We wrapped up our last outreach event representing BEACON last weekend. Members of our lab teamed up with other BEACON friends to share clip birds: learning about how form relates to function by foraging for different-sized seeds with different-sized beaks (i.e. different clothespins) hominid skulls: how do the different skull morphologies relate to function and how can we see differences between organisms? geckos: Travis brought live Crested and Leopard geckos to compare and contrast their adaptations… how can we tell that the geckos came from different environments? giant evolutionary timeline: learning about the different animals that lived across evolutionary time. Thanks to these schools for hosting us and all the families that came to visit! We’re looking forward to more outreach in the fall. Until then, here are some shots of the BEACON crew in action […]
Happy spring from the Devolab! Here are some pictures from our retreat at Camp Westminster on Higgins Lake last weekend. I had a great time with everyone and am looking forward to doing it again soon!
This material is cross-posted from my personal blog. You can find the original version here. March 25, 2000 Paris Hugh printed out my French medical story. I don’t like the way the pages look, but I suppose I’ll get used to them, just as I’m adapting to the laptop he bought me. It’s so different. On a typewriter, when you run out of things to say you get up and clean the bathtub. On a computer you scroll down your list of fonts or make little boxes. It scares me to say it, but I think I’m going to miss my laptop while I’m away. Suddenly I can see what everyone’s been talking about for the past fifteen years. — David Sedaris, Theft by Finding: Diaries 1977-2002 (2017) But I am very poorly today and very […]
Figure 1 The front entrance of MacDonald Middle School. Photo from ELPS district site. As the spring semester winds up, one of the parts of my school week I’m looking forward most to getting back to is working with math students at MacDonald Middle School (Figure 1). Last semester, I spent Monday and Wednesday mornings as a teacher’s assistant in two classrooms — third and fourth period on their schedule. My third period classroom was a sixth grade geometry class. This class covered a lot of really neat common core approaches to solving problems and, in particular, emphasized learning through guided exploration and peer-to-peer interaction. My fourth period classroom was a catch-up class that mostly focused on getting comfortable with performing computations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and going back and forth between fractions and decimals. This […]
Last Friday, I spent the morning at a workshop on scholarly public communication put on by MSU Communications and Brand Strategy. The workshop, which was titled "Communicating Beyond Journals and Peers: An Introduction to Public Communication," was led by Sheril Krishenbaum and John Besley. I had a great time and took a few tidbits away that I thought would be interesting to share here. Strategic Thinking Figure 1 A bad self-introduction. Don’t do this. How do you introduce yourself? No really, I want you to introduce yourself to me. If it would make you more comfortable, I’ll go first. Hi. I’m Matthew. I’m interested in more rigorously understanding how evolution works so that we can use evolution-inspired techniques to solve practical problems. I work with an awesome interdisciplinary community of evolutionary biologists and computer scientists at […]