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    Dana Hunter Dana Hunter is a science blogger, SF writer, and geology addict whose home away from SciAm is En Tequila Es Verdad. Follow her on Twitter: @dhunterauthor. Follow on Twitter @dhunterauthor.
  • Geologists’ Manslaughter Verdict Overturned and Other Stories: A Cornucopia of Earth Science Links

    Entrenched meanders in Goosenecks State Park, Utah. Image courtesy USDA/FSA.

    Whilst I’ve been off designing geology-themed holiday cards and working on other time-devouring things, other folks in the geoblogosphere have been doing some fascinating writing. I thought I’d bring some to you! Chris Rowan has the story of the Italian geologists whose conviction for manslaughter was recently overturned. This is critical news for anyone doing [...]

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    Adventures in Creationist Earth Science Education I: In Which First Impressions Are Made

    A choice selection of Christianist textbooks, plus one secular. Can you spot the odd book out?

    Welcome to the first installment of our down-to-earth analysis of young earth creationist earth science textbooks*, in which we learn what good Christians™ are teaching the kids these days. Let’s take a moment to acquaint ourselves with our three texts. Two are for Christian schools; the third is a secular control. At first glance, it’s [...]

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    Smilin’ Stone and a Super-Sweet Rip-Up Clast

    Image shows a dark gray, rounded rock within a lighter gray ledge. Lichen on the rock looks like two eyes, and there's a line along the bottom that looks like a crooked smile.

    Sorry I’ve been gone so long! My kidneys conspired with some bacteria in order to attempt murder upon me, probably because they’re tired of me threatening to donate the one that used to get all the kidney stones. I’ve now recovered about 60% of my brain function, which means I can start talking geology to [...]

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    Adventures in ACE I: In Which Oddities Are Explored

    My stack of ACE PACES. These are supposedly the entire 8th grade science curriculum.

    I recently spent an instructive few months reading Jonny Scaramanga’s blog, where I learned just how screwed up Accelerated Christian Education is. Imagine a room full of young kids stuffed in study carrels (“offices,” in ACE parlance), sitting silent on hard plastic chairs while they’re taught truly-true Christian things from thin newsprint booklets. As they [...]

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    Bay Area Chance of a Lifetime: See Tanya Atwater at the Randall Museum!

    This Thursday, Tanya Atwater will be speaking at San Francisco’s Randall Museum. For free! Her talk is about Living in the Plate Boundary, and it sounds awesomesauce: Superstar Geophysicist Tanya Atwater, will present an incredible and amazing series of images and ideas on the geologically active San Francisco area. She’ll also throw in some climate-related [...]

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    Six Snubbed Women in Science

    Image shows Chinese scentist Chien-Shiung Wu smiling at the camera in an old black-and-white photo.

    Someone (if only I could remember who!) recently linked this 2013 NatGeo article: 6 Women Scientists Who Were Snubbed Due to Sexism. Rosalind Franklin is there, of course, but there are also women I’d never heard of: Esther Lederberg, Chien-Shiung Wu, and Nettie Stevens. The list hasn’t got any geologists, alas, but physics and biology [...]

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    Readers’ Experiences with Creationist Education

    Image shows Morpheus from The Matrix. Caption says, "What if I told you young earth creationism contradicts every field of science, and not just biology."

    Our preliminary foray into the world of creationist earth science education encouraged many of you to share your own stories. I want to make sure they don’t languish unread in the comments section. Real people are affected by these awful textbooks. We should never, ever lose sight of that fact.

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    STEM’s Harassment Problem Goes Well Beyond Field Work

    Image shows a tuxedo cat with its paws crossed and a serious look on its face. Caption says, "This is unacceptable."

    D.N. Lee has a post up at her Scientific American blog that needs to be read right now. Here’s a pull quote, but read the entire thing. Now. No excuses. I know the SAFE research focused on field research experiences – mostly abroad, away from home institution – but many women are getting harassed out [...]

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    Adventures in Creationist Earth Science Education: In the Beginning…

    Mah three textbooks on me bedside work table, plus a glass of my preferred coping mechanism (a nice, crisp, late-harvest Riesling), with the kitteh in the background looking rather skeptical of this whole idea.

    For a while, now, I’ve planned a series on the kind of creationists who like to run around calling themselves geologists and invade GSA meetings under false pretenses. People like Steven Austin, who does real geology only to the extent it gives him a Trojan Horse into professional journals and meetings. These creationists have a [...]

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    A Rather Important Anniversary

    Image shows me and Lockwood hunched over the black basalt shore, with the ocean in the background.

    I’m terrible at remembering anniversaries and worse at communication, so this post commemorating an important anniversary is a day late. Lockwood reminded me that yesterday marked our fourth year since meeting in person. Happy anniversary! I can easily say that if not for Lockwood, I’d not be here talking geology to you. It takes a [...]

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