Category Archives: education

Speak Honestly and Clearly about Sex.

I collect motivational and interesting comments. That has been part of my life since university when I kept a folder titled “beautiful things”. That’s a collection of interesting, snappy, motivational and just beautiful quotations and pictures, photos and stuff. Later … Continue reading

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Botanical life in close-up – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian

I love the cross-over between art and science. This book is a wonderful example. Colin Salter’s new book is a selection of extraordinary electron microscopic images of the plant world around us, including seeds, pollen, fruiting bodies, trees and leaves, … Continue reading

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The psychological effects of inequality – Science Weekly podcast | Science | The Guardian

Working toward societies that are sustainable requires us to examine our values. That is, we must examine the stories we tell ourselves that make our worlds. I think there are two common stories that are particularly pernicious and damaging: The … Continue reading

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Story telling: The dark side.

When I was a child there was a TV program that we watched each week called the Back and White Minstrel Show. Produced in the United Kingdom, the show featured white men in black-face acting out black stereotypes. The program … Continue reading

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Prof. Michael Hartshorn RIP

I recently learned that my mentor through postgraduate study has passed away. Here is the text of a speech I recently gave telling how important he was to me. In February 1985 I flew from Hamilton where I worked as … Continue reading

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How Making Art Helps Teens Better Understand Their Mental Health

I strongly encourage us all as artists. The article below explores and makes the case for encouraging teenager’s art making. Just remember making is fun too, and not just for teenagers. https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/11/01/how-making-art-helps-teens-better-understand-their-mental-health/ https://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2017/11/01/how-making-art-helps-teens-better-understand-their-mental-health/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20171105Mindshift&mc_key=00Qi000001beLUuEAM

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Tell Stories: HPV Vaccine, What I want you to do.

This week I discovered that Japan’s HPV vaccine rate has dropped to almost zero today from 70% in 2013. It’s a horror story for those of us supporting vaccination. Are there lessons for us in New Zealand and around the … Continue reading

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7 myths from biology class that most people still believe | Big Think

You’ll be surprised how many commonly known science “facts” are actually total misconceptions. There are two I find particularly surprising: first that cats and dogs are not colour blind and, second, that Dr. Robert Lustig’s claim that “sugar is as … Continue reading

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Science Communication: Thoughts in response to Linett et al. 2013

Science Communication: Thoughts in response to Linett et al. 2013 In 2013 a group of science communicators met at MIT in a workshop to bring together their experience in communication and to set up a research program. This was the … Continue reading

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What do Women Want? What do Men want?

A recent paper has answers. Both women and men want cuddling, romance and to enjoy expressing their sexuality. The paper, Sexual diversity in the United States : Results from a nationally representative probability study of adult women and men” was … Continue reading

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