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April 2015 - 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!


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  • Last year in April we posted Lucretius: Science in Verse and Reflections on a Dinoflagellate to commemorate National Poetry Month. This year we are offering another short series of stories that continue the conversation, beginning with this introduction to the poetry of Emily Rolfe Grosholz. Science, philosophy, and poetry have many intersections. The three disciplines share a history and are all considered traditional pillars of a liberal arts education. Poet, critic, and philosopher Emily Rolfe Grosholz lives and works in this intersection. Grosholz is Liberal Arts Research Professor of Philosophy, African American Studies and English, and a member of the Center for Fundamental Theory / Institute...      Read more...
  • A Book Recommendation for World Penguin Day ! Penguins: The Ultimate Guide , by by Tui De Roy , Mark Jones , and Julie Cornthwaite. (Illus.) Princeton, NJ Princeton 2014. 240pp. $35.00. 2013956959. ISBN 9780691162997. Index; C.I.P. Although not a scientific treatise, Penguins is built on a solid foundation of scientific research. Furthermore, and importantly, the three authors of Penguins have extensive firsthand experience with penguins making readers feel as if they are on an ecotourism trip under knowledgeable guides. A plethora of large, color photographs lend themselves to the feeling of ecotourism and are an integral component of the book. Indeed, the stunning detail and broad scope of...      Read more...
  • As part of our occasional series of Throwback Thursday reviews, here is one from 1991. Prairie Visions: The Life and Times of Solomon Butcher , by Pam Conrad . (Illus.) NY Harpercollins 1991. 85pp. For her award-winning novel, Prairie Songs , Pam Conrad researched the achives at the Nebraska State Historical Society in Lincoln. There, she came across a collection of photographs taken by a man named Solomon Butcher. His pictures documented the people and the prairie of Nebraska in the late 1800s. She incorporated Butcher into her novel, embellishing his personality with her own imagination. In Prairie Visions: The Life and Times of Solomon Butcher, Conrad reflects upon the life of the real Solomon...      Read more...
  • We thought that the 25th anniversary of Earth Day would be a good day to share this review. Klein, Grady, and Yoram Bauman. The Cartoon Introduction to Climate Change. (Illus.) Washington, DC: Island Press, 2014. This book provides a balanced analysis of climate change and fossil fuel use in cartoon form. What's not to like? The authors express deep concerns about what the future holds if we do not change our fossil fuel consumption behaviors, but they do an excellent job of presenting data and evidence about a highly polarized issue and allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Humor eases the way for personal contemplation of serious issues. Some of the many complex concepts addressed...      Read more...
  • It's been a pretty rough season so far; you know it's bad when it snows the first day of spring! As I write this post there are floods in the Midwest, and several days ago it snowed across large parts of the country, including Colorado, New York, and Michigan. Nevertheless, I'm going trust that we will eventually see signs of more inviting weather that will entice us to head outdoors and explore the season. And in that spirit I offer up this bibliography published in the April 2015 issue of SB&F in which we share 28 books with a spring theme that can be used to engage children with the science of the season. Included are seven fiction selections that can be paired with the nonfiction...      Read more...
    Published 10 Apr 2015 11:48 AM by Maria Sosa