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2009 ASU-MBL History of Biology Seminar: Theory in the Life Sciences May 20-27 Application Deadline: January 15, 2009 The MBL-ASU History of Biology Seminar is an intensive week with annually varying topics designed for a group of no more than 25 advanced graduate students, postdoctoral associates, younger scholars, and established researchers in biology, history, philosophy,…

Liberty and Science

I’m currently sitting in a hotel room in Indianapolis. Tomorrow I will be attending a two-day Liberty Fund seminar on “Liberty in the Scientific Enlightenment,” a discussion using E.O. Wilson’s Consilience: The Unity of Knowledge as a jumping off point. Other attendees (there are 15 in total) include Vernon Smith, Larry Arnhart, Carl Mitcham, Stephen…

And so it begins

Yesterday marked the start of the Fall semester here, and by marked I mean saw the circle of hell that is a seven hour faculty retreat. Saturday morning brings the Fall Assembly for honors students and teaching then begins on Monday. Two classes this semester – my regular honors seminar and a (new for me)…

The preliminary program for the History of Science Society‘s annual meeting (November in Pittsburgh) has been placed online and it looks like the best series of sessions in a long while with the organizers managing to avoid scheduling sessions on similar themes at the same time. It’s a three-day meeting but I’ll only be around…

I recently co-authored a paper that discussed the utility of history of science for science (Isis 99: 322-330). The abstract reads: This essay argues that science education can gain from close engagement with the history of science both in the training of prospective vocational scientists and in educating the broader public about the nature of…

Blogging & Tenure

Recently anthropologist John Hawks was granted tenure by the University of Wisconsin (congratulations to him!) and he feels that his blogging did not impede his evaluation. He has begun a four part series that “covers a different portion of the tenure process, from starting and establishing the tone of your blog, up to documenting your…

Very sad news for those of us who do physical anthropology. Charles (“Charlie”) Lockwood (University College London) was killed today in a motorcycle accident in London. He is survived by his parents and sisters. Charlie was a talented morphologist both in the sense of being a descriptive anatomist and quantitative biologist. I met him in…

Some news out of ASU

Two quick shots … Firstly, ASU is planning to install a 2 megawatt roof-top solar grid that will provide over 20% of the power to our campus. The installation is expected to be completed by the end of the year. That’s enough to run 4,600 computers and reduce carbon emissions by 2,825 tons per year,…

Ben Stein gets what he deserves

Below the fold because it’s a 250k image. But it’s worth it.

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