Blogging contest and travel award winners announced

We have our winners! We are excited to announce that two talented bloggers will receive $750 to offset travel expenses to ScienceOnline2010, to be held January 14-17 in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park. Thanks to everyone who blogged about evolution and made the contest a success. We had an incredibly difficult time picking just two. Without further ado, here they are:

Jeremy Yoder, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
Denim and Tweed: How it does a body good: The selective advantage of drinking milk depends where you drink it

Christie Wilcox, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
Observations of a Nerd: When Good Genes Go Bad



The first submissions to the NESCent blogging contest are coming in!

Here are the entries to date. Keep them coming - all posts submitted by December 1 2009 are eligible for one of two $750 travel awards to ScienceOnline2010. To meet the judges or learn more about the contest, read below:

NeuroDojo: Evolution back and forth, from snakes to molecules

Decade of Science: Nothing to lose, everything to find

Tom Paine's Ghost: The "Theorum" of Evolution

Observations of a Nerd: When Good Genes Go Bad

Pleiotropy: Evolution-proof malaria control

Byte Size Biology: A Flurry of Red and Green

Neurophilosophy: Circadian & social cues regulate sodium channel trafficking in electric fish

Denim and Tweed: How it does a body good: The selective advantage of drinking milk depends where you drink it

Laelaps: Afradapis and 'Ida', sittin' in a tree...

Not Exactly Rocket Science: Discriminating butterflies show how one species could split into two

WhySharksMatter: Ethical debate: A potential new species, or an invasive pest?



Conference travel fellowship for best evolution-themed blog in 2009

Application deadline: December 1, 2009

Are you a blogger who is interested in evolution? The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is offering two travel awards to attend ScienceOnline2010, a science communication conference to be held January 14‐17th, 2010, in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park.

The awards offer the opportunity to travel to North Carolina to meet with several hundred writers, editors, scientists and educators to explore how online tools are changing the way science is done and communicated to the public. Each winner will receive $750 to cover travel, lodging, and other expenses to attend the conference. In addition, winners are invited to spend the morning of Friday January 15th interacting with scientists at NESCent, and to attend a lunch in their honor. For more information about ScienceOnline2010, visit:

To apply for an award, writers should submit a blog post that highlights current or emerging evolutionary research. In order to be valid, posts must deal with scientific results appearing in 2009. Posts should be 750‐1500 words, and must mention the NESCent contest.

Please send your name, contact information, the title and date of your blog post, and a URL to The travel award is not limited to bloggers in the U.S. International applications are welcomed, keeping in mind that posts in languages other than English may not be accessible to all of our judges. Winners, whether in the U.S. or international, then can use the $750 travel award toward travel expenses.

All submissions received by December 1st are eligible for the contest. One submission per person please. Two recipients will be chosen by a panel of judges from both NESCent and the science blogging community. Winners will be notified by December 15th, 2009.

The purpose of this contest is to encourage the best of evolutionary writing on the Web. The awards are sponsored by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, an NSF‐funded research center operated by Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Known by its acronym NESCent, the center’s goal is to promote collaborative, cross‐disciplinary research in evolutionary biology. For more information about the center, visit

Contact either of the program managers for more information about the contest:

Robin Smith
Phone: 919‐668‐4544


Craig McClain
Phone: 919‐668‐4590

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent)
2024 W. Main Street, Suite A200 Durham, NC 27705
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