March 07, 2015

2:15 PM | Notes from the fly meeting- day 3
Our community manager is reporting from the Drosophila meeting. You can read the post on days 1 and 2 here.   We woke up to another cold day here in Chicago, and kicked off straight away with concurrent sessions. This meant some tough decisions on which talks to listen to!   Proof that it really is […]

March 06, 2015

1:32 PM | Notes from the fly meeting- day 1 and 2
This week I am at the Annual Drosophila meeting, aka the fly meeting. During my PhD I was a fly pusher, and as I never got the chance to attend the meeting then, I am very excited to finally have a chance to be here! The meeting is taking place in Chicago, with its rising skyscrapers and the […]
9:00 AM | Introducing our new DRR Blog Columnist…
A significant way that geologists contribute to international development is through their work on natural hazards (e.g., earthquakes, landslides, volcanic eruptions) and subsequent contribution to disaster risk reduction (DRR). As such we’re delighted to welcome Clare Sweeney to our blog team – to write specifically about all things hazard and disaster. Clare is a recent graduate of Bristol University’s Masters Programme in Volcanology, including a field […]

March 05, 2015

3:43 PM | Research Associate (Chalut & Franklin Lab)
Department/Location: Wellcome Trust - Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge Salary: £28,695-£37,394 Reference: PS05553 Closing date: 05 April 2015 Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance. The Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute (SCI) comprises 200 researchers spanning fundamental science through […]

March 04, 2015

12:56 PM | El Síndrome de Dravet: Lecciones sobre el Autismo Regresivo
El síndrome de Dravet es un tipo particular de epilepsia de índole severa que comienza entre el primer y quinto año de vida. Su nombre deriva de la Dra. Charlotte […]

March 03, 2015

12:54 PM | The Daily Beast and Pro-Neurodiversity Arguments
A recent article on The Daily Beast has acquired a certain amount of attention on the internet ( ). The article, written by Elizabeth Picciuto, was titled, “They Don’t Want […]

March 02, 2015

5:08 PM | HFA2: Understanding hazards or disasters
From 14-18th March, disaster professionals, politicians, UN representatives and many other stakeholders will be gathering in Sendai (Japan) at the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. The aim of the meeting will be to agree upon the final text to replace the Hyogo Framework for Action, the UN guidelines for action on disaster risk reduction and strengthening resilience. At our first annual conference, one of our speakers asked those attending to raise their hands if they’d […]
3:53 PM | Outreach activity: The Disgustovision Show, a most gruesome microscopy circuit
How do you build a fruit fly circus? First, you’ll need a glass tank. Its size will obviously depend on how many fruit flies you want to perform - or on what tank is hanging around in the department. You’ll also need a small circus tent, circus benches made from fresh apple slices, a sand arena, […]
1:34 PM | Woods Hole images 2014 round 3- the winner
And the winner of the latest round of images from the Woods Hole embryology course is… the skate embryo!   Here are the full results: - SEM of butterfly scale: 93 votes - Drosophila embryos: 37 votes - Skate embryo: 241 votes - Swallowtail wing: 79 votes     Many congratulations to Mary Colasanto (University of […]
12:42 PM | The “Right-to-Try” legislation and autism
It is said in various publications that autism does not affect life expectancy. I do not believe this to be the case. Seizures and accidents (e.g., traffic collisions, drowning) expose […]
11:11 AM | This month on the Node- February 2015
Our jobs page was again very busy this month, so make sure to check it out! Here are some of the other highlights:   Research: - Manuel wrote about his Development paper, where he examines how the eyes of the cavefish P. andruzii develop, and what that tells us about the evolution of eye loss in […]

March 01, 2015

9:33 PM | The Node survey- the results
The Node is almost 5 years old, and it is now time to revise its design and functionalities. To help us with this, during the last month we asked you to fill in a survey and give us your feedback. In total 169 people completed the survey, and many of you left comments and suggestions. Thank […]
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