BIOMECHANICS IN THE BORO

A blog by Emily Kane and her students at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA

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December 26, 2018

If you'll be at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting in Tampa this year, keep your eye out for some work that will be presented from our lab.

Guppy feeding

Undergraduate Hailey has been examining a new angle on feeding kinematics in guppies, asking whether some populations show individual specialization for feeding. This work started as a summer project but Hailey ha...

August 23, 2018

I've been creating a new course on biomechanics, which I'm teaching for the first time this semester. It's been a rough start, but today was incredible! 

My (ambitious) goals are to use biomechanics as a means for students to gain hands-on and practical experience with real research methods, real data, and real analyses. At the same time, I want them to learn about local resources, f...

February 2, 2018

It's official, all of the work we did to make the guppy kits is now available in a published manuscript!

You can find the article here and all of our materials are available here. Also check out the complimentary article describing the background for the activities in the kits, by Dale Broder, here. We are thrilled to be able to share this work with anyone interested! Please let me know i...

November 9, 2017

Our first official outing with guppies! We set up a booth at Statesboro's First Fridays event to showcase the lab and get people excited about biology and research at Georgia Southern. The kids enjoyed coloring guppies and adults enjoyed solving the mystery of where each population came from. Domestic guppies were easy, but wild high predation vs. wild low predation stumped a few people!...

October 31, 2017

Today I live-tweeted with Patrick Goff's middle school students after they watched my "Why my science is awesome" video. They had lots of great questions for me, and loved that I was responding in real time to their questions. This was a fun opportunity for science communication for me that allowed me to engage with Patrick's students inbetween satisfying my own commitments, like teachin...

October 17, 2017

I am looking for Master's students to join the Department of Biology at Georgia Southern University, who are interested in contributing to an ongoing project examining the evolution of performance integration in Trinidadian guppies. The goal of this project is to begin to understand how the mechanical interactions between swimming and feeding differ between guppy populations, and how the...

August 18, 2017

I know I'm not THAT experienced at this Assistant Professor thing yet, but I have learned a few things and gotten some tips from others that have been helpful. I was passing on some of my new wisdom to Sandy Kawano, who just started an AP position at Cal State Long Beach, and realized these insights might make a good blog post. I also wrote some things for GSU Associate Dean of Research...

July 20, 2017

 Full image available from XKCD.

I recently became intrigued by the "up-goer five" initiative, to explain a difficult idea using only the ten-hundred most used English words. I thought I would give it a shot with my research. There are several text editors for this. I used the one here

First, I did it with a short summary of my research: 

Before

"Integration between locomotion and feeding"...

July 14, 2017

Patrick Goff (@BMSscienceteach) sent a request to scientists back in may, to submit videos that he and others can use in their classrooms to introduce students to various scientists and types of research. Since it can be difficult to coordinate time to skype with scientists (another initiative he is involved in as well), Patrick suggested we record ourselves explaining why our science is...

June 30, 2017

I recently attended the 2017 Evolution Meeting in Portland, OR, where I had several conversations with graduate students who were curious about my path and advice I can offer about continuing in academia. These students said they thought my insights were refreshing and helpful, and that they appreciated my honesty. So I thought I would share some of them here.

Me, at my Phd graduation in...

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All use of vertebrate animals is approved by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at the institution where the work was completed.

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