By The Science Creative Quarterly

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HIRING SEVEN NEW FACULTY!

(Well, actually 6 since the first ad is not real…) – – – JOB POSTING: “IT’S ONLY A MATTER OF TIME” This is a call for outstanding candidates to apply for a tenure track assistant professor position within the context of the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia. The successful applicant is expected to work in areas of interest to current faculty members, to interact with related groups within our network and to have demonstrated ability in producing research material of excellent quality and interest. Due to the competitive nature of this process, we ask that all…

INTRODUCING THE SCIENCE SCOUT BADGES FREE MARKET ECONOMY!

Original article can be found at our Science Scout site. – – – (Acronyms used: SSBFME = Science Scout Badges Free Market Economy) So… It’s been a few years since the Science Scouts were born, and (at last count) we have received over 300 emails from various Indian or Chinese Embroidery companies looking to “offer their badge making services.” Finally, we’re now of mind to finally lay out a game plan for the selling and obtaining of these Science Scout badges, physically. And basically, we’re going with the free market model – specifically the SSBFME. In other words, if you…

THE PHYSICAL LAWS (OF THE UNIVERSE) ON TWITTER

(You too can follow the @physicallaws of the universe). – – – The physical laws of the universe have just started a twitter account. Not surprising, but the 1st law of thermodynamics doesn’t think much of unicorns. The physical laws of the universe are at the mall. As usual, Archimedes Principle is hogging the bathroom. Even @rainbows should follow the physical laws of the universe. The physical laws of the universe have a thing for graphing calculators. Are you there @God, it’s us the physical laws of the universe. The physical laws of the universe would just like to say…

INTRODUCING THE PHYLOMON PROJECT! KEYWORDS POKEMON AND BIODIVERSITY

(From http://phylomon.org) (Facebook group: link) – – – “When you have seen one ant, one bird, one tree, you have not seen them all.” ~ E. O. Wilson. Well 2010 is here, a.k.a. the International Year of Biodiversity, and to us at the SCQ, it means that we’re finally ready to go ahead with our long awaited phylomon project. Please repost, reblog, retweet, phone a friend – whatever you can do to spread the word. WHAT IS THIS? Good question. Well, it’s an online initiative aimed at creating a Pokemon card type resource but with real creatures on display in…

WRITE SOMETHING SCIENCE-Y AND WIN ONE OF TWO IPOD NANOS

– – – Ahhhh… The summer is over, and although we seem to be generally slowing down with age, we still have some gumption in us. Consequently, we feel that it is that time of year to dust off the keyboard, renew our lists, and maybe get down to writing that science masterpiece you’ve been saving up for. In any event, we thought it worthy to provide a little bait to this endeavour. We would offer a trinket of prizes – two iPod nanos to be exact – for submissions that come our way over the next academic year. That’s…

THINKING ABOUT A BOOK NOW (WELL AGAIN)

We did this a few years back, then got busy, then got very very busy, then got not so busy (but decided to enjoy that), and are now the busiest we’ve ever been, but thought (for a variety of reasons) to put this out there again… – – – We don’t want to actually make money out of this, because when you do, things get significantly more complicated. They become high maintenance so to speak – with taxation, copyright and distribution logistics to worry about. Although some view us as a literary endeavour, we are in truth a covert educational…

JOURNAL CLUB FIND – INBREEDING IS IN AGAIN?

An Association Between the Kinship and Fertility of Human Couples (pdf) Science (2008), 391: 813-816 In which we learn that true love could be where the 3rd or 4th cousin is… – – – ABSTRACT: Previous studies have reported that related human couples tend to produce more children than unrelated couples but have been unable to determine whether this difference is biological or stems from socioeconomic variables. Our results, drawn from all known couples of the Icelandic population born between 1800 and 1965, show a significant positive association between kinship and fertility, with the greatest reproductive success observed for couples…