Invitation to the Train for Rewards Blog Party 2018

Join the pet blogging community in supporting reward-based training of dogs, cats, and other companion animals. #Train4RewardsAre you a blogger? Do you support reward-based training for dogs and other animals? Would you like to take part in the #Train4Rewards blog party?You are invited to write a blog post about reward-based training of dogs or other companion animals, post it on your own blog on the set date, then come and share a link to it…

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Service to Professional Societies

I have recently finished a fair amount of service to two professional scientific societies and wanted to write a post about what I have found valuable and challenging about these experiences. I did my first stint of professional society service as a post-doctoral fellow and represented both students and post-docs on the executive of that society. I was a valuable experience and similar in many ways to the various student governments and committees that I’d…

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The Scrambled Message on Eggs and Heart Disease

Recently a study in the BMJ suggested that eggs can reduce heart disease. Eggs used to be bad for you. Now they are good for you. Supposedly. This piece from healthnewsreview.org (where somebody famous, not Jonathan, gets quoted) explains why these types of studies are not all they are cracked up to be. WARNING: many more egg puns ahead. https://www.healthnewsreview.org/2018/05/eggs-cardiovascular-disease/

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lebeagle: La réserve de Yasuní en images, par Vincent…

lebeagle: La réserve de Yasuní en images, par Vincent Fugère Karlita. Karla, une femelle tapir semi-apprivoisée rodant aux abords d'une des stations de recherche du parc. Son prénom lui a été donné par la communauté autochtone Huaorani, en l'honneur d'une jeune fille décédée le même jour où Karla est née. Les Huaoranis croient que l'âme de Karla habite maintenant le tapir et s'abstiennent donc de la chasser. Cette histoire de Karlita est une belle représentation…

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It’s electrifying! Cell reprogramming using electromagnetic fields

Electromagnetized gold nanoparticles mediate direct lineage reprogramming into induced dopamine neurons in vivo for Parkinson’s disease therapy (used with permission Springer Nature, Nature Nanotechnology) The ability to revert a terminally differentiated, somatic cell back to a pluripotent stem cell state has been of incalculable value to researchers since its discovery in 2006. In recent years, researchers have modified this technique by cutting out a step, allowing somatic cells to be directly reprogrammed into a new…

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The chickadees nested where?!

This week, Dispatches from the Field is happy to welcome Chloé Montreuil-Spencer to share how “you’ve got to be kidding me” became the slogan of the summer! For more about Chloé, check out the end of the post. When you tell people that you’re doing biological fieldwork, the first reaction you often get is: “Spending all that time outdoors – you’re so lucky!”. Indeed, we are very fortunate. But while your friends imagine you as…

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What is Negative Reinforcement in Dog Training?

A user-friendly guide to understanding negative reinforcement in dog training – and the three alternatives you should know about.Photo: Angyalosi Beata /ShutterstockIf you are new to dog training, or want to understand some of the language of dog training, this article is for you. It covers the technical definition of negative reinforcement in dog training, examples of how it is used, what research tells us about negative reinforcement, and alternatives that you can use instead…

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