Lest anyone new should come to my site and be overwhelmed by lists and
lists of awesome science blogs in my last few posts due to my Science Online 2012 "blog calls", I thought a quick
catch up on some of my book recommendation videos are in order!
I have a major change in my summer compared to previous years. Five
years ago, I was called upon by GAMES (Girls Adventures in Math and Engineering Sciences) at the University of Illinois to design a Bioengineering camp. I really enjoyed sharing with the young ladies how biomedical engineering can improve
our lives. Now that I am no longer affiliated with the bioengineering department and GAMES recognizes my talent for making
complex topics accessible to young people, I have been pulled in to assist with the new Environmental Engineering
"Environmental Engineering is about designing solutions for preventing pollution and for cleaning up the environment
if it does get polluted. Environmental Engineering campers will learn about: • sustainability and how the environment,
culture, society, and economics are all linked, • different kinds of pollutants and the cycles they follow as
they move through the air, water and soil, and • what
environmental engineers do to help protect human health and the planet. The campers will learn through lab exercises where they design, build and test pollutant cleaning devices;
field trips to environmental monitoring sites, and other interactive activities."
Other camps include Robotics, Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering, Bioengineering, and
Chemical Engineering. (Alums, FYI, Marina Miletic, my friend and faculty in charge of Chemical Engineering has moved and will
not be in charge of the chemical engineering camp).
If you have or are a high school aged girl who would like to attend a sleepover camp and learn engineering concepts
at one of the top engineering schools in the country, she might want to check us out. We have girls attending from all of the country and world! Scholarships
are available, too.
Let's check out some of my book reviews.
First, we go way back to before the holidays and share about another great compendium book called The Physics Book".
The next review with
Amanda is about a fabulous book called Math Girls. What an eye-opener to read a bonafide math textbook plus romance novel!
Having left the lab,
I notice I haven't made any other videos besides book reviews. I'm figuring how to resolve that issue currently! I have, in
the editing bin, some footage filmed of products that utilize weak acids and bases in skin and health care products, I just
need to pull those together. I also plan to present a video of how comparative genomics works by using some of the latest
skin care innovations to explain it!