Posts by Heather Falconer

Heather Falconer

Heather Falconer holds undergraduate degrees in Graphic Arts and Environmental Science, as well as an MFA in Writing and an MLitt in Literature. She is currently completing her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition, with an emphasis on rhetoric in/and/of science. Heather has worked internationally in academic publishing as both an author and editor, and has taught a wide range of topics – from research writing to marine biology – in the public and private educational sectors.

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July 8, 2010

Breakthrough in HIV/AIDS Prevention

In the US each year, an estimated 56,300 people are newly infected with HIV and, according to the CDC, approximately 21% of HIV-positive individuals don’t even know they carry the virus. It is a disease that...

July 6, 2010

Novel Research Methods May Help Protect Species

Creativity plays a highly important role in scientific research. Often, the more complex the question, the more creative the approach. This is especially true for those studying elusive or endangered species, as researchers must design projects...

June 28, 2010

Has Amelia Earhart Finally Been Found?

Okay, it may not be too science-y, but it’s really cool to think that the folks at The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), may have actually found the remains of Amelia Earhart and Fred...

June 23, 2010

Praise for Skloot’s New Profile of HeLa

There are few things here at Visionlearning that get us more excited than seeing the incorporation of the process and history of science with the practical aspects. That’s why it was so thrilling to read Rebecca...

June 18, 2010

Oooooh, Pollination!

June 21st kicks off National Pollinators Week, and good thing, too. These often-forgotten heroes deserve a little attention now and again. After all, they support our delicate ecosystems by sharing the love, helping in the reproductive...

June 16, 2010

One Fish, Two Fish…Sharks and Other Open-water Predators Using Their Math Skills

Look up the word “fractal” in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary and you get the definition shown at right. Accurate, but not terribly enlightening. In more layman’s terms, think of fractals in this way: a fern frond is...

June 11, 2010

The Frustration of Flow Rate

Since the Deepwater Horizon explosion on April 20th, there has been a lot of speculation about the amount of oil that is actually flowing into the Gulf. The estimates have varied considerably. Yesterday, the US government...

June 8, 2010

Taking “Obsession” to a Whole New Level

The Wall Street Journal published an article today on some interesting scientific research. Apparently, Calvin Klein’s cologne, Obsession, is more than just for men. As the article notes, zoos all over the world have long been...

June 7, 2010

To Caffeinate or Not to Caffeinate

Researchers at Bristol University in the UK have something to tell us regular coffee, tea and soda drinkers. That morning pick-me-up isn’t really picking us up, it’s pushing us down. In the study about to be...

May 26, 2010

Modeling the Swallowtail

Modeling has long been used by scientists to replicate and manipulate what they are researching. Physical, conceptual, and computer models have turned out to be important components of scientific research because they allows us to see...