Summary: The background artwork at the café in the new UO Science Library features sketches from UO faculty and student notebooks. If you’re here, go check it out! The Science Library here at the University of Oregon has just emerged from a renovation that turned a cramped underground facility into a more expansive space that … Continue reading Science Sketches and Café Cartoons
[Edit, Sept. 25, 2016: In retrospect, this is a confusing post. The overall point is fine, but my contrived illustration is not a good one.] At an otherwise excellent talk some time ago, the speaker put up a graph like this (look below — not the cheetah)… …and said that the two sets of data points, … Continue reading You may not be interested in noise, but noise is interested in you
An extremely long post, mainly written to have something to point people to as a commentary on some recent work. A new paper from my lab came out recently in PLOS Biology, on watching and learning about the competition between gut microbes. I like the paper a lot, and, with one possible exception, it took more hard labor … Continue reading How are your intestines like a tide pool?
A few evenings ago I gave a “science pub” talk — part of a long-running series of public presentations that the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry runs at several sites in the state. (This was at a local pizza place, so thankfully I could just bike to it.) I called the talk “Glimpses of … Continue reading Science Pub 2016
As I briefly mentioned in my end-of-year book recap, one of the best books I read in 2015, and one of the best popular science books I’ve read ever, is Oliver Morton’s The Planet Remade: How Geoengineering Could Change the World. Geoengineering refers to the intentional manipulation of climate, usually in the context of combatting … Continue reading How I learned to stop worrying and love geoengineering
As I noted a few months ago, I co-taught this past term a graduate workshop on scientific ethics. It was an experiment — this is the first time we’ve offered a course like this in Physics at Oregon — and overall I think it was fairly successful. We had a series of lively discussions, consistent … Continue reading Course recap: Scientific Ethics (Spring 2016)
Synopsis: (1) We’re posting preprints, for the reasons that you’re probably already familiar with. (2) I can entertain myself by making graphs and models, this time about article metrics. Preprints A few months ago we posted our first, and a few weeks ago our second, papers on bioRxiv, the fairly new preprint server for life … Continue reading We’re Hip, We’re Trendy, We’re Pre-printers