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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August 24, 2012

Video of the Week: Critical Thinking on Climate Change

  Our video of the week is a bit longer than usual: it’s a full-length lecture by Dr. Richard Milne from the University of Edinburgh entitled “Critical Thinking on Climate Change: Separating Skepticism from Denial.”  Dr....

North Dakota National Guard recruits practice applying camouflage face paint as part of their training. Chemists from the University of Southern Mississippi are formulating a new silicon-based paint that can reflect the intense heat of a bomb blast or fire. Image: Senior Master Sgt. David Lipp, courtesy of The U.S. National Guard (CC).

August 22, 2012

War Paint Gets a Chemistry Make Over

This week, thousands of scientists are gathered in Philadelphia, PA for the American Chemical Society’s annual meeting.  They’ll be doling out the 2012 Heroes of Chemistry awards and discussing all kinds of chemistry-related topics from climate...

World o fWaste Infographic

August 16, 2012

Image of the Week: The Science of Garbage (Infographic)

When we think of garbage, we tend to think of municipal waste–the trash (and recycling) that comes out of our homes and businesses.  But there’s a whole lot more to the waste stream than just what...

The skull known as 1470

August 10, 2012

Image of the Week: New Fossil Skull Fragments Suggest Greater Complexity in Humanity’s Family Tree

In 1972, archaeologists working in Kenya unearthed a mystery: a partial skull with a long, flat face and a large cranium. For the first half of the 20th Century, scientists thought the evolutionary tree for modern...

Artist's rendering of the Curiosity rover on Mars

August 2, 2012

Image of the Week: NASA’s Curiosity to Land on Mars Sunday

You can bet that scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory will be at work late this Sunday.  In fact, they’ll likely be at the edge of their seats until at least 10:31 pm local (Pacific) time–that’s...

Sarah Robles with Barbell

July 25, 2012

Video of the Week: Science of the Olympics

Only two days, one hour, and one minute to go until the 2012 Summer Olympic Games kick off in London. We tend to think of the Olympics as a contest of strength, endurance, and human will–and...

July 19, 2012

Video of the Week: E.O. Wilson’s Advice to Young Scientists about Facing Math and Excelling in Your Field

For many students, even those majoring in science, math is a four-letter word. But renowned evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has a message for aspiring scientists:  “If you are a bit short in mathematical skills, don’t worry.”...

July 12, 2012

Video of the Week: EU’s ‘Science, It’s a Girl Thing’ Stirs Controversy

This week the European Union launched a new initiative called “Science: It’s a Girl Thing” aimed at encouraging more young women to pursue STEM careers.  Their promotional video clip drew a lot of attention–although not the...

Mono Lake, California - home to the arsenic loving bacteria

July 11, 2012

Controversy over Arsenic-Loving Bacteria comes down to Data Interpretation

A little over a year ago, we ran a blog post about a provocative paper in the journal Science called “A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus.” Or more accurately, we ran...

Computer Image of Evidence for Higgs Boson

July 5, 2012

Image of the Week: Has the Elusive Higgs Boson been Found?

Unless you were hiding under a rock this week, you likely heard the buzz about the Higgs boson (or perhaps more accurately the “Higgs-like particle”). The sub-atomic particle, proposed in 1964 by Peter Higgs and other...