Below the Bottom: Historical Significance, Archaeology, and Public Engagement at Shockoe Bottom

Last month, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones announced his plans for the development of a currently under-utilized part of Richmond’s downtown called Shockoe Bottom. The centerpiece of the project is a minor league baseball stadium accompanied by an apartment complex, grocery store, retail stores, an office building, and parking. The plan also incorporates a memorial building …

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Thoughts on bioinformatics training suites

I’ve started to think more broadly about bioinformatics training, and after some conversations with Vicky Schneider-Gricar at TGAC, Terri Atwood at GOBLET, and others, I thought I’d write down some thoughts on bioinformatics classrooms. In particular, what kind of compute infrastructure is needed? Before I get started, my assumptions and interests are as follows: Many …

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Two new books on evolution

Here are two new books on evolution. I wrote chapters for both :o Predicting Evolution and Visualizing High-Dimensional Fitness Landscapes Effects of Epistasis and Pleiotropy on Fitness Landscapes You can download the chapters via those links at least for a while. After that they can always be downloaded from the arXiv. Both chapters are about fitness …

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Still Another Key Blog

Sunday after Thanksgiving is the anniversary date for the Thornapple Blog. I always write something that recalls the very first blog in 2009. That one built on Aldo Leopold’s classic work in environmental philosophy A Sand County Almanac. The “key blog” idea is that at least once a year we would remind ourselves of Leopold’s …

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Including Girls in STEM Outreach

From my recent experience at the Gender Summit, years of science outreach, and discussions with colleagues on how to most effectively *do* outreach, I decided I should offer my two-cents on including girls in STEM outreach, particularly in outreach that is proclaimed and designed to “reach everyone”. Recognizing the need for diversity along all fronts …

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