Archives for January, 2012

Applause for Plant Physiologist Helen Stafford who bequeathed an astonishing $8M to Reed College in her will. As a woman scientist in the 1950s, Stafford was ineligible for many jobs. Reed College, not deterred by her sex, offered her a position. She went on to establish a successful career and inspired many young scientists. Here…

Applause for Plant Physiologist Helen Stafford who left the Reed College Biology Department $1M. As a woman scientist in the 1950s, Stafford was ineligible for many jobs. Reed College, not deterred by her sex, offered her a position. She went on to establish a successful career and inspired many young scientists. Here is a short…

“Nothing more fun than making discoveries in nature and then seeing them used for the public good ” Listen to the NPR interview with enthusiastic Professor Emeritus Murray Gardener. He describes recent UCDavis symposium with 2011 Nobel Laureates Bruce Beutler and Jules Hoffman

The University of California, Davis, will host two Nobel laureates for a symposium this month about the shared characteristics of plants, flies and people in terms of how they fight infections. “Evolution of Common Molecular Pathways Underlying Innate Immunity” will feature the 2011 Nobel Laureates in Physiology or Medicine, Jules Hoffmann of the University of…

Another vigilante for truth. Lithodid man exposes Jeffrey Smith #antiGMO claims to light of day in this entertaining video. Well done Lithodid.

Another vigilante for truth. Lithodid man exposes Jeffrey Smith #antiGMO fraud in this entertaining video. Well done Lithodid.

Jonathan Eisen, scientist and blogger extraordinaire has established a science writing series called “Story behind the paper”. The idea is for authors who have recently published Open Access papers to tell the story behind the paper: what sorts of experiences and experiments led up to the new discovery and how we navigated through the publication…

UC Davis unified in condemning use of pepper spray on students. Support for Chancellor Katehi grows.

This excellent New York Times article describes Eric Lander’s journey in science to his position today as not only one of the great genome researchers but a terrific teacher and human being.