Thanks, Kristen McNally. You made my day.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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 email@example.com 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.