No Ovaries? Well this Ovarian Club Conference is For You (YAMMMs for everyone)

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Well, I just got an email invitation to attend CME - OVARIAN CLUB 4.  And alas, rather than just dumping it into SPAM (which I did do) I clicked on one of the links.  I had to know - what was the gender balance at this meeting.  Was there any chance that the organizers would see that it would be ironic to not have a decent number of female speakers?

No #AAAS and ASM you do not deserve good PR for freeing up a few papers on Ebola

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Saw a PR from AAAS about how they were freeing up all of ~ 20 papers on Ebola In light of what has become the largest Ebola outbreak on record, Science and Science Translational Medicine have compiled over a decade's worth of their published news and research. Researchers and the general public can now view this special collection for free.OK. More access is good. But alas, they did not even free up all papers in #AAAS journals with Ebola in the Title or Abstract.And then I started thinking. What about HIV? TB? Malaria?

Today's YAMMM (Yet another mostly male meeting): pharma-nutrition #PN2015

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Just got pointed to (by Elisabeth Bik) an announcement for a meeting: Home : Pharma-Nutrition 2015 with a focus on "Linking the Microbiome with Nutrition and Pharma".  And alas, the list of confirmed speakers is as follows:Keynote SpeakerMartin J.

Nice Art and Science example - UC Davis Medical School molecule sculpture

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Quikc post here.

Guest post: Response to the discussion on Red List assessments of East African chameleons

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AHjardingThis is guest post by Angelique Hjarding in response to discussion on this blog about the paper below.Hjarding, A., Tolley, K. A., & Burgess, N. D. (2014, July 10). Red List assessments of East African chameleons: a case study of why we need experts. Oryx. Cambridge University Press (CUP). doi:10.1017/s0030605313001427Thank you for highlighting our recent publication and for the very interesting comments.

AAAS - Blocking Access to the Scientific Literature Even When They Say It Is "Free"

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Today, I wanted to show someone a PDF of a paper of mine that I co-authored in 1999.  The paper was, I think, kind of cool.  It reported the sequencing and analysis of the genome of Deinococcus radiodurans, an incredibly radiation resistant bacterium.  Alas, I did not have a copy on me, and the only electornic device I had with me was my phone.

AAAS and SnapChat collaborate to develop SnapScience to publish scientific papers transiently

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Just got this in an email and thought it should be shared.Washington, DC.

Some design notes on modelling links between specimens and other kinds of data

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If we view biodiversity data as part of the "biodiversity knowledge graph" then specimens are a fairly central feature of that graph. I'm looking at ways to link specimens to sequences, taxa, publications, etc., and doing this across multiple data providers.

Today's YAMMM (Yet Another Mostly Male Meeting) Brought to You by CIFAR & NAS

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Well, just got an invite to this meeting: Symbioses becoming permanent: The origins and evolutionary trajectories of organelles.  The topic seems of direct interest to what I work on.  And, it is relatively close (Irvine is a short hop away).  So this could be a way to go to a meeting without having to travel too far.  And maybe I could see my younger brother Matt who lives in LA and just graduated from UC Irvine's Masters program in Sound Engineering.

#ESA2014 Day 4: Battle Empiricism vs Theory

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You are our only hope!(?)First off, the Theory vs. Empiricism Ignite session was a goldmine for quotes: “In God we trust, all others bring data” (H. Edwards Deming)“Models are our only hope” (Greg Dwyer)"Nature represents a special part of parameter space" (Jay Stachowicz)The Theory vs. Empiricism Ignite session was designed in response to an impromptu survey at ESA last year that found that 2/3 s of an audience did not believe that there are general laws in ecology.

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