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Archives for February, 2008

Encyclopedia of Life

Poorly done and over clicked? Rod Page has a post worth reading in which he’s “deliberately critical” of the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL). You should be able to visit the EOL at that link. Only you can’t, as of two days following the release. You see, they weren’t able to handle the 11.5 million hits…

The Eisens Continue to Rock the PLoS

Jonathan Eisen is the new Academic Editor in Chief at PLoS Biology, and he’s kicking it off with this editorial. In his editorial, Jonathan describes how he became an Open Access publishing advocate. The header of his article features a short biography with an interesting item: Jonathan A. Eisen is Academic Editor-in-Chief at PLoS Biology.…

Where are the faculty bloggers?

I have an intuition, backed up by absolutely no evidence, that my particular area of interest (evolutionary genetics) has more faculty blogging about stuff related to their research than other fields. This is most likely the result of my interest in those blogs, and, hence, my increased awareness of them compared to blogs of faculty…

Do you ever sit in a boring departmental seminar and scope out the other folks in the room? You’ll pick up some odd behaviors. Like the guy picking his nose — gross! Or the secret couple that can’t be open about their relationship because it breaks some university policy sitting a bit too close to…

Jonathan Eisen’s been blogging the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology (AGBT) meeting in Marco Island. Here’s what he’s written so far: Advances in Genome Biology and Technology Meeting – First Post AGBT Marco Usland Update – Long Live Sequencing Marco Island Evening One – The Strange and the Good More notes from Marco Island/…

What do you call your advisor?

Not Jim or Sam or Sally or Jane. Or Dr. Acula. But how do you refer to your advisor when you’re talking to someone else? Do you call him/her “my advisor”? Do you call him/her “my boss”? Do you call him/her “that person I see once every two weeks who provides the money for me…

Phylogeny Friday — 1 February 2008

Paraphyly in Drosophila Many biology students have hands-on experience working with Drosophila melanogaster. This little fly is one of the major workhorses of genetics. It may not be for long. That’s not to say people will stop working with the fly, but the fly may no longer be named “Drosophila melanogaster“. That’s because the Drosophila…