Rethinking Explaining Science

Rethinking Explaining Science One of the most aggravating statements for a scientist to hear is that any scientific idea is “just a theory”, as if a theory is a random half-baked guess.  Of course, we jump to correct anyone who says this by describing how...

Working Around Innumeracy

Working Around Innumeracy Scientists love their numbers.  Numbers and equations are an easy way of representing our understanding of the universe and extending it to places we can’t directly observe.  Scientists are so comfortable with mathematical language that...

Education for the Anthropocene

Education for the Anthropocene About two weeks ago, I found myself in a world of unfamiliar acronyms and jargon.  CM and PLM and CAD were thrown around casually and I had difficulty decoding what was going on, as it’s not jargon I usually work with.  During...

How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?

How Do You Do, Fellow Kids? It’s a common trope that adults just don’t understand kids these days, with their twits and tiktoks and facespaces.  This can become especially apparent in the classroom setting when in order to try to stay relevant, instructors...

What If I’m Wrong?

What If I’m Wrong? “We’ll pass you on the defense, but not on the thesis.” The words did not make sense to me. I had barely managed to drag myself over the finish line as it was. Everyone had assured me that I wouldn’t have been allowed to defend my PhD thesis...

Missed Opportunities Online and on Computers

Missed Opportunities Online and on Computers In moments of transition, there are also many opportunities. For me, my moment of transition has become an enormous learning opportunity, which I have utilized to dive into a wide range of new topics including human rights,...

Teaching with Stories

Teaching with Stories Days with Penguins. It’s the earliest story I can remember writing. I can’t even remember how old I was when I wrote it. I think I may have written it as soon as I could read and write. It was a simple story about four penguins, each...