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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False color image of the Ganges River Delta

February 11, 2013

A Beautiful Line of Scientific Research Continues as Landsat 8 Launches

And liftoff!  At 10:02 a.m. Pacific Standard Time today, the Landsat Data Continuity Mission, a collaboration between NASA and the USGS, launched the eighth satellite in service of a scientific mission that dates back more than...

A Groundhog on Green Grass

February 2, 2013

The Science of Groundhog Day

Ah, Groundhog Day. That whimsical winter moment when even the most logical among us pause to embrace the silly, hopeful notion that a rodent can predict the coming of spring.  In case you haven’t heard the...

robotic fish in a test pool

January 18, 2013

Image of the Week: Robotic Fish Glides Along Gathering Water Quality Data

You might say that this robotic fish, developed by researchers at Michigan State University, has grace under water.  Her designers, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering Xiaobo Tan and his team, call her GRACE (which...

A double exposure image of Nikola Tesla under lightening

January 7, 2013

Image of the Week: Nikola Tesla, Tragic Genius

Today marks 70 years since the death of Nikola Tesla (1856 – 1943), a Serbian-American electrical engineer and inventor who’s most remembered achievement was developing the alternating current (AC) electrical supply system. Used worldwide, AC is...

Grand Canyon with Snow

January 1, 2013

Big Moments in Science 2012

Well, it’s that time of year again: time to look back and reflect on everything that transpired during our latest trip around the sun.  In 2012, there were plenty of moments (or in some cases extended...

Jaguar on the prowel

December 21, 2012

Images of the Week: Tracking Jaguars with Hidden Cameras

This week at Visionlearning, we’re excited to launch our newest Scientific Research module: Tracking Endangered Jaguars with Sergio Avila.  Avila, a wildlife biologist working for the nonprofit conservation group Sky Island Alliance in Tucson, Arizona, has...

Map of Shipping Noise in Atlantic Ocean

December 14, 2012

Mapping Sound Waves in a Noisy Ocean

For most humans, sight is our dominant sense.  We use our eyes to monitor our surroundings,  get around, observe and connect with other people, find and prepare food, learn about the world, and much more.  Common...

Blue and white pills

November 29, 2012

Controversy in Science: Can We Trust the Data from Clinical Trials?

“Clinical trials are powerful tools; like all powerful tools, they must be used with care.” — From Sponsorship, Authorship, and Accountability, an editorial endorsed by The International Committee for Medical Journal Editors Clinical trials to test...

Lookdown fish x-ray

November 9, 2012

Image of the Week: How to Look Inside a Fish

Scientists use all sorts of visuals to study the natural world, including graphs, maps and photographs. But some of the most beautiful scientific visuals have to be the fish x-rays taken by Sandra Raredon and Lynne...

The modern Tacoma Narrows Bridge

November 7, 2012

Tragedies in Science: The Collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge

When you think of iconic bridges of the world, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which spans a narrow strait in the Puget Sound south of Seattle, may not come to mind immediately.  But that bridge (today it’s...