Yves Brun is collecting instances of scientific research that at first seemed useless but eventually had tremendous impact on society. This quest stems from his commitment to the scientific process. His collection of anecdotes will drive home the fact that it is impossible to cherry-pick which proposals will bring the biggest rewards to society. Be sure to read Brun’s article, “Why we marched for science.”
Armin Moczek tells why he does outreach to introduce the scientific method. According to Moczek, instilling a love for science one student, classroom, teacher, grade level, school, and district at a time is a perfectly fine way to start. Local educator Kirstin Milks provides tips on how to get started.
Also realizing the influence of outreach, recent graduate Mandy Gibson discusses her hands-on Red Queen game that requires students to collaborate to generate data and test predictions of the Red Queen hypothesis. For designing the game, Gibson won the 2016 Thomas Henry Huxley Award. She was able to publish the game open-access because of funding she received from IU Biology’s Ruesink Outstanding Associate Instructor Teaching Award.
And, quite busy in their specific pursuits of the scientific process, we introduce to you our newest faculty members.
Terri Greene, BioNews editor