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Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 31 2012

Dublin, here I come!

It’s official: I’ll be heading to Dublin this summer! Woooo! I’ll be giving a poster presentation at the Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution 2012 conference, which is in Dublin from Saturday, June 23 to Tuesday, June 26. I’m really looking forward to it. A lot of people from my department are going, including my …

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Mar 30 2012

Another academic accomplishment!

A new paper that I’m an author on has just been published in DNA and Cell Biology! It’s a slightly atypical paper, though. When I was a senior undergraduate at Purdue, the Department of Biology staff nominated me to help develop the curriculum of a new NSF-funded, research-based, freshman honors biology laboratory course called CASPiE …

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Mar 30 2012

*insert academic joy here* :D

This fell into my inbox this morning: “Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected to receive a 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship.” :D :D :D :D Can’t say anything else. Too busy dancing around the room.

Mar 28 2012

Pennsylvania church stages “fake” kidnapping of youth group to teach about religious persecution

Holy fuck. Teenagers at the Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Middletown, Pa., were surprised when they attended a youth group meeting at the church on March 21 and were ambushed by what seemed to be real kidnappers. Adults, including an off-duty cop, brandished weapons and put bags over the heads of the children, …

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Mar 28 2012

This Reason Rally sign is not funny

Buzzfeed has a list of the 36 best signs at the Reason Rally. I smiled when I saw mine while scrolling down the list. I frowned when I saw this: I’m going to keep this short an sweet: This is transphobic. It’s obviously meant as an insult and thus is a slur against trans women. …

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Mar 28 2012

Blag Hag Census is open again

I was obviously seeing red last night because I thought PZ purposefully tried to ruin my data. It ended up not being malicious in nature. I know it’s hard for some of you to believe, but I’m not an emotionless robot or Vulcan, and sometimes I get mad. PZ didn’t realize what he was doing, …

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Mar 26 2012

Take the Blag Hag 2012 Census!

It’s my favorite time of the year – the Blag Hag Census! It’s a wonderful time where all of you get to fill out a survey, and then I am overwhelmed with glee as I crunch data, look for correlations, and make pretty graphs. Seriously, last year I had way too much fun writing a …

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Mar 26 2012

Well played, Phil

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My friend Phil Ferguson of Skeptic Money has an exhibitor table set up at the American Atheist conference…right next to a secular pro-life group. Yeah, apparently they exist. They’re claiming life begins at conception and showing a little box full of babies while asking for money. And what was Phil’s response? To put out a …

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Mar 25 2012

Just to make you jealous…

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Tim Minchin touched me. :D

Mar 25 2012

I’m in USA Today!

My photo is in the USA Today’s shitty article about the Reason Rally: “Jennifer McCreight came from Seattle to Washington, D.C., to hoist this sign at the Reason Rally where 20,000 atheists and free-thinkers came to denounce religion and stand up for unbelief.” I’ll write up a summary while I’m traveling home today. Right now …

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