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On December 14 (last week), the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released the findings on adolescent drug use and trends as determined from the 35th annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey (press release). The ambitious survey is conducted with NIDA funding* by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Sciences led currently by…

Brandon Haught is Director of Florida Citizens for Science Communications and has been a tireless advocate for science education across this large and educationally diverse state. His blog, an activity of the larger Florida Citizens for Science organization, carries this mission: This blog is used to keep track of the good, bad and ugly science…

I can’t believe October’s here already and it’s time again for our annual social media challenge to raise money for US science teachers. Last year, eight generous, erudite, and good-looking Terra Sig readers donated at total of $1,972 to impact the lives of 1,865 students. I’ve got started a little late but three of you…

Okay people, these students in Miss Stacy Baker’s biology classes and Extreme Biology blog have been rocking my world for quite some time. They’ve now burst onto the national media and were all the buzz of the recent ScienceOnline’09 conference. For those not familiar with the story, Stacy Baker is a biology teacher at the…

Like many of my readers, I am continually blown away by the parenting skills and science education abilities of my friend and colleague, Dr Janet D Stemwedel (aka Dr Free-Ride). Among her many gifts is her Friday feature with her family documenting how kids learn about science. And like her commenters state, I’d love to…

It’ll be a few days before I can get together posts on this past weekend’s ScienceOnline’09 conference in frigid North Carolina. The Friday Fermentable Live! was a terrific success and it already looks like there are seven posts out there (for example, Eva Amsen on her Nature Networks blog, Expression Patterns, put up an account…

I’ve been a bit too quiet on my end during this third year of ScienceBlogs.com participation in the October Blogger Challenges for DonorsChoose.org. DonorsChoose.org was launched by Charles Best, a Bronx schoolteacher who recognized that public schools around the US were underfunded, particularly in districts with a high abundance of poverty: Charles Best leads DonorsChoose.org,…

As I alluded to in the previous post, many science bloggers like us are currently running challenges to readers to donate to projects at DonorsChoose.org. This great organization has been a sponsoring clearinghouse for all kinds of educational projects proposed by US public schoolteachers, many of which are very basic activities for which public funds…

I am completely crushed, hammered, and otherwise incapacitated at work right now – apologies to readers who are looking for some natural products and pharmacology wisdom. It is in my brain but just not making it into pixels right now. In the meantime, I did want to let readers know that we are participating for…

So here’s a bizarre convergence of the controversies surrounding cognitive performance-enhancing strategies and the end-of-grade (EOG) testing stress on teachers and students. Esther Robards-Forbes reports in yesterday’s Charlotte (NC) Observer that a third-grade teacher was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of minors by giving three students adult-strength multivitamin pills in advance of their EOG…