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Thursday, October 30, 2008

A few random links

I am reading a new book called Physics for Future Presidents by Richard Muller, based on his course at Berkely for non-scientists, and whose lectures can be found in videocast form on youtube or in podcasts.  I like that books such as this exist, although I guess the info in it is a bit old hat for me.  I like to visit these things to see how others get people understanding science and maybe even a little interested in it as well.

Speaking of youtube, you can find my World of Science lecture from earlier this month there.  Even better, you can find it on the Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering page in an embedded format.  The videos are in a gimmish because they could only be embedded in the reverse order I loaded them.  Sigh.  I could delete and re-upload, but then I have to re-annotate, too.  I suggest clicking on the videos in the proper order.  My opinion: if you have to watch only one, watch part 2.  Part 10 seems popular, so you could watch that, too. I also happen to like the history section (4a and 4b).

Any pre-meds or pre-vets reading?  Check out the artistry of MoistProduction.com.  This is charmingly appealing in a weird sort of way.  Ever wanted to see the anatomy of the lego minifig or of a gummy bear or of a balloon dog?  Here it is! I shouldn't raise an eyebrow because I was going to make a full sized human body with blue yarn for veins, red for arteries, yellow for nerves, red felt for muscles (with velcro originations and insertions) and more on a cheap plastic skeleton when I was taking med school anatomy and doing full body dissection.  I had to spend so much time studying that I never got around to it, although I did eventually make a cardstock skeleton a while back (check out the post from July 17th to see it, if you don't see it each week in class, that is).

I was  "quoted" in a local magazine called "Central Illinois Families" in an article about Sparking girls' interest in math and science in the portion about the GAMES camp.  Basically, I said that doing hands-on work, such as carpentry and mechanics, is a helpful way for people to get an intuitive sense of how things work.  My father insisted I learn to do just about everything and I know that is how I was successful in physics classes, despite my lack of enthusiasm for abstract math.  These were concrete, real life examples I could live with.  Also, one of the professors had an amazing voice and he lent it to the classical radio station on a regular basis. I could close my eyes and listen all day because it was so soothing.

I am catching up with my stem cell and tissue engineering stories and will be putting those on the sc & te page when I get them together.  For now, I will go translate more science history for my French class.  I feel quite smart now because I've been reading parts of Simone de Beauvoir (Le Deuxieme Sexe) and Rousseau (Confessions -surprised by Rousseau's egomania!) and Cocteau (Les Enfants Terribles) in French.  And, I've learned how to concentrate light rays with a magnifying glass to evaporate those teeny red velvet mites--in French.  I should be able to talk about anything in a very short period of time!

Until next time....Kindly,

Joanne

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