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slugs, and snails, and … facials? Alison Campbell Apr 26

Today’s Life/Style section in the Herald on Sunday brings us the latest ‘beauty trend’ to hit our shores: the snail facial. Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently one can (if one has a sufficiency of funds) already purchase Snail…

how do we assess teacher quality? Alison Campbell Apr 25

This is a post originally writing for Talking Teaching. It's a difficult question for universities, but an important one at a time when they are increasingly under scrutiny for the quality of their educational outcomes (read: student completion &…

tips for effective on-line science outreach Alison Campbell Apr 19

As you'll have gathered, I'm finding Facebook – and now Twitter – great sources of information, whether it's for teaching, sharing with my students (& others!), or blogging about. And today, this paper popped up on my Twitter feed:…

sustainability and on-line learning… Alison Campbell Apr 15

… and serendipity! I've just participated in a great AdobeConnect session, run by the university's Centre for e-Learning, on the interfaces between academic publications and social media. It was fun, educational, & thought-provoking & has provided something of a…

warmth, empathy – and science communication Alison Campbell Apr 07

I recently started following Kevin Folta's blog, Illumination. (I'm sorry I didn't come across it earlier; it's very good.) His latest post quotes a comment from a Kansas farmer, made on a site opposed to Monsanto & its production of GM crops,…

10 mistakes we all make when interpreting research Alison Campbell Apr 06

Will Grant & Rod Lambert, from the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science, listed these 10 common mistakes in an article published in The Conversation. And as they say, if we're honest we've probably made at…

perhaps cancer and cardiovascular disease aren’t such ‘modern’ diseases after all Alison Campbell Mar 29

One of the books I'm currently reading is the excellent The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, by Rob Dunn. It's a fascinating and beautifully-written narrative of how our understanding of both the heart and of ways to treat its…

the sonorous war cry of a very angry frog Alison Campbell Mar 23

I’ve always liked frogs. I remember, when I was probably around 4 years old, being fascinated by the tadpoles that Dad brought home in a big jar from a farm pond. Mum explained about how they’d gradually metamorphose (thought…

music to learn by Alison Campbell Mar 19

This was first posted over on Talking Teaching. I’m always looking for interesting ideas that might spark student engagement. A couple of days ago this rap video popped up on the ScienceAlert FB page: As you can see, it’s a…

farewell, sir terry pratchett Alison Campbell Mar 13

Today I heard that one of my favourite authors, Sir Terry Pratchett, had died (at the relatively young age of 66). And I cried. In his Discworld novels he created a world full of the most amazing characters, and…

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