Guest Post: You teach science, but is your teaching scientific? (Part I)

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The first in a series of guest posts about using scientific teaching, active learning, and flipping the classroom by Sarah Seiter, a teaching fellow at the University of Colorado, Boulder. As a faculty member teaching can sometimes seem like a chore – your lectures compete with smartphones and laptops. Some students see themselves as education “consumers” and haggle over grades. STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) faculty have a particularly tough gig – students need substantial background to succeed in these courses, and often arrive in the classroom unprepared.

A special special issue of RNA Biology - dedicated to Carl Woese and Open Access too

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A must read for, well, everyone out there: RNA Biology: Table of Contents for a special issue dedicated to / about Carl Woese.

Null models matter, but what should they look like?

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Neutral Biogeography and the Evolution of Climatic Niches. Florian C. Boucher, Wilfried Thuiller, T. Jonathan Davies, and Sébastien Lavergne. The American Naturalist, Vol. 183, No. 5 (May 2014), pp. 573-584Null models have become a fundamental part of community ecology. For the most part, this is an improvement over our null-model free days: patterns are now interpreted with reference to patterns that might arise through chance and in the absence of ecological processes of interest.

Is collecting specimens necessary?

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Some interesting threads in TAXACOM today (yes, really). The following article has appeared in Science:Minteer, B. A., Collins, J. P., Love, K. E., & Puschendorf, R. (2014, April 18). Avoiding (Re)extinction. Science. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Global Engage Plant Genomics Meeting - Bring Your Y Chromosome Because they Don't Take XX - Calling for a Boycott of this Group

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Saw this tweet earlier todayNot one woman: WTF— Female Scientist (@female_science) April 16, 2014And something seemed hauntingly familiar about the organization referenced.  Turns out this is not the first time they have had issues with Gender Balance.  So I respondedWell @female_science Global Engage does it again - I posted about their previous meeting gender ratio issues here— Jonathan Eisen (@phylogenomics) April 16, 2014Incredibly distasteful and painful to see this.

Breaking the Biodiversity Heritage Library

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The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) has recently introduced a feature that I strongly dislike. The post describing this feature (Inspiring discovery through free access to biodiversity knowledge... states:Now BHL is expanding the data model for its portal to be able to accommodate references to content in other well-known repositories.

Now accepting submissions through Facebook

Feed: Carnival of Evolution: The Best of Evolutionary Blogging of the Last Month continues to be down, so I am hereby officially discontinuing the use of it for submissions to CoE. Instead, people are encouraged to submit via the Facebook page CarnyEvolution.The next host will be listed with links to their blog and a Twitter handle, if they have one.

We have a host for May 1st CoE

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E. E. Giorgi is hosting the next Carnival of Evolution at Chimeras.You can submit posts on evolution (even ones you didn't write) by linking to them in the comments here.

And let the microbiology word play begin (re Entamoeba feeding)

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New paper out about feeding by the parasitic amoeba Entamoeba histolytica.  Apparently, the work shows that this organism feeds by in essence taking bites out of cells.  (I say apparently because the paper is not open access and I don't have access to it from where I am writing).Anyway - there are a lot of news stories about this.  And for some reason (I am not quite sure why) this has inspired headline writers to get out their pun pens and creative thinking caps.

User interface to edit a point location

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CircleFollowing on from earlier posts on annotating biodiversity data (Rethinking annotating biodiversity data and More on annotating biodiversity data: beyond sticky notes and wikis) I've started playing with user interfaces for editing data. For example, here's a simple interface to edit the location of a specimen or observation (inspired by the iNaturalist observation editor).

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