STEP Program blog

  • Talk about a Conversation Piece: Knitted frog dissection

    February 23, 2010

    There’s this revolution afoot of people who call themselves Makers. They prize the ability to use their hands and smarts to make things that meet their needs. Sometimes ‘needs’ is interpreted quite broadly. In this case, I think someone felt the need to impress their scientific friends with their knitting chops. Enter the “Knitting in […]

  • A Scarf to Warm the Chemist you Love

    February 19, 2010

    This morning, I saw this article on Boing Boing describing someone who has created scares that are machine knitted in the pattern of an “Emission Spectrum” for any element of your choice. From the item description of the scarves on their commerce site: These Emission Spectra Scarves are lovingly machine-knit from 100% cotton yarn. They […]

  • Modern science unravels the cause of King Tut’s death

    February 17, 2010

    The Journal of the American Medical Association published an article today describing genetic and advanced imaging results that  suggest that King Tut died from a combination of factors. They identified genetic defects, most likely due to inbreeding, that made him crippled; a broken femur, most likely caused by a fall; and infection by Plasmodium falciparum, […]

  • A Local Company

    In this article, “New Source of an Isotope in Medicine Is Found“, we learn about an upcoming shortage in a medically important radioactive isotope and what the Covidien Company (a company that has hosted field trips of STEP students in the past) is doing to help meet the demand. This story is certainly worth […]

  • A Powerful Image of Volcano Monserrat, and a Cool Factoid for Later Use

    The other day, BadAstronomer (the Twitter handle of Phil Plait, the writer of Discover Magazine’s Bad Astronomy Blog) used his blog to share a beautiful picture taken from space, and a nice science tidbit that’s worth sharing. Here’s the picture: This is a variation of the image posted at theNASA Earth Observatory, which also has […]

  • Science of the Olympics

    February 15, 2010

    In the spirit of this Olympic Season, we share this photoessay from the Canadian National Research Council in which the NRC shares the science of olpympic-level competition. Here’s the link to the essay: Posted via email from Creating Pathways to STEM degrees

  • We’re helping Missouri Rise Above the Gathering Storm

    February 12, 2010

    Just gave a talk at the 2010 Conference on Transfer and Articulation with Jane Road (of Moberly Area Community College) and Jennifer Thompson (of Truman’s STEP Office). A link to the slide deck on is here for those who are interested. Rising Above the Gathering Storm by Building Bridges for STEM Transfers from Community […]

  • How My Little Pony turned a little girl into a computer scientist

    February 10, 2010

    Just read this on Boing Boing and had to share it with my STEM posse. How My Little Pony turned a little girl into a computer scientist via Boing Boing by Maggie Koerth-Baker on 2/10/10 On the drive back from Madison yesterday, I listened to a lecture by MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle on the very […]

  • 2010 Dept. of Commerce Internship Announcement

    February 9, 2010

    Wait….wait…. don’t skip this post.  I know that the Department of Commerce might not sound like it has ANYTHING to do with science or mathematics.  But science and mathematics is related to EVERYTHING.  This a great opportunity to explore some of those little-known opportunities.  And take it from me, those opportunities are some of the […]

  • Wouldn’t it be great if more Calculus classes used books like this for science majors?

    A new edition of the book “Calculus for Biology and Medicine” by Claudia Neuhauser has been released. This book presents the concepts of Calculus using examples that are relevant to biology and medicine. Books like this help our students see why Calculus is integral to the study of science. Posted via email from Creating Pathways […]