Friday night I attended a dinner with two prospective graduate students for the PBPG program here at UW-Madison. It’s so interesting, being on the other side of the prospecting process. (It will be even more interesting if I become a professor/PI.)
The prospective students were split up into three parties, one that came the Friday before last, another last Monday, and two the Friday that just passed. I didn’t meet any of the other students (been too busy), but I did get a couple of data points, and saw a bit of how I looked one year ago this month. Continue reading The other side of Prospecting
I just had my voice recorded today for one of the video projects I’m working on with my adviser, and it went off without a hitch. Apparently I’m the first [client] to have used the new sound
studio closet in the Teacher Education building. In a few weeks, we should have a complete video, to show all the curious people out there how to pollinate corn. No, really. 🙂 Continue reading Sang like a bird!
(Hat tip to Pharyngula) According to this news story, there’s a guy opening a creationist museum in Wisconsin Dells. For those who are not familiar, that is like, one hour north of where I live in Madison, Wisconsin. A home for water parks and other touristy things like that, Wisconsin Dells is visted by 3 million people a year. Perfect for a flight of fancy. Continue reading Wisconsin Dells Woo-seum
In the 1960s and 70s, half of the students applying to Rockefeller University credited one person when it came to their interest in science. It was Don Herbert, known everywhere as Mr. Wizard. At the age of 89, he died yesterday.
He was one of my influences when I was young, but I didn’t get to see as much of him as I would have liked. I would credit James Burke and Connections more than Mr. Wizard. (Newton’s Apple was also cool) However, this man did a fantastic job teaching and popularizing science to the general public. To get people genuinely interested in science for science’s sake, and to amaze children with even the simplest of phenomena – that is a real feat. The world doesn’t need slight-of-hand magicians, the world needs more magicians of reality like Mr. Wizard. The first of his kind.
Should he rest in peace? Hell no! If you’ve got some time today, let Mr. Wizard show you something cool!
OR if you’re so inclined, check out the discussion at Slashdot and relate your favorite Mr. Wizard memories!
Back in the summer, I interviewed Philip Neustrom, founder* of the Davis Wiki. He told me then that he was working on setting up a system whereby someone could easily found their own wiki. Well, now Philip tells me that the system is ready. So last Friday, right before I took off to Florida, I started my wiki project. Continue reading It has begun
I just got an email asking for some advice. There must be other people looking for the same advice out there, so this sounds like a perfect post to file under the Ask The Mind category.
Continue reading Advice for incoming biology majors
watching listening to Beyond Belief 2006, and it is simply eyebrow-raising. Science, religion, morality, reason, and the future of our species. Check it out, it’s got people from Lawrence Krauss to Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Joan Roughgarden.
Beyond Belief 2006
One person seems mightily displeased about it though. Keep dreaming of the Templeton prize, Dembski. Keep dreaming.
I’m back from my whirlwind tour of the capital city of Wisconsin, and… I want to go back. Continue reading Back in Davis
Welcome to the 45th Edition of the Skeptic’s Circle at The Inoculated Mind. Podcast-style. Continue reading Who you gonna call? Skeptic’s Circle #45
Take a look at this article in Forbes, assuring everyone that they may be better served not going to college. Yes, indeed! You are better served not going to college, and that you should invest the tuition money while you work your way to the top – that is their conclusion. Well, that sounds questionable, but their logic must be sound, I mean this is Forbes, right? Excuse me while I whip out my enzyme… Continue reading Five Six reasons not to read Forbes