Book Club : The Language Instinct

Our choice for the 2nd Book Club of 2017 is “The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates Language” by Steven Pinker. Discussion is tentatively scheduled for July 15th at the Pickles Pub. Lab members can view/download the ebook & audiobook […]

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Book Club : Freakonomics

For February’s Lab Book Club discussion, the students chose the now “classic” from Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner – Freakonomics: : A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything. The book, originally published in 2005, has been […]

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Book Club: Outliers

Our book choice for reading through the holiday season is Outliers: The story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. In the book Gladwell presents his thesis about the factors are make some people wildly more successful than others – using a […]

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Book Club: Emperor Of All Maladies

This month, our lab book club choice is “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer” by Siddhartha Mukherjee. The book chronicles the history of cancer from an young physician’s perpective. A PBS miniseries based on the book is […]

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Book Club : Survival of the Sickest

Our lab’s August 2016 Book Club selection was the Survival of the Sickest by Sharon Moalem and Jonathan Prince. The book has been extensively reviewed since its 07 publication and is a staple of undergraduate book discussions in Biology. Lab […]

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The Invisible Gorilla: Reading for our summer book club

This months reading for our lab “summer book club” is the Chalbis & Simon book – The Invisible Gorilla. We will update this post with comments – post discussion… Lab members can view/download the ebook & audiobook versions of the […]

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Telling stories about science …

Yesterday we were having a discussion with the 3rd year graduate students about styles of writing papers and I was reminded of the old Medawar talk again (see – P.B. Medawar (1964): Is the scientific paper a fraud). As Medawar […]

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40 years of the Selfish Gene

An article by Matt Ridley in Nature reviews the impact of “The Selfish Gene” by Richard Dawkins, on the 40th anniversary of it’s publication. The Selfish Gene, and the subsequent books that Dawkins used to build on the ideas expounded […]

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A pre-graduate-school must-read list…

With the information overload today, it is easy to miss out on some eye-opening books that might be very helpful as you prepare for a life in science. Here are some I like: The books listed below are mostly written […]

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