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Links 1 through 10 of 36 by Chad Orzel tagged outreach

Matthew Francis launches his Media Empire, offering a variety of talks (both public lectures and research talks), and more importantly workshops on communicating science to a general audience.

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As usual, this is the way it will work: the nominating period is now open, and will end at 11:59 pm EST on June 9, 2012. There will then be a round of voting by our readers which will narrow down the entries to the top twenty semi-finalists. After this, we will take these top twenty voted-for nominees, and the four main editors of 3 Quarks Daily (Abbas Raza, Robin Varghese, Morgan Meis, and Azra Raza) will select six finalists from these, plus they may also add up to three wildcard entries of their own choosing. The three winners will be chosen from these by Sean Carroll.

The first place award, called the "Top Quark," will include a cash prize of one thousand dollars; the second place prize, the "Strange Quark," will include a cash prize of three hundred dollars; and the third place winner will get the honor of winning the "Charm Quark," along with a two hundred dollar prize.

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We’ve got a solution: The Science Friday Book Club. You’ll never have to host at your house, the book will have something do to with science, and no one will know if you don’t read it.
 
We’ll choose one book a month, give you some time to read it, and then talk about it on the air. Help us develop our reading list. What book do you want us to tackle? Send your suggestions to bookclub@sciencefriday.com and stay tuned. We’ll announce our first book in June.

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"WGBH seeks an experienced content producer to create content for NOVA Education's innovative new project, NOVA Labs. NOVA Labs will be a virtual research platform for teens to engage in science by working with authentic data and taking part in "citizen science" projects. Individual Labs in a range of STEM research areas will encourage scientific thinking and be supported by NOVA's rich media library, explanatory text, interactives, games, a social media platform, and more."

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"Boston has lots of great places to take kids to see/interact with cool stuff; there's the New England Aquarium, the Museum of Science, and the Boston Children's Museum, all of which are justly famous. But they're a long enough trip for us that we have to plan ahead a little to go there; closer alternatives are welcome for spur-of-the-moment visits. Here are some we like:"

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"A report by the National Academies, which advises our country on science and technology, last fall found that the U.S. ranks 27 out of 29 wealthy countries in proportion of college students with degrees in science or engineering. It called on federal and state governments to improve teaching in math and science by targeting early childhood education, the public-school curriculum for both, and by supporting teacher training in crucial subjects.

1,000 Scientists in 1,000 Days, a program that Scientific American is now launching as part of its Change the Equation initiatives with our parent Nature Publishing Group, aims to help with all of those goals by making it easier for scientists and teachers to connect. The idea is simple. We seek scientists who are willing to volunteer to advise on curricula, answer a classroom's questions, or visit a school—for instance, to do a lab or to talk about what you do. How much you choose to participate will be up to you."

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"The Sex Life of the Screwworm -- a silly subject for federally funded research, no?

Some members of Congress thought so: they singled out the project about 30 years ago as the nation’s top symbol of wasteful spending -- and later apologized when, upon further review, they realized the research was actually incredibly useful. Now, at a time when Congressional scrutiny of science spending (supposedly silly and otherwise) is rising, the other side of the debate is reviving the symbol of the screwworm to bring attention to its cause, through a method that seems too un-scientific to be true: a tabloid."

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"So before we officially announce our winner, let's backtrack and build up some suspense.  The challenge was to come up with a bunch of MacGyveresque experiments to determine as closely as possible the standard second, meter and kilogram using only the materials handy to you on a desert [3] island.

Just about every response we got successfully answered the question, so we had to base our final result on robustness and uncertainties.  We also tended to favor those that did not rest on precise knowledge of one's own height, weight, etc (though there is nothing wrong with these approaches).  So without further ado, the winner is...."

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