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Individual and Population Variation Pop-Up Institute at UT Austin

This post is written by UT Austin grad student Rayna Harris and postdoc Tessa Solomon-Lane Innovative science is increasingly interdisciplinary. With our Pop-Up Institute in May 2017, we aim to expand beyond the traditional scope of interdisciplinary collaboration to make meaningful … Continue reading

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Marvelous microbes: Embracing our beneficial neighbors

This post is written by MSU grad student Shawna Rowe 450 million years ago, plants began to colonize land and grow into the wonderful forms we see today. During this process, the picked up a partner in crime: the mycorrhizal symbiosis— … Continue reading

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Making lemonade out of lemons: the genetics of yeast cell clumping in continuous culture experiments

This post is written by UW postdoc Elyse Hope. There is a lot of genetic complexity that can contribute to what an organism looks like. Far from a single gene controlling a single trait (e.g. a gene for height or … Continue reading

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Evolving Evacuation Plans for Urban Areas

This post is written by UI grad student Keith Drew The team at University of Idaho currently consists of four people, Dr. Robert B. Heckendorn, Keith Drew, Homaja Marisetty, and Madhav Pandey. Our team also includes researchers at the Michigan State … Continue reading

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Charles Ofria named one of the 2017 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty

We are proud to congratulate BEACON’s Deputy Director Charles Ofria for being named a 2017 William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award winner. Charles Ofria is recognized internationally for his research at the interface of computer science and evolutionary biology. He … Continue reading

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Indigenous Evolutionary Knowledge Survey

This post is written by MSU postdoc Wendy Smythe For the purpose of this survey we are asking Native American, Alaska Native, Pacific Islanders, and Hispanic individuals to take this 15-minute survey as a means to give voice to the … Continue reading

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Studying the Evolutionary Dynamics of Emergent Phenotypes

This post is written by MSU faculty Mark Reimers and Arend Hintze Let us marvel about the complexity of life for a moment. We have DNA transcribed into mRNA, just to get that translated into proteins, which metabolize, catabolize, or process … Continue reading

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Rock the Chalk: Reevaluation of dropping PowerPoint for a large lecture classroom

This post is written by MSU faculty Chris Waters I am the course administrator and sole course instruction for the junior/senior “MMG 431:Microbial Genetics” course at MSU. This is a large lecture course consisting of ~150 students. My goal is for … Continue reading

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Big things happen in small rodents: grasshopper mice as a model for the evolution of pain resistance

This post is written by MSU grad student Lauren Koenig Life in the desert is full of extremes. Daytime temperatures are scorching, monsoon rains are torrential, and plants are sparse and spiky. Yet many desert animals, such as grasshopper mice (Onychomys torridus) … Continue reading

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The Poetry of Scientific Experiments

This post is written by UW grad student Sonia Singhal TL;DR: Like poems, “beautiful” scientific experiments have a cohesive, coherent structure where each part reinforces the whole. In this post, I analyze the structures of the poem “Easter Wings” by … Continue reading

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