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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Blood Cell Bakery and a Contest (with prizes, even!)

I hope there is not a single person out there who holds their breath waiting for me to add a new post to my website. Really, you have been suffering for more than a month in that case!

In the meantime, of course, it has been April and May which boils down to the end of the semester and end of school year activities. If you are tremendously curious about my comings and goings, I suggest you follow me on twitter or check out my youtube channel!

gummy/gingerbreadladysci.jpgIn case you missed it, I have finally put together an epic series of videos about what the doctor looks for when they order a Complete Blood Cell Count (CBC). To describe this I used delicious cookies created by Not So Humble Pie whom I have introduced to you previously.

Here I am enjoying the scent of a lovely little gingerbread science lady in a labcoat that Ms. Humble so kindly created just for me!

Here I have added my introductory video which happened to be featured on BoingBoing!  I extend my thanks as the video series was mentioned on an Italian blog, Gravita Zero where I was described as  "the science teacher we all wish we had". Very kind words indeed, assuming Google Translator is correct!

 


 

 



This video then links to further videos that discuss each blood cell in more detail. You may explore this as you have time.  All of the videos are collected in a playlist here.

I have added, for your science viewing pleasure, two videos on the Fun Science Videos page, including one describing great microbiologists using LEGOS (awesome), and the Particle Business-Fermilab Tevatron rap!! All I have to say is "Where da Higgs at?"

As mentioned previously, I was interviewed by Bora Zivkovic for the Science Online 2010 follow-up. It is a bit unique in that rather than just writing, I added a few videos, including one where Jonah Lehrer helps explainscience communication using my collection of Barbie dolls. I even sing in one of them. Yeah, not sure why I did that, either! There are also some previously unpublished modeling photos on the page, too!

Speaking of LEGOs, a lovely fellow twitterer, @20tauri, also known in the real world as Maia, who helps with the very fun website BrainPop, has shot a series of photos of some well known gummy/4576760615_ff80eda1df.jpg"scitweeps" (people who post on twitter with a scientific focus). I am very honored to be among the group! And here I am, @sciencegoddess, with my gummy minions!


 

Finally, I can tell you a bit about my upcoming science reading contest for youth! If you are between the ages of 8-18, you might consider reading a popular non-fiction science book over the summer and posting a brief video reviewing it for your friends, family or me! I am doing this in collaboration with Jeff from Ars Hermeneutica/Scienticity Reading Challenge. And, with some generous commitments of donations from a great sponsor, we will be able to award prizes to our winners, which will possibly include e-readers and gift cards to bookstores among other items. I have even gotten commitments from some great authors to provide signed copies of books to distribute to winners as well!

So come back and visit here in about a week for fuller details and links to the finished website. There will be a facebook page and in existence already is a twitter account called @KidsReadScience. And it would be fabulous if you could share this information with other kids, parents, teachers and librarians!

Until next time,

Kindly, Joanne

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