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Weekly reading: Witteveen on naming and contingency – the type method

This week: part II of our interim series of “new and interesting though not (yet) Next Generation Sequencing” papers. Joeri Witteveen is taking a new look at how the Codes of Nomenclature enforce contingent assignments of types to taxonomic names. Awesome!

Witteveen, J. 2014. Naming and contingency: the type method of biological taxonomy. Biology & Philosophy. Available on-line here.

Upcoming Alameda outreach events – Fall 2014

The summer is over! Via Melody Basham, here is a brief summary of upcoming Fall 2014 outreach events at our Alameda Collections Space. Post in development.

  1. School Visit –  Wednesday, August 27th – Montessori School Grades 4-6.
    • Each collection will prepare displays; we are expecting around 25-30 students and teachers. Most time will be spent on activities in the teaching classroom; inlcuding short, structured activities.
  2. Alameda Open House Event – Thursday, October 2nd – ASU community and supporters.
    • This will be our big, first, formal Open Door.
  3. Jeepers Creepers IDEA Museum Insect Event – Saturday, October 25th – Insect family day.
    • We held this event last year and have been invited back again this year.

Ludäscher et al. presentation at RuleML 2014

Presentation slides are up for the latest (August, 2014) presentation on Euler/X concept taxonomy alignment, given by Bertram Ludäscher at “RuleML 2014” – The 8th International Web Rule Symposium held Prague, Czech Republic, August 18-20, 2014.

  • Chen, M., S. Yu, N. Franz, S. Bowers & B. Ludäscher. 2014. A hybrid diagnosis approach combining black-box and white-box approaches. RuleML 2014.

Bertram’s talk on Hybrid (Black-box + White-box) Diagnosis at RuleML’14 in Prague from ludaesch

Weekly reading: Philosophy of statistical phylogenetic methods

After a long summer hiatus, our Weekly Discussion series resumes for the Fall semester of 2014 (this time also as a one-credit under-/graduate seminar course “Current Topics in Systematics”). On the menu this semester we have the theory and practice of Next Generation Sequencing, but the corresponding papers will  have to wait a few weeks to make room for 2-3 unrelated topics on which new, intriguing papers have come out over the summer.

The first of these is on the philosophical correlates of statistical phylogenetic inference!

Barker, D. 2014. Seeing the wood for the trees: philosophical aspects of classical, Bayesian and likelihood approaches in statistical inference and some implications for phylogenetic analysis. Biology & Philosophy 29. (21 pp.). Available on-line here.

AIM-UP Workshop: Native Americans and Natural History Collections


(Front row left to right: Stefan Sommer, Joe Cook, Neil Cobb)

(Back row left to right: Melvin Foster, Corey Welch, Gary Albert, Melody Basham, Ed Galindo, Beverly Maxwell)

Education and Outreach specialist Melody Basham spent this past weekend (August 16-17, 2014) in Flagstaff attending an AIM-UP workshop at Northern Arizona University (NAU) where the focus was on natural history collections as teaching tools serving undergraduate Native Americans. Joe Cook from the University of New Mexico is the Principal Investigator of this National Science Foundation funded program: (“Advancing integration of Museums into Undergraduate Programs”) which has been active for the past four years in developing learning modules that connect and teach undergraduates using natural history collections. This past weekend scientists, students, and educators and representatives from several Native American tribes attended the workshop aimed at addressing the challenges and needs to involve and retain undergraduate Native American students in the natural sciences.

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Weevil Course 2014 – Running Notes

A running post with links to literature and on-line resources, presentations, identification support, and other information accompanying The Weevil Course 2014 (second installment) held from August 05-13 at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona. Course related photos are posted on Flickr here.

1. Links to key course/identification resources

2. Miscellaneous course presentations

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