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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Anne Egger teaching students on a geoscience fieldtrip

June 29, 2012

Earthquake Module that Engages Students with Real-Time Data Receives Award

We’re proud to announce that Visionlearning’s own Dr. Anne Egger has been awarded the prestigious Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction for her learning module “Seismicity and Relative Risk.” Dr. Egger, assistant professor of geological sciences and...

Music notes

June 18, 2012

Darwin Tunes: Scientists Examine How Consumer Choice Can Drive the Evolution of Music from Noise

Here’s an application of evolutionary theory you don’t see everyday: the evolution of music by natural, make that public selection. Researchers from the Department of Life Sciences at the Imperial College of London and the Media...

Red Jellyfish Floating in a Dark Sea

June 15, 2012

Image of the Week: Deep Sea Life Under Pressure

This stunning red deep sea jellyfish from the genus Crossota was photographed during the “Hidden Ocean Expedition” in 2005. That summer, a team of scientists from the United States, Canada, China and Russia embarked on a...

Reading on the Beach

June 11, 2012

Beach Reads of the Science Variety

Temperatures are on their way up and the swimming suits are coming out of hiding, which can only mean one thing: summer break. Before you buy the latest “beach lit” paperback to while away those sunny...

An ice hockey player takes a penalty shot

May 30, 2012

Video of the Week: Science (and Math) on Ice

Tonight the Los Angeles Kings and the New Jersey Devils will suit up and hit the ice for the first game of the National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Finals. The players probably won’t be thinking...

May 2012 Solar Eclipse

May 23, 2012

Image of the Week: Solar Eclipse Dazzles

This past Sunday, observers in and parts of Southeast Asia and North America witnessed an annular solar eclipse–an arrangement in which the moon shades out most but not all of the sun, leaving a bright ring...

May 16, 2012

Video: Virtual Tour of Vesta Asteroid with Data from NASA’s Dawn Spacecraft

Call it a giant asteroid. Call is a planetoid. Scientists call it Vesta–a 300 mile wide celestial body in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter that, in some ways, bares a striking resemblance to a...

Apple for the Teacher

May 7, 2012

Has a teacher changed your life? Say ‘thank you’ during Teacher Appreciation Week

William Butler Yeats, winner of the Nobel prize for literature, once said that “Education is not filling a pail, but lighting a fire.” Learning from a teacher who approaches education this way truly is a gift...

National Poetry Month Logo

April 30, 2012

3 Simple Steps to Celebrate STEM and National Poetry Month

Today marks the last day of National Poetry Month (NPM) 2012. Each spring since it was created by the American Academy of Poets in 1996, NPM has offered an opportunity for people to “band together to...

Empty Classroom

April 27, 2012

We’re Back!

It’s been a few months since we last posted, but we’re excited to announce that we’re back!  And we have tons of new things in store. Behind the scenes, we’ve been working away on plans for...