Month: June 2011


Did the PhD Kill the Masters Degree?

In which I have strong opinions about why a MS is a great option

Stuff the ballot box….with ants!

Mark Moffet is up for a Labby award for this video.  Go vote! The weaver ants of Angkor Wat Cambodia are a local delicacy, and Mark attempts to get some tourists to sample them.  Warning: […]

Choosing a Graduate Program and Advisor

While data are incomplete, estimates put the number of people who enter graduate school, but don’t complete a degree, around 44%. Let’s ponder that for a moment. Nearly half of students admitted to PhD programs, some […]

Call for papers: Insects in Pop Culture, Art, and Music

Oh, this is going to be really cool! You might remember Jennifer Angus–I’ve covered her work before here. Amazing art work using dried insect specimens. I just discovered there will be a special issue of Insects (ISSN […]

It’s National Pollinator Week!

Once again, It’s time to celebrate the little animals that…facilitate plant sex by moving plant sperm around. I’ve discovered over time that a lot of people don’t actually know what pollination is, other than it’s […]

1900-2007 malaria rates

Malaria: Visually charting our progress

When I was looking up something for last week’s rant, I discovered this map, which shows the progress that has been made in fighting Malaria.  Sometimes, I think it’s easy to forget that while a […]

Forbes hits the Conspiracy Trifecta

Environmentalists caused the plague? A very problematic take in a magazine that should know better


A brief plug for something that sounds cool and wonderful: Several of the big names in insect and spider macrophotography are offering to take you on a weekend nature hike and teach you all the […]

The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

Since 1983, when the first Discworld novel The Colour of Magic was published, the Discworld novels have been a place for me to dive into that will leave me laughing and happy. A confession: I like […]