Tuesday, December 7, 2010
These are the dates:
Jan 15, Feb 19, Mar 19, Apr 23, May 21
I do not have specific speakers lined up yet, though I'm working on that, and I'll let you know soon...
(If you are a scientist and would like to talk about your research with kids, please let me know!)
You can sample the songs and purchase CDs and/or downloads via these links:
Order a signed copy
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, August 23, 2010
So now I have a CD of science songs to record! Our first studio date is a week from today.
I spent Saturday celebrating with friends and supporters via a live video feed online! It was also my birthday, and as promised, I got a chocolate cake smooshed in my face! I know you are anxious to see that, so here you go...
Monday, July 19, 2010
Can you take a few minutes to help me out?
Remember those songs I started each program with over the past two years? I've been polishing them up, and I've got enough to make a really great science CD!
I'm excited about this because it will help bring the science and scientists that you've been enjoying in the live program to many thousands more kids.
I'm planning to record with producer Chris Wiser of the Sugar Free Allstars! He'll help me get a fantastic sound in a pro studio with amazing musicians. We plan to make a CD that families will want to hear over and over again.
All I need is the funding to make it happen!
Please support my fundraiser on Kickstarter.com. You can pledge any amount from $5 on up. (No money changes hands unless and until I reach my goal.) For a pledge of $20 you can pre-order a signed CD, and know that you helped connect more kids with science. Other amounts will get you various other rewards.
If I reach my goal by August 21, which is also my birthday, I'll throw a live online video party for all my backers, at which my wife, Lisa, has promised to smoosh a chocolate cake in my face!
Please check out my three-minute pitch video on kickstarter.com, then consider pledging to support my project.
Please also help spread the word. Below the video are buttons for facebook, twitter, and email that make it easy.
P.S. Stay tuned for news about the next season of "Born to Do Science!"
P.P.S. Check out this "Born to Do Science" theme song (while available) and let me know what you think!
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Is that cool, or what? Good luck to you, and let us know how it goes with the bread!
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
No, it's not about amorous fireflies.
Luminescence dating is a way of finding out the age of a geological structure (such as a sand dune or river bed) or an archeological site. It works because grains of minerals in the soil accumulate radiation damage at a steady rate over time. If we hit them with a bit of energy, the damage is repaired, and the grains glow, or luminesce. The amount of light they give off indicates the amount of damage accumulated, which tells us how long they've been buried.
Our guest scientist, Dr. Regina DeWitt, is working on a device that dates sediment in this way, and will be small enough to fit in a shoe box. Why does it need to fit in a shoe box? Because NASA is funding the development of this instrument so that one day it might become part of a Mars Rover! Instruments on the Mars Rovers need to be small so that they can be launched into space and carted around on the surface of Mars.
This is going to be a really cool program! We'll get to play with a geiger counter, see an example of luminescence, talk about Mars, and as always, hear a brand new song.
I hope to see you there!
P. S. If you want to get a head start, here is Dr. Dewitt's webpage on the General Principals of Luminescence Dating.
Thanks so much to everyone who voted for my song! I heard from a lot of you that you were rooting for me, and I really appreciate it!
Well, all the finalists were deserving, and unfortunately mine did not win.
But congratulations to the winners:
USASEF Jingle Competition Results
I will be performing at the festival, October 23 & 24 in Washington D.C.
Maybe I'll see you there!!
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
May 20, 2010
The Older the Rock, the Brighter It Glows
Using Luminescence Dating to Determine the Ages of Rocks
Dr. Regina DeWitt from the OSU Physics Department will speak about a dating technique she has developed based on the natural ability rocks accumulate over time to luminesce. Dr. Dewitt's work is funded by NASA and her luminescence dating instrument may be selected for inclusion on a future Mars rover!
See you there!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Friday, March 5, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Howdy, BTDS fans!
Here's Dr. Stadler speaking about Oklahoma wind power on OklahomaHorizonTV:
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Coming Thursday January 21, 2010, 6:00PM at the Stillwater Public Library...
Molecular Evidence Reveals Bat History
"Bat Man" Dr. Ron Van Den Bussche from the OSU zoology department will speak about his research into the evolution of a family of bats that makes up eight percent of all mammal species!
If you'd like to prepare for this presentation (or learn more afterwards) here are some resources to check out!
Other researchers doing similar work:Bats and Their Evolution (video)