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BEACON Researchers at Work: Carving your academic niche via interdisciplinary research

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Amy Lark. What’s the best way to fit a square peg into a round hole? We can muscle that peg via brute force into a space that … Continue reading

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BEACON Congress 2013: A social media summary

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Scientific Tweetability

Here at BEACON, we recently held our annual Congress, a conference where members from all five of our institutions come together to present research, network with each other, and brainstorm new ideas. One of the highlights of this year’s Congress … Continue reading

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Meet BEACON's 2013 Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow, Annat Haber

Annat grew up in Israel, where she got both her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees. Her interest in vertebrate paleontology and macroevolution propelled her to move to the US for her PhD, which she received from the University of Chicago in … Continue reading

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Evolving ecosystems can change more than previously thought

Cross-posted from MSU grad student Randy Olson’s blog. For decades, whenever ecology researchers used computer models to study how ecosystems change over time, they often assumed that the species in any given ecosystem are more-or-less fixed. The abundances of each … Continue reading

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BEACON Evolved Art Competition Results

For the past three months, participants in BEACON’s evolved art competition have been using evolution to create art pieces that resemble the BEACON lighthouse. “How is that possible?” you ask? Each entry started as a random image that looked something … Continue reading

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Evolved Art Competition: Evolve the new BEACON logo!

Want to experience evolution first-hand? We are happy to announce that the NSF BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action is hosting an evolved art competition running from March 1st through May 31st, 2013. The goal of this … Continue reading

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Ex Una Plures! Happy 25th birthday to the Long Term Evolution Experiment

This blog post is by MSU postdoc Zachary Blount. Once upon a time, at a university far from MSU, Richard Lenski, my boss, founded twelve populations of E. coli from a single clone called REL606. And so began the E. … Continue reading

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How a heavy metal musician became a scientist

Jeff Morris used to play in a heavy metal band but is now a BEACON postdoctoral researcher in Rich Lenski’s lab. As he explains in this video, “Being an independent musician pre-adapts you for what you’re going to have to do … Continue reading

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Big horns trump smooth pickup lines every time

From our latest press release: Elk and rhinoceros beetles aren’t diabetic, but to grow big horns and attract mates it appears that the males are insulin-dependent. Ian Dworkin, Michigan State University zoologist, was part of a team that for the … Continue reading

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