judi Brown Clarke recently received a Sequoyah Fellowship medal making her a lifetime member of the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES). The Fellowship is named in honor of Sequoyah, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Judi Brown Clarke receives Sequoyah Fellowship medal

Kay Holekamp receives the MSU Graduate School Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award

Congratulations to Kay Holekamp for being the inaugural recipient of the MSU Graduate School Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award! See the entire letter to Kay from Judith Stoddart, Interim Dean and Associate Provost for Graduate Education, below highlighting the admirable qualities that won Kay … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Kay Holekamp receives the MSU Graduate School Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award