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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…

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…

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…