Illusions and Reality

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” -Albert Einstein

Polar Resources Linked All Over the Web 23 April 2010

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I wrote awhile back about finally being allowed to publicize my collection of Polar Education Resources.  I sent it out to a couple of listservs and posted it to a couple of discussion groups, but since then it has been popping up all over the place.

Here are the places that I sent it to:

Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS)

My resources are in this month's NSTA Reports

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS)

Polar Sciences at Texas A&M University

International Polar Year (IPY)

NSTA – search for Polar

Here are the places that it has turned up on its own:

Institute for Circumpolar Health

Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

UK Polar Network

National Snow and Ice Data Center

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Earthquakes and Flowers 7 April 2010

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One of the few pretty trees left.

It’s only Wednesday and it has been an interesting week already.  I spent last weekend in LA, doing some work for Walden as a subject matter expert for a course that’s in development.  On Sunday afternoon as I was hanging out in the hotel waiting to take the red eye back to the east coast I experienced an earthquake.  There was a 7.2 earthquake just over the boarder in Mexico that was felt all over southern California.  It was a very strange sensation.  At first, I felt a little dizzy and then I heard the building creaking and noticed the curtains swaying.  It took my brain a few seconds to put all this together along with the fact that I was in California soooooo….it was an earthquake!

On Monday night, I had the great pleasure of watching Duke win the national championship even though  I was super tired after flying in on a red-eye that morning.  Yesterday afternoon, I went downtown in hopes of seeing some cherry blossoms, but they were almost all gone.  I did get to see a few and enjoy the summer like weather, but I think the warm temperatures accelerated the demise of the blossoms.

Tulips at the White House


State of the Arctic and NSTA

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March was a very busy month and I didn’t get around to posting much…ooops!  In the middle of March, I went to Miami to attend the State of the

Watch out for manatees.

Arctic meeting…yes it is highly ironic that there was an Arctic meeting in Miami.  I had never been to Miami before and it was nice to go somewhere warm for a few days.  I learned a lot at the meeting, especially some interesting information about the hybridization of marine mammals.  Apparently marine mammals hybridize easily and this could cause us to lose some species as Atlantic and Pacific species that have been isolated by ice are no longer isolated due to the melting of the ice cap.  Another highlight of the Miami trip was seeing a manatee swimming right through downtown in a canal.

After a couple of days in Miami I headed north to Philly for the NSTA National Conference.  In addition to having lots of other Einstein Fellows there with me, my dad was there as well so it was a lot of fun.  I also reconnected with some Crow Canyon friends.  I saw Elaine in the exhibit hall and had planned to get together with Jen who was also in town.  One afternoon, I skipped out on conference sessions to take in the historical sites.  We weren’t able to get tickets for inside Independence Hall, but we did get to see the Liberty Bell and where the Supreme Court and Congress met in the early days.  It was my first trip to Philadelphia and I really loved the city.  There is a great market and great sculptures scattered around the downtown area.

Philadelphia City Hall

I love Philly!