I finally made it to Lake Placid. Yes, after a 6 hour drive drinking iced coffee and belting out some Gaga, I’m super excited to be here. This week, I am one of 35 scientists selected to attend a National Science Foundation “Ideas Lab” focused on Advancing and Visualizing the Tree of Life (AVAToL). The . . . → Read More: NSF Ideas Lab on Advancing and Visualizing the Tree of Life
Well this brings a smile to my face. St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Jelani Hamilton (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) committed to the University of Miami on Monday, citing his interest in the field of marine biology and Miami’s prowess as a leading research facility via STA’s STA’s Jelani Hamilton eyes marine biology at Miami: Jelani Hamilton . . . → Read More: Marine Science For The Win!
Happy Pride Weekend to everyone! Here in San Francisco, I’m hunkered down in the office prepping for field work in Mexico, but through my open window I can hear the cheers of the crowd from the SF Pride Parade just a couple of blocks away. This post has spent a long time languishing in my . . . → Read More: Minorities in Ocean Sciences: The LGBT Pride Weekend Edition
A couple weeks ago I was alerted to a newspaper article from the Brunswick Beacon, serving the Brunswick County next door to me in beautiful coastal North Carolina. The school commissioners there seemed to feel that evolution was “the biggest lie that’s ever been perpetrated on mankind.” Indeed, Chairman Bill Sue is “tired of my . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Sorry Brunswick County, ID STILL Not Science
This is my favorite video this week. My kids were cracking up watching it too. The Norwegians were part of Randy Olson‘s film workshop. Like he said, they set the bar high with this one!
I’ve just wrapped up another whirlwind week in the Gulf of Mexico – a 3-day sampling trip spanning 250 miles of coastline, followed by a weekend workshop for undergrads covering the “Bioinformatics of Biodiversity” As far as sampling, I got what I needed but it wasn’t pleasant. I re-sampled all our existing sites from Dauphin . . . → Read More: Teaching undergrads the ‘Bioinformatics of Biodiversity’
This video of sea lions singing about great white sharks made me smile. It’s to promote an upcoming kids educational video from Sisbro and SaveOurSeas. I foresee us all singing this at Scio12 next year… Via my dive buddy @mejessup at Cal Academy . . . → Read More: The Greeeeeaaaaaat Whiiiiiiite Shark!
These came to my inbox from the CSO Weekly Report. (It’s a handy listserv if you’re interested in ocean policy, fyi.) EE Week Opportunities for Students and Educators National Environmental Education Week (EE Week) is an annual celebration of teaching and learning about the environment. EE Week provides educators with resources to promote K-12 students’ . . . → Read More: Two ocean opportunities for students/educators
While I had a completely different post already 60% written for this week’s column, I was struck by a few recent posts about various ways to promote science, which I will outline here. In a sincere defense of the Science Cheerleaders project (see video below), Andrea Kuszewski makes a fascinating analogy about the OCD (obsessive . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Quantifying Outreach to the Cult of Science
In 2007, there was a peer-reviewed article published by Arthur Robinson, Noah Robinson, and Willie Soon titles “Environmental Effects of Increased Carbon Dioxide.” Just focusing on the title, what is the first that comes to your mind? Do you think this is an article describing the latest research on how human-generated carbon dioxide emissions . . . → Read More: From the Editor’s Desk: Confronting Climate Contrarianism