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Post archive for ‘Science’

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 […]

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 […]

The Art of Science
June 8th, 2013 - (1 Comments)

  Sometimes all it takes to get kids excited about science is a bag full of eyeballs. Robert Tai (University of Virginia) has spent years studying when and why kids fall in love with science. Henry Alan Rowe (Norfolk State University) uses fire and static electricity to draw students into chemistry. Plus: Science class matters […]

Rainbows On Demand
May 4th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Michael Jones McKean (Virginia Commonwealth University) is an artist whose work is a simple, but phenomenal visual event: he creates rainbows that can arc up to 400 feet in height. For over two weeks last summer, his rainbows in downtown Omaha, Nebraska could be seen from a thousand feet away. Also featured: If you’ve ever […]

Dead Zones and Fly-fishing
April 20th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

You can’t see them on the surface. But at the bottom of some of the world’s largest bodies of water are areas called dead zones where fish and other life can’t survive. Robert Diaz (College of William & Mary) tracks the development of these dead zones, which are rapidly increasing. He says agricultural runoff and […]

Do the Math
April 13th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Civil rights activist Bob Moses (The Algebra Project) famously helped organize a voter registration drive in Mississippi that changed the political landscape for the black community. He also believed that something else was necessary for full citizenship in society: math literacy. Oliver Hill (Virginia State University) agrees that learning algebra is a civil right. Also […]