Archive for September, 2009

More brain drain at the UA

I took at class with both… it’s sad that so many in this field are leaving the UA.

Nancy Moran and Howard Ochman, married researchers in the UA’s department of ecology and evolutionary biology, will head up research in microbial diversity at a new facility at Yale University next year.

It will be a blow to the University of Arizona, colleagues said Tuesday. In addition to being in the top tier of researchers in the world in evolutionary biology and microbial genomics, both are Regents’ Professors — a title reserved for exceptional teachers.

“By any measure, it is a huge loss for the university, but bigger than that because they both are just first-rate teachers committed to the university and big supporters of everything that a public university should be,” said Michael Nachman, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

via Huge loss for UA: 2 professors are headed for Yale | www.azstarnet.com ®.

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September 30, 2009 at 12:49 pm Leave a comment

It was the UA that broke the laws

There are many things wrong with what happened. First of all there’s just the idea of arresting a grad student for writing in chalk. The university should know better.

Continue Reading September 30, 2009 at 10:35 am Leave a comment

Why guns on campus is a bad idea

As a math instructor at the UA, I really really don’t like this. A few years ago a student killed 4 people in the Nursing department… if I remember correctly one was a teacher who was teaching the class at the time.

Continue Reading September 30, 2009 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Some goals in life

I think the following are all attainable and reasonable:

  • Finish Ph.D. this year
  • Heal myself from damage endured during grad school
  • Write a book
  • Be a guest on Daily Show (not Colbert, he’ll kick my butt)
  • Receive MacArthur fellowship
  • Give a TED talk
  • Since time is short for a Fields medal, I will settle for a Nobel Prize
  • Pay off school loans
  • Get decent health insurance

I’m not sure about the last two, but I can dream right?

September 29, 2009 at 9:55 am 1 comment

Genetics of Jewish lineages

Dr. Hammer, in the news again… a nice mix of science and religion working together 🙂

Continue Reading September 24, 2009 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Data sharing amongst scientists

We received only one of ten raw data sets requested. This suggests that journal policies requiring data sharing do not lead to authors making their data sets available to independent investigators…

Continue Reading September 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm Leave a comment

Perverted and twisted logic

Now, for some more twisted logic!

Continue Reading September 21, 2009 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

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