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January 2014 - Editor's Blog

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!

  • SB&F and Science NetLinks are working together to create blog posts and resources that highlight the books that have selected as Finalists for the 2014 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize. The two AAAS programs have collaborated throughout the history of the prizes, thanks to generous sponsorship from Subaru. Each year Science NetLinks creates classroom-based resources that utilize the winning books. This year we have decided to shine a spotlight on all of the finalists throughout the year because we believe that all of the books on our shortlist deserve your attention. Recently, I blogged about Beyond the Solar System and Things that Float and Things that Don't . This week, NetLink's Maya...      Read more...
  • As the world’s population swells beyond 10 billion people later this century, what can we do to sustain the farmland, energy and water supplies needed to keep everyone fed? That’s the challenging question that Sustainable Food , a web-based toolkit, addresses with an anchor video and dozens of resources. The toolkit is a project of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. "We basically have to double the amount of food we produce over the next 50 to 60 years,” says John Floros, Ph.D, in the anchor video, called Feeding the World . “The question is, can we do that, and how should we do it?” Floros, dean of the College...      Read more...
    Published 9 Jan 2014 2:33 PM by Maria Sosa
  • High school teachers interested in authentic learning experiences in STEM should check out the Lemelson-MIT Program: InvenTeam Initiative. The Lemelson-MIT Program awards InvenTeam grants of up to $10,000 to teams of high school students, teachers, and mentors who invent technological solutions to real-world problems. Each InvenTeam chooses its own issue to address, and the students rely on inquiry and hands-on problem solving as they apply lessons from science, technology, engineering, and math to develop invention prototypes. InvenTeam projects span many fields, from assistive devices to environmental technologies and consumer goods. Science, math, and technology educators at high schools and...      Read more...
    Published 13 Jan 2014 12:09 PM by Maria Sosa