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2013-08-08 12:48:18 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A new pre-submission peer review system. Initially targeted at Evolution journals,.

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2013-09-04 00:11:44 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Evolution, a progression of scientific thought

A really amazing infographic about the conceptual progression of ideas on evolution through time. Really worth spending time following the different threads.

Thanks to +Tania Jenkins,+Miriam Quick and +Stefanie Posavec for the poster and to +José Cerca for pointing me to it! Poster funded by a grant from the European Society for Evolutionary Biology www.eseb.org 

You can download a pdf (safe link) here:
https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D7293058_72802250_715737

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2013-09-04 00:11:44 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Evolution, a progression of scientific thought

A really amazing infographic about the conceptual progression of ideas on evolution through time. Really worth spending time following the different threads.

Thanks to +Tania Jenkins,+Miriam Quick and +Stefanie Posavec for the poster and to +José Cerca for pointing me to it! Poster funded by a grant from the European Society for Evolutionary Biology www.eseb.org 

You can download a pdf (safe link) here:
https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D7293058_72802250_715737

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2015-04-27 18:53:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Alex Wenniger (graduate student in Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with Dr. Diane Wagner) writes about cleptergic ants and social parasitism.

Alex Wenniger (graduate student in Biology and Wildlife at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with Dr. Diane Wagner) writes about cleptergic ants and social parasitism.___

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2015-04-27 18:52:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Margaret Oliver (graduate student in Biology and Wildlife at University of Alaska Fairbanks with Dr. Steffi Ickert-Bond) writes about the complicated relationships of ferns where the researches pay tribute to a pop icon because it's written in the DNA.

Margaret Oliver (graduate student in Biology and Wildlife at University of Alaska Fairbanks with Dr. Steffi Ickert-Bond) writes about the complicated relationships of ferns where the researches pay tribute to a pop icon because it's written in the DNA.___

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2014-10-30 19:41:42 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-30 18:09:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-23 13:51:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

http://evoldir.tumblr.com/post/98212775401/graduate-position-ualaskafairbanks-evolutionarybiology

http://evoldir.tumblr.com/post/98212775401/graduate-position-ualaskafairbanks-evolutionarybiology___

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2014-09-22 16:30:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-09-16 17:04:06 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A good list for the new PI

A good list for the new PI___

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2014-08-07 18:44:13 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2014-07-30 15:49:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Is Engaging in Science Outreach Damaging to Scientists?

A few years ago, I started posting about science publicly on Google+. I did it in my spare time because as a scientist, it was obviously a topic I was interested in. I also found the public ignorance about science particularly depressing. This, coupled with a woeful misrepresentation of science on the part of many science journalists on popular media meant that even if the public cared enough to read about science, they would be ill-informed by sensationalised over-hyped articles. There was only one solution, as I saw it - the scientists themselves should engage directly with the public. This has always been my personal motto when it came to doing science outreach (http://goo.gl/Ts8oYf and http://goo.gl/W1XKHT). 

So it is with dismay that I read this 'joke' article on Genome Biology by Neil Hall... more »

Is Engaging in Science Outreach Damaging to Scientists?

A few years ago, I started posting about science publicly on Google+. I did it in my spare time because as a scientist, it was obviously a topic I was interested in. I also found the public ignorance about science particularly depressing. This, coupled with a woeful misrepresentation of science on the part of many science journalists on popular media meant that even if the public cared enough to read about science, they would be ill-informed by sensationalised over-hyped articles. There was only one solution, as I saw it - the scientists themselves should engage directly with the public. This has always been my personal motto when it came to doing science outreach (http://goo.gl/Ts8oYf and http://goo.gl/W1XKHT). 

So it is with dismay that I read this 'joke' article on Genome Biology by Neil Hall (http://goo.gl/oX52dI). In it, he defines the K-index (Kardashian Index) as:

“a measure of discrepancy between a scientist’s social media profile and publication record based on the direct comparison of numbers of citations and Twitter followers.”  A high K-index indicates that the scientist may have built their reputation on a shaky foundation, while a low K- index indicates that the scientist is not being given credit where credit is due.

An unfortunate consequence of the K-index is that it is damaging to other scientists who genuinely engage in science outreach on social media. Scientists are evaluated by their publication records. People who have a low K-index will likely be older and well-established. Someone who started publishing 30 years ago and just joined Twitter will have a very low K-index. On the other hand, early career researchers who haven't published a lot but engage in outreach can appear to have a high K-index. The author also advises people that "if your K-index gets above 5, then it’s time to get off Twitter and write those papers". Never mind that only 1% of scientists regularly publish one paper a year (http://goo.gl/yvd1Yv). Do we really want the other 99% of scientists to stop writing about science on social media?

I understand that this paper was 'semi-serious'. I understand that there are certain science outreach 'personalities' on social media who regularly over-estimate their popularity and importance. But I can already imagine how this index can be used to patronise young researchers who engage in outreach. I can imagine the smirks from senior scientists at job interview panels and evaluation committees. 

This 'joke' article is only funny if you are a senior tenured professor with lots of papers and yet have a low follower count on social media. "Ha ha, let's laugh at those silly scientists doing social media outreach when they should be writing papers!" The K-index trivialises those of us who work hard to communicate science with the public. 

I don't earn anything from doing outreach. It doesn't benefit me professionally. I don't have better job prospects because I have an audience. I do it because as a scientist, I feel I have a duty to directly engage with the public. Doing outreach doesn't harm me either. I hate to think that someday, it might. I hate to think that I might be taken less seriously because I do this. I especially hate to think that other young researchers might be discouraged from engaging in outreach because of this. 

Thanks to +Tommy Leung for the discussion that inspired this post. 

Image: Twitter followers versus number of scientific citations for a sort-of-random sample of researcher tweeters. Individuals with a highly overinflated number of followers (when compared with the number predicted by the trendline) are highlighted by the area labeled Kardashians. (from: http://goo.gl/oX52dI)

#ScienceEveryday  

EDIT: Here is a great writeup on the gender/morality aspect of using the word Kardashian, by +Zuleyka Zevallos http://goo.gl/YBYYR8___

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2014-07-23 17:51:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2014-07-22 20:10:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2014-07-22 13:45:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-06-18 19:11:28 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2014-06-04 22:47:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The first one was great! Hope they can make a sequel.

The first one was great! Hope they can make a sequel.___

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2014-05-23 17:13:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2014-04-10 17:14:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Living at the edge, range expansion is a losing battle with mutations
[ I originally posted this at the blog Nothing in Biology Makes Sense ] Environments can vary substantially in habitat quality, local population abundance, or carrying capacity. Under some climate change scenarios, new, higher quality habitats become availa...

Living at the edge, range expansion is a losing battle with mutations
[ I originally posted this at the blog Nothing in Biology Makes Sense ] Environments can vary substantially in habitat quality, local population abundance, or carrying capacity. Under some climate change scenarios, new, higher quality habitats become availa...___

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2014-03-11 16:31:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2013-11-05 21:55:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2013-09-24 18:59:52 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2013-09-04 00:11:44 (0 comments, 9 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Evolution, a progression of scientific thought

A really amazing infographic about the conceptual progression of ideas on evolution through time. Really worth spending time following the different threads.

Thanks to +Tania Jenkins,+Miriam Quick and +Stefanie Posavec for the poster and to +José Cerca for pointing me to it! Poster funded by a grant from the European Society for Evolutionary Biology www.eseb.org 

You can download a pdf (safe link) here:
https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D7293058_72802250_715737

Evolution, a progression of scientific thought

A really amazing infographic about the conceptual progression of ideas on evolution through time. Really worth spending time following the different threads.

Thanks to +Tania Jenkins,+Miriam Quick and +Stefanie Posavec for the poster and to +José Cerca for pointing me to it! Poster funded by a grant from the European Society for Evolutionary Biology www.eseb.org 

You can download a pdf (safe link) here:
https://www.sugarsync.com/pf/D7293058_72802250_715737___

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2013-09-03 21:45:32 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2013-08-30 19:00:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Excellent analysis of IF stats in a practical setting

Excellent analysis of IF stats in a practical setting___

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2013-08-28 18:16:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A interesting discussion was had by all.

A interesting discussion was had by all.___

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2013-08-08 12:48:18 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A new pre-submission peer review system. Initially targeted at Evolution journals,.

A new pre-submission peer review system. Initially targeted at Evolution journals,.___

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2013-08-06 13:27:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Some great info on why mathematical models and biology are useful.

Some great info on why mathematical models and biology are useful.___

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2013-08-01 18:57:18 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Nice collection of articles on data visualization from Nature Methods. From choosing typography, & colors, to pencil sketches to 3D animations. 

Nice collection of articles on data visualization from Nature Methods. From choosing typography, & colors, to pencil sketches to 3D animations. ___

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2013-07-22 17:46:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Host-Parasite interactions can drive the evolution of more than sex.
Early view of my new paper out in Evolution.

Host-Parasite interactions can drive the evolution of more than sex.
Early view of my new paper out in Evolution.___

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2013-07-03 11:48:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

An interesting way to make the publication process more efficient

In this blog post, +Bobbie Spellman (Editor in Chief of Perspectives on Psychological Science) suggests an interesting new way to eliminate the hassle of repeatedly reformatting articles for different journals after they get rejected. 

http://goo.gl/77Ulx

An interesting way to make the publication process more efficient

In this blog post, +Bobbie Spellman (Editor in Chief of Perspectives on Psychological Science) suggests an interesting new way to eliminate the hassle of repeatedly reformatting articles for different journals after they get rejected. 

http://goo.gl/77Ulx___

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2013-06-28 19:15:40 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2013-06-25 18:30:08 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Host-parasite coevolution drives an escalation in migration rates. New paper in Evolution

Host-parasite coevolution drives an escalation in migration rates. New paper in Evolution___

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2013-06-25 00:06:29 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2013-06-24 13:00:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

A not so modest proposal? I think this is a great idea.

A not so modest proposal? I think this is a great idea.___

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2013-06-21 16:04:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Need some science with that coffee?

Need some science with that coffee?___

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2013-06-16 23:59:12 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A great story here from +Jon Wilkins 

A great story here from +Jon Wilkins ___

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2013-06-07 12:59:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2013-06-06 18:52:00 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Another great post explaining evolution by Goodnight.

Another great post explaining evolution by Goodnight.___

2013-06-06 02:33:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Smokin' Science Circle
We took 500 active profiles from the  +Science on Google+: A Public Database and put them into this circle.  Be careful, this circle is smokin' hot! #scienceeveryday    

Don't forget to check out the Science on Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/mTTxX

Database
Search Communities: http://goo.gl/Rvyez
Search Pages: http://goo.gl/WCohT
Search Profiles: http://goo.gl/Yz8KR
Add Profile or Page to Database: http://goo.gl/yEg7M
Add Community to Database: http://goo.gl/zh0xJ

Smokin' Science Circle
We took 500 active profiles from the  +Science on Google+: A Public Database and put them into this circle.  Be careful, this circle is smokin' hot! #scienceeveryday    

Don't forget to check out the Science on Google+ Community: http://goo.gl/mTTxX

Database
Search Communities: http://goo.gl/Rvyez
Search Pages: http://goo.gl/WCohT
Search Profiles: http://goo.gl/Yz8KR
Add Profile or Page to Database: http://goo.gl/yEg7M
Add Community to Database: http://goo.gl/zh0xJ___

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2013-05-31 02:42:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Indiana Companies, Universities Form Biosciences Institute | #Science #Business http://sciencebusiness.technewslit.com/?p=13994 #ScienceBusiness

Indiana Companies, Universities Form Biosciences Institute | #Science #Business http://sciencebusiness.technewslit.com/?p=13994 #ScienceBusiness___

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2013-05-30 20:02:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Are we ready to make the leap?

Are we ready to make the leap?___

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2013-05-30 13:06:59 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Love these kinds of programs, especially if you are visiting a new city. Used the a bikeshare in Paris and it was so fun to cycle around town.

Love these kinds of programs, especially if you are visiting a new city. Used the a bikeshare in Paris and it was so fun to cycle around town.___

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2013-05-29 12:41:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Do you know your Ecology citations?

Do you know your Ecology citations?___

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2013-05-24 12:56:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

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2013-05-24 12:38:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2013-05-24 01:55:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

The facts right from the an author, +Katie Hinde 

The facts right from the an author, +Katie Hinde ___

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2013-05-23 12:34:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Kahneman's book Thinking, Fast and Slow being played out :)

Kahneman's book Thinking, Fast and Slow being played out :)___

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2013-05-22 12:43:55 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Some good advice and interesting perspective

Some good advice and interesting perspective___

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2013-05-22 02:34:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Great new post on the Microbiology of the Built Environment by +Sarah Hird 

Great new post on the Microbiology of the Built Environment by +Sarah Hird ___

2013-05-21 12:24:31 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Not easy for mutualists to become vertically transmitted. New theory paper it out in Evolutionary Ecology Research:

Evolution of transmission mode in obligate symbionts

Background: A host obtains symbionts by horizontal transmission when infected from the environment or contagiously from other hosts in the same generation. In contrast, vertical
transmission occurs when a host obtains its symbionts directly from its parents. Either vertical or horizontal transmission can sustain an association between a host and its symbiont.

Question: What evolutionary forces are necessary to evolve from an ancestral state of horizontal transmission to a derived state of vertical transmission?

Conclusions: Epistasis for fitness between host and symbiont genes, like that in a matching alleles model, is a necessary condition for the evolution of vertical from horizontal... more »

Not easy for mutualists to become vertically transmitted. New theory paper it out in Evolutionary Ecology Research:

Evolution of transmission mode in obligate symbionts

Background: A host obtains symbionts by horizontal transmission when infected from the environment or contagiously from other hosts in the same generation. In contrast, vertical
transmission occurs when a host obtains its symbionts directly from its parents. Either vertical or horizontal transmission can sustain an association between a host and its symbiont.

Question: What evolutionary forces are necessary to evolve from an ancestral state of horizontal transmission to a derived state of vertical transmission?

Conclusions: Epistasis for fitness between host and symbiont genes, like that in a matching alleles model, is a necessary condition for the evolution of vertical from horizontal transmission. Stochastic individual-based simulations show that (1) mutation facilitates the switch to vertical transmission and (2) vertical transmission is a stable evolutionary endpoint for a matching alleles model.___

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2013-05-17 18:54:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2013-05-14 02:41:04 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Super nice preview of Giro stage. Some good scenery even if you don't care for cycling.

Super nice preview of Giro stage. Some good scenery even if you don't care for cycling.___

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