Let’s try to get eaten!
Jun16

Let’s try to get eaten!

What’s the big beez about the food chain anyway? Masaaki Yuasa has some thoughts to share about what makes learning fun, even when it has a gross, bitter taste, in season 6, episode 7 of the animated series Adventure Time. Jigsaw is also here to make teaching fun. Hands on population games with plants, fungi, and parasitoid wasps headline the upcoming June issue of the newsletter, laid out by education intern Lea Dolimier. Not...

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Forgotten beetle hunters and the foundation of evolutionary theory; Alfred Wallace remembered in puppetry
Jan15

Forgotten beetle hunters and the foundation of evolutionary theory; Alfred Wallace remembered in puppetry

The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace (Director’s Cut) directed and produced by Flora Lichtman & Sharon Shattuck [Sweet Fern Productions].   “So he has this vision: he’s going to walk into a London scientific salon with a Toucan on his arm. He’s not going to be a nobody; he’s going to be a somebody.” ~Andrew Berry, Harvard University. Editor, Infinite Tropics, an Alfred Russel Wallace Anthology. In January of 1858,...

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Why I did a Science Cafe – a guest post by Lisa Schulte Moore
Dec12

Why I did a Science Cafe – a guest post by Lisa Schulte Moore

A guest post by Lisa Schulte Moore, Associate Professor of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University. Last spring, Lisa Schulte Moore won the chance to speak to a happy hour crowd at the Aster Cafe in Minneapolis, MN, during our Annual Meeting. Schulte Moore came through with flying colors, drawing an audience in from a beautiful, blue, August evening to talk about “Agricultural Change: Making a better...

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How are we doing in U.S. STEM education? A timeline.
Oct01

How are we doing in U.S. STEM education? A timeline.

What level of education do US S&E workers have? How well do 8th graders score in math and science? How often do parents help their kids with homework? All this and more in a new data collection from the National Science Board. The U.S. National Science Board (NSB) released a synopsis of data and trends for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education last week. The graphical tool organizes summary charts and...

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Good-bye ESA, a farewell photo gallery
Sep19

Good-bye ESA, a farewell photo gallery

By Nadine Lymn, ESA director of public affairs After 21 years working for the Ecological Society of America, first as communications officer and then as director of public affairs, I feel like I’ve kind of “grown up” with ESA.  During my time here, I got to see ESA go from a mostly volunteer-run organization to one with a professional staff of thirty. The Society opened a headquarters office in Washington, DC and...

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Scientists, practitioners, religious communities urge collaborative action to save our planet
Sep03

Scientists, practitioners, religious communities urge collaborative action to save our planet

by Nadine Lymn, ESA director of public affairs Big global questions face us, among them: How will we feed a growing global population without ruining the soil and polluting freshwater?  Or meet our burgeoning energy demands while curbing the greenhouse gas emissions that fuel rising sea levels, flooding, drought, disease and wildfire? And what can we do to stem the extinction of thousands of other species that share the planet with...

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What’s the Future of Ecologist-Communicators?
Aug15

What’s the Future of Ecologist-Communicators?

This guest post is by Holly Menninger, Director of Public Science for Your Wild Life at NC State University. Engage. Communicate. Reach out. Engage. Communicate. Reach out. These words echoed throughout the hallways of the Minneapolis Convention Center last week like a mantra. From organized symposia to high-energy Ignite sessions, ecologists both urged for and heard a rallying call to cross boundaries during this year’s Annual...

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New World Trade Center goes for gold
Jun24

New World Trade Center goes for gold

By Peter Janetos, ESA public affairs intern On September 11th 2001 the two iconic towers overseeing the New York City skyline, were reduced to a heaping pile of rubble and destruction. Twelve years later, a new World Trade Center (WTC) complex is emerging that aims to achieve the “gold” certification in its building design.  LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) was developed under the US Green Building Council to...

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