Evolution in General Biology…continued…

This is great, everybody! I’m really enjoying reading your feedback about our Evolution lab. Thank you for sharing your perspective, thoughts, and comments. I especially love reading about your previous experiences being taught the Theory of Evolution. You are finding some GREAT articles and new facts about evolution. Please keep them coming! Do some research and find something interesting and new about Evolution to share with us. Here are a few places to start:

http://evolution.berkeley.edu

http://www.sciencedaily.com

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/index.html

http://scienceblogging.com

You all rock!  I’m proud to call you my students.

Evolution in General Biology

Dear All,

I must apologize to everyone for such a lengthy gap in my blogging life.  I have been searching for balance between all my interests and responsibilities…yes, yes, I know all bloggers are in the same position…but I have a new kitten!  It’s been a wild and crazy year.  I have defended my proposal, though, so I’m a MS candidate now.  Now it’s all about collecting the last of my shellfish so I can start on the genetics work!

I’m teaching non-majors biology again this year, and I’ve been struggling to find a meaningful way of incorporating a ScienceOnline-like atmosphere and engagement to my classes.  #scio12 I want to allow my students to express their opinions, share interesting articles, and comment on other people’s thoughts.  I’d love them all to tweet throughout class, but I’m not quite at that point…  I feel like I should try out different approaches first.

If you do follow me on twitter @lyndellmbade, I’ve been discussing ways of incorporating an interactive online component to my classes, and I’ve also been thinking of ways of spicing up one of the Evolutionary Biology lab activities.  We even had a twitter hashtag for the discussion! #BadeEvolLab  As a pilot idea, I’ve come up with this plan: I want my students to do a little bit of research and share with us something new they learned about Evolution this past week.  So my blog will be taken over by 100 students posting comments about Evolution this week.  The following two weeks will be a discussion of our Ecology lab.  I’d like to see how this goes, and then get their feed-back and take that to #scio12 in January.

Please let me know what you think!  And feel free to read my students’ comments, reply, and discuss with them…the more the merrier!

Cheers,

Lyndell

Politics and Policy

A couple years ago I started People, Policy, Planet as a vehicle for my thoughts about the interface of the three, as well as a venue for sharing sustainable tips, educational information, interesting blogs and websites, and my thoughts on current world events and political actions.

I’m now in graduate school at East Carolina University, studying marine ecology and working on a M.S. I teach non-majors biology and I’m working on marine research documentaries in my “spare” time. I’m all about science communication and literacy, and I would like to be able to bridge communication gaps between scientists, graduate students, biologists, managers, journalists, fishers, the public, educators, and governmental agencies. Towards this goal, my first step is to move People, Policy, Planet to the Southern Fried Science network.

My very first PPP post from October 2008 is below. I hope you enjoy it, and please let me know what you think. Let’s start the interface of People, Policy, and our place in the Planet!

People, Policy, Planet Inaugural Post:

Throughout this political season, I’ve become increasingly frustrated with the return to negative ads, personal attacks, circular reasoning, and the whole “you’re un-American if you disagree with the Administration” garbage. Basically, textbook Rovian tactics. And now Sarah Palin is accusing non-Republicans of being un-American.

Politics is about POLICY. My political views and preferences are based on the issues that matter to me. We all have different ideas and opinions about solutions and approaches to the problems that face our country. We vote for the candidates who best represent our views, ideals, and priorities. If I disagree with your perspective, I can still respect you and your opinion.

If I have different views on reproductive rights than you, those views are based on my own experiences, ideals, and religious beliefs. Just because my perspective differs from yours, it does not mean that I am not a religious person. Or “evil.” Or that my religious beliefs are invalid.

But when my political views are met with hatred and an attack on my person, then we have moved beyond politics and into bigotry. This is unacceptable. We can not survive another 8 years of this behaviour! And it’s still occurring. Every day there is a new bulletin on MySpace spouting nastiness. If you disagree with a candidate, logically present your argument about his/her position on the economy, taxation, or foreign policy. Do not attempt to create prejudice and fear by spreading unsubstantiated rumours and skewed information about religious background, upbringing, political experience, and conspiracy theories.

What does this have to do with environmental policy, science research, and ecology?

The more we know, and the more we research, and the more we discuss topics, the better off we are. We should explore opposing views and perspectives. We should think for ourselves. We should keep POLITICS to a discussion of POLICY.

I want this blog to be a site of respectful discussion and debate. Let’s increase environmental education. This will be an interdisciplinary source for topics about People, Policy, Planet.