Category: Goings-On

Japan Travel 2018

By Matthew Andres Moreno on August 13, 2018 in Goings-On / 0 Comments

This summer, lab members presented work at a pair of conferences in Japan: GECCO 2018 in Kyoto and ALife 2018 in Tokyo. Conveniently, the scheduling was back to back! We had a great time traveling together in Japan, seeing the sights (wow!) and eating the food (yum!). Here are a few pictures of lab members and friends from our off-duty time… thanks again to everyone for taking the time to share their photos with me!

Spring 2018 BEACON Outreach

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 […]

Tidbits from a Workshop on Communicating Science

By Matthew Andres Moreno on December 8, 2017 in Goings-On / 0 Comments
Tidbits from a Workshop on Communicating Science

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 […]