Kind of looks like fireworks. Very pretty, I think.
Happy New Year!
Kind of looks like fireworks. Very pretty, I think.
Happy New Year!
As promised in a previous post, I am delivering Book Reviews every Monday on Children's Books about science. I think I should have enough books to offer a review each week until the spring.
, two cities will host exhibits that pay special tribute to his and other Black Scientists' contributions.
Scope Out Black Creativity at the Museum of Science and Industry
This exhibition was created by The Field Museum, Chicago, in collaboration with Tuskegee University and the National Park Service, and is on exhibit November 29, 2008 - March 1, 2009.
and a happy holiday.
Happy Hannakah and Merry Christmas
Science Blogging for Education takes on many forms. One interesting blog is a group-authored blog - Extreme Biology - that is operated byMiss Baker's Biology Class of high school students at The Calverton School (a small school tucked away in Southern Maryland, USA.)
A rare chance to photograph a Hawk (a Red-tailed or Roadside Hawk, I think) in the city. Yes, predators like hawks and raptors live and some thrive in urban and suburban areas. I found this one perched in a tree on my campus – UM-St. Louis near the parking garage on North campus as I was headed to my car.
The Panamanian golden frog
I was tagged by MG at The Oyster’s Garter. She’s one of my internet/science blogger friends and I will get to meet her in January at the ScienceOnline09 Conference in January. Here I go.
5 Things I Was Doing 10 Years Ago:
· Just starting research and my Master’s thesis with meadow voles
· Beginning to dislike my job as a tour guide
· TA an undergrad biology lab, Anatomy & Physiology I think
· Shuttling my younger siblings to school
· Wishing I had a new car
5 Things On My To-Do List Today:
· Work on my abstract for a symposium
· Write my dissertation, Chapter 1
· Call my Little Sister to see if she wants to hang out
· Check in with my dissertation advisor
· Start writing an article for a local newspaper
5 Snacks I Love:
· Potato Chips
· Chex Mix – Cheese Flavored
· Kettle corn
· Cheese and crackers
5 Things I’d do if I was a Millionaire:
· Create an endowment for community-based projects in poor urban neighborhoods
· Create an endowment to fund research projects of my friends and other graduate students – but the grant must be written in poetic form – sonnets, limericks, and haikus – more money for the best written proposal with the fewest words.
· Create and produce my own Science Television Show.
· Tramp around the US and world filming my television show, visiting my friends and students whom I have funded, featuring their research on the show.
· Take care of my family
5 Places I’ve Lived:
· Guyana (South America)
· Cookeville, TN
· South Memphis, TN
· St. Louis, MO
· Whitehaven Memphis, TN
5 Jobs I’ve Had:
· Grocery Store Cashier
· City Tour Guide
· Toy Store Employee
· Parks & Rec Aide
· Americorps Supervisor
I tag Intisar, Lisa, Samia, Lyndell, and Gandalf & Grayson
I am continuing the dialogue about Increasing Diversity in the Sciences. This time I examine the initiatives of professional organizations to provide travel awards and mini-mentorship opportunities to undergraduate students to attend scientific meetings.
Scientific meetings offer tremendous learning and networking opportunities for students. This is especially true for students who are members of traditionally under-represented groups. Though you may be one of a few brown or young or feminine faces at the conference, many societies are working hard to get you at that meeting and to keep you coming back. Because conference attendance is not cheap some scientific organizations actually offer travel awards to attract undergraduates to International and National meetings; and they offer mentorship to students who are attending professional conferences for the first time. My primary professional organization, the Animal Behavior Society (ABS), has been a leader in increasing diversity in the sciences. The Membership and Leadership of this society has always been quite progressive. For years the organization has offered a Diversity Travel Grant for students from traditionally under-represented ethnic groups and students from Developing Nationas to attend the annual meetings. Moreover, these travel scholarships are largely by donations from individual members.
In 2002, ABS furthered its commitment to diversity and education when created the Charles H. Turner Program for undergraduate participation at the annual Society meetings. With generous support from the National Science Foundation, the ABS Diversity committee brings a group of about 10 undergraduates to the meetings each year, covering all expenses, and providing a full program of mentoring events including a pre-meeting workshop and mentors. Charles Turner was one of the very first African-American researchers in animal behavior. Among other things, his research showed that insects can hear and exhibit trial-and-error learning. Dr. Turner was a high school biology teacher at Sumner High School in St. Louis, MO. Turner Middle School in the Historic Ville Neighborhood is named after him. By naming the undergraduate program after him, the ABS Diversity Committee emphasizes its goal to increase the diversity of its membership by encouraging researchers of all ages, levels, and ethnic groups to participate in the annual meetings.
Also, the Society of Wetland Scientists (SWS) announces the availability of undergraduate student awards for travel to attend their annual SWS meeting – June 22-26, 2009 in Madison, Wisconsin. The SWS is committed to increasing diversity in its membership and is offering full travel awards and mentoring at the meeting for undergraduate students from underrepresented groups –African-American, Native American, Latino American, Pacific Islander, and persons with disabilities. These awards are supported by the National Science Foundation and individual SWS chapters. The areas of interest of the student participants range from freshwater to marine and involve a wide variety of organism types. Undergraduate participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associates degree. Students who are transferring from one institution to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate. Spring 2009 graduates are eligible as well.
Application materials and additional information are available from Dr. Frank P. Day, Old Dominion University(firstname.lastname@example.org). Application deadline is December 17, 2008. So apply now and spread the word.
I hope more students at the high school level and beyond become aware of such programs and take advantage of them. I realize not everyone who participates will necessarily stay in the sciences, but I believe having such experiences and meeting people is worthwhile and informs a student’s future career decisions. Any other comments?
Article orginally posted at YBPGuide.com
This is my submission for Thematic Photographic 26 - Sweet. Why are these pictures Sweet!? Because I was able to capture some really great animal tracks in the snow and ice. Tracks are the best way to see proof of some animals, especially mammals. All photographs taken at Brown Lake, Burlington, Wisconsin over Thanksgiving break to my family.
All Grins. Why? I'm happy for all of the support and snaps for my science blogging. That's a picture of me in my "office" Panera Bread Company. hahaha. I often blog from here or one of my other "office" spaces like Starbucks, Borders, etc.