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Interview with Ryan at Extreme Biology!

Last year at Science Online 2010, Ryan and I were struck by a session called “Blogging the Future – The Use of Online Media in the Next Generation of Scientists”. In that session, high school teacher Stacy Baker brought a number of her students to showcase their projects on social media and online resources. As I wrote last year, the session was quite powerful and one couldn’t help but be impressed (and humbled!) by the students.

This January, Ryan and I will be attending Science Online 2011. Stacy Baker and more of her high school students will be attending as well. As part of their preparation for the conference, the students are interviewing conference organizers, presenters and attendees and posting them on their Extreme Biology! site.

Yesterday student Paul published an interview with Ryan Somma on computer science. Be sure to check it out!

Extreme Biology Interview - Ryan Somma

P.S. The image of Ryan was taken with WireGoogles, an Android app written by one of my bestest best friends, Brian Nenninger. It’s available on Android Market.

December 15, 2010 at 8:29 am 4 comments

Thanksgiving and Pigging Out

Happy Thanksgiving!

Today Ryan and I will be spending the day with extended family in Silver Spring, Maryland. Last time we spend the holiday there, in 2008, there was a convenient scale in the living room. We weighed ourselves right before the meal… and then we weighed ourselves again after ingesting numerous helpings of delicious turkey, stuffing and that decadent sweet potato casserole I’d still trade my sanity for.

Thanksgiving 2008 - Ryan Weighs Himself
Ryan Weighs Himself – Thanksgiving 2008

The data collection made for some interesting banter, but that’s about all we used it for. We didn’t step back and reflect, “Hmmm… what are the evolutionary implications of gorging oneself?”

National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) is doing a blogging competition where the prize is a travel grant to Science Online 2011 conference (which Ryan and I are attending). One of the entries tackles a topic that I found very fitting for today’s festivities. Enjoy!

Eat ‘til you can’t eat no more: Evolution of the pig-out

November 25, 2010 at 5:00 am 1 comment


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