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Monday, March 8, 2010

Jacques Cousteau, Fun Videos and Meeting Some Awesome Ladies!

As you can see above, with the still capture of me looking like I'm about to sneeze (shakes fist at youtube for giving me only bad choices this time!), is my latest book review. You can't imagine how much I loved watching Jacques Cousteau on TV as a girl or how useful the information I learned from those shows was quite useful while my family lived on Guam.

(The book that was formerly there, I never did post about, but it is a lovely book called The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom  by Graham Farmelo. I have a great affection for that book, and in case you missed it, you can see my review of it here.)

I read Brad Matsen's book, Jacques Cousteau: The Sea King , in just a few sittings as it was so engrossing. I truly had no idea of how much Cousteau had contributed to the world of scuba including helping to design regulators and tanks, and of course his innovations in undersea photography. However, if you don't have time or the patience for this wonderful book, here is a 38 minute talk given by the author. I found it every bit as interesting as the book.



Today, I added a page to my website called Fun Science Videos. Instead of wading through all of my Favorites on youtube, I thought I would compile all of the fun ones in one place as your one stop for some cool videos.

Later this week, I am driving out to see Rebecca Skloot, author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (which I discovered I'm listed in the acknowledgements via my name AND twitter name! Very fun!). Even though I've already met her, I just want to be a part of her massive self propelled Book Tour (see if she'll be near you!), and get her signature in my copy! Her book, last I saw, was number  three on the NYT best seller list.  That is very impressive.

This Friday and Saturday is the Engineering Open House at the University of Illinois. BMES, the Biomedical Engineering Society will have some very cool exhibits, so feel free to stop by. I think they will be on the first floor of DCL. Joining them will be the iGEM team with some (hopefully) nice smelling bacteria! Probably fragranced like mint or banana rather than their normal noxious scent. Playing around with the DNA to get bacteria to change their scent is one small feat for the new field of synthetic biology. Our team hopes to accomplish a lot more than that this year!

The special guest for EOH is Deanne Bell. She's a mechanical engineer by training and has lately been on some TV shows for PBS (Design Squad) and Discovery (Smash Lab) she is on to yet another show on DIY. Check out her website for more info. I'm excited because I'm getting on the schedule to grab and interview and chat about her role in encouraging young ladies to consider engineering as a career option.

Until next time,

Kindly, Joanne

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