Earn your #Evol2013 conference merit badges

Already updated with new badges!

Bottoms upScientific conferences present a lot of challenges, even to those of us who’ve been to a few. A good conference means presenting your own work in an interesting way, learning about a lot of other folks’ projects, asking good questions, meeting a lot of new people, catching up with old friends, maybe even tracking down some of your scientific idols—and then making a good impression when you do.

Making a game out of it all can help—and in that spirit, Sarah put together Evolution Bingo for the Evolution meetings in Ottawa last year. You could certainly re-use that bingo card for the Evolution meetings that start in Snowbird, Utah, today, but we’d also like to offer something new for Evolution 2013: Conference merit badges!

Descriptions for how to earn each are given below; click on the thumbnail for a high-resolution version of the badge when you’ve earned it. We’ll add others as we think of them and Jeremy has time to design them—nominate suggestions in the comments!

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Friday Coffee Break

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Nothing says summer quite as much as fireflies, and Amy brings us these lovely pictures of the flight paths of fireflies.

Noah would like to remind everyone that it is National Pollinator Week. We strongly suggest you get outside and thank all your local pollinators.

Can Mars follow in the footsteps of Earth? Noah is reading about using microbes to terraform our friendly neighbor.

Both CJ and Sarah are thinking about our prospects as women in academia and the “Baby Penalty”. An opinion piece about the effects of children on women and men in academia.

Although women pay a baby tax in career, men pay a greater tax in… life? Also from Sarah, Why do more men than women die at every life stage? interesting stuff.

If you haven’t seen this video you should. Bill Nye the Science Guy, an advocate for teaching science, learning science, understanding science and generally making better decisions because of science.