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B.A. completed! M.A. to follow!

Having completed the last two requirements of undergraduate work despite not being enrolled (done via CLEPs!) I am now awaiting the final result of a degree audit to make sure everything is on point.

This has been an amazing journey full of pain, sacrifice, exultation, and wonder.

I finished with a flourish — this was not easy but instead rather traumatic. I’m still recovering.

Looking forward to starting my graduate chapter! (Assuming I get a TA post to cover tuition… )

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What Might the ScienceHumanities Look Like?

More on the intersections of the sciences and humanities. #STEAM

Cardiff ScienceHumanities

martin-willisMartin Willis
Professor of English
Cardiff University
ScienceHumanities Initiative Principal Investigator
Chair of the British Society for Literature and Science
Editor of the Journal of Literature and Science

In various disciplines we have come close to using the term ScienceHumanities in recent years.

There is, firstly, the long-standing Medical Humanities, which would reasonably claim to be an interdiscipline of its own. However, the medical humanities have been notoriously difficult to define, and have very bifurcated groups. Secondly, in eco-critical studies the phrase environmental humanities is, if not commonplace, then recognisably in use. In that arena it is a useful shorthand for the variety of disciplines that might combine and interact to focus attention on environmental challenges.

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History (of Science) Books by Women

The Renaissance Mathematicus

Last weekend saw several major newspapers publishing their books of the year list. Unfortunately these displayed, in several aspects, a serious lack of balance. Science and history of science books came up more than somewhat short and in some categories the male dominance was glaring. The latter problem provoked the following tweet by historian and history book author Lucy Worsley:

8 of 9 of the ‘history books of the year’ in today’s Times, and 19 out of 21 of ditto in today’s Telegraph, are by men. I’m not impressed. Lucy Worsley

In reaction to this tweet a hash tag sprang into life, #HistoryBooksbyWomen, under which some just listed the names of female history book authors and others tweeted names and book titles. My discipline the history of science is blessed with many excellent female historians, authors of many first class books. This being the case I thought that I…

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New guidelines aim to improve understanding of scientific data

Further work in research on ontological visualization, via Phys.org:

“Scientific information is one factor that can influence decision-making to achieve change, and visualisation of data through graphics – such as graphs, diagrams and thematic maps – plays an important role in the communication of climate change findings to both expert and non-specialist audiences.”

Read more at: http://phys.org/news/2016-11-guidelines-aim-scientific.html#jCp

 

Berkeley Lab: Revealing the Fluctuations of Flexible DNA in 3-D

“First-of-their-kind images by Berkeley Lab-led research team could aid in use of DNA to build nanoscale devices.” http://newscenter.lbl.gov/2016/03/30/revealing-the-fluctuations-of-flexible-dna-in-3-d/

Bookmarked for consideration of STEM pedagogical modeling and narratives-research in data visualization.

Art and sculptures from Hadrian’s Villa: Marble statue of a dancing female figure

FOLLOWING HADRIAN

This month’s sculpture from Hadrian’s Villa is a marble statue of a dancing female figure, thought to be a portrait of Praxilla of Sikyon.

Dancing female figure, thought to be a portrait of Praxilla of Sikyon (a Greek lyric poet), from the portico of the pecile at Hadrian's Villa, 117 - 138 AD, Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome Dancing female figure, thought to be a portrait of Praxilla of Sikyon
Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome

Praxilla was a female poet writing in the mid-fifth century BC. She came from Sikyon, a city situated on a fertile coastal plain beside the Corinthian Gulf in the northeast Peloponnese (see images of the archaeological site here). She wrote, dithyrambs, hymns to the Greek gods as well as drinking songs (skolia). Her skolia were among the most celebrated of her time and were sung at banquets and festivals for over three hundred years.

Dancing female figure, thought to be a portrait of Praxilla of Sikyon (a Greek lyric poet), from the portico of the pecile at Hadrian's Villa, 117 - 138 AD Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome Dancing female figure, thought to be a portrait of Praxilla of Sikyon
Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome

The statue, made of white Pentelic marble, depicts the Greek lyric poetess in…

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