Monthly Archives: January 2013

Three new articles about chemical ecology

It’s been a busy year and we’re pleased to have contributed to the following studies, each focusing on different aspects of plant chemical ecology. Schultz JC, HM Appel, Ferrieri A, Arnold TM (in review) Flexible resource allocation during plant defense response.  Invited review, submitted May 2013 to Frontiers in Plant Science. Witter A, Arnold TM (2013) Nature’s Medicine Cabinet: An Interdisciplinary Course Designed To Enhance Student Learning by Investigating the Ecological Roles of Natural Products.   ACS Books “Teaching Bioanalytical Chemistry” Symposium Series volume “Teaching Bioanalytical Continue reading →

Stafford Greenhouse Facility – Open for classes!

A sneak peek at the new Inge P. Stafford Greenhouse for Teaching and Research which has been under construction this winter.  We’re very excited and ready to start teaching in the facility next week, even as construction continues outside.  The facility, with it’s three climate-controlled research modules and common classroom space, will revolutionize our teaching and research capabilities.  In the first few weeks we’ve initiated projects on climate change, grape chemistry, salamander life cycles, and conservation of an endangered butterfly.  

Carbon dioxide information is beautiful (and scary)

Ideas, issues, knowledge, data — visualized! This clever illustration from the “Information is Beautiful” is from the website of David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer.  It makes it easier to imagine the relative amounts of carbon dioxide emitted to the atmosphere and marks the predicted dates of some consequences of climate change.  Check it out at: http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/visualizations/how-many-gigatons-of-co2/ Personally, I’m a big fan of clever and easy-to-follow illustrations because they are part art and part teaching genius.  They also appeal to my tendency to think in Continue reading →