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Folks, we are heading into the home stretch for Donors Choose, and you’ve helped 1084 kids get access to books they wouldn’t have had without your help. That’s great. But we can do better. So…. 24 Sciencewomen blog readers have already donated $1517 to needy projects, and if you can help us make it a…

SciWo’s Storytime: Bugs

This week, Minnow and I present “Where do Insects Live?” in the Science Emergent Readers Series, from which we’ve previously featured a book on oceans. (Yes, I am using bugs in the colloquial sense and not just to refer to some Hemiptera.There’s plenty of time for Minnow to learn those details later. Who knows, she…

Don’t worry, SciWo’s storytime is coming later today. But first a word about our on-going DonorsChoose challenge. Along with 22 others, DonorsChoose has already given $50 to our challenge, and now they want to give more…based on how much we raise by Sunday. Here’s the scoop: Next week, we will distribute $200,000, the rest of…

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…

I had a realization over the weekend, as I contemplated the enormity of the amount of work I had to do, and the scant allowance of time in which to do it. I have suddenly realized why (at least junior) faculty can be so horrible to their graduate students and post-doctoral staff. It comes down…

Guilt versus intentionality

Hi, I’m Alice. It’s been 11 days since I last blogged. Things have been busy over the last couple of weeks – even more than usual. I started listing out the stuff I’ve been doing, but rather than making me feel like I had gotten a lot done, it was just making me tired, so…

It’s Earth Science Week, and this year’s theme is Understanding Climate. So it’s the perfect time to share some cool videos of women earth scientists and how they are working to improve the diversity and representation of women in atmospheric science. Hat tip to Erika Marin-Spiotta for sharing these videos. The first three-minute video is…

A few nights ago, Minnow was in the mood to make videos of some of her favorite books – almost any books, except ones with an overt scientific bent. Right now, she wants books with a storyline, and I’m afraid that some of the sciencey books I’d lined up for this month are not story-driven…

After tropical forests are cleared for agriculture and then abandoned, secondary forests regrow on the site. But how do plant species composition, biomass and soil organic matter differ through this succession of primary forest, pasture, and secondary forest? Employing tools of biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, and land-use/land-cover change to examine those and related questions, Erika Marin-Spiotta…

We’re a week into our 2009 DonorsChoose challenge, and as of 11 am EDT, we’ve raised $250 for science education of high poverty students around the country. In 2007, we raised $1104, and last year: “Forty-two Sciencewomen readers contributed a total of $1863 to help 917 needy kids learn about science and engineering.” If we’re…