Author Archives: Danielle Whittaker

About Danielle Whittaker

Danielle J. Whittaker, Ph.D. Managing Director of BEACON

BEACON Researchers at Work: Engineering life

This week’s blog post is by University of Washington graduate student Leandra Brettner. All living organisms share a universal programming language—DNA. Long strings of unit molecules A’s, T’s, C’s and G’s dictate the unique traits of each individual, but the … Continue reading

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Meet the 2014 BEACON Distinguished Postdocs, Chandra Jack and Will Soto

This year, BEACON was fortunate to be able to appoint TWO new Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellows. Meet Chandra Jack and Will Soto! Chandra Jack Chandra started working in the Strassmann-Queller lab at Rice University as an undergraduate in the summer after … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Using evolution to update old software

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Erik Fredericks. His first BEACON blog post is here. Engineers in industry are often given the somewhat daunting task of updating legacy software systems. Consider, for a … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Improving Search Quality in Genetic Programming

This week’s BEACON Researcher at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Armand Burks. About Me As a young “army brat,” I was always fascinated with learning how things worked. Trying to figure out how my toys worked, I … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Spatial dynamics of evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Emily Dolson. All biological organisms must occupy a single location in physical space. This idea is so obvious that most people don’t give it much thought, but … Continue reading

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