Our science in the public media

Public lecture on why science is objective and what it tells us about how the mind works: from College of Science series 'Searching for Certainty', lecture 14.6 'Can Intelligence be Measured?' 

Roundtable discussion

UA Scientist Looks At Significance of Small-Scale Social Life

Episode 170: Can Intelligence Be Measured?

Episode 129: Insights from Insects

UANews: 'Lazy ants make themselves useful in unexpected ways', Sept 11, 2017

Kare 11 TV report on lazy ant research

Salt: 'What bees can teach us about business' by Lee Williams, Oct 12, 2015

Nature World News: 'Marvel's Ant-Man And Its Movie Science [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]', (the science behind Ant-Man, the movie), interview with Daniel Charbonneau, Aug 21, 2015

Discovery   Sept 2015

Sueddeutsche Zeitung 'Faul wie eine Ameise', Sept 2015

Spektrum der Wissenschaft: 'Die meisten Ameisen sind Faulpelze', Oct 7, 2015

Article in the news section of Science magazine: 'Most worker ants are slackers', Oct 6, 2015 - and relevant questions in the Science Quiz ('the week's hottest science') on Oct 12, 2015 'Test your smarts on worker ants, kitty contraception, and more on this week’s science news quiz!'

Aleteia: 'La fourmi ne serait-elle pas un peu cigale?', Oct 5, 2015

Futurity: 'Some ants are lucky: their job is being lazy', Sep 23, 2015

UANews: 'Ants may have reason to be anti-work', Sep 22, 2015

R&D Mag: 'Some ants make for lazy roommates', Sep 28, 2015

Interview on NPR 'All Things Considered' with Robert Siegel about inactivity in ant colonies (with Anna Dornhaus), Jul 9, 2015

Interview on BBC World Update on inactive ants (with Daniel Charbonneau)

New Scientist article 'Lazy ants sit around doing nothing while their nest mates work', Jul 3, 2015

Science et Avenir: 'Certaines fourmis sont de vraies cigales', Jul 15, 2015

Article 'Der Sinn der Faulheit' in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany, Jul 19, 2015

Article 'Study Shows Some Worker Ants Don’t Work At All' at Mentalfloss, Aug 3, 2015

The Daily Beast 'Breaking News: Worker Ants Really Lazy', Jul 7, 2015

Quartz article 'Scientists say many worker ants are actually super lazy', Jul 6, 2015

Smartnews by Smithsonian 'Despite Their Industrious Reputation, Some Ants Are Super Lazy', Jul 8 2015

La Vanguardia 'Un estudio muestra que existen hormigas obreras especializadas en la inactividad', Jul 9, 2015

Daily Mail (UK Newspaper) 'Ants can be spongers too! 'Lazy' insects found in colonies that spend half their time inactive while others work around them'

Tech Times 'Not All Ants Are Hard Workers: Scientists Find 'Lazy' Ants In Ant Nest', Jul 5, 2015

BBC News 'Ant colony 'personalities' shaped by environment', Aug 7, 2014

Nature World News 'Ant Colonies With Personalities? The Meek and the Bold', Aug 16, 2014

Documentary about 'The Mind of the Colony' by Matt Faw

PBS - TV segment on Arizona Illustrated, Aired April 30, 2013 on agricultural importance and communication of bees (from min:sec 02:12 to 10:20) clip

AZPM - The buzz on bees

AZ Daily Star - Published August 31st, 2013  'Social media becomes source of funding for research on social insects'

Blog on PLoS February 19th, 2013 'A floral 'map' to nectar discourages bumblebee robbers'

Astrobiology Magazine, 'Division of Labor and Multicellular Life', Aug 9, 2012

Blog on Scientific American June 7th, 2013 "Honeybees and monoculture: nothing to dance about"

Arizona Daily Wildcat - by Shelby Thomas, February 5th, 2013
"Science professors debate the influence of biology on altruism"

Honor's College article about student research in the lab

View a short documentary made by a student, Matt Velasquez, on our 'lazy ant' research

MOCA Genius Awards listed on VisitTucson.org

Public lecture - College of Science: Mind and Brain, March 9th, 2010
Evolution of Mind and Brain (Arizona Star article about series)

PBS/Arizona Public Media - Aired April 25th, 2010
"Wavelengths: Portraits of a Scientist"

PBS - TV segment on Arizona Illustrated, with graduate student Tuan Cao; May 1st, 2010 on K-12 Outreach program "BioME - Biodiversity from Molecules to Ecosystems"

GEO - published May, 2010
"Biologie: Ameisen sind Alleskoenner"

New York Times - Scientist at work: Anna Dornhaus, Published: April 27, 2009
"To Fathom a Colony’s Talk and Toil, Studying Insects One by One"

ABC (Australia) Radio show: The Science Show by Robyn Williams - Aired on November 28, 2009
"Recalcitrant ants forced back to work"

PBS - TV segment on Arizona Illustrated, Aired September 10, 2009
"Unlocking mysteries of ants and bees"

POPSCI July 1st 2009 "Color-coded ants reveal their efficiency"

ABC (Australia) Radio show: The Science Show by Robyn Williams - Aired on August 22, 2009
"Bumble bees"

The Guardian - Published March 9th, 2009
"Six legs good"

Channel 4 - Published February 25th, 2009
"Human brain 'like colony of ants'"

insciences.org - Online February 25th, 2009
"Ants on the brain"

Arizona Daily Wildcat - by Yael Schusterman, March 23th, 2009
"The 'bots and the bees"

New Scientist - Published November 18th, 2008
"Division of labour may not be the key to ant success"

Spektrum der Wissenschaft - by Maria Hirsch, published November 18th, 2008
"Dilettantische Ameisen"

Public lecture - College of Science: Edges of Life, February 13th, 2008
Life's Cognitive Edge: The Role of the Mind and What it Means to be Human (Arizona Star article about series)

CBC Radio show: Quirks and Quarks - Aired November 22nd, 2008
"Inefficient ants" (mp3 audio file)

Science Daily - Online November 25th, 2008
"Can an ant be employee-of-the-month?"

Harper's Magazine - Published December 2, 2008
Weekly Review

Arizona Daily Star - Published December 1st, 2008
"Ants don’t have to be specialists to benefit colony, UA study finds"

e! Science News - Online November 18th, 2008
"Are ants that specialize better at their job?"

Arizona Daily Star - Published December 27th, 2006
"Someone has to feed ants their cockroach hash"

New York Times - Published November 22nd, 2005
"Of Evolution, Physics and Butterflies"

Science News Online - Online April 3rd, 1999
"Look who's dancing"

Some BLOGS that mention our work

Our welcome guests (and one unwelcome...) on ifnaturecouldtalk June 30th, 2013

How an emergent curriculum works: hardwired into our DNA on teachertom October 21th, 2012

Aktion Hummelschutz, a German organization dedicated to bumble bee conservation