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  • Podcast of Interest: Lab Out Loud, Episode 43. “Mythbuster Adam Savage”

    June 7, 2010

    In this fifth post in my ‘Podcasts of Interest’ series, where I comment on podcasts with provocative or important science or mathematics content, I bring you another Lab Out Loud episode. Episode 43 features Adam Savage, one of the hosts of Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters program. Adam is an advocate for learning with your hands, learning […]

  • Podcast of Interest: Lab Out Loud, Episode 36. “The scientific method starts with curiosity”

    June 4, 2010

    What a great find! In this fourth post in my ‘Podcasts of Interest’ series, where I comment on podcasts with provocative or important science or mathematics content, I bring you another Lab Out Loud episode. Episode 36 features Dr. Bonnie Bassler, a microbiologist who studies quorum sensing in bacteria. Her science is world-class (she’s in […]

  • Podcast of Interest: Lab Out Loud, Episode 19. “Bioethics”

    June 3, 2010

    In this third post in my ‘Podcasts of Interest’ series, where I comment on podcasts with provocative or important science or mathematics content, I bring you another Lab Out Loud episode. Episode 19 features Dr. Jeffrey Kahn, the Director of the Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kahn and the hosts talk […]

  • Podcast of Interest: Lab Out Loud, Episode 14. “Bill Nye the Science Guy”

    June 1, 2010

    In this second post in my ‘Podcasts of Interest’ series, where I comment on podcasts with provocative or important science or mathematics content, I bring you another Lab Out Loud episode. Episode 14 features Bill Nye the Science Guy. Need I say more? No, but I will. The whole episode is a joy to listen […]

  • Podcast of Interest: Lab Out Loud, Episode 4. “The Science Education Myth”

    May 30, 2010

    This is the first post in a series that will be pre-titled ‘Podcasts of Interest.’ In this series, I’ll point out podcasts that have interesting or valuable science or mathematics content. That content will be of interest to students, instructors, and administrators, alike. The first few posts will come from Lab Out Loud, a podcast […]

  • Science Kits: For Kids, by a Kid

    May 29, 2010

    Check this out: Connor’s Kits for Kids. Read about this guy on BoingBoing. Would these kits be appropriate for college outreach efforts to elementary schools? What other kits could you imagine? Posted via email from Creating Pathways to STEM degrees

  • Science is Working when Scientists are Arguing

    Contributor Maggie Koerth Baker posts a nice short piece to Boing Boing called “Scientists disagree. You should not be surprised.” In this post, she uses a new spat over interpretations of a 2009 discovery of a fossil skeleton named Ardi to remind us that arguments like this are part of the scientific process. A thoughtful […]

  • iPads in Education: A Journey Beginning

    May 9, 2010

    The STEM Talent Expansion Programs (STEP) Office here acquired a set of iPads to lend to students, staff, and faculty for exploring uses that will enhance learning and teaching of science and mathematics. We knew that we’d encounter management challenges, usage questions, and opportunities that might interest others, so we will share our experience in an academic spirit. Please chime in with you own thoughts and questions using the ‘Comments’, below.

  • Women in STEM

    March 31, 2010

    You know an issue is near and dear to my heart, when I step way beyond my comfort level to post to our blog… The AAUW (American Association of University Women) recently released their newest research report, Why so Few?  Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  AAUW says the report “…presents in-depth yet accessible profiles […]

  • Patented genes

    March 30, 2010

    Did you know many of your genes have been patented? This is typically done by some biotech company that wants to make money off of potential treatments and screening for diseases caused by mutant versions of these genes. On Monday, March 29, a federal judge struck down one of the most famous of these gene […]

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