Congratulations Judy Scotchmoor, UCMP Assistant Director for Education and Public Programs! Judy was named an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Fellow. Judy receives this prestigious award "for leadership in defending teaching of evolution and quality science education through nationally recognized websites on these issues and through leadership of Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science."
The websites, for which Judy is project coordinator, include The Paleontology Portal, Understanding Evolution, and Understanding Science. She is also a founder of the Coalition on the Public Understanding of Science (COPUS), a grassroots network of science organizations.
Upon learning of her award, Judy exclaimed "This was a huge and wonderful surprise — a real 'Oh WOW!' kind of moment!"
Judy will receive her award in February 2010 at the AAAS Annual Meeting, in San Diego.
Mosquitos like this one spread the malaria pathogen. Photo: CDC.
Evolution doesn't just happen in a textbook — evolution is happening right now, and one example is the pathogen that causes malaria. Malaria kills nearly one million people each year. The disease can be treated, but new drug-resistant strains of the pathogen, Plasmodium falciparum, have recently been discovered in western Cambodia. These strains are resistant to artemisinin, the most effective anti-malarial drug available. Learn more about the evolution of drug resistant malaria pathogens, and how combination drug therapies help prevent the evolution of drug resistance, in the latest Evo in the News story, Fighting the evolution of malaria in Cambodia. This story is on UCMP’s Understanding Evolution website and is released in conjunction with the Year of Science. This month's theme is science and health.
How do you learn fun new information about science?
c) The Internet
d) The Science Zine that I found on a bench while I was waiting for the bus
If answer d) seems totally strange and you have no idea what a Science Zine is, or even how to pronounce it, read on!
A zine (pronounced zeen) is a little magazine. Science Zines are a cool way to convey scientific knowledge — a fusion of art and science that fits in the palm of your hand. Check out The Small Science Collective for some examples — this website has lots of Science Zines that you can print out, read, and then leave in public places for random strangers to enjoy.
You don't have to limit yourself to reading Science Zines — you can create your own! The Year of Science 2009 is sponsoring a Zine-a-thon Contest, awarding prizes for the best Science Zines.
First come up with a science topic — your topic can be anything, but it should fit in with one of the Year of Science themes. Next, make a zine by folding an 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper into little book with 8 mini-pages. (Folding is easy, no origami experience required! Check out the easy folding instructions.) Then, be like da Vinci and combine art and science! Zines must be sent in and postmarked by November 1, 2009. For more info, visit the Zine-a-thon Contest website.
I'm going to write a Science Zine version of my dissertation — I'll squeeze 6 years of research onto those 8 tiny pages. Look for it on a bus stop bench near you!