Posts by Christine Hoekenga

Christine Hoekenga

Christine is a freelance writer, editor, and content strategist, specializing in science and nature. She holds an Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Media Studies and a Master's of Science Writing. She has been working in science communication and education for nearly a decade as a journalist, an organizer for conservation groups, and a museum educator. Before joining the Visionlearning team, she served as the New Media and Online Community Manager for the Webby award-winning Smithsonian Ocean Portal. Christine is assisting Visionlearning with developing new modules and glossary terms, managing the blog, and outreach through social media.

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Ivory-billed woodpecker

February 15, 2014

Science Searches for the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker

Ten years ago this week, the flap of feathered wings in a swampy woodland ignited scientific controversy and public fervor. On February 11, 2004, in an area known as the Big Woods of Arkansas, outdoorsman Gene...

January 17, 2014

Video of the Week: Flying Robot Jellyfish?

It’s a not a bird and it most certainly isn’t a plane. The flapping object in our video of the week is a tiny robot that most closely resembles a jellyfish but that isn’t actually modeled...

An African Globe Lily Cell During Mitosis

November 27, 2013

From Tiny Cells, Mighty Organisms Grow

It’s hard to imagine that each of us–the millions of cells that make up our our bones, muscles, blood vessels, organs, and the rest of of our complex, living bodies–had such tiny, humble beginnings. But all...

Image Courtesy: San Jose Library (Flickr CC)

November 8, 2013

Beyond the Digital Divide: Teaching Students Digital Literacy

You’ve probably heard the term “digital divide” used to describe the gap between people who have regular access to the internet and those who don’t.  In September, the Pew Internet and American Life Project published a...

Cooperation can also be a driver of evolution.

October 1, 2013

Survival of the most cooperative?

In discussions of evolution, the phrase “survival of the fittest” is uttered so often that it would be easy to assume competition among organisms is the only driver of evolutionary change.  But in fact, cooperation among...

Boy with hoirseshoe crab

September 10, 2013

Video of the Week: How Horseshoe Crabs Help Prevent the Flu

In case you missed the drum beat of news reports, warnings from pediatricians, and signs at your local pharmacy: flu season is coming!  While getting a flu shot (or enduring the flu itself) is a far...

On August 12, 1981, IBM introduced the first personal computer, the Model 5150.

August 12, 2013

Image of the Week: Looking Back at the First Personal Computer

Today marks 32 years since IBM introduced its first personal computer, the model 5150. Developed in just one year (a record for the company), the 5150 featured a glowing green screen, 5.25-inch floppy disk drives, and...

Sneak peak of the newly redsigned Visionlearning homepage

July 11, 2013

Sneak Peek: The New, Improved Visionlearning Site Launches Tomorrow!

It’s been a busy year behind the scenes at Visionlearning, where we’ve been working away at redesigning and upgrading the website. Now, the countdown is on, and new site will be live tomorrow! So, what will...

Cicada Molting

May 26, 2013

Video of the Week: Cicada Swarmageddon!

You may have seen or heard about the record swarm of billions of cicadas (“Brood II” to scientists) expected on the East Coast of the U.S. this spring and summer. The insect in question is the...

How important is a single word? In science it's critical to use precise language.
 Image courtesy: MJ Ecker (Flickr CC)

April 5, 2013

Should We Use These Three Controversial Science Terms?

One of the Wired Magazine science blogs, Dot Physics, recently ran a post entitled “Three Science Words We Should Stop Using.”  Care to guess what they were? Hypothesis.  Theory.  Scientific Law. Setting aside for a moment...