Category Archives: BEACON Researchers at Work

Lobsters out of water: Scientists at film camp in Maine

This post is by MSU grad student Carina Baskett My colleague Klara Scharnagl had a great idea. “Let’s shoot it from the perspective of a vegetable!” As a scientist, I don’t usually go to work expecting to hear a sentence like that! … Continue reading

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Collaborations with K-12 teachers first inspired Data Nuggets, and continue to today

This post is by MSU postdocs Melissa Kjelvik and Liz Schultheis Back when we were biology graduate students, the GK-12 program at the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) exposed us to science education for the first time. When we signed up to work with … Continue reading

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Life Isn’t Fair

This post is by MSU PhD candidate Eli Strauss “That’s not fair!” These were the words I uttered as a child anytime I felt that someone or something had unjustly slighted me. “Life isn’t fair,” my parents would tell me, which … Continue reading

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You Say “Cow” and I Hear “Milk” – The Joy of Interdisciplinary Work

This post is by MSU faculty Arend Hintze While I was listening to the many interesting talks of this year’s BEACON congress (2016), I was pondering about the journey that we took together to get here. Fortunately, I was around … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the NSF-Funded BEACON Center: 2010-201

This post is by Patty Farrell-Cole, Ph.D., Marilyn Amey, Ph.D., Sarah Fitzgerald (Ph.D. candidate) and Alex Gardner (Ph.D. student) The National Science Foundation (NSF) holds expectations of transformational research and education for Science and Technology Centers (STC). In 2010, the … Continue reading

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Science and Social Justice

This post is by NCAT faculty Joe Graves Yes, that’s me holding up the fist, next to the fist in the Science for the People banner stating: “Scientists Against Reagan’s War”. This picture was taken at a national march against US … Continue reading

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Getting to the Stem of Central Nervous System Regeneration

This post is by UW grad student Shawn Luttrell Why do some animals regenerate missing or damaged tissue and organs while others do not? How are animals able to regenerate new tissue and do they all use the same genetic program? Was … Continue reading

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BEACON at GECCO 2016

We are very excited to acknowledge the success of some fellow BEACONites. Kalyanmoy Deb and students of the COIN (Computational Optimization and Innovation) lab this year received multiple awards and nominations at the GECCO conference (The Genetic and Evolutionary Computation … Continue reading

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BEACON now funds video games?

This is a repost from Terry Soule (Computer Science, UI) and Barrie Robison (Biological Sciences, UI) Also visit Telliamed Revisited (Richard Lenski’s blog) for another write-up.  Hello BEACONites, Thanks to BEACON’s support Polymorphic Games has created the evolutionary video game Darwin’s Demons, and placed it … Continue reading

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4th Annual Big Data in Biology Symposium at the University of Texas in Austin

This post is by University of Texas at Austin grad student Rayna Harris On Wednesday, May 11, 2016 The Center for Computational Biology and Bioinformatics hosted the 4th Annual Big Data in Biology Symposium at the University of Texas in Austin. … Continue reading

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