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Welcome to the SB&F Editor's Blog. I am Maria Sosa, Editor-in-Chief of SB&F. Through this blog I hope to interact with the SB&F community and post news and information related to science books, videos, authors, opportunities and other topics of interest to our readers. I hope you find the blog useful and entertaining. Please, join the conversation by posting a comment on our Facebook page. I'd love to hear from you!


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  • This is the first in a series of posts that takes a closer look at the 2014 Finalists for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize. Categories are very convenient, but they often have "permeable membranes" that make it hard to sort things into hard and fast groupings. Remember that when looking at the finalists for the 2014 SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Things that Float and Things that Don't (Holiday House, 2013 ) , witten by David A. Adler and illustrated by Anne Raff, is a finalist in the Children's Science Picture Book category, but it could just as easily be a candidate for the Hands-on Science Book category. As an introduction to the concepts of density and buoyancy...      Read more...
    Published 12 Nov 2013 11:13 AM by Maria Sosa
  • I am proud to be part of the team that helped put together the exhibition Beauty and the Brain Revealed currently on display at the AAAS Gallery. The exhibition builds on a 2010 collaboration between the Zanvyl Krieger Mind/Brain Institute at the Johns Hopkins University and the Walters Art Museum to examine how the brain perceives abstract sculpture. As part of the experience, viewers can put on a pair of 3D glasses to explore digitally morphed versions of sculpture and learn how 3D shape characteristics relate to your own aesthetic preferences! The interactive exhibition explores the aesthetic theory of “significant form,” which includes the idea that certain aesthetic experiences...      Read more...
  • FableVision , a Boston-based group of education media development and publishing companies, and Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's largest children's literacy nonprofit, have teamed up to develop and distribute two free apps focused on building early childhood literacy in preschool and elementary-aged children. The apps are intended to promote an early love of reading through interactive read-aloud stories, digital drawing boards, and virtual science labs. The apps were developed using best practices in literacy and are designed to help children build strong foundations for reading while engaging them through entertaining stories and vibrant loveable characters. They are available...      Read more...
    Published 15 Oct 2013 1:19 PM by Maria Sosa
  • This lovely set of AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize winning books can be yours if you enter the Science NetLinks Mystery Image Contest ! The Science NetLinks Mystery Image Contest puts your detective skills to the test by featuring a close-up section of a science-related image and you need to guess its identity. The contest features images that fit different science themes, like Earth Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, etc. To enter, simply go to the Mystery Image Contest page and enter your contact information and your guess. One winner will be chosen randomly out of all the correct answers to win a prize! Each contest will be open for about two weeks and the answer will be revealed along with...      Read more...
  • KidsHealth.org, and FlickerLab Animation Studios have relaunched How the Body Works , a popular series of free, online movies for kids. The eight new How the Body Works movies are HDTV-quality animated programs targeting school-age children that explain complicated body parts in an entertaining and engaging way. Featuring the animated characters Chloe & the Nurb, the 5-minute movies reinforce educational points through humor, song, and repetition. The eight new movies, in both English and Spanish, cover the following topics: Ears , Eyes , Nose , Tongue , Teeth , Skin , Nails , and Hair . The new movies are the centerpieces of a suite of content that includes quizzes and printable activities...      Read more...
    Published 30 Sep 2013 3:30 PM by Maria Sosa
  • My colleague Bob Hirshon made this vlog (video blog) for the Verizon Thinkfinity Community about using the kinds of great science books we love here at SB&F to teach science. In it, Bob, AAAS Education Directorate head Shirley Malcom, and I talk science books and share our view that "informational" shouldn't mean boring. Along the way, we share some great literature that just happens to be about science.      Read more...
  • Guest Blogger: Neela White, Outreach and Awards Editor, SB&F One of the great parts of my job is having the opportunity to interact with the community, more specifically, working with schools and students to coordinate the generous donations of books on behalf of our partnership with Subaru of America, and the Subaru Loves Science! Initiative. Our AAAS headquarters, based out of Washington, DC has provided book donations to area schools, but for a second consecutive year our efforts have expanded out of the DC area into Indianapolis, IN with support from the Indiana Academy of Science. In 2012, Subaru Loves Science! provided a donation of science education books to Murdock Elementary School...      Read more...
  • In the August issue of SB&F we included a list of some of our favorite YouTube channels. Since August 4-10 is Geek Week on YouTube, we decided to publish the list on our blog too, with some additions. If you want to recommend a channel not on the list, please leave a comment on our Facebook page. And don't forget, we have our own SB&F Youtube Channel that features videos mainly about science books and authors, especially focused on the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books . You can find us at Bytesize Science : Produc ed by the American Chemical Society (ACS), this channel features a series of award winning videos that uncover the chemistry of everyday life,...      Read more...
  • We've been blogging recently on the intersection of science on art.. Therefore, a new trio of exhibits that opened last week at theNational Air and Space Museum here in Washington, D.C. , caught our attention. Housed together, though technically separate exhibits, "High Art: A Decade of Collecting," "Searching for Goldilocks" and "Suited for Space" showcase the exploration of space and aviation. The exhibits are described below. If you are planning a trip to D.C. in the next few months, these are definitely worth adding to your itinerary. High Art: A Decade of Collecting showcases 50 pieces of art acquired by the museum during the past 10 years. These pieces...      Read more...
  • Guest Blogger: Ann Williams, Art Director, SB&F Scientific photography is both an "art" and a "science", where artists and scientists strive to better understand the world around them. Yet art and science differ greatly in their aim and their practice. Art concerns itself with aesthetically pleasing images. The artistic part of photography includes the photographer's artistic goals, his composition, his vision, inspiration and the use of art-related concepts. Understanding the "art" is essential to good photography, but cannot be performed by itself. One cannot learn and master art first and then just take photographs. It requires practice; experimentation...      Read more...
  • Recently I've come across a number of interesting science-related contests and competitions that I thought I would share with our readers. Check out the opportunities below. From chemistry to earth science to science fiction poetry, one of them might be perfect for you! American Chemical Society invites entries in video contest on ‘Everyday Chemistry’ Scientists and students still have two weeks to submit entries to a new American Chemical Society (ACS) video contest to win prizes that include a paid trip to the next national meeting of the world’s largest scientific society. Contest details and a sample video are available at cenm.ag/everydaychem . ACS launched the “Everyday...      Read more...
  • Guest Blogger: Neela White, Outreach and Awards Editor, SB&F When I was asked to coordinate book donations for DC-area schools as part of my role as Outreach and Awards Editor with SB&F, I thought, "this is perfect!" I currently work with area elementary and middle schools on two other grants that are partnered with AAAS, and I knew that each of these schools would greatly benefit from the highly-recommended, peer-reviewed books offered by SB&F . My first school was an easy, and quick decision. I contacted a colleague that I've worked with for the past three years, Mr. Javaris Powell. Mr. Powell is the SMARTLab Facilitator at Friendship, Blow Pierce in N.E. Washington...      Read more...
  • Guest Blogger: Ann Williams, Art Director, SB&F This image is from Ken and Julia Yonetani's recent exhibition, Crystal Palace: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nuclear Nations. The chandelier frame is made up of uranium glass beads, wire, UV light bulbs, and electric components. Science has always been an integral part of art. Albert Einstein said, "Imagination in more important than knowledge." Leonardo da Vinci engaged in the art of science and the science of art. Andy Warhol used film in his portraits. If not entirely engaged in the arts, scientists throughout history have at least engaged in science with an artistic spirit. Scientists and artists use...      Read more...
    Published 4 Apr 2013 3:53 PM by Maria Sosa
  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) and NBC Learn, the educational arm of NBC News, recently released five new videos in the Science Behind The News series. Science Behind The News is a relatively new, fast-paced video series supported by NSF that explores the science, technology, engineering and mathematics behind current events. Each video features at least one interview with an NSF-funded scientist or researcher. The five new videos highlight work funded by NSF's Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The scope of scientific and educational activity supported in the directorate is enormous, ranging from phenomena at cosmological distances, to environmental science on the...      Read more...
    Published 2 Apr 2013 5:23 PM by Maria Sosa
  • Guest Blogger: Ann Williams, Art Director, SB&F Image Credit: Eduardo Kac, Natural History of the Enigma, transgenic flower with artist’s own DNA expressed in the red veins, 2003/2008. Collection Weisman Art Museum. Photo: Rik Sferra. Bio-art is an art practice that uses live tissues, bacteria, living organisms and life processes to create works of art. Adam Zaretsky is an artist, or "bio-artist," working on his PhD in Art and Biology at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute (RPI) . His focus is on artistic uses and the social implications of molecular biology, tissue culture, genomics and developmental biology. He once played Engelbert Humperdincks's Greatest Hits to a dish...      Read more...
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