The Intersection

Archives for October, 2007

I can’t deny my co-blogger here is a sexy geek. Heck, even if I tried, I’d have no case–it’s been documented. Well, the west coast is starting to seem like a parallel universe because now I have this other co-blogger named Chris who’s also a sexy geek with WIRED and they even live in the…

A Fishy Executive Order

It was with great interest I read last weekend’s Executive Order to protect America’s striped bass and red drum fish populations, but I’m left wondering whether the President should have the power to make important decisions in fisheries management and conservation? A few excerpts from his speech: The Vice President tells me there’s a lot…

The Mike Tidwell Dilemma, Part I

A few days ago I mentioned that I had been in College Park, Maryland, sitting on a panel to discuss the work of Mike Tidwell, author of The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America’s Coastal Cities. Tidwell’s book has been assigned as the “first year book” for some 4,000…

Well, the region in which I’ve made my new home is on fire…though I’m not there right now…and inevitably, global warming issues are starting to be raised. I myself haven’t had time yet to dig into the science–which I know exists–on the relationship between global warming and an increased risk of wildfires. But assuming that…

Fossils always have interesting stories to tell, and two studies by prominent scientists in the field suggest this one may not have a happy ending… Today’s Seattle Times reports that in Earth’s 520+ million year history, four of the five major extinctions are linked to warmer tropical seas. Warmer seas, by the way, are indicative…

Um…wasn’t the Bush administration supposed to be taking global warming seriously now? If that’s the case, then why was the Office of Management and Budget involved in bowdlerizing the testimony of CDC director Julie Gerberding on the public health risks associated with a climate change? From AP: Her testimony before the Senate Environment and Public…

Science, Sex, and Success

Can the federal government actually penalize universities that are not actively working to overcome subtle and unconscious gender bias by invoking Title IX of the Civil Rights Act? Step back and first consider these stats from Harvard on women in the life sciences: undergraduates: 57% doctoral students: 45% postdoctoral fellows: 37% assistant and associate professors:…

Along with Nisbet, I continue to give various versions of the Speaking Science 2.0 talk frequently–even though we are not always so good about updating the Speaking Science 2.0 webpage. Um, intern, anybody? Oh wait, that was my little sister, and now she’s back at college… …anyways, we’re doing two more presentations together this week.…

A Girl To Watch

Emmy Rossum’s first album Inside Out drops today. You may remember her from Phantom of the Opera. And what, you may be wondering, does this possibly have to do with The Intersection? We live in a world where girls are hugely influenced everyday by media images of who and what we are expected to be.…

Every Species Needs a Hero

As someone who’s spent a heck of a lot of time studying sea cucumbers, I’m the first to know when these critters make the news. It’s not because I follow the literature, but rather that everyone who does feels the desire to forward me related articles. Despite that this is an extremely charismatic animal, I’m…