Sunday, February 24, 2013
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
9:50 am est
Paul Turner, who chairs the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department
at Yale, is among the authors of a recent study of the adaptability of a virus subjected to temperature changes.
quoted in a subsequent article: “Our study shows, that in the time allowed, (the viruses) weren't able to cope….
They could not rely enough on the mutations that were being generated in that population for anything to emerge and dominate
that could deal with this highly unpredictable environmental change.”
Paul Turner led a 2009 Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute seminar
on “Evolutionary Medicine” and will be leading a 2013 seminar on “Asking Questions in Biology: Discovery versus Knowledge.”
2013 seminars begin next month.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
“Ten Commandments . . . as a Teacher”
10:00 am est
Brain Pickings site includes an excerpt from Bertrand Russell, originally published in the New York Times Magazine
in December 1951. Russell argued for “a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only
to supplement it.” The “Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, [Russell] . . . wish[ed] to promulgate”
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Presidential Inaugural Poets at Yale
5:12 pm est
Richard Blanco and Elizabeth Alexander
spoke together at Yale recently, the occasion a tea for the two poets who (in 2013 and 2009, respectively) read their poems at President Barack
Hosting the campus event was Stephen Pitti, who (like Elizabeth Alexander) is a Yale faculty member.
Pitti has led New Haven and national seminars – in which public school teachers have participated as Fellows – on “Latino Cultures and Communities.”
Saturday, February 9, 2013
8:14 am est
The snow on the ground this morning appears
to rival or even surpass levels from the Blizzard of 1978, when the school in my hometown closed for the entire week.
My family and I expect to spend much of our day shoveling!
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Black History Month and Beyond
8:05 am est