March 27, 2015

9:48 PM | Researchers: Inadequate vaccination rates fueled recent measles outbreak
In a somewhat frightening illustration of anti-vaccine trends, a new report estimates that among groups affected in the recent measles outbreak, the rates of measles-mumps-rubella immunization might have been as low as 50 percent.
2:28 PM | GeoEd: Lessons from the EGU 2014 GIFT Workshop
Today’s GeoEd post is brought to you by Susan Tate, an 8th grade teacher from Michigan in the USA. Susan attended the GIFT workshop held during the General Assembly last year.  The GIFT programme offers primary school to high school teachers the opportunity to upgrade their knowledge in geophysical themes and to shorten the time between new discoveries and textbook information. After three days supercharging her geosciences knowledge at the 2014 conference, Susan shares her […]
2:18 PM | “Talking Dogs and Galileian Blogs: Social Media for Communicating Science”
That’s the title of the talk I gave yesterday at Vanderbilt, and here are the slides: Talking Dogs and Galileian Blogs: Social Media for Communicating Science from Chad Orzel The central idea is the same as in past versions of the talk– stealing Robert Krulwich’s joke contrasting the publication styles of Newton and Galileo to…
11:30 AM | High Flight...
Bessie Coleman: Image Source at [2] below, slide 5 of 7Topics: Education, Diversity in Science, NASA, Spaceflight, Star Trek, STEM, Women in Science"Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth, And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung high in the sunlit silence. Hovering there I've chased the shouting wind along and flung my eager […]

March 26, 2015

12:50 PM | Communicate your Science Video Competition finalists: time to get voting!
For the second year in a row we’re running the EGU Communicate Your Science Video Competition – the aim being for young scientists to communicate their research in a short, sweet and public-friendly video. Our judges have now selected 3 fantastic finalists from the excellent entries we received this year and it’s time to find the best geoscience communication clip! The shortlisted videos will be open to a public vote from now until midnight on 16 Apri; – just […]

March 25, 2015

9:52 PM | Hangout with Kit Parker: Engineering the Body
When I told Kit Parker of Harvard University to think about explaining what he does to teenagers who would be watching our Google Science Fair Hangout On Air earlier today, he had a great answer for... -- Read more on
7:56 PM | Drexel Snapshot: Mongolian and Philly Teens Meet at the Museum
This week, five teenage girls from Mongolia are in Philadelphia exploring the city and learning about natural sciences halfway around the world from their home. Since the fall, they have been part of a group of teens in Mongolia participating in a program at the National Museum of Mongolia in which they collaborate online with … Continue reading →
6:20 PM | Friday Harbor Comparative Embryology Course – Applications Still Open
There are still a few spots open in the Comparative Invertebrate Embryology course at the Friday Harbor Labs. As I described in a previous post, it’s a great opportunity to see the diversity of developmental processes among animal phyla. Of course this would be valuable for people interested in evo-devo, but it would also be valuable for everyone from bioengineers, […]
11:55 AM | “Talking Dogs and Galileian Blogs” at Vanderbilt, Thursday 3/26/15
I mentioned last week that I’m giving a talk at Vanderbilt tomorrow, but as they went to the trouble of writing a press release, the least I can do is share it: It’s clear that this year’s Forman lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Chad Orzel, will talk about physics to almost anyone. After all, two of…
11:30 AM | A Future We Cannot Avoid...
At City College of San Francisco, student Daniela Cardenas prepares DNA for analysis during the biotechnology module of Bio 11: Introduction to the Science of Living Organisms. This course was developed with funding from the NSF-ATE grant titled, "Incorporating Molecular Biology into the Undergraduate Curriculum."Credit: City College of San Francisco, Biology DepartmentTopics: African Americans, Diversity, Hispanic Americans, Jobs, STEM, Women in ScienceIn the U.S., almost half of all […]
10:45 AM | Why Success Sometimes Starts with Failure
Every year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation holds a Fail Fest, where they celebrate a valuable lesson they learned while investing money into a loser organization that has absolutely bombed. According to this brilliant team, failure is chock-full of wisdom — one of the most effective way to absorb key insights — so it’s […]
10:14 AM | How much science is fact and how much is theory?
What's fact and what's theory?
9:51 AM | “Beyond Boundaries” Into The Wilderness
INK Talks is an inspirational conference platform committed to spreading disruptive ideas and inspiring stories from the most unexpected sources. At INK 2014, the speakers were asked to describe why and how they were going “beyond boundaries” in their own work and daily lives… Please watch and share this INK talk:
8:40 AM | Before They Were Scientists
Lea Shell’s job is to track down scientists from around the world and interview them for Your Wild Life. The following is an excerpt, judiciously edited to tidy up the […]

March 24, 2015

9:00 PM | Our Brains See Words as Pictures
Brain scans reveal how our neurons respond to words we've been trained to recognize -- as whole entities. Continue reading →
7:26 PM | Favorite Examples of Evolution
When the cold bites, When the review stings, When the news is sad, I simply remember these evolving things, And then I don’t feel so bad!      — with apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein Over on Twitter, the biology … Continue reading →
4:49 PM | Penn Med Students Celebrate Match Day (video)
This past Friday, students all over the country found out where they'd be completing their residency training at our annual Match Day event. Mark Attiah (M'15) says it best: "All the sweat, the blood, the tears, the late nights, the frustrations...all are coalesced into this one envelope that you see...
4:00 PM | NEW VIDEO!How many stars are there in the visible...
NEW VIDEO!How many stars are there in the visible universe? Think there’s more than all the grains of sand on Earth? And how many can we see on a clear night from Earth? From our vantage point on the shore of the cosmic ocean, let’s see how many we can count…(I have to say, I love all of my videos, but I think I love this one just a little bit more)Bonus: After you’ve tallied them up and recovered from that feeling of awe, why not learn what color the universe
3:30 PM | Retraction after education researcher tries to repeat a grade–er, paper
An education journal has yanked a 2014 article by a pair of scholars in Asia after discovering one had already published a “substantially similar” article. The article, “Dynamic nature of washback on individual learners: the role of possible selves” in Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, is about how taking a major English test influenced […]The post Retraction after education researcher tries to repeat a grade–er, paper appeared first on […]
2:36 PM | How Does Angular Momentum Emerge?
Yesterday’s post about VPython simulation of the famous bicycle wheel demo showed that you can get the precession and nutation from a simulation that only includes forces. But this is still kind of mysterious, from the standpoint of basic physics intuition. Specifically, it’s sort of hard to see how any of this produces a force…
11:42 AM | MDRO Prevention Bundle in Nursing Homes: A Randomized Trial
In keeping with our long-term care theme (more on this later in the week), there is a new trial published in JAMA Internal Medicine by Lona Mody and colleagues at the University of Michigan. The team completed a cluster-randomized trial of a bundled intervention to prevent MDROs in nursing homes. Specifically, residents with indwelling urinary catheters, feeding tubes or both in 6 nursing homes were randomized to a targeted infection program (TIP) bundle that included (1) preemptive barrier […]

March 23, 2015

7:08 PM | STEM Opportunities Where the Bison Roam
© Ansgar Walk (CC-BY-SA)     For a century, the wood bison have been extirpated (or locally extinct) from Alaska. That is all about the change. The wood bison, a larger subspecies of the American bison that roam places like Yellowstone National Park, are about to be re-introduced to an ecosystem that has been long missing a large grazing animal. This reintroduction project, which has taken over 20 years to complete, is not only good for Alaskan ecosystems, but also a […]
5:52 PM | Students share eMammal!
On Thursday, March 5, eight middle school students from the classrooms of two 2014 Students Discover Kenan Fellows, Dave Glenn and Dayson Pasion, presented their research on wildlife camera-trapping at the North Carolina Technology in Education Society (NCTIES) conference in Raleigh. Over the last year, the students have participated in the eMammal citizen science project, deploying wildlife cameras in their schoolyard to capture animal activity. The students have been working in collaboration […]
5:16 PM | Match Day at Perelman: The University of Virginia. Home.
On Friday, March 20, 159 students from the Perelman School of Medicine found out, one by one, where they are headed for residency training during an emotional event filled with lots of cheering, hugs and more cheering. What an exhilarating day! For our last blog, Anna Jesus shares her Match...
2:12 PM | The Emergence of Angular Momentum
The third of the great physics principles introduced in our introductory mechanics courses is the conservation of angular momentum, or the Angular Momentum Principle in the language of the Matter and Interactions curriculum we use. This tends to be one of the hardest topics to introduce, in no small part because it’s the last thing…
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11:00 AM | Sonic Doom | Kaiser Chiefs
Like pretty much every other band covered for Sonic Doom so far, I would imagine a large number of people would be surprised to hear that the Kaiser Chiefs are still alive and kicking. After a brief couple of years in the mainstream spotlight, they (quite predictably) suffered from ‘difficult second album syndrome’ and haven’t [...] The post Sonic Doom | Kaiser Chiefs appeared first on HeadStuff.

March 22, 2015

5:19 PM | Opioid Withdrawal Treatments
A post on the Forum asked about the best remedies for opioid withdrawal.   I will review the medications and other treatments for opioid withdrawal that I have heard discussed by physicians or by people on the internet.  Hopefully readers will leave comments about medications or approaches that they have found useful.  Likewise, if you are ... Read more

March 21, 2015

2:50 PM | Why You Don’t Need to Be More Confident to Achieve Big Goals
We often assume that in order to achieve our goals, we need to become more confident. We need to work through our deep-seated self-doubts and then take action. Because then we’ll be ready. Then we’ll be able to achieve what we want to achieve. We’ll feel more secure with ourselves. We’ll actually believe in ourselves. […]
4:05 AM | What Management can learn from Good Teaching Practice – the Flipped Classroom
Over the past few years I’ve come to really appreciate the concept of the “flipped classroom”, whereby students are provided access to the content of a course outside of class time, and class time is used for students to engage in more active learning, applying the content. There are many ways to do this – [...]
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