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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Reading, Reading, Reading

I have been quite busy with large number of projects, which include filming videos for a science company and of course, setting up my new course on the Human Genome and Bioinformatics. Soon I will be preparing to teach a hands-on cell biology module for BioNanotechnology Summer Institute, and of course for the girls bioengineering camp, GAMES. And our iGEM synthetic biology team will be starting their project imminently. It will all be here before I know it!

Lots of science reading news. First, the Kids Read Science and Teens Read Science Reading Contests have begun again. In collaboration with Jeff from www.scienticity.net (ok, he's doing the lion's share this year!) we encourage kids ages 8-12 and teens ages 13-18 to read a book in the field of science, technology, engineering or math and make a short video review. Last year, we gave away an iPod touch and a nice pair of binoculars as well as books and other small prizes. You can see last year's winners here!

Both contests have Facebook groups which will link you to further contest rules and information!

Kids Read Science

Teens Read Science 

I have begun a new series featuring authors who have written at least three popular science and technology books. My first is about Steven B. Johnson, who wrote one of my favorite books, The Ghost Map.

The second featured author is Carl Zimmer. His video is above, and also here:

I have been reading a lot lately. Some reviews filmed but not processed include:

Scientific Feuds: From Galileo to the Human Genome Project by Joel Levy

Blood Work: A Tale of Medicine and Murder in the Scientific Revolution by Holly Tucker

Geek Nation by Angela Saini

The $1,000 Genome: The Revolution in DNA Sequencing and the New Era of Personalized Medicine by Ken Davies, along with Here Is a Human Being: At the Dawn of Personal Genomics by Misha Angrist

How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming by Mike Brown

You can keep up with these as I post them by subscribing to me at my YouTube channel

I have posted one recently about the book Can You Get Hooked on Lip Balm?: Top Cosmetic Scientists Answer Your Questions about the Lotions, Potions and Other Beauty Products You Use Every Day by Perry Romanowski 

Here it is!

As you can see, there have been some changes to my website (if you are a regular visitor, I'm sure you noticed). I hope to make it a more pleasing, intuitive experience for visitors.

Kindly,

Joanne 

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