I just learned that my friend David Wacks, a professor in Romance Languages, has a blog — http://davidwacks.uoregon.edu/ — on Medieval Iberian and Sephardic Culture. Who knew? Our conversations mostly involve graphic novels and keeping track of our kids on Saturday mornings at the public library, so we probably both are unaware of all sorts … Continue reading Another one!
Perhaps my favorite thing about the fascinating recent report  that bees sense the electric field of flowers, and learn from these electrical cues what flowers to visit, is that reminds me that it’s still possible to do simple, elegant experiments. To test bees’ field recognition, the authors built “E-flowers” consisting of metal and epoxy … Continue reading Bees see *E*s
One topic I’ll probably comment on fairly often is the vast ecosystem of microbes that coexist with us, mainly inside our digestive tract. Why? (1) The Microbiome is Hip and Trendy. Hardly a day goes by without hearing something new and exciting about it. To pick an example from just a few days ago: gut … Continue reading The Microbiome is Hip and Trendy
Does the world need yet another blog? Perhaps not, but spurred by reading Steve Hsu’s post on the scarcity of faculty bloggers I’ve decided I’ll give it a shot, though I was mostly critical of the idea in my response to Steve copied below (also posted at http://infoproc.blogspot.com/2013/04/why-blog-professor-responds.html) My key motivation is the one I … Continue reading Yet another blog…