Visioning Studies: A Socio-technical Approach to Designing the Future
Diane H. Sonnenwald's Keynote talk from the OII Symposium "Social Science and Digital Research: Interdisciplinary Insights", March 2012. This is a Keynote talk from the Oxford Internet Institute's Symposium "Social Science and Digital Research: Interdisciplinary Insights", held in Oxford on 12 March 2012. It is increasingly important to understand the potential impact of future technology in complex contexts as early as possible in the research and development (R&D) cycle. Understanding the pote
Children's literature promotes understanding
Bibliotherapy and critical literacy are two ways to use books to help children better understand themselves, others, and the world around them. This article explains both strategies and provides resources for selecting appropriate books.
Tips on Viewing the Aurora
Visitors to this site can learn about conditions necessary to view auroras from their geographical location. Materials provided include an explanation of geomagnetic activity and maps showing its distribution, and an explanation of how geographic latitude differs from magnetic latitude, with tables showing magnetic latitudes for major cities around the world. Links are provided to auroral activity and space weather forecasts.
The Numbers Behind Hunger #1
Following are a series of activities in which students apply various math skills to better understand the problems of world hunger and what steps are being taken to reduce the number of people without enough to eat. This is Activity #1 of 5 in this lesson.
Symbols of Culture
PTPI's Global Youth Murals Project poses a wonderful introduction to the ways in which children around the world represent their cultures through visual art. Using this collection in the Global Gallery, learners can examine different depictions of culture as an entry point to studying cultures of countries around the world. This activity can be an introductory exercise to social studies or world geography research projects.
Welcome Back Clemson
See what the Clemson Welcome Back Festival looks like through the eyes of Clemson Marketing Major Benji Bateman. As Clemson University kicks off the 2014-15 school year with the 26th annual Welcome Back Festival in downtown Clemson.
Vansickle Mill at Mahalasville, Indiana
The Mahalasville post office was begun in 1854, by Jacob Vansickle, who named it for his wife, Mahala. He was the first postmaster and she the second. They also owned the Vansickle Mill pictured here. Located on the rail line, Mahalasville thrived and declined with the railroad.,Morgan County Journey
The Bugscope project provides free interactive access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM) so that students anywhere in the world can explore the microscopic world of insects. This educational outreach program from the at the supports K-16 classrooms worldwide.
Detection of Genetically Modified Foods
Genetically modified foods are often in the news and widely grown in the United States. Three US government agencies (USDA, FDA, and EPA) work to regulate the introduction and production of genetically modified foods. These crops can provide agricultural, ecological and nutritional benefits, but there are also potential risks to the environment and consumers. As consumers and public interest groups around the world have become aware of these risks, there has been a call for more explicit product
Celebrating Stephen Sondheim
Looking for ways to introduce students to one of the most influential figures in musical theatre history? These lesson plans and activities, a comprehensive glossary of terms, and additional resources will introduce students to the magical world of musicals and the legendary Stephen Sondheim.
An Analysis of Bone/Muscle Movement
By manipulating a simple kinematic model representing the leg and foot, students can get hands on information about the interaction of bones and muscles in humans. Having worked with the model, they then are able to predict and analyze the properties of bone/muscle systems in other vertebrates and understand how these systems have become modified during the course of evolution for a particular life style. By the end of the exercise, students have learned both traditional information (cellular st
London, England - Study Abroad
The current era presents the most energetic and challenging of times for North American study abroad programs, given intensifying concerns with such urgent international issues as globalization, transnational migration, ethnic and religious encounters and collisions, planetary environmental concerns, world health, and the turbulent state of global finance. Students study in what is arguably the world's most cosmopolitan city, a located suited for engaging with such crucial international prioriti
One of the most remarkable features of modern European history is the gradual emergence of that theoretical reasoning and experimental practice focused on the natural world that today we call science. In this unit we throw light on that eventual emergence of modern science in Europe by examining its beginnings in Greece and making comparisons with the early achievements of Chinese and Islamic science. You then return to medieval Europe in order to understand the intellectual and social origins o
The Rise of Multicultural Managers
Many multinational companies have hidden, unrecognised multicultural gems within their ranks. To find these and get the most from their unique skills means taking the time and trouble to carefully develop and deploy multicultural managers in critical positions.
The Elephant Man
The remarkable story of a daring World War II operation in which hundreds of people fleeing the Japanese advance through Burma were rescued by elephant is to be told in full for the first time. The expedition was organised by Gyles Mackrell, a British tea planter who shot amateur films during its course. Stills reproduced by kind permission of the Imperial War Museum (C4322/C5021/C5348/CI293)
When Everything Looks Like a Nail: Graph Models of the Internet
The general appeal of abstracting real-world networks to simple graphs is understandable and has been partly responsible for fueling the new field of "network science". However, as the Internet application has demonstrated, such abstractions that ignore much of what engineers consider as critical come at a price. For example, they can lead to the study of graph models that have little in common with the real-world networks that motivated these models in the first place. In turn, they tend to foc
Global Warming WebQuest
Global warming has become one of the most pressing issues facing the United States and the world. The following webquest, based on the Koshland Science Museum's exhibit Global Warming: Facts and Our Future, was designed primarily to introduce high school and middle school students to the complicated issues surrounding global warming and climate change. Through participating in a fictitious scenario, students will take an active role in determining how and why climate is changing and how humans m
In some years back the craft upholstery was used to describe the making of carpets, curtains, wall hangings, mattresses and the covering of furniture with fabrics etc. However, with the upsurge of specialization during the industrial revolution, which now dominates the industrial world, the word upholstery is limited to the manufacture and repair of stuffed furniture. The making of curtains and wall hangings has now become a specialized area for interior decorators whilst the production of mattr
Prometheus and Pandora
This simple video is narrated and apparently illustrated by a young child. Prometheus was a Titan God who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to human mortals. Zeus punished him, by having him bound to a rock while a great bird ate his liver every day (only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day). Zeus, still angry, then sent Pandora (the first woman), to further punish humans. Pandora had a box she was not supposed to open. She opens it anyway, and when she does a blac
3rd Place: University of Texas at Austin - Bijal Mehta & Whitney Yang
3rd Place, Eller College of Management Eighth Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition. Bijal Mehta and Whitney Yang - (University of Texas-Austin) Eller College of Management Eighth Annual Collegiate Ethics Case Competition, October 21-23, 2010. The competition exposed students to a thought provoking business ethics case that they could face in their professional careers. Student teams worked collaboratively to analyze, present, and respond to questions posed by a panel of judges. Students