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Because they’ve let in another Aggie. Matt Springer, who writes ScienceBlogs’ newest blog, Built on Facts, is a graduate student in physics at Texas A&M University, my alma mater. His blog is live now, so go check it out.

When I was a student at Texas A&M University and active in politics there, I spent a lot of time on voter registration. Much of this effort was devoted to the community outside of the university, but my primary focus was on students at the university. And, although some people would contend that college students…

Just Like Old Times….

For one reason or another when I was a student at Texas A&M University, I seemed to find myself in the student paper, The Battalion, fairly frequently–whether I was writing a letter to the editor, being quoted in a story, or reporting science news (as I did during my last semester there). It’s been a…

New Photos on the About Page

Dare I be so presumptuous to suggest that you’ve checked out the About page on my blog in the last couple of days, you may have noticed a few new photos. The first one was taken last summer in front of the Wellcome Trust building in London:

Almost a year after Robert Gates left his post as President of Texas A&M University to become Secretary of Defense, the A&M Board of Regents has announced a successor: Elsa Murano, who since 2005 has served as Vice Chancellor of Agriculture for the Texas A&M System and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life…

Earlier this year, Malcolm Gladwell wrote an article for The New Yorker called “Open Secrets” in which he discussed the distinction between two types of problems: what he called “puzzles”, which are simpler, and “mysteries”, which are more complex. Building on the work of national security expert Gregory Treverton, he wrote: “Osama bin Laden’s whereabouts…

The following is a transcript of the remarks I delivered to the Texas Aggie Democrats at Texas A&M University on September 5, 2007 (and I’ve added some links). I start out talking a little bit about the work I did in the organization when I was a student there, but I eventually get into the…

This one is for my readers at Texas A&M University. I’m currently visiting Texas for a couple of weeks, and I’ll be speaking at the first meeting of the semester of the Texas Aggie Democrats this Wednesday, 5 September, at 8:30 pm in Rudder 502. I’ll be talking a bit about the Democratic Party in…

Back in my undergraduate days at Texas A&M University, I often lobbied for there to be a student representative on the A&M Board of Regents (the organization that governs the university). With issues such as skyrocketing tuition negatively affecting A&M’s students, I thought that it was important for the students to have their own voice…

More on Edible Cotton Seeds

Last month, I wrote a post about a research group at Texas A&M University that reported genetically engineering “edible cotton seeds” by using RNAi technology to stably and specifically knock out production of the gossypol toxin in the seeds of the plant. I thought that the paper was interesting for a variety of reasons, including…