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Archives for August, 2007

Some of them work for Bayer. technorati tags: biotechnology, education, biotechnology education, high school biotechnology

Why the ABRF of course! I spend a fair amount time every summer giving workshops for college and high-school teachers on genomics and bioinformatics. One of the things that always surprises them, is the amount of lab work that’s carried out by people working in shared, or core lab facilities. For example, if I was…

I began this series last week with a question about a DNA sequence that was published and reported to be one the first beta-lactamases to be found in Streptococcus pneumoniae. Mike has a great post about one of problems with this paper. I think the data themselves are awfully suspicious.

What’s the connection? (image from Newton TAB blog) I have to admit, I don’t know. But, I do know where you can find out. Dr. Gerard Cangelosi, from the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, will be speaking about tuberculosis, godzilla, and XDR-TB, Monday night, 7 pm at the Pub at Ravenna Third Place as part of…

Charles Darwin was so fascinated by beetles he paid people to help him build his collection. The Coleopterists Society and the Smithsonian Institute want to help kids explore the wonders of beetles, too. They’re providing grants for kids, in grades 7-12 to work on beetle biology. Applications are due by November 15, 2007.

I get asked this question often enough and now that’s it’s come up again, it seems that I might as well answer it once and for all and get it over with.

or maybe seminars on parade? They’re calling them PubCasts, but I don’t think I’ll be watching them in a pub. Seriously, SciVee is kind of cute, and has lots of potential down the road, and even has a few unintentional moments of humor right now, but….

If you’ve read the previous posts on this topic, here and here, you’re probably aware by now that I have this weird (okay, maybe fanatical) obsession with data. Or at least, with knowing if my data are right so I can get on with life, do the analysis and figure out the results. My results…

I’ll continue with the remaining parts of my career series shortly, but for the time being, I want to bring your attention to a really good post on doing bioinformatics as a software professional, and some commentary on the question that never seems to go away: “do biologists need to be able to program?” Thanks…

One time I was watching a football game on TV and they had a short quiz, called “You make the call” or something like that, and you had to watch a play and pretend to be a referee. A short video clip showed football players falling over each other. Then you were three possible calls…