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 3, 2014

Great Whites on the upswing

We all know the iconic tune: A single cello plays a deep ‘G’ and ‘A’, then a pause. It repeats the same two notes continually for many bars, each time the speed picking up until it...

May 5, 2014

Understanding Diversity through Birding

Twitchers, birders, avian habitués of the Northern Hemisphere… It is that magical time of year, again: Spring migration. It’s a time of opportunity for adding to life-lists, for early morning sloshes in muddy wetlands and clambering...

January 6, 2014

Global Warming vs. Climate Change: What’s the difference?

The snow. The ice. The Arctic temperatures. For many people in the United States, this past week has been focused on digging out, deicing, and making sure the heating is working. That’s because large storms have...

December 2, 2013

On this Day in 1942: Initiating the World’s First Nuclear Chain Reaction

On this day 71 years ago, physicists Enrico Fermi and Léo Szilárd, along with Martin Whittaker, Walter Zinn, George Weil, and Arthur Compton, gathered together in a squash court under the west stands of the University...

September 22, 2011

Data Interpretation in the News: BPA

Here at Visionlearning, we are always looking for ways to provide our teachers and students real-life opportunities to put their knowledge to action. In scanning the news, this morning, we came across this interesting commentary on...

September 2, 2011

Steer away from controversy? Or grab it by the reigns?

In the August 5th issue of Science Magazine, Sara Reardon discusses the current state of teaching climate change in the K-12 classroom (see News Focus). It’s an excellent discussion on the struggles science teachers face in...

August 4, 2011

New Developments in E-Learning

When Visionlearning started up in 1999, we were on the cutting edge of e-learning. Back then, something as simple as putting educational materials on the web was considered, if not revolutionary, pretty darn clever. In the...

July 18, 2011

The Google Effect?

In an interesting article published online in Friday’s Science, Dr. Betsy Sparrow talks about her study assessing the effects of the Internet on people’s memory. Do we, as modern people, rely on the Internet as a...

June 8, 2011

What’s the value of higher education?

There have been a number of articles recently discussing the “value” of a college education (such as this one in the New Yorker) . In other words, given the cost in time and money, is it...

May 25, 2011

Thinking One Level Up

I was walking through the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University a couple weeks ago, and stumbled upon a group of high school students in one of the galleries, with a tour guide and a couple...