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Class projects as publishable research?

Have you thought of collecting real, publishable, data as a part of lab that you’ve taught? Specifically, is it workable to use a single lab activity, conducted over multiple sections over multiple years, to build a dataset to ask a pending research question? 749 more words

Macroecology is not like particle physics

There are different kinds of mystery. Subatomic particles are almost illogically tiny, so we can only figure out what’s happening with big machines, long-term data, ingenious experiments, and a bunch of logical inferences. 2,516 more words

Do textbooks reflect, or shape, the canon?

Faculty members get unannounced visits from book reps on a periodic basis. They offer free books, and sometimes bagels. Then, they have two outrageous requests: 927 more words

The more things change, the more they change

I just had the pleasure of spending a couple days hiking around the interior of Catalina Island. The last time I did this was about 23 years ago, when I was a student on an undergraduate field trip for a course in Conservation Biology. 998 more words

Academic Moneyball

Over the past week, I’ve been reading Moneyball, by Michael Lewis.

I’m not a baseball person (though I do keep tabs on football soccer). 730 more words

Library Instruction Programs Conducted for A.Y. 2013-2014

In collaboration with the different colleges and departments, the Library and Learning Resource Center offers Library Instruction Program (LIP) in five levels for the varying information and research needs of students and faculty in the University. 835 more words

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Experiments can sell your science, even if they're not going to work

We typically need manipulative experiments to truly know how a biological system works.

Nevertheless, on most days, I feel that the subculture of ecology suffers from a fetish for manipulative experiments.  910 more words