Archives for July, 2010

When we think of outreach and recruitment, we don’t usually think of using the library as a tool to attract students to our institutions. Here at York I do occasionally take part in Faculty of Science & Engineering outreach activities — mostly when the library is included in high school science class tours of the…

Cool posts from InsideHigherEd

Usually every day brings one or two interesting things at InsideHigherEd, but today is a bonanza. The Ed Tech Sonic Boom Today, we are able to leverage a set of well-developed and stable technologies to build in pedagogically advanced active learning methods into a wide variety of courses and modes of instructional delivery. To be…

Pepsigate: Yes, I’m staying

For now, at least. My natural inclinations about this whole mess are probably closest in nature to either Chad Orzel’s or Jason Rosenhouse’s, so reading them will probably give you a pretty close idea of where I stand. Bora, not surprisingly, has collected a lot of the reaction. I also really like what Christie Wilcox…

Scientists vs. Engineers

As if Pepsigate wasn’t enough to get people riled up, this could be even move apocalyptic! H. Steven Wiley takes a close look at the real Two Cultures, Scientists vs. Engineers! In the past, I have heard there was conflict between the “two cultures” of science and the humanities. I don’t see a lot of…

Following up on my first post a while back, All aboard the York University Space Elevator!, the York University Earth and Space Science and Engineering research team of Raj Seth, Brendan Quine and George Zhu have published another paper, this time in The Journal of the British Interplanetary Society, Feasibility of 20 km Free-Standing Inflatable…

I love Wikipedia. I probably use it every day. It’s become an indispensable part of the modern information landscape. But. A few months ago, I was doing a session in our lab with a bunch of high school students. When I do these sessions I try and illuminate how the modern information landscape is a…

A teachable moment

So, PepsiCo has started up a new blog here on ScienceBlogs called Food Frontiers. From the profile: PepsiCo’s R&D Leadership Team discusses the science behind the food industry’s role in addressing global public health challenges. This is an extension of PepsiCo’s own Food Frontiers blog. This blog is sponsored by PepisCo. All editorial content is…

Nice article by Vit Wagner in Sunday’s Toronto Star, Tough times, but some bookstores have a different story. A couple of different independent bookstore owners/managers in the Toronto area talk about some of the challenges faced in surviving and even thriving in what should be a period of death and decline for bricks and mortar…

Ok, ok, this is the last zombie post, I promise. Here are some exmples of my favourite OTT, badass, crazy zombie fiction! The Book of the Dead is a classic collection of short stories that’s well worth reading. Monster Island: A Zombie Novel is the first in a trilogy. It’s one of those trilogies with…

Friday Fun: Why Zombies?

Noted zombie novelist Jonathan Maberry as a two part post on his blog, Why Zombies? and Why Zombies? – Part 2. The second post, btw, has one of the classic blog sentences of all time: “When I reached out to the zombie community to ask ‘WHY ZOMBIES?’ I got so many terrific responses that I…

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