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I have begun an ambitious effort to inventory and assess the concepts I want my students to master. Check out my Conceptual Teaching Assessment Project!
Recent Major Posts
- Taking risks for the data
- Barash the gene accountant on that little economic driver called “reproduction”
- An amazing indictment of the academic publishing industry (in which most of us participate)
- For the next eight months, the future of my career is (mostly) out of my hands
- My review of “Origins of Altruism and Cooperation” is published in QRB
- US EPA’s EnviroAtlas project promises to give researchers, students new insights into the geography of ecosystem services
- Where to publish in ecology & evolution without funding for page charges
- My decision to make my course evaluations public
- How will I deliver conceptual understanding?
- Embarking on a grand experiment in conceptual teaching
Recent Minor Posts
- I will participate in a roundtable discussion on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
- New fossil finds provide unique insight into the variation found in “Man the Hunted”
- Writing and record-keeping as important tools in the evolution of large-scale human cooperation
- “Brainchildren” — another way to conceptualize our devotion to cultural fitness
- Are MOOCs and the arts incompatible?
- Does self organization of social networks foster cooperation in the face of cheating?
- New research suggests that chimpanzees understand that cooperation produces benefits
- Microbes may surf their way to successful cooperation
- Open Access publishing and “peer review” fail the test of a well-designed hoax
- What the move towards a more sustainable Pratt looks like…
SET Times “Economic crisis putting more Greeks on bicycles” I think that it is important to keep in mind that we have two choices for becoming ecologically sustainable: we can directly engineer our societies and economies to be in harmony … Continue reading
The Guardian “The Saturday interview: Harvard biologist Edward Wilson“
All Things Considered “Boston Plans For ‘Near-Term Risk’ Of Rising Tides” My worry here is pretty simple: with the ‘practical’ approach of adapting to inevitable climate change is beginning to gain traction across the United States, the end of near-term denial … Continue reading
Game Theory Icons These are pretty clever. I have not walked my way through them yet, but they use arrows to show the relative gradient of payoff for each player, and a little blue circle to represent Nash equilibrium (if … Continue reading
ecology & stats “Why math is sooo great!“
Can crocheting help save corals? Can we learn something about developmental genetics in the process?
The bit about “hyperbolic geometry” is very interesting, but I wonder what its biological significance is. Why do organisms develop in this manner? Is the act of crocheting these analogous to the developmental process of organisms with hyperbolic geometry? Are … Continue reading
NPR Planet Money “Does New York City Need More Taxis?“
Marketplace “Worried about climate change? Eat less meat.“
The New York Times “The Ecology of Disease” Missing from this article is a more comprehensive discussion of the risks posed by concentrated animal feed operations.
The New York Times “For Climbers, Risks Now Shift With Every Step“
PLoS One “Complex Transition to Cooperative Behavior in a Structured Population Model“
PLoS One “Evolutionary Responses to a Constructed Niche: Ancient Mesoamericans as a Model of Gene-Culture Coevolution“
Science Now “Early Human Ate Like a Giraffe” To me this finding indicates that Australopithecus sediba is unlikely to be an ancestor of modern humans.
PLoS One “Structural Drift: The Population Dynamics of Sequential Learning“
PLoS One “Modeling Collective Animal Behavior with a Cognitive Perspective: A Methodological Framework“
Experimental study of cooperation and population structure calls into question the importance of heterogeneity
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences “Heterogeneous networks do not promote cooperation when humans play a Prisoner’s Dilemma“
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics hosts conference on the role of cooperation in major evolutionary transitions
Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics “Cooperation and Major Evolutionary Transitions” There’s also a seminar series going on this winter: Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics ”Cooperation and the Evolution of Multicellularity” It is fascinating how many physicists are tackling theoretical questions related … Continue reading
NetLogo I am reading the new-ish Railsback and Grimm book Agent-Based and Individual-Based Modeling: A Practical Introduction, and this book is finally compelling me to learn NetLogo. I am pretty excited about its potential for teaching and curious about whether … Continue reading
Science Now “Is Acid Rain a Thing of the Past?” It is wonderful that this policy is yielding results, but a bit scary how slowly recovery takes. Obviously climate change is a very different problem, but seeing how this “success … Continue reading