Tag Archives: BEACON Researchers at Work

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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BEACON collaboration to study amphibian-associated skin bacteria

This post is by MSU grad student Patric Vaelli Animal bodies are inhabited by diverse communities of microorganisms that we collectively call the microbiome. These communities consist of bacteria, fungi, and viruses, all of which can affect the physiology, behavior, and … Continue reading

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A Tail of Two Ascidians

This post is written by UW grad student Alexander Fodor Searching through the lower intertidal and subtidal rocky beaches you notice a small strange creature attached to the underside of a rock in a small pool of water. It has a round … Continue reading

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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

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Living Laboratories: Using islands to track natural selection in wild lizards

This post is by MSU postdocs Melissa Kjelvik and Liz Schultheis, and BEACON education director Louise Mead The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) annual Professional Development Conference provides biology educators from across the nation the opportunity to join other leaders in … Continue reading

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Determining functionality in a genome

This post is written by MSU grad student Bethany Moore Imagine you are traveling in space, searching for a hospitable planet. Not only does the planet have to have elements present on earth, but it has to be the right distance … Continue reading

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Bringing Together a World through Science

This post is written by UT undergraduate researchers Zachary Martinez and Andrew Ly The University of Texas at Austin is known for many things: from being a powerhouse in Division 1 sports, to leading the world in innovation and cutting-edge … Continue reading

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Two BEACONites receive awards from Web of Science for their publication records

We are very excited to congratulate two amazing researchers, Amir Gandomi and Kalyanmoy Deb for their recent awards from Clarivate Analytics, formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters, and owner of Web of Science. Amir Gandomi was named a 2017 Clarivate … Continue reading

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