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A great quote to focus our semester!

The principal goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done; men and women who are creative, inventive and discoverers, who can be critical and verify, and not accept, everything they are offered.

-Jean Piaget, psychologist (9 Aug 1896-1980)

(Thank you Connie, my biking Facebook friend for sharing this)


Great career information from US Census!

I first saw this in Science Magazine, but located this  interactive website.  As you choose your fall courses and major, check this out!

Great graphic! Hover over major to see occupations.  Hove over occupation to see majors.
Great graphic! Hover over major to see occupations. Hove over occupation to see majors.

What a great tool!  Scroll over an occupation that interests you, and see what majors feed into it.  Already picked a major?  Hover over it and see what your colleagues end up doing for a career!

Oh, now you want to know what you’ll earn?

Check out info graphics for the following majors:

More majors available at the infographics page.



I’m never bored with biology!

The world continues to amaze me!  I see stuff on Facebook, my emails, Twitter, and other places.  Here are some cool things I saw recently.

A cool movie of fungus reproduction (Fantastic Fungi Page)

Does compost help increase carbon sequestration?  (SF Gate article).  I’ve heard about this twice, now!  I need to read the original research paper.

Evidence that broccoli sprouts can improve autism symptoms.  The name of the new source can’t be stated here… but they are GREAT!

I am never bored with biology!

Nitrogen runoff from corn farming – algal blooms?

the USDA publishes interesting graphs.

Here’s a link to one that shows nitrogen (fertilizer) practices in the U.S.  It looks like the southern plains area does the best at managing nitrogen runoff, and that the northeast does the worst.  However, these aren’t very important because it’s the corn belt and northern plains we need to worry about!

I guess California’s off the hook – we must not grow any reasonable amount of corn here.  Why?

Graph of nitrogen use on corn acres in US