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Monday, August 28, 2006


Snacks 44--Jeff Ray!

Wow. I had a great conversation over coffee with Nashville's News2 Meteorologist extraordinaire Jeff Ray, and in doing so enlisted a valuable new resource for ongoing outreach efforts at the Vanderbilt University Center for Science Outreach (Photo from Jeff's "WeatherJeff" blog--see link below). Jeff will be participating in some upcoming CSO videoconferencing sessions, bringing his experience and understanding of just what makes the earth's weather tick to K12 students worldwide. Look to the Videoconferences page at the CSO website for times and dates once we start to post this fall's schedule. Stay tuned! We chatted amidst the predictable background noises of a busy restaurant, Panera Bread, just off Vanderbilt's campus and right down the street from my computer lab at University School of Nashville. The talk was all about Jeff's predictions for Tropical Storm Ernesto, blazing up the Caribbean toward South Florida and potentially a very dangerous storm, if not a Force 2 or 3 Hurricane. By the time you are reading this, of course, Ernesto is history. We're glad the history is not as dramatic as Jeff was predicting at the time of the interview, but the 9 U.S. deaths and 2 Haitian ones attributed are surely tragic enough. Here's a slice of Jennifer Kay's story about Florence that does attribute significant damage to our friend Ernesto: Florence follows on the heels of Tropical Storm Ernesto, which formed August 25 over the southern Caribbean and was briefly the season's first hurricane before weakening and hitting Florida and North Carolina last week as a tropical storm. At least nine deaths in the United States were blamed on Ernesto, which also killed two people in Haiti, delayed the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis and blacked out thousands of homes and businesses from North Carolina to New York state (source, IOL news service in South Africa). Whatever the outcomes, you will have to agree that you can't blame the storm: A hurricane, as I now understand, thanks to Jeff's excellent explanations, is just a big planetary tool. How's that? Listen up here to download S4theB!44. Or, contrariwise, open up the Podcast Pickle Player at the top of the page and listen up right here and now!!! Today's music is courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network. Check out that marvey resource for all kinds of music from the songwriters and bands who are reinventing the music business by sharing songs with poor podcasters like li'l ol' me. We start out with a nifty electro tune from (ironically, considering my above news source:) South African electronica king Ruddha. We add a sweet acoustic instrumental from UK guitarist Jim Ronayne, then top things off with authentic Mississippi Blues from bluesman Boo Boo Davis. As if that weren't enough great music, I add a little bonus cut at the end of the show: "Weatherman," from Tampa Florida boys The Reverse Engineers! Until next time, SEE YA! Additional Links: WKRN News2 Jeff Ray's "Weather Jeff" blog

Friday, August 25, 2006


Snacks 43 -- Stephen Camarata!

ESPECIALLY FOR TEACHERS!!! Hey, ya'll, Okay, I'm a bit late with this episode of S4theB!, but I promise you this show was worth the wait! Dr. Stephen Camarata, along with leading test designer Dr. Richard Wilcock, published findings (Intelligence) in May of this year that indicate, among many other things, that girls have a "significant advantage" over boys in certain tasks we regularly require of them. These tasks include many of the ones we use to assess their content knowledge and skills mastery. That's why I'm earmarking this show ESPECIALLY FOR TEACHERS!!! Listen here to the discussion I recently had with Dr. Camarata, a dedicated researcher and a truly exceptional worker in the world of teaching special needs children. Along the way, pick up a listen to three wonderful songs about summer, very different from one another in much the same ways that every child is different from one another! There's a fabulous rocker from Nashville's own Tragedy Kings, an eerily lovely electronica piece from the Ariaphonics, and a funky reggae-beat number from a San Francisco Bay Area group called Monkey. There's also a new tasty TechTipTidbit, all about all those "cards" you're already hearing about on your PC--network cards, sound cards, video cards...all that stuff! Stay around to the end, ya'll, because I'm closing the show with a beautiful piece by my new University School of Nashville teaching colleague Brandon Wilson, a song appropriately entitled, "Goodbye." Lots of extra links this show!: Studies show girls have advantages over boys on timed tests at Exploration A 2003 interview with Dr. Camarata at info at Kennedy Center site Article about "Late Talking" in children Thomas Sowell's 1998 Jewish World Review article about Dr. Camarata Exploration Also, a list of the nine broad abilities of intelligence, of which processing speed is one: *source: Contemporary Intellectual Assessment: Theories, Tests, and Issues -Edited by Dawn P. Flanagan, Judy L. Genshaft, and Patti L. Harrison

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1 Joe Lopez interview
2 S4theB! Introduction
3 Keystone PSA Announcement
4 Kathy Schrock interview
5 Todd Lamitina IVC
6 Charles Brau IVC
7 Ginny Shepherd interview
8 Jeannie Tuschl interview
9 Keystone Conference
10 Scott Merrick on IVC K12
11 Vicki Metzgar interview
12 Jerry Wilmink IVC
13 Louise Rollins-Smith interview
14 Louise Rollins-Smith interview 2
15 Keystone Conference
16 Keivan Stassun interview
17 William Schaffner interview
18 Science Songs
19 Geek Gift List
20 Rocky Alvey interview
21 Bill Snyder interview
22 Biomedical Engineering Forum
23 Rick Chappell IVC
24 Bob O'Dell and Arnie Heiser IVC
25 Glenn McCombs IVC
26 Charles Brau interview
27 Jerry Wilmink interview
28 Educational Podcasting
29 Ginny Shepherd "Out of the Lunchbox" talk
30 Vickie Hannig and Melinda Cohen interview
31 David Warlick interview
32 Highlights from past shows
33 Randy Reiserer interview
34 Arnie Heiser interview
35 Overview of CSO
36 Overview of CSO 2
37 Glenn McCombs interview
38 Albert Reynolds interview
39 David Salisbury
40 NECC 2006 Highlights
41 Ian Jukes interview
42 GAS Camp (Girls and Science Camp)
43 Stephen Camarata interview
44 Jeff Ray interview
45 Kyle Butler interview
46 RIP (Research Internship Program)
47 Ig Nobel Awards
48 Dyer Star Chamber
49 Steve Spangler Science

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