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Archives for June, 2006

Some of us walk by the bus stop and nervously glance at the scruffy-looking man carrying the ragged sign. I try not to breathe through my nose while I read the sign, carefully pretending all the while that I’m not really interested. Ah, it says “Repent! The world will end tomorrow!” I smile since I…

Yet another Bio-Link blog post. The San Francisco bay area has experienced phenomenal growth in both the number of biotech companies and the need to find employees. But, no matter how many attractions entice potential employees to move to the Bay Area, they still face the problem of finding a place to live. Housing prices…

Science Blogs has asked: What makes a good science teacher? Many of the science teachers that I’ve met can’t really be described by the adjective “good.” The better fitting words are: great, marvelous, inspiring, and fantastic. But, SBer’s want to know, “what makes them so great?” Right? I’ve compiled a list of characteristics that I’ve…

This important question, posed by Benjamin Cohen of The World’s Fair, is one that cannot be ignored. And, most importantly, can be quickly answered.

I recently completed a long trip out-of-town, giving a presentation at a Bio-Link conference in Berkeley, and teaching a couple of bioinformatics classes at the University of Texas, through the National Science Foundation’s Chautauqua program. The Human Subjects Protection Course Before I left town, I had to take a class on how to treat human…

New carnivals

Two new carnivals were posted recently that you may want to investigate. The latest edition of the pediatric grand rounds is up. You will laugh, you will cry, and you WILL enjoy it. There’s also a new carnival on genetics and molecular biology, called Mendel’s Garden. Paul Decelles from The force that through… has gone…

We can’t all be like Bill Gates and help education through a large foundation, but we can do our part! My co-science bloggers have started this wonderful fund-raiser for helping out teachers and I’m joining in. DonorsChoose.org gives us a way to help teachers get the job done. A bunch of us at ScienceBlogs have…

Blogging from Bio-Link, part III High school teachers have different techniques for selling their students on the benefits of science and math. When some high school instructors step in front of a class, the quiet demeanor gets put away and another persona steps out – the USED-CAR SALESMAN SCIENCE EVANGELIST. Science is no longer “science,”…

Blogging from Bio-Link, part I I am currently in Berkeley attending the 2006 Bio-Link summer fellows’ workshop. It’s hard to believe that it’s been eight years since the first workshop was held. We’re still meeting here in the same lovely Clark Kerr Center and I’m still, as every year, awed by the amount of initiative…