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Kate Hertweck
Works at University of Texas at Tyler
Attended University of Missouri–Columbia
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Formal address.
Right after finishing my PhD, I started preparations to move to North Carolina to begin a job as a postdoctoral researcher. My mother accompanied me on a preliminary scouting trip to find an apartment. I was baffled and a little amused when she made sure po...
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Departmental holiday parties, then and now.
My PhD advisor, Chris Pires, sent me this picture via email a few days ago. It's the two of us at our first holiday party at University of Missouri, during my first year of graduate school in 2005. I think we won trivia or something, and got an awesome grab...
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A catalysis meeting on long term experimental evolution.
Travel makes it easy to let blog posts slip away without being fully formed, written, and posted. Now that the semester is winding down, I'm going to try and follow through with writing the backlog of posts that have been piling up from my adventures over t...
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Casting a wide net.
I was fortunate as a post-doc at NESCent to have a huge community of like-minded scholars to help me develop intellectually. I'm still very fortunate to be surrounded by folks doing awesome research, but I was hired specifically to fill a missing niche (bio...
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The art of asking in science.
I posted some love for Neil Gaiman's spoken words a few weeks back, so it only seems fitting that I follow up with inspiration from his partner, Amanda Palmer. She did a TED talk  (the video is slightly NSFW at 10:49) last year that explored the relationshi...
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My office is a pit fall trap.
A real conversation starter. If you couldn't tell from the entire post I wrote dedicated to my new office , I'm very committed to the space where I do the majority of my professional work. The items I choose to display in my office are used by students and ...
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Struggling with assessment.
I'm in the final throes of course design for my bioinformatics class next semester. I've already written a bit about planning the course , and a little about my problems convincing students to take it . I've spent a lot of time getting the computer lab up a...
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Geeking out about acorns on the local news.
My university has a pretty decent relationship with the local news. Reporters fairly frequently contact the public relations office, seeking out an authority (i.e., professor) on the topic of the story they're preparing. A few folks in my department appear ...
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How did I get here? Learning to love research.
I grew up in southern Indiana, in an area stuck mid-way between small town and big city (Evansville). I thought biology and music were both pretty cool in high school. I applied to colleges in a haphazard way, auditioning on flute for some schools, and chec...
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Value judgements and scientific results.
As scientists, we like to think that we are objective in the interpretation of data. As humans, our personal value-based judgments creep into these assessments far more than we might realize. I often think of these biases in my career, both as a researcher ...
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Student motivation, AKA Please take my class.
My current homework for Software Carpentry instructor training is to think about a time when I lost my motivation to learn. I posted my response to the SWC blog, where you can also poke around a see other folks' stories (click on the "Motivation" tag). The ...
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A trip back to my ol' Kentucky (and Indiana) home.
Historic buildings on Franklin Street are framed by neon lights for one week a year. As promised in my semester preview , and as a follow up to my Missouri trip a few weeks back, I had the opportunity to head back home to southern Indiana and central Kentuc...
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Have her in circles
187 people
Matthew Boulanger's profile photo
Bex Oliger's profile photo
Sarah Lust's profile photo
Joel Adamson's profile photo
Derrick Williams's profile photo
Jennifer Henderson's profile photo
Libby Mitchell's profile photo
William Deedler's profile photo
Larry O'Heam (almightygod)'s profile photo
Education
  • University of Missouri–Columbia
    Biology, 2005 - 2011
  • Western Kentucky University
    Biology, History, Communication, 2001 - 2005
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Science researcher and educator
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evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, genomics
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  • University of Texas at Tyler
    Assistant Professor, 2014 - present
  • NESCent
    postdoctoral fellow, 2011 - 2014
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