With Good Reason

Edna the Engineer: Who Gets to be a Scientist?
February 9th, 2013 - (2 Comments)

brewbooks / Foter.com / CC BY-SA In 2009, fewer than 2% of physical science degrees—like physics and chemistry—went to African-Americans. Considering African-Americans make up 12% of the U.S. population, these numbers are shockingly low. And they’re getting even lower. In the second episode of our ongoing series about STEM education, we ask: what does a […]

Seeing the Bigger Picture
November 27th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

In the late 19th century, the art of creating visual effects for film began with frame by frame animations of moving pictures.  Now, effects-men like Matt Wallin (Virginia Commonwealth University) are creating life-like icons in movies like King Kong, Jurassic Park 2, and Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace.  Wallin tells us about his visual […]

Making the Invisible Cloak
July 17th, 2010 - (1 Comments)

Before Harry Potter had a cloak that made him invisible, the Romulans had a cloaking device that made their space ships invisible to crew of the Enterprise on the TV series Star Trek.  Sir John Pendry says the power of invisibility could soon become a reality thanks to the use of materials which bend light.   […]

Achieving Love and Intimacy in Marriage
June 26th, 2010 - (0 Comments)

After teaching courses on marriage and family relations to community college students for 40 years, it’s clear to Russ Crescimanno (Piedmont Virginia Community College) that most couples don’t have a clue on how to compromise.  There is, he says, a science to love and intimacy, and many rocky marriages could thrive if couples would just […]

Mentoring in the Workplace
May 2nd, 2009 - (0 Comments)

In Greek mythology, the goddess Mentor was a trusted counselor of Odysseus.  Today, mentoring still fuels career success in all fields. But Suzanne De Janasz (University of Mary Washington) says in this techno-dependent age we can use online tools to establish relationships with mentors as we build our careers.  Also: In the not too distant […]

The Hair Detective
December 6th, 2008 - (1 Comments)

Your hair collects evidence that you really are what you eat! Environmental scientist Stephen Macko (University of Virginia) has analyzed hair to determine the dietary intake of the likes of George Washington, journalist Diane Sawyer, poet Edgar Allan Poe and even 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummies.  His scientific method tells if you’ve been ingesting an unusual amount […]

What’s Your Best Guess?
August 9th, 2008 - (0 Comments)

Have you ever wondered just how big your feet would need to be to allow you to walk on water, or how about the amount of time lost in a person’s life for every cigarette smoked? Physicist Lawrence Weinstein (Old Dominion University) answers these brain teasers and many others by using a process called “guesstimation.” […]