December 16, 2013
Maybe science belongs on Pennsylvania's endangered species list. Some political leaders are already acting as if science is irrelevant. Gov. Corbett has named a former prosecutor who admits to a lack of scientific curiosity to be his environmental secretary. Pennsylvania was late to join efforts to reduce the pollution blowing into Northeastern states from the west. And the legislature is ignoring science in trying to remove animals from the endangered list. Corbett's new environmental secretary, E. Christopher Abruzzo, turned heads during recent confirmation hearings when he downplayed climate change and the role government should play in mitigating its effects.
April 13, 1989 |
For 17 years, Russell Diers has been introducing high school students to "the real world scenario of science. " Whether conducting a fish survey at Peace Valley Park in New Britain or watching Navy pilots lose consciousness in a simulated cockpit, Diers seeks to demonstrate science as it works in laboratories, the environment and on the job. "These kids have had theory for 12 years," said Diers, coordinator of seminar programs for the Bucks...
February 8, 1987 |
Westampton's newly appointed superintendent of schools thinks elementary students in the township should be exposed to more science and spend more time writing. Daniel Martin, 36, was selected Jan. 29 to head the Westampton school system. He replaces Bernard D'Emidio, who left to take over the Florence school system. Martin has spent eight years in the Burlington City school system, most recently as assistant to the superintendent. When he takes over the top Westampton job March 30, he said, he would like to see science have a prominent place in the two-school kindergarten-through- eighth-grade system.
March 13, 1994 |
If the Montgomery County Science Research Competition is any indication, student interest in science has reached an all-time high. A total of 603 students - 12 percent more than last year's record high of 537 - entered the 37th annual countywide science fair, scheduled through the weekend at Ursinus College in Collegeville. Students in five divisions from sixth through 12th grades competed in 14 categories from behavioral science to zoology. "Interest is definitely growing among students in doing what scientists do, and that's research," said Richard Close, science department chairman at Indian Valley Middle School in the Souderton Area School District.
March 17, 2014 |
PHOENIXVILLE The pilot was explaining how the big Sikorsky S-76 helicopter sitting outside Phoenixville Middle School worked when someone asked why pilots wear flight suits. The chief reason is they are fire retardant, but all those pockets are good for stashing essentials, like lip gloss and nail files, pilot Stacy Sheard said. Most of her colleagues might not have given that answer, as the overwhelming majority of helicopter pilots are men. But at the Chester County Economic Development Council's 14th annual GETT (Girls Exploring Tomorrow's Technology)
March 3, 2000 |
Anything about science interests Johnny, 11. He will come into a room at his group home, book in hand, and ask a staff parent: "Did you know how the planets revolve?" When he is outdoors, he will comment that the leaves drop off during fall. He goes to the library often. Johnny is in a special-education class on a fourth-grade level, and tests show an average and slightly below-average IQ. He's far above average when it comes to history, however, and can name generals in the Revolutionary War and give dates and facts about events that took place.
January 7, 1987 |
Science is on trial in America. The state of Louisiana wants equal time in school curricula for two theories about the history of man and the world: creation and evolution. A court ruled that this was unconstitutional, so Louisiana is appealing to the U.S. Supreme Court. Be clear what this argument is not about. It is not about religious faith. Many Christians are evolutionists, many Darwinians are Christians. Creationism does not offer any ideas on morality or spirituality - and it is not about who or what created the world, but about what happened later.
October 12, 1989 |
Area secondary-school students will get an opportunity to show off their creative and technical talents at the inaugural Chester County Youth Expo to be held in April. The event, which was announced Tuesday, will be a countywide competition for students in science and the arts. In all, there will be 21 categories and 63 division winners. "It's an opportunity for students to display their talents outside of what you normally are called upon to use in the classroom," said Ray McCarthy, Youth Expo program chairman.
October 27, 2012 |
In their song "Human," the Killers ask: "Are we human, or are we dancer?" The singer intones, "My sign is vital, my hands are cold. " On Thursday night at Christ Church Neighborhood House, Meredith Rainey and Marcel Williams Foster put that question to the test in Carbon Dance Theatre's Science per Forms . It's a wonderful title for a piece that explores humanity's contest between body and machine, and the question of which drives which. The 45-minute work had multiple collaborators: Nine science, technology, architecture, and design wonks from Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania associated with IK Studio and the Hactory (yes, a haven for hackers)
June 9, 2002
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