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SciWo’s Storytime: Lakes and Ponds

This week on SciWo’s Storytime, we’re reading about Lakes and Ponds in a book by Cassie Mayer, from the same series as an earlier episode about oceans. While the text of this series of books is simple, I’m finding that they are a great way to engage Minnow in a conversation about the topic. Listen…

One my friends lives outside of Anchorage, Alaska and recently had a black bear pay a visit to her backyard. Now her preschoolers are obsessed with bears. Minnow too has a bit of a bear obsession at the moment, though she hasn’t seen any bears in their natural habitat. At school, she’s been reading “We’re…

In praise of NASA’s Earth Observatory

Let me now sing the praises of NASA’s Earth Observatory, a phenomenal web-based public education resource that is celebrating its 10th birthday today. Every day for the past decade, NASA has been uploading spectacular remote sensing images and astronaut photographs and accompanying them with clearly written, jargon-free but scientifically accurate explanations of the pictured phenomena.…

Earth Day Resolutions

Alice and I have been talking about the big and small ways that universities could act to improve the environment, but Earth Day is also about making personal changes to lessen your environmental impact. So it’s fitting that Mike Dunford has issued us an Earth Day challenge: I’d like you to take a minute or…

Thinking about big ideas on Earth Day

Today for me consisted of one PhD defense (I was on the committee; it was successfully defended, congrats Dr. Ken!), a meeting about ADVANCE, 2 hrs of class, another PhD meeting that I’m on the committee of, and then a bunch of following up with folks. So it’s been pretty packed, as usual. (Tomorrow looks…

How can universities get lean? and green?

Like many other public universities around the country, Mystery U has been hit hard by the economic hard times. Most of this year, we heard ominous rumblings that (at some point) there would be a budget reversion, i.e., we’d have to send some portion of our budget back to the state coffers. But all was…

So every university has some kind of publication it uses to connect with alumni to say, “Look at all this cool stuff we’re doing, don’t you want to give us money in memory of the cool stuff we did when you were here?” My alma mater keeps sending me such publications; I’m starting to find…

“15 km2 of rain forest disappears every minute.” (WWF, Denmark) The DailyGreen has posted 11 environmental ads from around the world that are arresting to the eye and the mind. Take a look at all of them and then do what you can to help their messages resonate in your life. h/t Kristjan Wager

Didja see the Perseid meteor shower?

Astrodyke reminds us that we’re mid-Perseid meteor shower these days. I actually woke up at 3:30 am this morning (NOT on purpose) and thought about going to look, but I was too dog tired from the move out (move in is tomorrow). Did you see anything? Apparently we have another chance tonight! Yay! (Zzzzz….)

The New York Times reports that the Princeton review is including a “green rating” in their next ranking of colleges in the US. While I think college rankings is pretty much a popularity contest, I think this incorporation of some kind of rating of environmental impact and sustainability is a step in the right direction.…