Georgina has written a very thoughtful piece on the interaction between science & the media, from her perspective as a young researcher. Published in the latest post-grad magazine, her article can be accessed here. It raises important questions about how journalists deal with science stories and, crucially, how they are being perceived.
Second bit of lab news is that Dave and Becky have had their co-authored paper with Veronique Martel, Guy Boivin, and David Damiens accepted for publication in a special issue of Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata in memory of our friend and colleague Mark Jervis. The paper reviews insemination capacities of male parasitoid wasps in relation to sex allocation under LMC, and suggests that females over-produce sons, at least in terms of the mating capacity those sons represent. More details to follow. Thanks to all the authors – this has been a really nice paper to have been involved in.
First bit of lab news is a hearty well done to Ginny for being runner-up in the best talk prize at the EMPSEB conference at Stirling. Ginny was talking about her repeatability of mating failure work, recently published in JEB. This work has already won Ginny Best Poster and Highly Commended Poster Prizes, so it is the gift that keeps on giving. Nice one.
This week’s Paper of the Week might be awkward reading for some undergrads, but long-hand notes are where it is at!
Mueller and Oppenhiemer show across three experimets that lap-top note-taking in lectures results in worse performance, in particular in conceptual questions, with a strong hint that it is because lap-tops encourage more verbatim note-taking and less processing of information, when compared to long-hand note-taking. Away with the lap-tops then!
Mueller, P.A. & Oppenheimer, D.M. (2014) The Pen is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand over Laptop Note Taking. Psychological Science 25: 1159-1168.
This week’s paper of the week is Wolf Blanckenhorn’s very nice paper in Evolution on the evolution of body size in a field population of yellow dung flies across 15 years. Flies have become smaller, despite various measures of natural and sexual selection that would have predicted selection favouring larger males and females. Interesting stuff.
Blanckenhorn, W.U. (2015) Investigating yellow dung fly body size evolution in the field: Respone to climate change? Evolution, 69: 2227-2234.