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Hey all you bio-babes (and bio-boys) out there, wanna give us some feedback?  A good friend of mine is a biologist and science writer, and is starting a new blog.  No, you can’t read it yet, it hasn’t begun, but she’s searching for the “killer app” of a name.  She’s got some ideas, below, and I thought perhaps some readers here might have some feedback or ideas!

She says:

I want my blog to mostly be a humorous look at unusual/interesting/beautiful living organisms, but also to include biology and science in general, with a sprinkling of psychology, archaeology, linguistics and popular culture. “A blog about the weird wonderfulness of life” is my working tag line (or should it be the wonderful weirdness of life?).

Here are some title ideas.  Love ’em?  Hate ’em?  Of course, we can’t dare to compete with the lovely simplicity of Bioephemera, but we can aspire to some lower level on the nomenclature food chain.

  • The Artful Amoeba  (reference to “The Artful Dodger”, cleverness of amoeboid slime molds, and how beautiful they, and by extension, a lot of other organisms, are)
  • Angry Amoeba  (.com taken, inexplicably, by a web development company)
  • Neon Centipede
  • Neon Crawling Slime
  • Bashful Brittlestar
  • The Inquiring Tentacle
  • Goodly Creatures (Reference to The Tempest: Miranda:”O Wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here!”)
  • Wild Kingdoms (.com taken — reference to Mutual of Omaha and Linean taxonomy)
  • Kingdoms Gone Wild
  • Witty Water Strider
  • The Well Cultured Amoeba
  • The Well Cultured Bacterium
  • Linean Explosion (from Carolus Lineaus, one of my science heroes and inventor of binomial nomenclature, and Cambrian Explosion)

Thanks in advance for any suggestions or feedback on favorites!

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Here’s what you do — slice a grape in half, but keep the halves connected by a little “hinge” of grape skin.  Some suggest drying off the grape halves a little.  Some suggest using a green grape in particular, and some say to cut it in quarters. Put the two halves next to each other, face up, in the microwave.  It’s best to place it slightly off-center, as microwaves have hot-spots and “nodes” and the center is a “node” of radiation.  Press go.  Click here to read the rest….

I’m starting my own business, doing freelance science education, writing, blogging, podcasting, and anything else that comes my way.  (Got a contact or job for me?  Send it my way at riggmailgeek at yahoo dot com — resume here.  My experience is broad, but in a nutshell I’m well-suited to create innovative education and communication programs about science for the public, or for K-12 teacher professional development, using writing, podcasting, and inquiry-based learning).  So, dear readers, got any clever ideas for a name?  I’m thinking the obvious “sciencegeekgirl incorporated” though I’m not quite sure if the “incorporated” is kosher given that I’ll be an LLC.  Ideas?  Tips on setting up your own freelance biz?  All help and creativity appreciated!radio-geek_sm

Me, I’m madly packing to go canyoneering in Utah for Thanksgiving.  But I wanted to leave any erstwhile educators still trying to keep their kids’ attention over the holidays with this link to Thanksgiving science resources from the NSDL.

Happy turkey day!

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I’ve been making up for my prolific posting during the National Association of Science Writers conference by not posting for days on end. Life is busy for geekgirls nowadays, what can I say? But this tidbit just came across my desk — a new website for young women interested in science that sounds really neat. It’ll have lots of links related to women and science, social networking, a blog, and more.  A lot of the site is still being populated with content, but this could be a great resource in the future.  The question for women scientists to answer this week is “What got you hooked on science?”  Soon there will be a wealth of great stories on this site, a really nice resource for girls interested in science.  When you register, you’re able to make connections with others on the site — sort of a LinkedIn for women in science.utm_headerleft

Here is the press release on the site:

The Women Writing Science project, a multi-faceted initiative to involve young women in science and to encourage them to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), announces the launch of the website Underthemicroscope.com

Sponsored by and developed with IBM, Underthemicroscope.com offers a wealth of continually updated information, including input from visitors to the web site. Currently the site provides the opportunity to post personal stories, feature and guest blogging, news about science, and links to related resources. Within the year the site will include more social networking opportunities, tips on careers, tips for parents, expanded links to science-related sites, and mentoring. Ultimately the site will provide information about internships and scholarships as well as serialized chapters of Women Writing Science publications that can be downloaded free of charge and an online book club.

“Underthemicroscope.com with IBM’s help combines new technology, like social networking, with traditional publishing to better communicate with young women in science, develop new content for stories and serve as a place of learning and inspiration,” said Gloria Jacobs, Executive Director of the Feminist Press.

Initiated by The Feminist Press at The City University of New York with support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Women Writing Science will publish books of biography, fiction, history, career profiles, and how-to-survive guides presenting women as both scientists and as writers about science. Women Writing Science will also provide free teacher guides describing lesson plans and strategies for using the books in science curricula. These materials will be easily downloaded from Underthemicroscope.com .

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