Fifty-Thousand Squared

I’ve been thinking a lot about the long-term evolution experiment (LTEE) with E. coli lately – even more than usual.  One impetus has been the paper by Mike Wiser, Noah Ribeck, and me that appeared today (14-Nov-2013) in Science Express (online publication in advance of print).  Another reason is that I’m working on the competitive …

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On Lincoln and Logic

I read a tweet today from Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Based on comments from winning players, it’s remarkable how much time God spends to help athletes defeat their opponents.” I replied: “Sports is a lot like politics and war in that respect.” And that reminded me of Abraham Lincoln, and so I wrote: “Why Lincoln 2nd inaugural …

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To Edinburgh and Back

I had a terrific visit to Scotland last week.  The graduate students in the Institute of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Edinburgh invited me to speak there.  Thanks especially to Manon Ragonnet and Sam Lewis for organizing and hosting my visit. It seems a bit extravagant to fly overseas for a one-hour lecture.  But …

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Blogging’s Long Reach

I’m busy with real work, so just a quick post tonight for fun. At WordPress, I can see where the viewers of this blog come from. It’s already up to 72 countries! Not surprisingly, the US is in the lead by a large margin, with the UK, Canada, Germany, Australia, Switzerland, France, Sweden, The Netherlands, …

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The Good Old Days

I started applying for faculty jobs in 1983, after about a year and a half as a postdoc.  The job market was tight then, as the US was coming out of a deep recession.  (Sound familiar?)  And faculty jobs in microbial evolution simply didn’t exist in those days.  So I applied for any and all …

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