1. (Source: youtube.com)

  5. Mysterious epidemic devastates starfish population off the Pacific Coast (by PBS NewsHour)

  7. Includes seastar wasting disease

  9. Accepting Applications! Summer Course at Friday Harbor

    Ecology of Infectious Marine Diseases
    (Biol 533 D, 9 credits)

    More details and how to apply

    Session B: July 21 - August 22, 2014 (5 weeks)
    Monday-Saturday (Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm, plus Sat morning 8:30 am-noon

    Infectious diseases of marine organisms are on the increase, and yet processes governing host infectivity and pathogen virulence are  poorly known, especially for non-commercial marine invertebrates. Indeed, one of the emerging frontiers in ocean research is invertebrate-microbial interactions.  This course is a training program in invertebrate-pathogen ecology that will bring together and train the future leaders in this rapidly emerging, multidisciplinary field. The course will 1) survey host-pathogen interaction in the Friday Harbor region, 2) teach diagnostic tools for identifying viral, bacterial, protozoan and fungal infections of invertebrates, 3) teach approaches to examine the invertebrate innate immune response to different pathogens, and finally 4) use these methods to address ecological questions about the distribution of pathogenic interactions, and the experimental effects of temperature and increased acidification on interactions.

  10. 11:17 3rd Dec 2012

    Notes: 2

    New computer tools!

    Hi everyone! I just took a software carpentry workshop and I learned about some great tools that are especially useful for collaborating and I wanted to share them with you. 

    Similar to our online lab notebooks, there is a online notebook called iPython. You can share this notebook publicly and restrict who can edit it (very similar to google docs). iPy was specifically designed to write code and conduct data analysis, but it is also useful for writing articles/blog posts, sharing videos etc. Most importantly, iPy is designed to work on all operating systems and can understand code for numerous other programs (such as R). I think this is a really great option for collaborative research, for example, I could see this could have been a really powerful tool for the Laby project (especially after the class ended)!

    The other program that I’m really excited about sharing is Git. This is a free, online program for version control. If you don’t know what that is, it is basically a way to back up your project over time so that you can access previous versions at a later date. Version control takes “fingerprints” or “snapshots” of whatever folders/documents/directories you tell it to as often as you want. This program is a little more intimidating to use, as you have to access it through your shell (Terminal if you think back to our bioinformatics session) so the interface could be a bit more user friendly, but it is definitely worth trying out!


  11. Thank you all for everything!


  15. 06:52 10th Sep 2012

    Notes: 141

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