Category Archives: BEACON Researchers at Work

Evolution, Science, and Religion

This post is written by BEACON’s Education Director Louise Mead Evolution, Science, and Religion chapter in its entirety is available here. I am an evolutionary biologist by training, and currently the Education Director at BEACON. I am also heading into … Continue reading

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Undergraduate Diversity at Evolution 2017

This post is written by Hollie Heape and MSU postdoc Alexa Warwick  As an undergraduate research assistant through BEACON at Michigan State University, I was afforded the opportunity to study the efficacy of a travel award program to increase diversity in evolutionary science. In … Continue reading

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Africa’s next top animal intelligence model

This post is written by MSU grad student Lily Johnson-Ulrich Spotted hyenas are found in just about every habitat in sub-Saharan Africa including human-disturbed areas and fully urbanized ones (i.e., cities) (Yirga Abay, Bauer, Gebrihiwot, & Deckers, 2010). While most large carnivores … Continue reading

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Getting a Head with Ptychodera flava Larval Regeneration

This post is written by UW grad student Shawn Luttrell One of the great marvels in biology is the ability to regenerate a fully functional nervous system after damage from disease or injury. Scientists have studied this remarkable process for decades, but … Continue reading

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Science Communication Strategies

This post is written by UT postdoc Tessa Solomon-Lane Science communication strategies often focus on communicating to other researchers within your field or to the general public. Interdisciplinary conversations require a mix of communication skills to bridge the gaps in … Continue reading

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Exploring Genetic Design Space with Phylosemantics

This post is written by UW grad student Bryan Bartley  Synthetic biology is a fascinating, interdisciplinary field at the intersection of biology and engineering. Synthetic biologists envision that life can be re-programmed by rewriting the genetic code of organisms. A … Continue reading

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STEMprov for improving science communication

This post is written by UT Austin grad student Rayna Harris Communicating science is important, and there are plenty of ways to improve. Improv is a theatrical technique that can help scientists tell better stories, understand group dynamics, and say yes … Continue reading

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Mapping Antibiotic Resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilms to Develop Better Therapies for Cystic Fibrosis

This post is written by MSU DO-PhD student Michael Maiden I have always been interested in bacterial resistance. My first science fair project was comparing antibacterial soap versus regular soap in terms of selecting for resistant bacteria with use. In … Continue reading

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BEACON goes back to Alaska!

This post is written by MSU postdoc Wendy Smythe. We have just returned from another amazing trip to Alaska where we visited Ketchikan, and the Haida communities of Hydaburg and Kasaan Alaska located on Prince of Wales Island. The trip … Continue reading

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Interdisciplinarity in evolutionary science… and video game design.

This post is written by UI faculty Barrie Robison One year ago, my colleague Terry Soule and I embarked on a somewhat crazy idea – we wanted to make a video game built upon the principles of evolutionary biology. The two of … Continue reading

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