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Audience members: Thank you for all the Qs!

Last week I gave my departmental seminar.  Im pretty sure every school does this– while you are getting your PhD, every so often you have to stand up in front of everyone and tell everyone what you are doing, and why, and what it means.  A lot of being a scientist is knowing how to…

Bad words harm children

This is beyond absurd. A young woman in Oklahoma– her class valedictorian, going to college this fall on a full ride– is being denied her high school diploma because of this: Nootbaar says, “Her quote was, when she first started school she wanted to be a nurse, then a veterinarian and now that she was…

HB1551 is dead

The Young Earth Creationist Intelligent Design Creationist ‘Academic Freedom’ bill ‘authored’ by infamous Young Earth Creationist Intelligent Design Creationist ‘Academic Freedomist’ Sally Kern (introduced this year by King Gus of the Playground) is dead. The Education Committee didnt even talk about it. Cant wait to see the exact same bill introduced by the exact same…

So a lot of you saw my recent ‘debate’ with Pastor Steve Kern. People who do not live in this part of the US often say that religious radicals like Kern, and his infamous wife Sally Kern, dont really exist. When people like me address/confront people like the Kerns, people who dont live in this…

ERV debate tonight!

Just a reminder for those of you in the OKC area that I will be debating Steve Kern (infamous husband of infamous Sally Kern) on the topic of Intelligent Design tonight! Some of Kerns homies advertised for the event too: Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee * THURSDAY EVENING – OKC AREA – Dr. Steve Kern,…

Second Annual Hot-Button Debate The Oklahoma City chapter of Americans United for Separation of Church and State will host its second annual hot-button debate on Thursday, March 15, 2012, starting at 7:00pm and ending by 8:30pm. The location will be on the campus of Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC)… The debaters will be Abbie Smith…

Posted without comment: Anti-abortion “personhood” bill clears Oklahoma senate The bill offers no exceptions in the case of a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest and could mean some forms of contraception such as the “morning after pill” would be unavailable, she said. —– Oklahoma State Representative Gus Blackwell, whos educational and employment qualifications appear…

Shit grad students say

Im more than usually swamped for time right now, and dont have time to get more deeply into the conversation, but I wanted to post this glimpse into what I am doing in the lab right now: I am infamous for several of those, plus I would have added “I am going to die here.…

Born to Do Science: The Podcast!

Monty Harper is an Oklahoma musician who writes/performs songs for kids with pro-science messages. You guys helped get his latest CD ‘Songs from the Science Frontier’ made, but what Monty is known for locally are the ‘Born to Do Science’ programs he organizes for the Stillwater Public Library! He gets local scientists to come in…

Anti-food-technology movement is just like the anti-evolution movement. Its got jack to do with the science. Its got everything to do with politics and personal ignorance. So lets all pretend to act shocked and surprised that an anti-GMO group has taken a page from anti-evolutionists on how to prevent children from learning science in schools:…