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Fading walls: Communication, conferences, and sharing science

The front walls of the convention center are mostly glass, but you’ll need your name badge to get beyond the lobby. I was at the 100th annual conference of the Ecological Society of America in Baltimore last week. I saw … Continue reading

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The phone, the program, and the big dark room: Twitter at a conference

I wrote a post a little while ago about my first 100 days of Twitter. Sort of a report card from a late adopter. I took another step on the social media stairway last week, when I attended the Ecological … Continue reading

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Remembrance of things past: footprints in a log

I spent last week at the annual Ecological Society of America conference in Sacramento, California. It’s a huge gathering of ecologists, and it’s amazingly diverse. Ecology is as big as the planet, and the range of presentations and conversations at … Continue reading

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A year of change: 2013 in review

When you work in a university, change is constant. Students come and go as they start and finish their programs; colleagues come and go as new opportunities arise; old projects run to completion and new ones start to pick up … Continue reading

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Conferences are expensive and time-consuming . . .

I’ve spent most of the past two weeks waiting in airports in a total of five cities, breathing dry and recycled hotel air, eating unpredictable restaurant food, sitting in dark rooms listening to people talk, drinking overpriced coffee, navigating slippery … Continue reading

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On passion

Why do we do what we do? Why do I look at flies? Why do I spend what should be my vacation time doing exactly what I do the rest of the summer — playing with insects? Why do I … Continue reading

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Ready to launch . . .

We have come to associate particular “getting ready” sequences with “big event” sequences in movies. Every boxing movie has that scene in the locker room where the underdog silently and sloowwwwly tapes up his hands. Every rodeo scene has that … Continue reading

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