Thursday, December 17, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Coming Thursday 12/17 at 6:00 PM at the Stillwater Public Library:
Breaking Up Bad Bacterial Biofilms
Scientific Espionage in the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis
Dr. Marianna Patrauchan from the OSU microbiology department will speak about her biofilm research, which may eventually help save lives.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Oh, and you can view the lyrics, plus download the song for free for a limited time from my songbook - click here.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
One of my favorite blogs is called Science For Raising Happy Kids, by Christine Carter, Ph.D. She offers parenting advice based on actual scientific research!
One of Christine's recurring themes is gratitude. Practicing gratitude actually makes you a happier person. Last summer, inspired by her teachings, the Harper family instituted a new tradition. When we sit down to dinner together we hold hands and go round the circle twice, each telling something for which we are grateful. It's simple, but I do think it's had a positive effect. Christine offers more ideas for stretching the gratitude muscle on her most recent post.
Anyhow, I thought I'd take the opportunity, this being Thanksgiving, to show a little gratitude here on the Born to Do Science blog. I'd like to thank...
- My wife Lisa, for her support of this project which takes up lots of time and brings us no income, at least not yet.
- Sue Busch and the Stillwater Public Library for hosting this season's events and providing the publicity.
- All the parents for bringing their kids to the events.
- All the kids for showing up, having fun, and asking lots of good questions.
- All the other folks who have supported, encouraged, and promoted the idea.
- And of course, my guest scientists, who take time out from their busy schedules to prepare and share their research with my audiences, but mostly I want to thank them for the incredible work they do growing our body of scientific knowledge, which improves and enriches all our lives!!
Here's the story behind it, from my friend Laurie: "I've been volunteering at my daughter's school, teaching science lessons. I want to expose her classmates to "Roundy Round," and I mentioned it to my husband, and lamented that I didn't have anything to show them while they are listening to it. So, my talented husband made a video with all sorts of video clips of planets and things going roundy round to the music. It is awesome."
I'll say! Check it out! Pass it on!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 5, 2009
Contact: Sherry Fletcher, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Contact: Stacy DeLano, Stillwater Public Library
Phone: 405-372-3633 x124
'Born to do Science': Stillwater Public Library and local entertainer launch science series for kids; Program features working scientists and fun hand-on activities; first program is slated for Nov. 19
(STILLWATER, OKLA. / Nov. 5, 2009) –– The Stillwater Public Library and Monty Harper, a local family entertainer and science enthusiast, are pleased to announce a fun, new program called "Born to Do Science" for area children.
This monthly program, intended for third through fifth graders, allows kids to speak directly with working scientists and to see first-hand how the process of science works.
"My goal is to give kids a chance to talk to real working scientists about their research," said Harper. "I want kids to come away feeling that they talked to a scientist who's doing important work and I want them to picture themselves doing similar work in their own lives."
The series will be presented on the third Thursday of each month, except March, at 6 p.m. in Room 119 and will include interactive presentations by local scientists, fun and wacky science songs by Harper, and hands-on activities.
"These programs are more interactive than just listening to a talk or presentation," said Harper. "The audience has an important roll to play."
The first program is "Cultivating Super Wheat" on Thursday, Nov. 19 and features geneticist Cheryl Baker, U.S. Department of Agriculture. Baker will explain how her groundbreaking research on wheat varieties led to their natural resistance to pests such as Russian aphids.
The series continues on Thursday, Dec. 17 with Dr. Marianna Patrauchan, OSU assistant professor in microbiology and molecular genetics. Patrauchan will present "Breaking Up Bad Bacterial Biofilms" and speak about her research on biofilm, a group of microorganisms surrounded by the slime they secrete. She will also explain how her research on these slippery slime cities may one day lead to a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Additional programs will be scheduled for 2010.
Registration for each program in "Born to Do Science" series is required. The registration deadline is one week prior to each program. Participants are limited to third through fifth graders and their families. Parents are asked to make separate child care arrangements for family members in second grade or younger.
For more information, visit the library's web site at library.stillwater.org, contact the library Help Desk at 405-372-3633 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.BornToDoScience.com.
The Stillwater Public Library is located at 1107 S. Duck St. (the corner of Duck and 12th Ave.). Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This event is co-sponsored by KOSU.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Born to Do Science Schedule
Thursday November 19, 2009
Thursday December 17, 2009
Thursday January 21, 2010
Thursday February 18
Thursday April 15
Thursday May 13
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
I'm ready to start setting up a second season of science cafés here in Stillwater for the 09/10 school year! The "Born to Do Science" Café allows kids to speak directly with working scientists, to see first hand how the process of science allows us to learn new things about the world.
Would you like to help? I'm looking for two kinds of volunteers:
Of course I need scientists! I'm looking for folks who are currently doing research, good at speaking in public, and willing to try (with lots of help from me) to explain their work to kids and families. The commitment involves one meeting with me, perhaps some follow-up questions by email, preparation of visuals and/or hands-on materials, and a one hour or so evening presentation.
This year I'd also like to start a support group. For this I'm looking for folks (adults and/or kids) who love the idea of the science café and want to help make it happen. We'll meet a few times either online and/or in person to help plan, publicize, and pull off the events.
Please write back to me if you're interested in helping out in either way. Put "Speaker" or "Support Group" in your subject and I'll get back to you with more details.
Please also pass this message on to anyone else you think might be interested. Thanks!!
The cafés will happen on weeknights, most likely Thursdays, once a month starting in October. I'll write soon with more specific dates and times so you can mark your calendar. If you want to be involved and you have strong preferences about the scheduling, please let me know.