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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May 24, 2010

The Journal Nature Continues Open Access Efforts

Last week, the journal Nature announced that seven more of their Publishing Group journals will give authors an open access option — taking the total number of NPG journals with open access up to 25. By...

May 21, 2010

Science Fiction Meets Real World — The First “Synthetic” Cell

Image courtesy of Science/AAAS It isn’t quite the same as Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley’s splicing of human and animal DNA to create a human-chimera, but scientists in in Rockville, Maryland have announced that they have...

May 19, 2010

The Vine that Ate the South

Take a drive through parts of the southern US and you’ll notice a bright green, ivy-like plant forming tents over many trees and telephone poles. It drapes itself from any possible hold, leaves vying for every...

May 17, 2010

Blossom Bats and Woolly Rats and Frogs That Inflate Their Nose — Oh My!

Let’s face it — in this day and age it can be pretty hard to be surprised. Decades of video games and thriller books and movies have left us a little desensitized. We’re pretty sure we’ve...

May 13, 2010

NOAA Wants to Hear What You (and your Students) Have to Say

The politics of environmental protection can be exhausting. As we often see, there is a cost-benefit analysis in every proposed change (look no further than the rationale for BP’s use of less effective dispersant in the...

May 12, 2010

It’s National Lab day — How Are You Celebrating?

National Lab Day was introduced by a large coalition of educators and STEM organizations in November 2010. It’s aim? To give an adrenaline shot of excitement about innovation in STEM disciplines to American youth. Today is...

May 10, 2010

Misconceptions in the Wake of BP’s Spill

Back in March, we spent some time on this blog discussing a few of the misconceptions students (and the general public) often hold about science and its process. We talked about the importance of understanding that...

May 7, 2010

Sarcomyces — Why We Love You

May 7, 2010

What Makes Us Human? Decoding the Neandertal

It’s no secret that the Homo sapiens species is unique amongst the animal kingdom. Our brains are highly complex, we’ve designed and used tools to do more than hunt and build shelter, we’ve created the iPad...

May 5, 2010

A Conversation with George Locke

We all know how beneficial it can be to hear about the journey famous scientists have traveled. Seeing the more human (and less glamorous) side reminds us of how much dedication and diligence comes into success....