. . . Friday, September 27. For this week’s journal club, Jamie Alfieri will lead the discussion on how “linkage” affects the absence of negative selection signals in cancer cells, not a lack of negative selection. As usual, we will meet at O’Bannon’s at 4 PM on Friday. Hope to see everyone there! [Tilk et al 2019]
. . . Friday, September 20. This week, Faith Hardin will lead our discussion. Attached is a paper on how nest helpers may reduce telomere attrition for dominant female breeders in a cooperatively breeding warbler. It’s an interesting paper that should elicit questions about the role of related and non-related helpers and the role of “altruism” (or not) in the natural world. We’ll meet, as usual, at O’Bannon’s on Friday at 4 PM. Hope to see everyone there! [Hammers et al 2019]
. . . Friday, September 13. Zach Hancock will lead a discussion on the origins of genome complexity. The paper argues that the transition in genome complexity from prokaryotes to eukaryotes emerged passively by nonadaptive processes. Should make for a fun discussion. We will meet on Friday at 4 PM at O’Bannon’s. [Lynch & Conery]
Also, here is a link to a Google sign-up sheet for the rest of the semester. There are a limited number of spots, so first-come-first-serve.
Howdy EEB community!
Hope everyone’s first week back to school is going well. We are going to start our behavior, ecology, and evolution reading (BEER) group back up again this Friday at 4:00 PM at O’Bannon’s on Northgate.
The BEER group is a graduate student-run social journal club that meets each week. In the past, we typically have one student sign up for a week of the semester to facilitate a discussion on a paper of their choosing. There is no particular theme other than it must be related to EEB. The BEER group is open to anyone and faculty members are highly encouraged to attend. Though the journal club name and location are beer-related, there is absolutely no pressure to imbibe.
I know many of the first year EEB students have a course that begins at 5 PM on Friday, so this first week will be purely a social and welcome back gathering. We’ll start our first paper discussion the following week. Hope to see everyone there!