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Tree of life tattoo for evolution fans

For giggles, I modified Charles Darwin’s tree of life sketch and sent it to a company that manufactures temporary tattoos. If you happen to be model quality and would like to help promote science, drop me a line and I can send you one. I think it’s good to have images like these show up during searches for “evolution” and “survival of the fittest” so that the public doesn’t just associate evolution with old academics with questionable grooming. The one below is one of my favorites that models sent back … it show’s Victoria’s Secret hem, and evolution was Darwin’s Victorian secret (for many years, at least).

Girl with pink Victoria's Secret panties and a Charles Darwin tree of life tattoo on stomach

I also dropped the image into Redbubble if you need a sticker or laptop case (for example). Here’s the original sketch, if you’re curious:

Charles Darwin's tree of life sketch

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Adding photo credits to Powerpoint shows

UPDATE: please see this page for updated slides and additional tips.

Here are tips for educators on how to attribute images in a Powerpoint slide deck (hit pause button to assert manual control of the slide advance).  The tips are focused on the logistics of attribution (placement, text color, etc.) since the law aspect is, um, complicated.  It’s just a draft, so if you have suggestions, let me know in comments or via email.  I made it because very, very few educators seem to provide image credits.  Or at least the ones who post their slides online …

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In other news, my other thoughts on Powerpoint.

And, since you’re reading below the fold … any advice on getting WordPress to display Powerpoint slides so that URLs work?  I’ve tried several plug-ins, but nothing seems to work.

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Plagiarism examples

10 famous plagiaristsIf you are in need of a slide showing examples of plagiarism, the one at right might work for you.  My suggestion is to show the image in class and ask students to choose the plagiarist they’d like to hear more about as a way to teach about plagiarism and proper attribution.  Links to full details on all 10 examples are below.  See also my “Preventing plagiarism” page if you want further thoughts on the topic.

  1. H.G. Wells (The Outline of History)
  2. T.S. Eliot (The Waste Land)
  3. Martin Luther King (PhD dissertation, speeches)
  4. Alex Haley (Roots)
  5. Doris Kearns Goodwin (The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys)
  6. Joe Biden (speeches, law school paper)
  7. Michael Bolton (Love is a Wonderful Thing)
  8. Stephen Ambrose (The Wild Blue)
  9. Jane Goodall (Seeds of Hope)
  10. The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research (Symposium Poster Rules and Guidelines)
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Charts with bling

Just a silly pie chart I created for “Designing conference posters” to argue that graphs with illustrations can help viewers absorb results a bit faster than those with just labels and legends. (Please note that although the graphic is a tad silly, the data are real: less than 10% of Americans accept that humans evolved without supernatural help.)

Gallup poll on evolution of humans

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