Monthly Archives: December 2009

Science education & Florida’s economy

The Orlando Sentinel recently published an article about the sorry state of Florida’s economy. After depending on population growth and finally seeing that tank, the question is what does the state do now? The establishment of bio-tech centers (Burnham and … Continue reading

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Tonight “What Darwin Never Knew”

Just a reminder that the Nova’s two hour special airs on PBS tonight, December 29th.  “What Darwin Never Knew”  Check your local PBS station listings here. for times and availability.

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“Your Inner Fish” Now for the Classroom.

I’m sure that we are all familiar with Neil Shubin’s book “Your Inner Fish   which wonderfully tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth. … Continue reading

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What Darwin Never Knew

Nova has a new two hour special which airs on PBS Tuesday December 29th.  “What Darwin Never Knew” offers answers to riddles that Darwin couldn’t explain 150 years ago. Development of embryology and secrets at the genetic level have confirmed the brilliance of … Continue reading

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Commissioner responds

FSU physics professor Paul Cottle had sounded the alarm in the Tallahassee Democrat concerning Florida’s leadership’s unimpressive “plans” — or lack thereof — for improving our “pretty much last in the nation” standing in science education. Eric Smith, Florida commissioner … Continue reading

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End of course testing attempt II

Bills have been filed in the state legislature that would push aside the FCAT (including the science FCAT) and replace those comprehensive tests with end of course exams. That’s a step in the right direction. The problem with the science … Continue reading

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Last in the nation in science, but still twiddling thumbs.

Paul Cottle, professor and undergraduate director in the Department of Physics at Florida State University, has an opinion column in the Tallahassee Democrat outlining the dismal state of science education in Florida. No one wants to step up and do … Continue reading

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