Reading Frames
Beyond Nature vs. Nurture
Darlene Francis and Daniela Kaufer | Oct 1, 2011
Researchers studying differences in how individuals respond to stress are finding that genes are malleable and environments can be deterministic.
Book Excerpt from The Price of Altruism: George Price and the Search for the Origins of Kindness
Oren Harman | Sep 1, 2011
In Chapter 13, "Altruism," author Oren Harman discusses how George Price's and John Maynard Smith's 1973 formulation of evolutionarily stable strategy (ESS) meshes with examples of altruism in nature.
What Price Kindness?
Oren Harman | Sep 1, 2011
Exposing the life and work of a visionary and troubled scientist opens a window onto the evolution of altruism.
Book Excerpt from Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why it Matters
Benjamin Ginsberg | Aug 1, 2011
In Chapter 6, "Research and Teaching at the All-Administrative University," author Benjamin Ginsberg describes the perils of pursuing scholarship and teaching in the industrial environment of today's American institutions of higher learning.
Faculty Fallout
Benjamin Ginsberg | Aug 1, 2011
Administrators have taken over US universities, and they’re steering institutions of higher learning away from the goal of serving as beacons of knowledge.
A Scar Nobly Got
Michael Willrich | Jul 1, 2011
The story of the US government’s efforts to stamp out smallpox in the early 20th century offers insights into the science and practice of mass vaccination.
Book excerpt from Pox: An American History
Michael Willrich | Jul 1, 2011
In Chapter 5, "The Stable and the Laboratory," author Michael Willrich explores the burgeoning vaccine manufacture industry that ramped up to combat smallpox epidemics in turn-of-the-twentieth-century American cities.
Book excerpt from The Wild Life of Our Bodies
Rob Dunn | Jun 4, 2011
In Chapter 9, "We Were Hunted, Which is Why All of Us are Afraid Some of the Time and Some of Us are Afraid All of the Time," author Rob Dunn explains how predators shaped our evolution as we cowered and ran from their ravenous maws.
The Gravity of Life
Rob Dunn | Jun 1, 2011
Whose well-being is threatened by our changing relationship with the myriad organisms that shaped the evolution of our species?
Book excerpt from The Philosophical Breakfast Club
Laura J. Snyder | May 31, 2011
In Chapter 8, “A Divine Programmer,” author Laura J. Snyder explains how Darwin’s own ideas on evolution may have been influenced at lavish parties hosted by one of the club’s members, Charles Babbage.