I will be leaving in just a matter of days to go to India with the International Reporting Project as a New Media Journalist to examine the issues of child survival. We will be in Mumbai, Nagpur, and New Delhi with visits to rural and slum areas. The IRP has a full schedule for the ten of us chosen to share our findings with our audiences within social media and blogs.
I made a video explaining why I’m going and what I plan to do to further the understanding of STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) during this trip in relation to child survival issues.
Many of the issues surrounding child survival in India; malnutrition, maternal and fetal care, sanitation, infectious diseases, and vaccinations, can be viewed as social issues, ones that stem from the difficulties of being a developing nation with a tremendously large population, and many of them living below the poverty levels and without education. Segments of India are thriving and growing and on the cutting edge of technology, with some of the most highly educated people in the world, making India a land of disparities.
7 years ago • Blog, Travel, Video • Tags: Angela Saini, child survival, Geek Nation, India, Infectious Diseases, International Reporting Project, Malnutrition, Maternal-Fetal Health, Sanitation/Environmental Issues, Vaccinations
This article was originally posted at my Scientific American blog.
This enthusiastic movie line, lifted from the kids film, “Despicable Me“, about an evil villian whose heart is warmed by a trio of young girls who come into his life, is a very appropriate introduction to a movie that animal lovers simply must take time out to see . If you are along the west coast, the informative and stirring movie “Otter 501″ is debuting in theaters tomorrow! A list of screenings can be seen here.
8 years ago • animals, More Science, otters, psivid, Video • Tags: Animals, cute, Film, fluffy, Katie, Katie Pofahl, Mark Shelley, Monterey Bay Aquarium, ocean, otter, otter 501, sea otter, Sea otter rescue, video
I originally posted this at my Scientific American blog.
I was recently in Alaska as an invitee of GoPro cameras in support of a pretty cool science experiment by Project Aether. Briefly, I was there to assist as they launched weather balloons with GoPro cameras attached in order to collect intra-auroral images. After the weather balloons dropped, the GPS tagged cameras were then retrieved, by several means and with several people. As I receive footage and information, I will be sharing more about this here on this blog.
8 years ago • psivid, Space, Travel, Video • Tags: Alaska, Ann Druyan, astronomers, astronomy, aurora borealis, documentary, Don Pettit, Globe at Night, GoPro, Ian Cheney, International Dark-Sky Association, light pollution, movie, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Project Aether, The City Dark
Above is a video of Cayucos the otter being groomed, courtesy of Shedd Aquarium (no audio)
Mid-February, I took a science-themed trip to Chicago. I absolutely had to visit the new orphaned baby otter adopted by the Shedd Aquarium. I also could not turn down a chance to offer a one year happy birthday greeting to the two toed sloth born atLincoln Park Zoo last year around Valentine’s Day.
8 years ago • animals, More Science, Nature, otters, sloths • Tags: Animals, Cayucos, Chicago, Joanne Manaster, Lincoln Park Zoo, otter, science, Shedd Aquarium, Siesta, sloth, southern sea otters, wildlife
8 years ago • Beauty, Nature, psivid, Uncategorized, Video • Tags: Bees, Film, film making, Fotoshop by Adobe, Growing is Forever, iPad, Jesse Rosten, Jim Hutchins, Joanne Manaster, lighting, Redwood, Rob Nelson, Science Online 2012, Scientific American, video, videomaking, Videomaking 101, workshops
This article was originally posted at my Scientific American blog.
This is the time of year many of us instinctively turn toward heart-warming movies and TV shows. If you are one of those people, I have the perfect nature show for you. Airing December 17th at 8pm on Animal Planet, it is a sweet, warm, and humorous story about an unusual place: the Avarios Sloth Sanctuary in Costa Rica. Watch the most adorable screener, ever. In case you didn’t think cute could get cuter, I present exhibit A!
Not too long ago, I featured Lucy Cooke and her viral sloth videos in a post here at Psi Vid, Elements of a Viral Video–Cute Animals
8 years ago • animals, More Science, Nature, Science, sloths, Video • Tags: Animal Planet, Avarios Sloth Sanctuary, baby sloths, Costa Rica, filming, Lucy Cooke, Meet the Sloths, nature, program, sloths are coming, three toed sloths, Too Cute! Baby Sloths, TV, two-toed sloths
I originally posted this article at Scientific American on July 13, 2011.
Imagine a dark haired little girl of not quite four years old, playing outside in a cotton dress in the warm dusk of July 30, 1969, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Me and my little sister, Geri, in New Mexico, where I recall being called in to witness man’s first steps on the moon. Photo: Joanne Manaster
On a very warm and muggy July 30, 2010, outside of Krannert Theater on the U of Illinois campus, Joanne gave a live presentation to an audience of 400 people for the Champaign-Urbana Pecha Kucha 20 slides 20 seconds each!
I play a time traveling beauty who can visit any scientist I wish. Find out who is in my little black book of scientists I love! The superb phone image in my presentation was designed by Matt Cokeley, formerly of Popular Science and currently the Creative Director of Mag+.
I was lucky to present all of this science after the beer break, where people may have imbibed a bit, making them a bit more receptive to all of the science and scientists I presented. It was great fun!
10 years ago • More Science, Science, STEM, Video • Tags: Albert Michaelson, Claude Bernard, Enrico Fermi, Joanne Manaster, Lisa Meitner, Little Black Book of Scientists I Love, Marie Curie, Matt Cokeley, Michael Faraday, Pecha Kucha, Pecha Kucha CU, STEM, video
Can cookies describe what a doctor is looking for in a CBC, complete blood cell count? With the capable artistic hands of Ms. Humble from Not So Humble Pie and my cell biology knowledge, they can! Learn about the formed elements of blood: red blood cells (erythrocytes), white blood cells (lymphocytes, monocytes, basophils, eosinophils, neutrophils) and platelets in a series of videos that begins here!
10 years ago • Health, More Science, Science, Science Literacy • Tags: basophils, Blood, Blood Cell Bakery, blood cells, boingboing, eosinophils, gingerbread cookies, lymphocytes, macrophage, megakaryocytes, monocytes, Ms. Humble, neutrophils, Not So Humble Pie, plasma, platelets, thrombocytes