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Evolution Education

Last month’s issue of Evolution (aka Evolution Int J Org Evolution, aka Evolution (Lawrence Kansas), aka some other confusing way of referring to the journal published by the Society for the Study of Evolution) contains two articles on teaching evolution. The first is on creating museum exhibitions to showcase evolutionary biology. The article focuses on…

On Being Rated

Amongst the other TAs and the lab coordinators in my department, I have a reputation of being a tough grader. At the end of the semester, when the course admins calculate grades, my students invariably get a few points added to their lab scores — this is done to bring lab scores more in line…

Math for Biologists

Keith Robison, at Omics! Omics!, asks and answers the question, “What math courses should a biologist take in college?” His answer: a good statistics course is a must (one where you learn about experimental design and Bayesian statistics), and a survey course that covers topics like graph theory and matrix math would provide a nice…

The Canadian research organization Genome BC has unveiled a science education website, Genomics Education. One of the features of the website is Floyd the Fruit Fly, who, we can only presume, is some sort of cartoon drosophilid. Or maybe he’s a tephritid, but I highly doubt it. When you hear “fruit fly” and “genetics”, you…

Stuff and Things

Here’s some interesting science: A commonly used medicinal leach may have been misidentified as the wrong species. Here is a description of the Human Variome Project, which seems more focused on mapping disease genes than doing cool population genetics. That’s too bad. Science has an article on the benefits of undergraduate research. The most important…

GAME PREVIEW | PRESS CENTER Yesterday’s game between Corporate and Charles Darwin was a battle between free market capitalism and the greatest naturalist of all time. The Corporate team is loaded with the world’s top pharmaceutical and chemical companies. Darwin is the author of important works such as On the Origin of Species and The…

PRESS CENTER | UPDATED BRACKET Early next week, the amorphous, indefinable entity that is Corporate will take on a man named Charles Robert Darwin in the third round of the Science Spring Showdown. That’s right, we’re down to sixteen teams, including the eleven seed Corporate and the seven seed Darwin. This match up of Chair…

Philosopher Generalizes Beyond Experience

Janet pointed me to a post at the Philosopher’s Playground about doing away with laboratory courses in the science curriculum. Steve Gimbel, the philosopher doing the playing, teaches at Gettysburg College. He argues that the lab portions of science classes cause non-science majors to avoid those courses and not enroll in any science class not…

The Sweetest Sixteen

PRESS CENTER | UPDATED BRACKET The folks that brought you the Second Round of the Octopus Region of the Science Spring Showdown (part 1, part 2) will be bringing you one of the marquee match ups of the third round. Those folks are us, and the place is here at evolgen. We’re down to sixteen…

SECOND ROUND PREVIEW | PRESS CENTER | PRINTABLE BRACKETS Welcome back to our coverage of the second round of the Science Spring Showdown. We had two great games yesterday, and another one finished earlier today. The final game of the round, between HIV and Psychology, is just wrapping up now; we’ll bring you the result…