Archive for biology

When Economists Misunderstand Biology

Posted in research with tags , on 21 March 2011 by Steve

“It really does matter: if economists are going to use biology as a model for their discipline, we need them to understand ours, to help improve theirs. But I’m getting ahead of myself …” (more)

[Mike the Mad Biologist, 21 March]

When is an Experiment Not an Experiment?

Posted in teaching with tags , on 27 July 2010 by Steve

“… Leaving Cert curricula are, by necessity, very tightly defined. When told at 3rd-level that what is written in a textbook needs to be balanced against the most recent research in the area as well as a student’s own experiments and observations, the student trained in rote learning only can often falter …” (more)

[Eoin Lettice, The Frog Blog, 22 July]

Colleges combine with systems biology

Posted in research with tags , , , , on 17 September 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Having too much information can be as frustrating as having too little. That’s why a new research partnership launched earlier this week is taking a ‘big picture’ approach to understanding how cells function. Launched on Tuesday and allocated €14.8 million by Science Foundation Ireland, the new Centre for Science Engineering and Technology (CSET) will focus on systems biology, which is ‘a new way to do science’, according to Prof Walter Kolch. He is the incoming director of the Systems Biology Institute at University College Dublin, which will link with Remedi at NUI Galway to form the new CSET partnership, Systems Biology Ireland …” (more)

[Clare O’Connell , Irish Times, 17 September]