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2015 Summer REU program in Ethiopia – Now Accepting Applications

Below Travis Reynolds announces that applications are now being accepted for students to participate in an NSF site-based REU program at Colby College and in South Gondar, Ethiopia.
We are now accepting applications for a NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program based at Colby College and South

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Gift from the gut

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough. — Albert Einstein
Did you know that a hundred trillion microbes live in your digestive system, and yet almost nothing is known about them?
Our own bodies house one of the highest-biodiversity ecosystems on the planet, and

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OpenBiome Featured In The New Yorker Magazine’s Article – “The Excrement Experiment”

Excerpt from “The Excrement Experiment“:
The inspiration for OpenBiome was a friend of Smith’s, an otherwise healthy man in his twenties who, in 2011, acquired C. difficile following gallbladder surgery. “He ended up on seven rounds of vancomycin over a year and half,” Smith told me. “He was

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New ‘spies’ for science

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

Imagination is more important than knowledge. — Albert Einstein
The era of “citizen spies” is upon us! “CSI: Miami,” take note. Many conservation biologists, geologists, public health specialists and nonprofits are building up a new army, called UAVs (Unmanned aerial vehicles) or “drones,” which are low-cost surveillance technologies

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How to raise a girl scientist

Nature's Secrets by CanopyMeg

“Well behaved women rarely make history.” — Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Thankfully, things have changed in the world of science since brave and bold Marie Curie was the sole female in many auspicious occasions. But approximately 51 percent of the world’s population is female and far too few women

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A call for inclusive conservation

A new comment in the journal Nature argues that conservation’s impact on the world is being hindered by the field’s lack of inclusiveness — particularly its failure to consistently include both the many different values people hold for nature, and the viewpoints of women and diverse ethnicities and cultures. The comment is

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Tardigrades publication by NSF undergraduates involved in the “Wheelchairs and Water Bears in Temperate Forest Canopies” program

Congratulations to my undergraduates from our NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates grant “Wheelchairs and Water Bears in Temperate Forest Canopies” for their first publication! This article describes a new species of tardigrade from the trees of Kansas, illustrating that discoveries are everywhere, even in our own backyards.

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Citizen Science Network iNaturalist Celebrates Millionth Nature Observation as it Launches New Visual Maps

The California Academy of Sciences’ naturalist social network gets major revamp
SAN FRANCISCO (November 10, 2014) — This week, iNaturalist.org—the California Academy of Sciences’ online social network for naturalists—launched a new series of easy-to-navigate maps that connect people with the natural world like never before. This living record

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University of Sydney Alumni Profile: Margaret Lowman

From the University of Sydney’s Biology Newsetter Issue 27:
Dr Margaret (Meg) Lowman’s (PhD 1983) email signature encourages you to ‘Enjoy nature!!’ – An attitude she has adopted throughout her career in canopy research and conservation advocacy.
Dr Lowman earned the nickname ‘Canopy Meg’ by sharing her research

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FREE Lecture at USF on Stool Banking, Poop Transplants, and Human Microbiome

A different kind of bank: the world of stool banking, poop transplants and the human microbiome

Come join us to learn about a different kind of bank. The world of stool banking, poop transplants, and the human microbiome.
WHAT: TREE Foundation’s Annual Fedder Environmental Lecture
TALK TITLE: A different kind of bank: the world of stool banking, poop transplants and the human microbiome
SPEAKERS: James Burgess

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