Crowdsourcing the ESA2014 opening plenary
Aug01

Crowdsourcing the ESA2014 opening plenary

ESA’s 2013 annual meeting in Minneapolis is drawing near, but we are already planning for Sacramento in 2014! The public affairs committee wants to know what you would like to hear at the Sunday evening opening plenary next year. What topic would fire you up? Who would you get on a plane early to see? Because Sacramento is in the middle of California’s Central Valley, one of the most productive and intensely farmed...

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In ecology news: bicentenarian rockfish, floating tuna attractors, death tangles for silky sharks
Jul05

In ecology news: bicentenarian rockfish, floating tuna attractors, death tangles for silky sharks

THIS STORY about a man and fish (a shortraker rockfish, Sebastes borealis) started as a little local news spot in the Daily Sitka Sentinel in late June – man catches record-breaking 39.08-pound rockfish! Could be 200 years old! [Update 7/8/2013 -- The Alaska Dispatch reported Friday that Alaska Fish and Game determined the fish was only 64 years old. -- Thanks to Benjamin Walther for the tip.] It suddenly blew up into a wide-release...

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The difficulties of science ed for all
Jun21

The difficulties of science ed for all

On June 12th, the DW Steele chapter of the Air Force Association named a preK-6th grade science teacher named Jason Pittman, from Alexandria, Virginia, “Aerospace Teacher of the Year“. General Mark Welsh, chief of staff of the Air Force, came in person to thank Pittman for his service to his country — for choosing to teach. Pittman was very touched, as he told Ira Glass from This American Life. “I...

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Supreme Court rules natural genes not patentable
Jun17

Supreme Court rules natural genes not patentable

Unanimous decision against BRCA breast cancer susceptibility gene patents in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc. by Liza Lester, ESA communications officer The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Thursday, June 13th, that Myriad Genomics Inc. may not retain exclusive rights to the use of DNA sequence information for breast cancer associated genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, stating that Myriad had not created anything new...

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“Race, Intelligence, and Genetics For Curious Dummies”
May23

“Race, Intelligence, and Genetics For Curious Dummies”

  Last week, a cicada-like re-emergence of “Bell Curve” claims of a genetic determinacy between intelligence and race surfaced in a Heritage Foundation special report on immigration. The report drew on Jason Richwine’s Harvard dissertation, “IQ and Immigration Policy.” Amid the furor, the Atlantic’s Ta Nehisi Coates was ready with the history. He wrote in response to Richwine’s apologists, who were...

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the drones are coming
May21

the drones are coming

Unmanned vehicles bring in the data By Liza Lester, ESA communications officer   Earlier this month, a couple of environmental scientists from NOAA and WWF turned up at a symposium on drones in company with journalists, law & order types, engineers, gearheads and think tank fellows. The scientists were on the pro-drone docket. Drones can look for oil spills and tangles of derelict fishing nets, said Robbie Hood, Director of...

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