Scientists’ SciArt featured by The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)

Journalist Sara Sneath* of the New Orleans Times-Picayune recently featured ecologists who sketched their study organisms as part of an impromptu, humorous initiative led by Dr. Solomon R. David* (Nicholls State University). Sneath’s front page story details how ecologists responded to the call to sketch their study organism using the MS Paint program and their nondominant hand. My … Continue reading Scientists’ SciArt featured by The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)

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Laramie Boomerang covers dedication of downtown mural

In spring 2017, I was one of 13 artists commissioned by the Laramie Mural Project to design and paint a component of the expansion of the downtown Laramie “Gill Street” mural. The “Gill Street” mural features fish designed to evoke Wyoming icons. My design depicts a group of five pronghorn along their ~100-mile migration route … Continue reading Laramie Boomerang covers dedication of downtown mural

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Interview – Michael Marshall

  Jonathan and Chris interview Michael "Marsh" Marshall, project director of the Good Thinking Society and the vice-president of the Merseyside Skeptics Society in England. They discuss how Marsh and Simon Singh met; what a skeptical charity does; why Marsh interviews people with fringe beliefs; changing people's minds with nudges; the Good Thinking Society's campaign to stop the NHS from funding homeopathy in the UK; how PR releases get used by journalists to create "churnalism";…

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#487 Knitting in PEARL

This week we're discussing math and things made from yarn. We welcome mathematician Daina Taimina to the show to discuss her book "Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes: Tactile Mathematics, Art and Craft for all to Explore", and how making geometric models that people can play with helps teach math. And we speak with research scientist Janelle Shane about her hobby of training neural networks to do things like name colours, come up with Halloween costume…

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Episode 93: The History of Palaeontological Outreach

Palaeontology has an ability to grab the public’s attention like no other subject. Perhaps it’s the size and ferocity of something like a T. rex, or maybe it’s the alien nature of something like Hallucigenia. Irrespective of whatever it is that makes the subject interesting to any given individual, it’s important because palaeontology is a great gateway into STEM subjects and is, in itself, one of the few ways in which we can understand about the evolution…

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Win some, lose some

Our failures don't need to define us - cliche, we know! Listen as Simon and Deena share some of their failures while in academia and as far back as high school. Also, Simon's good friend Dom shares what she views as failures during her PhD and, "against all odds", becoming a faculty member in a prestigious liberal arts university in New York. Deena shares the perspective from an interview she came across that allowing oneself…

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Vitamin D and the Quest for the Perfect Tan

  You might look good with a tan, and of course there's vitamin D to think about, but the truth is that tanning is a very very bad idea. And the whole Vitamin D thing might not pan out in the long run. We banned tanning beds in Quebec for those under 18, but the risk of sun tanning hasn't really made it into the public consciousness. My latest for the Montreal Gazette: https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-deliberate-tanning-is-a-real...  

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#486 Volcanoes

This week we're talking volcanoes. Because there are few things that fascinate us more than the amazing, unstoppable power of an erupting volcano. First, Jessica Johnson takes us through the latest activity from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii to help us understand what's happening with this headline-grabbing volcano. And Janine Krippner joins us to highlight some of the lesser-known volcanoes that can be found in the USA, the different kinds of eruptions we might one…

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040 – Omega-3s and the Mediterranean Diet

  Returning from a memorable fishing trip, the boys tackle the evidence behind omega-3s, a group of molecules known as "PUFAs!" (try not to laugh). They talk about the EPA; kinky and bent molecules; carnivorous chickens; cardiovascular disease and brain development. Also: how big trials can go wrong; and an interview with Dr. Emma Jones on palliative care, cultivating quality of life, collaborations in paediatric oncology, and myths about medicinal cannabis! Julia Belluz's article about…

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Swallowtails and counted scales

  This fall, Kloepfer Gallery right here in my city of residence—Guelph, Ontario—hosts an exhibit of my work from October 2 through 30. The show will include about 15 of my natural science illustrations in traditional media, including the painting of the Tiger swallowtail and the coloured pencil drawing of the Round whitefish seen on the exhibit postcard below. Also in the gallery will be the life-size painting of goldenrod I completed a couple years ago.…

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