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U of I-Led Study Finds Ongoing Evolution in Tasmanian Devils’ Response to Transmissible Cancer

University of Idaho researchers partnered with other scientists from the U.S. and Australia to study the evolution of Tasmanian devils in response to a unique transmissible cancer. “Our work suggests that maintaining genetic diversity across a wide set of functionally important genes is critical to make sure Tasmanian devils are able to adapt to transmissible cancers and other threats to their survival,” said Dept. of Biological Sciences Associate Professor Paul Hohenlohe.

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A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Robert A. Heinlein
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BCB Graduate Feature: Tanner Varrelman

In 2014, Tanner Varrelman came to the University of Idaho as an undergraduate to study biology. Like many students, he wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted to do with his degree. Now a graduate of the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) Ph.D. program, his years of research have led him to a unique combination of fields: disease and databases.

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BCB Graduate Feature: Amanda Stahlke

When Amanda Stahlke started her doctoral work in the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BCB) program, she intended to begin by assembling and analyzing the genome of the tamarisk beetle system that has been the focus of her research for years. Now, nearing graduation, she is finally finishing the analyses and genome assemblies that she thought would be her first step. “I’ve been humbled by the task that this actually is,” she says.

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Insanity is relative. It depends on who has who locked in what cage.

Ray Bradbury
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PI Portfolio: Paul Rowley

Paul Rowley is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, interested in microbiology and molecular biology and studying virus-host interaction and the discovery of novel antifungal molecules

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We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don't let yourself be lulled into inaction.

Bill Gates
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Morphological Trade-Offs Balance Predation and Physiology

Dr. Christine Parent, associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded $19,000 from the Murdock Charitable Trust for the Partners in Science Program. The funded project, submitted and awarded through IBEST, will connect Parent with Paradise Creek Regional High School science teacher Matthew Pollard to study evolution using the Galápagos land snail as a natural system.

Partners in Science 
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PI Portfolio: Bernadette Johnson

Bernadette Johnson is a Ph.D. student in the Jones lab studying evolution and sexual selection.

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Scientific Software Engineer Position

IBEST is looking for our newest team member! The Scientific Software Engineer will enable important scientific research by designing and developing cutting-edge science tools for web and mobile platforms.

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Moving Towards Housing and Social Equity

Dr. Michael Overton, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, was awarded nearly $250,000 by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to study the impacts of certain HUD grants on housing and social equity.

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The city's central computer told you? R2D2, you know better than to trust a strange computer!

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GeoWeaver: Improving Workflows for AI and Machine Learning

When it comes to artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), researchers are often stuck managing workflows on their own. The variety and complexity of ML models and the tremendous number of disparate tools and platforms make solo management a challenge, especially when big Earth data is involved. GeoWeaver is the open source workflow management solution that many AI practitioners urgently need.

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Everything is theoretically impossible, until it is done.

Robert A. Heinlein

Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

Albert Einstein