Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sexual Selection book?

I need advice on a book. I'm planning on proposing a course for the Fall (yes I am crazy) on sexual selection and evolution. My current book choices are Olivia Judson's Dr. Tatiana's sex advice for all creation and most likely Evolution is True by Jerry Coyne. I've been stuggling on what my other "reference" book should be for the course. These will all be non-majors and I'll be supplementing everything with some primary literature.

So - thoughts. I have Zuk's sexual selection book but haven't read it yet - although it's on my list for tonight.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Best Plant Ecology Topic?

If you were to teach a single class period on plant ecology (to bio majors who have had an ecology class but not a plant ecology class) in which you wanted to demonstrate both how very cool plant ecology is and what a great teacher you are, what would you teach?

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Knitting help

I have a knitting problem I need some help with. I'm knitting a baby sweater in the round and it's curling up at the bottom as I knit it and not laying flat. Is this something that I can fix when I block it or will it continue to do this after I'm finished? This is the pattern I'm using. The bottom cuff is garter stitch, and then it is a cable pattern after that. It seems to start curling at the transition between patterns. I'm following the pattern exactly but am using a 100% wool yarn instead of a wool/alpaca/rayon blend. Does anyone have any advice? I don't want to go much further if it's going to turn into a half-shirt instead of a sweater. Thanks knitters!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Happy Birthday TT and Erin!

Two of our esteemed members are celebrating their birthdays this week. Hopefully their parasites (one endo, one ecto) don't prevent them from having a lovely celebration and a great year.

Monday, February 1, 2010

I have returned! & Baby Smitty is here.

Hi - I'm back from Haiti. I hadn't been keeping up with the knitting blog while I was there. But I see that SpSq posted my blog address. & I just saw all the posts you guys made within hours of the quake. Thanks for thinking of me, and thanks for keeping everyone updated Beth & Sp. Sq. Facebook turned out to be a very good thing. And now it's hard to get back into work after all that.

Here's news about the latest knitting baby - you can see photos on her facebook.
Let’s all welcome (insert name) weighing in at 7 lbs. 7 oz. and 19 ¼ inches, born Friday morning. Mom and baby are doing well and are expecting to go home today (Monday). Mom is very tired and sore since she did have to have a c-section but you can’t hold this pair back for very long.