Archives for July 2006

Stem Cell Research Issues

Since the recent bill proposed by the Senate to support embryonic stem cell research through NIH funding, and the subsequent veto by the President, considerable discussion has ensued from each side of the issue. Today’s issue of Time Magazine has as its featured story, Stem Cells: The Hope and the Hype. The article explores the […]

The Power of Teachers' Beliefs

There was an interesting article in today’s New York Times, The Unfailing Belief in the Power of Teaching by David M. Herszenhorn. It’s a story about Andres Alonso, whose family, when he was 12, fled Cuba and settled in New Jersey. Alonso went onto Columbia University and Harvard (Law School), and then took a job […]

The Power of Teachers’ Beliefs

There was an interesting article in today’s New York Times, The Unfailing Belief in the Power of Teaching by David M. Herszenhorn. It’s a story about Andres Alonso, whose family, when he was 12, fled Cuba and settled in New Jersey. Alonso went onto Columbia University and Harvard (Law School), and then took a job […]

The Stem Cell Research Issue

This week the U.S. Senate passed a bill that would have allowed researchers to do continued stem cell research. As promised, President Bush vetoed the bill a day after it passed in the senate. NPR provided a detailed time-line of the Stem-Cell Debate, noting that in 1981 stem cells were first isolated by researchers Gail […]

Part Deux: No Child Left Behind "Needs Improvement"

There is a high school in a Georgia County (in the Metro-Atlanta area) that will remain nameless. I know about the school because I lived within two miles of it. I could be writing about any school in the State or the nation for that matter. Anyway, the school is considered one of the top […]

Part Deux: No Child Left Behind “Needs Improvement”

There is a high school in a Georgia County (in the Metro-Atlanta area) that will remain nameless. I know about the school because I lived within two miles of it. I could be writing about any school in the State or the nation for that matter. Anyway, the school is considered one of the top […]

Discovery Returns to Florida

Space Shuttle Discovery returned safely to Florida after a really important mission for NASA’s astronaut corp, and the Space Station. After three space walks, transferring thousands of pounds of supplies, and removing trash, the astronauts “installed new equipment outside of the station, tested technologies and techniques for repairing small areas of damage to the shuttle’s […]

No Child Left Behind "Needs Improvement"

Into today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, the article “Long road to school sanctions” underscored the dilemma that this country is in with regard to the education of youth. Instead of educating youth, enormous resources have been and continue being spent of mandated testing, and then the holding of schools and districts hostage—before and after the results […]

No Child Left Behind “Needs Improvement”

Into today’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper, the article “Long road to school sanctions” underscored the dilemma that this country is in with regard to the education of youth. Instead of educating youth, enormous resources have been and continue being spent of mandated testing, and then the holding of schools and districts hostage—before and after the results […]

God and Science

Francis Collins, Director of National Human Genome Research Institute has just published a new book entitled The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief. The book was featured in an article in this week’s issue of Time Magazine entitled Reconciling God and Science. Collins, not only is a scientist but is a Christian […]

Backwards—Trying to Make the Cows Fatter

Have you ever given serious thought to the obsession this country has for state-wide and national testing. In previous posts I’ve discussed the dilemma that state departments of education have created in their outright commitment to testing the brains out of students grades 1 through 12. I recall a good friend of mine telling me […]

July 4th Blast Off!

It wasn’t the shot heard ’round the world, but for NASA it was an important success in its plan to help finish the contruction of the Space Station. It will take about 15 flights of the Space Shuttle from now until 2010, so today’s flight was important in reaching that goal. The astronauts looked ready […]

The Space Shuttle: Connecting with Space

It looks like NASA will be proceed with the launch on July 4 of the Space Shuttle Discovery. It will be the first time that a launch of astronauts has taken place on Independence Day. Let’s hope that it proceeds as the astronauts hope. Imagine getting on that giant rocket twice and have it called […]

Allergies and Global Warming

In several of the past few posts, I’ve written about global warming by calling attention to recent publications by Elizabeth Kolbert and Al Gore. In there view, the evidence is all around us and we need to take notice of its effects: increased rainfall in some areas (the North Eastern part of the U.S.), widening […]

Allergies and Global Warming

In several of the past few posts, I’ve written about global warming by calling attention to recent publications by Elizabeth Kolbert and Al Gore. In there view, the evidence is all around us and we need to take notice of its effects: increased rainfall in some areas (the North Eastern part of the U.S.), widening […]