Smithsonian’s National Zoo closes invertebrate exhibit
Jun20

Smithsonian’s National Zoo closes invertebrate exhibit

The US National Zoo stunned butterfly, cuttlefish, coral, and giant clam fans when it announced Monday, June 16, that the zoo’s Invertebrate Exhibit, a zoo staple since 1987, would close within the week. The $1 million-a-year Invertebrate Exhibit needs a $5 million injection of cash to upgrade interpretive signs and diagrams, the facility, and equipment supporting the animals. The zoo has struggled to adapt activities and...

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Let’s try to get eaten!
Jun16

Let’s try to get eaten!

What’s the big beez about the food chain anyway? Masaaki Yuasa has some thoughts to share about what makes learning fun, even when it has a gross, bitter taste, in season 6, episode 7 of the animated series Adventure Time. Jigsaw is also here to make teaching fun. Hands on population games with plants, fungi, and parasitoid wasps headline the upcoming June issue of the newsletter, laid out by education intern Lea Dolimier. Not...

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Building resilience for food security in a changing climate
May23

Building resilience for food security in a changing climate

Climate change is bringing hotter temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, and more frequent natural disasters that could reduce global food production by 2 percent each decade for the rest of the century according to a report from The Chicago Council on Advancing Global Food Security in the Face of a Changing Climate (pdf). “Instead of treating climate change and food security as separate problems—we need to tackle these as...

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Ecology at the USA Science and Engineering Festival
May13

Ecology at the USA Science and Engineering Festival

ESA went to the USA Science & Engineering Festival on the weekend of April 26-27 to talk about ecology with some of the 325,000 people who attended. Special thanks to University of Maryland ecologists David Inouye (ESA’s president-in-waiting) and Ben Bond-Lamberty for coming down to the Washington DC convention center for the event. At our booth we had a terrarium hosting a few invertebrates and a simple game to prompt...

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Google celebrates Nobel Prize-winning biological chemist Dorothy Hodgkin
May12

Google celebrates Nobel Prize-winning biological chemist Dorothy Hodgkin

Today’s Google doodle celebrates Dorothy Hodgkin, neé Crowfoot, a founder of protein crystallography who famously solved the 3-dimentional molecular structure of of the protein hormone insulin in 1969. The project took 35 years. She won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964 for her structure of vitamin B12. The doodle depicts Hodgkin’s 1945 model of penicillin. She used a Hollerith punch card machine to help with the...

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GLOBAL CHANGE IS NOW. Ecology can help.
May06

GLOBAL CHANGE IS NOW. Ecology can help.

Today, the US Global Change Research Program released its Third National Climate Assessment (NCA) of the impacts of climate change on biodiversity and ecosystems. The NCA is the most comprehensive peer-reviewed analysis of climate change’s impacts in the United States, informing Americans about the effects of climate change in their backyards. “As an ecologist, you can’t escape the effects of climate change on natural resources. We’re...

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Celebrating Earth Day in 2014
Apr22

Celebrating Earth Day in 2014

What does Earth Day mean in 2014? “At a conference in Seattle in September 1969, I announced that in the spring of 1970 there would be a nationwide grassroots demonstration on behalf of the environment and invited everyone to participate. The wire services carried the story from coast to coast. The response was electric. It took off like gangbusters.” ~ Gaylord Nelson The media loved the story. In 1969, when Senator Gaylord Nelson...

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ESA’s 2nd annual Science Cafe Prize — take your science out of the box
Apr15

ESA’s 2nd annual Science Cafe Prize — take your science out of the box

Have a science story you want to tell? Send in your pitch for our public pub talk at the Ecological Society’s 99th Annual Meeting this summer   Apply here Contest deadline: Friday, 30 May 2014   At this year’s Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California, ESA is partnering with Professor of Chemistry Jared Shaw and the UC Davis Science Café series to present an informal public lecture (a “Science Café”) at de...

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