Below are my posts on ScIU, Indiana University’s science blog, where I serve as both managing editor and staff writer.
Six months ago, my credit union sent me a new Visa card. It’s bold and dynamic, featuring a white space shuttle lifting off at dawn as flames and smoke billow from the rocket boosters. Overlying this image are four letters that catch the cashier’s eye: NASA. The conversation invariably goes something like this: Cashier: Whoa,... Read more »
Posted: October 17, 2017, 1:30 pm
A few weeks ago, I attended a report release at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C. on best practices for educating children who are learning English. These reports are published after a preeminent group of experts reviews the evidence and reaches a consensus, so I knew it would be interesting.... Read more »
Posted: June 20, 2017, 1:30 pm
“Freedom of thought is best promoted by the gradual illumination of men’s minds”: Topic modeling Darwin’s reading at Indiana University.
In our December 27th post “On On the Origin of Species: An ode to science writers”, Clara Boothby explored how clear, compelling science writing can increase circulation of scientists’ ideas among the general public. While our previous post saw the Origin of Species as a model for scientific writing, here we explore how researchers at IU... Read more »
Posted: February 10, 2017, 2:30 pm
“We’re going to do a few tests to see whether your mother is showing typical signs of dementia.” The word conjures chilling images of loved ones’ lives reduced to confusion and fear as memories and independence slip away. While loss of physical independence is unfortunate, it can be more devastating to lose a loved one’s... Read more »
Posted: February 7, 2017, 2:30 pm
I hate answering the telephone. I will watch it ring and ring from the corner of my eye, paralyzed by fear and unable to look away. When it eventually stops, I feel both ashamed of myself and triumphant that I avoided the trauma of a human conversation. For me personally, the circumstances surrounding a phone... Read more »
Posted: August 25, 2016, 9:30 am