The Power of Introverts: A Manifesto for Quiet Brilliance Do you enjoy having time to yourself, but always feel a little guilty about it? Then Susan Cain’s “Quiet : The Power of Introverts” is for you. It’s part book, part manifesto. We live in a nation that values its extroverts – the outgoing, the lovers of crowds – but not the quiet types who change the world. She recently answered questions from Mind Matters editor Gareth Cook. Cook: This may be a stupid question, but how do you define an introvert? Cain: Not a stupid question at all! It’s also important to understand that introversion is different from shyness. Cook: You argue that our culture has an extroversion bias. Cain: In our society, the ideal self is bold, gregarious, and comfortable in the spotlight. In my book, I travel the country – from a Tony Robbins seminar to Harvard Business School to Rick Warren’s powerful Saddleback Church – shining a light on the bias against introversion. Cook: How does this cultural inclination affect introverts? Cain: Yes. Cook: Are you an introvert?
Safe cycling on Singapore’s roads | Love cycling in Singapore Key concept for safer cycling in Singapore: Remember you are invisible to cars. Find a quiet route, mode share if necessary. Be adept and confident in your bike handling skills. Cycle to your ability. Ride in the middle of the lane at intersections. Singapore roads do not currently have separated lanes for cyclists, as many other countries do. First, assume that drivers haven’t seen you (e.g. they may be illegally talking on the phone, busy to overtake from the slow lane, or just not paying attention). Accordingly, make yourself very visible on the road to give drivers the best opportunity to notice you earlier, which allows them to share the road safely with you. But don’t think you are safe yet, read on. 1. Your route choice can drastically affect your safety and the overall cycling experience. 2. As with a car, you need to be in complete control of your bike at all times. 3. - Most traffic accidents occur at intersections. - Be aware that drivers are not actively looking for you. 4.
Literature Reviews - Summarising Summarising your research Research and literature review can throw up a wealth of information and references from which one could fill a whole essay with quote after quote. It is notoriously difficult, having gathered the best of this wealth of information to filter it in order of what is essential information, what is peripheral and what is largely irrelevant (Fink, 2005). The secret to successful research and review is hitting upon the salient points, the points that were the foundations or will represent the way forward in your area of study, that are going to become the bench marks of the future. You have already chosen the reference points that will form the basis of your essay and have written your piece. But with so many points and so much material how do you summarise your essay without writing it all over again? When you have made you choice and composed you summary, read through your work again. References in the Harvard citation style Fink, Dr. Silver, L. Cooper, Dr.
Blogging in the undergraduate science classroom | Center for Instructional Technology At ScienceOnline2012, Jason Goldman and John Hawks organized a roundtable discussion of “best practices” for incorporating blogs into undergraduate courses. Participants discussed their experiences and gathered suggestions from each other; the benefits of blogging were briefly discussed, but seemed frankly evident to the attendees. For example, if you assign students to write publicly, their parents can read what they’ve written, which is an incentive for quality work. This discussion traded ideas to facilitate student blogging. Here are some of my notes. For some students, blogging is completely foreign – they don’t read blogs or are intimidated and don’t want to speak out. This discussion went well beyond blogging to other social media and gave examples of using Twitter in the classroom or to collect field research. Several other sessions at this conference discussed the benefits of students communicating online about science. Andrea Novicki
7 Tools Students Can Use to Manage Group Projects Any teacher who has assigned group projects to students has at some point had to help those students organize and equitably distribute work. (Or has had to listen to students complaints about other group members not pulling their weight). Here are some tools that you can have students use to manage their responsibilities when working on group projects. Pegby is a good website for organizing the tasks that you and or your team need to get done. Teambox is a free service that allows you to create and manage a collaborative workspace for team projects. Enter the Group is a new free service offering collaborative project management for groups. Todoist and its sister service Wedoist are easy-to-use task management services for individuals and groups. Trello is a free service designed to help individuals and groups manage tasks. Wiggio is a collaboration tool designed to make scheduling group meetings easier. Ta-da List is a simple to-do list creation tool built by 37 Signals.
Reading List for Course on Science and Environmental Communication | Climate Shift This semester, students from a diversity of majors at American University are participating in an advanced seminar I am teaching on science and environmental communication. For the first part of the semester, we are covering core issues and themes. In the process, students will be blogging on related selected topics while finalizing their research paper topic. In the second half of the semester, readings and blogging will focus on specific issues of interest to the students, as determined by a class survey. Below I have pasted the assigned readings for the first half of the semester with links to the full text of each article if available. Wynne, B. (2009). Brossard, D., & Lewenstein, B. Hartings, MR and Fahy, D. (2011). Kitcher, P. (2010). Sarewitz, Daniel. 2009. Brumfiel, J. (2009). Olson, R. (2011). National Science Foundation (2012). Nisbet, M.C. (2011). Nisbet, M.C. & Kotcher, J. (2009). Collins, M. & Pinch, T. (1998). Besley J. & Nisbet, M.C. (2011). Osmond et al (2010). See Also:
The Science Journalist Online: Shifting Roles and Emerging Practices | Climate Shift Science journalists in the US and UK face unique pressures adapting to the social and participatory nature of online news, to economic conditions that force them to fill a diversity of roles in the newsroom, and to the many hats they must wear if they are to survive as freelancers. As a consequence, science journalists in writing for online media have shifted away from their traditional role as privileged conveyors of scientific findings to a diversity of roles as curators, conveners, public intellectuals and civic educators, roles that are underwritten by the essential skills of criticism, synthesis and analysis. These online science journalists have a more collaborative relationship with their audiences and sources and are generally adopting a more critical and interpretative stance towards the scientific community, industry, and policy-oriented organizations. Fahy writes about the study in an article appearing later today at the Columbia Journalism Review. Conduits and explainers.
Download The Universe The Prozac Yogurt Effect: How Hype Can Affect the Future of Science | The Crux The phylogeny of Prozac yogurt. Christina Agapakis is a synthetic biologist and postdoctoral research fellow at UCLA who blogs about about biology, engineering, biological engineering, and biologically inspired engineering at Oscillator. A few weeks ago, I saw a retweet that claimed “biohacking is easier than you think” with a link to a post on a blog accompanying a book called Massively Networked. The post included video of Tuur van Balen’s presentation at the NextNature power show a few months earlier. Van Balen is a designer whose work I’ve followed for a couple years now, and his most recent project imagines how synthetic biology might produce and deliver medicines in the future. The next day, my post was syndicated on the Huffington Post with a modified title that emphasized Prozac. This hype affects how non-scientists understand DNA, to be sure, which is enough to make it dangerous on its own.
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Translated phrase-list jokes « previous post | next post » An amusing "Anglo-EU Translation Guide" has been circulating widely in recent weeks. This seems to come from the same source as an old Economist column ("I understand, up to a point", 9/2/2004; discussed here), which attributed the joke to "the Dutch, trying to do business with the British", and which also gave some examples from a list "written by British diplomats, as a guide to the language used by their French counterparts". The recently-posted Anglo-EU Translation Guide shares 3 phrases with the 2004 Economist column (some expressive details aside), lacking 2 others and adding 12 more. The Economist column gives only these three French phrases — does anyone have a longer list pinned to their wall? Or perhaps, for fairness, a list of translations (into English) of the English of Dutch diplomats? Sturgeon's Law of course applies. Permalink
Science in the Open Principles of Biological Anthropology Welcome to the homepage for Anthropology 105, Principles of Biological Anthropology! Here you'll find all the readings, links and essential materials for the course. This homepage is a relatively simple outline of the course requirements and information from the syllabus, with a schedule of lectures linked to readings and visuals as they become available. As usual, this page is a work in progress. If you're visiting from outside the UW classroom, welcome! Schedule Class policies The course has no textbook. INNOV0104_pp13-44_innovations-in-practice_jefferson.pdf