Archives for January, 2011

2012 Apocalypse and Two Suns?

Please…someone tell me that this is a joke, a hoax, pseudoscience… I invite perspectives from astronomers, physicists, etc. According to The Huffington Post: According to Prof. Brad Carter, Senior Lecturer of Physics at the University of Southern Queensland: for at least a few weeks, we’d see a second sun, Carter says. There may also be…

Leon Botstein conducts the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center in New York. The ASO plays at Avery Fisher Hall. Photographer: Richard Termine/21C Media Group via Bloomberg President Leon Botstein of Bard College is using an innovative approach in higher education with his new project, Citizen Science. President Botstein is a…

Lingering 1989 Exxon Valdez oil in beach sediments in Prince William Sound, Alaska I clearly remember the announcement of the oil spill from the Exxon Valdez in 1989. The event was so upsetting that I refused to purchase gas from Exxon for decades.

A Kiss Is Just a Kiss? Hardly.

Photo source. Kisses are a better fate than wisdom. {e. e. cummings} Just in time for Valentine’s Day! The Science of Kissing is Everywhere. {NPR, NBC’s The Today Show, Time, Newsday…} Kissing is one of the most intimate things we do. What does it mean?

Fuel for Thought

My recent posting on deepwater oil drilling raised questions about alternative energy sources. The news of more and more permits allowing deepwater oil drilling is discouraging given available alternative fuels, but understandable. Here’s why.

Kissing: More Than a Tease

Is kissing unique to humans? Why do we do it? What is its biological role, with our spouse, our children, our friends and family? {I can’t imagine saying goodnight to my children without a peck on their foreheads or cheek – why am I compelled to do so?}

Promises Kept? The Obama Report

A message sent this afternoon over Twitter by President Obama announces a new report, “Promises Kept,” produced by “Organizing for America” (a project of the Democratic National Committee.) This brief document gives food for thought as we look towards the 2012 Presidential elections.

Drilling Deep For Oil – Full Speed Ahead

The final report from the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling was just recently submitted to President Obama. Will lessons be learned from this disaster?

Doodling In Math Class: A Favorite!

This is one of my favorite examples of Vi Hart’s creative, instructive doodling to teach mathematics.

Learning What the Best College Teachers Do

Photo source. This article was co-authored with Ms. Julie Dalley, Program Coordinator for the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair State University. Why pursue a college degree? It is a fair question. People pursue a college degree for many different reasons. It may be the realization of a personal goal, have cultural significance, or…