Category Archives: BEACON Researchers at Work

Learning an Evolvable Genotype-Phenotype Map

This post is by MSU graduate student Matthew Andres Moreno Hi! My name is Matthew Andres Moreno. I’m a graduate student finishing up my first year studying digital evolution with my advisor Dr. Charles Ofria. Today, I’m going to talk … Continue reading

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On the Hunt: How Bacteria Find Food

This post is by MSU graduate student Joshua Franklin Imagine you are half-starved, blindfolded, then placed into a large gymnasium with a plate full of freshly-baked cookies. How do you find the cookies? You could try to randomly walk around … Continue reading

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Gallium cannot be used as a Trojan horse to fool Iron-selected bacteria

This post is by NCAT postdoc Akamu Jude Ewunkem, faculty Misty Thomas, grad student Sada Boyd, and faculty Joseph Graves Jr. Antibiotics have heretofore been used as therapeutic agents (Butler et al., 2017). However, bacteria are increasingly developing resistance to these therapeutic agents. … Continue reading

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High school phage hunters: an experiment to encourage young scientists

This post is by MSU postdoc Sarah Doore, with contributions from Dr. Kristin Parent and Mr. Kevin Schrad For the last couple years, our lab at MSU has been advocating “phage hunting” as part of the biology classroom experience. Bacteriophages—”phages” for … Continue reading

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In the Light of Evolution: Connecting Genotype to Phenotype and Fitness in an Introductory Biology Class

This post is by UW research scientist Katie Dickinson “It was through the [Bio180 CURE] class that biology truly came to life and I felt that our time in [the] lab was interesting and relevant to our world today. The large … Continue reading

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Exploring the evolution of troglodytes?

This post is by MSU postdoc John Phillips Some of you may be familiar with the term ‘troglodyte’, which is a somewhat old-timey derogatory term for an unintelligent person. The Greek root troglo- means “cave” so a troglodyte is a cave … Continue reading

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Art and Science, Science and Art: Science outreach to young artists

This post is by MSU grad student Cybil Nicole “Nikki” Cavalieri “I am not good at science, I am more artistic.” “I have decided to drop biology, I am changing my degree to packaging I want to work in a … Continue reading

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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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