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‘a worm just crawled across my eye!’ Alison Campbell May 08

Saw the webpage headline.  First thought: ewwwwww. Second thought: ooooh, I wonder what that's all about? Answer: a little filiarid worm. FIliarid worms are roundworms (nematodes). I knew about the one that causes the disfiguring disease known as elephantiasis,…

‘slapping therapy’ for diabetes, and a child dies Alison Campbell May 03

I've heard it said more than once that complementary & alternative medicine (CAM) 'does no harm' – here's just one example. I suppose that could be true of a healthy person using something like homeopathy, where the only harm is…

a learning experiment, and a pleasant surprise Alison Campbell May 01

On Wednesday we ran our first whanau tutorial with the first-year students – a class for those students who identify as Māori. The driver for this was the observation that a disproportionate number of the Māori students in my first-year class didn't…

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…

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