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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…

Competitive Release and Antibiotic Resistance

While much of the research in evolutionary biology is purely academic in nature — designed for the purpose of understanding the biology of a system rather than for immediate human benefit — there is some research that yields immediate practical uses. One research area that is particular fruitful in this regard involves applying evolutionary theory…

There’s a large element of “chance” in all biological systems. Whether it’s a biochemical process within a cell, the movement of cells throughout an organism, or the evolution of the those organisms, stochasticity plays a large a part in biology. Unfortunately, this is often missed by most students of biology — either because they fail…

Matt Nisbet thinks that Francis Collins should be the next presidential science advisor. He does this after rejecting excellent popularizes of science, such as Neil deGrasse Tyson and E.O. Wilson, on the following grounds: Most science popularizers such as Wilson or Tyson don’t have the years of government experience to understand the machinations of Federal…

Where does your funding come from?

The Scientist blog reports that a representative of the National Science Foundation (NSF) was at the annual meeting of the America Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). The NSF representative pointed out a couple of things things: If your proposal describes research designed to find a cure for some disease, the NSF will not fund it.…

Not all animals must have sex with another individual to produce perfectly viable offspring. And neither do humans, thanks to technological breakthroughs in artificial insemination. But what about those critters that do not require masturbation and meat basters to produce babies sans contact with another individual? Remarkably, this is quite common in the animal kingdom,…

Are You Looking for an Academic Job in Biology?

John Hawks linked to a wiki with information on cultural anthropology job searches. If you poke around the website, you’ll find a list of such wikis for many different academic disciplines. Of interest to evolgen are the Biology Jobs Wiki and the Ecology/Evolution Jobs Wiki. If you’re currently on the job market, consider contributing information…

Biology Department Scavenger Hunt!!

Chad asked a fun question last week, and I just got around to finding it yesterday: What items should be on the list for a scavenger hunt through an academic physics department? Let’s now ask: what items should be on a list for a scavenger hunt through a biology department? Taking some hints from Chad…