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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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  • Emily Grosholz: Mathematics, Philosophy and Poetry.

    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...
  • STEM and Poetry

    In this month's issue we reviewed At the Sea Floor Cafe: Odd Ocean Critters Poems . It contains 17 poems that follow introduce unusual marine animals, such as the snapping shrimp, coconut octopus, violet snail, and narwhal. The author, Leslie Bulion, utilizes a variety of poetic forms and discusses these in detail in the endnotes so that budding poets may be inspired to learn more. Coincidentally, this month Thinkfinity, the educationional website of The Verizon Foundation, posted a new feature called STEM Poetry . The page features three new videos from ReadWriteThink (a Thinkfinity partner site) that demonstrate how to use STEM poetry in the classroom. Included are links to other Thinkfinity...      Read more...
    Published 8 Sep 2011 3:08 PM by Heather Malcomson
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  • Review Spotlight: Ubiquitous

    Ubiquitous (Houghton Mifflin, 2010) is a delightful book of poetry for young readers. More than a poetry book, Ubiquitous weaves sound science through out its pages. Our long time reviewer and member of the SB&F Prize committee, Dr. Edward Saiff, recently reviewed the book. See his full review below. Be sure to check out our suggested reading list of other science and poetry books. (Free registration required to view these resources. Please create a free account here .) SB&F review of Ubiquitous : Poetry and science aren’t often found in the same children’s book, but Ubiquitous serves both areas well. The book celebrates several species that are thriving on earth today with...      Read more...
    Published 14 Sep 2010 2:35 PM by Heather Malcomson
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  • April is National Poetry Month

    Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April. The month long celebration presents a great opportunity for us to feature a list of SB&F recommended books for children that integrate poetry and science. Here’s a look at a couple the poems you’ll find in the books featured on our list. Giant Sequoias from Poetrees by Douglas Florian Ancient seers Of three thousand years. Heavenly high. Friends to the sky. Spongy thick bark. Large as an ark. Gargantuan girth. Anchored in earth. Growing by degrees To world's tallest trees. Never destroy a Giant sequoia. Listen for Me from Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pong Poems by Joyce...      Read more...
    Published 26 Mar 2010 1:49 PM by Heather Malcomson