BEACON: <br />An NSF Center for the study of evolution in action<br />
BEACON:<br />Bio/computational<br />Evolution in<br />Action<br />CONsortium<br />
The Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building at Michigan State University serves as the home for BEACON.<br />
12 populations of E. coli bacteria that are part of a long-term study of evolution in action performed by Richard Lenski a...
A Petri dish showing colonies of E. coli bacteria with a genetic marker that allows Lenski and his research team to tell a...
MSU Professor Richard Lenski holding samples of frozen bacteria from a study of evolution in action. By freezing bacteria ...
This image, from an article in the journal Nature (29 Oct 2009), shows the accumulation of genetic changes (from inner to ...
Schematic illustration of a digital organism that evolved the ability to perform a logic operation, as reported by MSU Pro...
Studying Evolution of Intelligent Behavior using Digital Organisms and Robots<br />Digital organisms evolving phototaxis<b...
MSU students use Avida-ED digital evolution education software to study evolution in action<br />
BEACON<br />Executive Committee<br />PI’s, Institutional & Industrial Linkages, <br />Crosscutting Themes, EHRD, Diversity...
Beacon.msu.edu<br />
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  1. 1. BEACON: <br />An NSF Center for the study of evolution in action<br />
  2. 2. BEACON:<br />Bio/computational<br />Evolution in<br />Action<br />CONsortium<br />
  3. 3. The Biomedical and Physical Sciences Building at Michigan State University serves as the home for BEACON.<br />
  4. 4. 12 populations of E. coli bacteria that are part of a long-term study of evolution in action performed by Richard Lenski at MSU.<br />
  5. 5. A Petri dish showing colonies of E. coli bacteria with a genetic marker that allows Lenski and his research team to tell ancestral and evolved bacteria apart in competition assays.<br />
  6. 6. MSU Professor Richard Lenski holding samples of frozen bacteria from a study of evolution in action. By freezing bacteria and later reviving them, Lenski and his research team can directly compare bacteria across thousands of generations.<br />
  7. 7. This image, from an article in the journal Nature (29 Oct 2009), shows the accumulation of genetic changes (from inner to outer) during 20,000 generations in an E. coli population from Lenski’s long-term study of evolution in action.<br />
  8. 8. Schematic illustration of a digital organism that evolved the ability to perform a logic operation, as reported by MSU Professors Richard Lenski, Charles Ofria, and Robert Pennock in an article in the journal Nature (8 May 2003).<br />
  9. 9. Studying Evolution of Intelligent Behavior using Digital Organisms and Robots<br />Digital organisms evolving phototaxis<br />A robot using the evolved phototaxis algorithm<br />
  10. 10. MSU students use Avida-ED digital evolution education software to study evolution in action<br />
  11. 11. BEACON<br />Executive Committee<br />PI’s, Institutional & Industrial Linkages, <br />Crosscutting Themes, EHRD, Diversity <br />Lenski, Ofria, Pennock, Holekamp, Punch, Kerr, Foster, Miikkulainen, Dozier, Cheng, Getty, Pierre, and Ebert-May<br />MSU VP Research & Grad Studies<br />BEACON Director<br />Goodman<br />Management Team<br /> Managing Director, Education Director, Diversity Director, Accounts Manager, Admin. Assistant<br />BEACON Director<br />Goodman<br />Management Team<br /> Managing Director, Education Director, Diversity Director, Accounts Manager, Admin. Assistant<br />MSU VP Research & Grad Studies<br />Center Management<br />External<br />Advisory Comm.<br />EHRD Steering Committee<br />Chair: Getty. Education Dir., Diversity Dir. (O’Kelly), Assessmt. (Farrell) & Mentoring (Ebert-May) Leads; Partners’ EHRD Leads<br />Industrial<br />Affiliates<br />Mgr: Cheng<br />Diversity Steering Com.<br />Chair: Pierre. Diversity Director (O’Kelly), Diversity Leads from Partner Universities<br />Diversity Initiatives: A Universal Responsibility Permeating the Center<br />Ecological Communities & Collective Dynamics<br />Thrust Group 3<br />Leads: Dyer (Bio)<br />& McKinley (Comp)<br />Behavior &<br />Intelligence<br />Thrust Group 2<br />Leads: Holekamp (Bio)<br /> & Pennock (Comp)<br />Genomes, Networks & Evolvability<br />Thrust Group 1<br />Leads: Schmidt (Bio)<br />& Brown (Comp)<br />Research Organization<br />Cross-Cutting Themes: Biological Evolution (Lenski), Digital Evolution (Ofria), Evolutionary Applications (Punch)<br />Multidisc. Training (Torng, Shingleton); Education/Outreach (Getty/Kim)<br />Faculty & Postdoc Development (Ebert-May)<br />N. Carolina A&T<br />Mgr: Dozier<br />Ed. Coord: Graves<br />Div. Coord: Byrd<br />Univ. of <br />Washington<br />Mgr: Kerr<br />Ed. Coord: Swalla<br />Div. Coord: Shou<br />University of Idaho<br />Mgr: Foster<br />Ed. Coord: Soule<br />Div. Coord: Edwards<br />Michigan<br />State<br />University<br />Assessmt. Team<br />Interdisc.<br />Research: O’Rourke <br />EHRD: Farrell<br />U. Texas <br />Austin<br />Mgr: Miikkulainen<br />Ed. Coord. Ellington<br />Div. Coord: Meyers<br />Me <br />Team Members<br />
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