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Post archive for ‘Science’

Aw Shucks…Oysters!
August 16th, 2014 - (5 Comments)

From the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico, oysters have influenced our history, our culture and, of course, our eating habits. When Captain John Smith sailed into the Chesapeake Bay, he said oysters were as big as dinner plates. Chefs, oystermen, conservationists, oyster-lovers, and poets Nikki Giovanni (Virginia Tech) and Tim Seibles (Old Dominion […]

The River in the Atlantic Ocean
June 28th, 2014 - (0 Comments)

  The Gulf Stream current pushes water from the Americas to Europe and back with a force three hundred times more powerful than the Amazon River. Stan Ulanski (James Madison University) explains that the Gulf Stream was essential to the early exploration of the New World and continues to influence our climate, weather, environment, and […]

Beyond the Books
February 1st, 2014 - (0 Comments)

American teens spend approximately two million minutes in high school.  With Good Reason talks with Bob Compton about how kids in America, China, and India are using those two million minutes. And: There’s a difference between hands-on science that asks kids to make models out of Jell-O and hands-on science that puts kids in front […]

Saving A Shoreline, With Oysters
December 14th, 2013 - (1 Comments)

Saxis, a tiny fishing community off the east coast, has lost so much shoreline it’s almost an island now. Russell Burke (Christopher Newport University) is using oysters as part of what he calls “living reefs” as a buffer against the encroaching waters. Also featured: It’s a mystery to scientists why there is a string of relatively young […]

Let There Be Night
October 5th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

  Eight out of 10 children born in America today will never know a night sky dark enough to see the Milky Way. In our modern world, where nights are getting brighter, most of us no longer experience true darkness. Paul Bogard (James Madison University) is the author of the new book “The End of […]

Up to Speed: Remedial Math and Community Colleges
August 10th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

For every ten students who go to community college for an associate’s degree, only one graduates in three years.  Stan Jones, president of Complete Colleges America says it’s time to overhaul the community college system.  Math professor Randy Cone (Virginia Military Institute) says that his students are less math-literate today than they were fifteen years […]

Auto Biography
August 3rd, 2013 - (0 Comments)

The lives of thirteen people are featured in a new book–but the real star is a 1957 Chevrolet Townsman wagon.  Auto Biography, tells the true story of the car and its many owners.  Author Earl Swift is a fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.  Also featured: “Bath salts” used to conjure up an image of […]

Haints
July 13th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

A tornado that devastated Fayetteville, Tennessee the week author Clint McCown (Virginia Commonwealth University) was born is the setting for his latest award-winning novel, Haints. The real-life tornado reached wind speeds up to 260 miles per hour and damaged or destroyed 1,820 buildings. Also: Biologist Wally Smith (University of Virginia College at Wise) fell in […]

Not Just for the Birds
July 6th, 2013 - (1 Comments)

New research shows one key to curtailing West Nile disease may lie in increasing the diversity of birds. John Swaddle (College of William and Mary) says attracting a variety of birds to your back yard may actually lower your chance of getting the disease. Also featured: Ann and Rob Simpson (Lord Fairfax Community College) are […]

Those Who Can…Teach
June 22nd, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Much bigger than technology or classroom space, the most important factor in determining student success is having a good teacher. In two 15-minute sessions, Bob Pianta (University of Virginia) can tell whether a teacher is good or bad—regardless of their subject matter. Plus: Heralded by Time as one of the ten best college presidents, Freeman […]