Thursday, January 10, 2013
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Thanks, Kristen McNally. You made my day.
Monday, November 5, 2012
Our lab researches Tetrodotoxin, which is a neurotoxin found in newts (type of salamander) and most famously in puffer fish. Garter snakes in certain locations have evolved resistance to this toxin and there is a predator-prey arms race between the two species. I could present this research (which goes back 20 years). I work on novel predation on newts as well as a species of flatworm that produces this toxin as well. With novel predation, we observed otters eating newts, which ended up having really low levels of the toxin.
I feel that the research done in our lab is really ecologically relevant, and easy to condense for an 8-12 year old. I would love to get some audience participation throughout the presentation to really get the kids involved and thinking. Also, I would be able/willing to bring some animals for them to see/hold. I would likely be able to bring garter snakes, newts, and possibly other amphibians/snakes if you thought that would be appropriate.
For more information about the Faraday Event, go to http://starhousediscovery.org/faraday.html.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Doug Stephenson introduced the speakers
Fact, Fair, Full, Faith
Get SHDC Youtube channel. Talk to Chrysostoms about filming. Google+, Pintrest
find out about putting lessons on Kahn
blog post every week (I really need to work on this, but here's a start)
Write a social media policy.
Mining for Gold: Grant Basics
United Way of Northern Utah in Ogden - Nikki Lovel firstname.lastname@example.org 2955 Harrison Blvd Zeda Haws Community Center 801-399-5584
Follow THEIR process
Finding a Grant
-grants.gov for federal funding
build a relationship w/ corporations
report back, pictures, et.
Boiler Plate Resources
-Local & state demographics & date (Census) point-in-time data
-Risk & Protective Factor information, usually collected at the state level by Mental Health or Substance Abuse
-Kids Count (Voices of UT)
- Education informatin: reading, math, science scores, drop out rates, free & reduced lunch, school violence data, students/adults needing HS completion, etc.
-can get data off of Uited Way
-Needs to be developed to present to collaborators prior to writing the grant
-Needs to describe the program/project in a compelling way
-Briefley describes the need & what will be done to address that need
-1 page: need, solution, outcomes
- only ask a portion of total funding needs from each, list all collaborators & exactly what you're getting from each.
Advisory Board for continuous improvement (BoD can serve that function)
How was the need identified?
Where were statistics optained?
-learn to write by reading
find out how to sign up to read & score grants
go to dept website - look for "Reviewers Needed"
-Every rejection is an opportunity - always ask for feedback
-tie need to activity. tie the activity to measuring the difference made to the need.
-Enhance or Expand - do not ask for funds for positions that already exist
-Get Spelling & Grammer right!
Research the funder as well as the need, write to audience
Smart leaders know things - Brilliant leaders question what they know
Break the status quo
Engage in a worthy project
Ask "How good could this be" not just "best practices"
Embrace new challenges
create an experience like no other
do what other organizations don't
I AM A LEADER!!!
emotional engagement fr employees & clients is most critical for success
30% emotionally engaged
54% not engaged
16% Actively disengaged
Versatility = Change
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Hope to see you there! Check the calendar regularly for more Public Stellarium Presentations over the next few months. If you don't live in Logan, & would like one in your town, e-mail me. Or if you think another day and/or time than Tuesdays at 5pm would work best, also e-mail me.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Not many people even know how to weave anymore (at least in industrialized countries). We go to the store & buy ready-made clothes. Or, if we're ambitious, or just can't find clothes that fit, or want a special costume for something like Halloween or a Science Fiction convention, we might buy fabric.
Well, this month, I learned tablet weaving. Tablet weaving was used all over the world for thousands of years to make trim, belts, straps, ties, etc. You use some little cards with holes in them, usually 4 holes per card. One piece of thread goes through each hole, so if you have 4 holes, you have 4 piece of thread per card. Then you add cards until it's as wide as you want it. The piece I made used 7 cards and is about 3/8 inch wide. The math comes in how you thread different colors of thread through the holes, and how you turn the cards to make the pattern.
I just learned this, so I just copied the pattern given in the class handout, & don't really know how to explain how to use math to make other patterns, but I know it can be done. A Google image search for "tablet weaving" produces all sorts of fancy patterns.
Some good links to check out:
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Meanwhile, on the Artemisian Costumers Challenge I haven't made much progress. Moving will do that to you. Oh, btw, my hubby & I bought a house! I did, however, find some linen curtains at a yard sale for 50¢.
Friday, June 24, 2011
While at Uprising, a challenge was issued to create a complete outfit from any period or culture covered by the SCA. Basically, this means anything pre-1600. I will be creating a Viking apron-dress. My sister-in-law gifted me with 5 yards of hand-woven wool that's about 23 inches wide - a common width for period fabrics. She wanted to give me brooches for Christmas, but the mold didn't work, & I want to try to make some myself (with her teaching me, naturally). I also want to make a linen chemise, but I need to figure out how I'm going to get that linen as there is a $100 limit. And I will be making a coat, probably out of flannel that I already have. All of these are projects I have been planning for this summer, but now with the challenge I need to take pictures & finish them by New Year's Day. Wish me luck.