News just in: ex-grad student Megan Greischar, now a post-doc with ex-post-doc Nicole Mideo in Toronto, just won the 2016 Fisher Prize. That’s for the best paper from a PhD published in the journal Evolution in a given year. She got it for Greischar, M.A., Mideo, N., Read, A.F., & Bjørnstad, O.N. (2016). Predicting optimal transmission investment in malaria parasites. Evolution 70: 1542-1558. I am ever so pleased. The cognoscenti should be too. This is the dueling splines paper, which Megan first featured on this blog in 2014. She’s talked more passionately about splines than anyone else I know except uber-geek Bill Nelson. Amazing where passion takes you.