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October 2, 2012

Plagiarism and A Strange Comment

Earlier today I noticed an unusual comment on my blog post Blast from the Past: Carbon Cycle Story. In the blog post I share a story that I wrote about the carbon cycle when I was 10 years old as part of a school unit on atoms at my Montessori school. Here is the unusual comment, which is from a “Mrs. Kim”: Please delete this post. I am a biology …

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April 29, 2012

Blast from the Past: Meteorite Graduation Gift

I feel very fortunate to have known Phil Plait aka “The Bad Astronomer” for many years, primarily through our involvement with the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF). I twice worked as an intern for the JREF, and Phil used to be president of the JREF. Over the years, Phil has been very encouraging and supportive of ┬ámy scientific studies. I’m currently packing up my office as I prepare to depart …

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August 12, 2011

Blast from the Past: Rutherford Gold Foil Experiment

I’m still super busy preparing for my move to South Africa on Monday, so here’s another quick “Blast from the Past” post to keep my blog readers entertained. Enjoy! Normal children draw pictures of rainbows, flowers, ponies, ninjas, and so on. When I was about 10 years old, I drew these pictures of the Rutherford Gold Foil Experiment. Well, technically of the “Rutherford Expriment.” My spelling never was very good.

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July 31, 2011

Blast from the Past: Most Likely To Be Crushed By Falling Rocks While Examining Them

The next few weeks are going to be crazy busy for me since I’m moving to Cape Town, South Africa. I’ve arranged with my thesis supervisors to finish up some of my thesis writing from over there, where my fiance lives full-time and where we share a flat. Over the next year, I’ll periodically be back on Cape Cod (and perhaps Wyoming, where one of my supervisors is based) for …

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July 25, 2011

Blast from the Past: Desert Chants

For those of you who are not familiar, in my “Blast from the Past” posts I share– for better or for worse– interesting tidbits from my past (pictures, childhood drawings, old school essays, etc.). Below is a Chapel Speech that I gave at Westover School (the wonderful all-girls’ boarding school I attended… yes, I went to fancy shmancy boarding school) back in April 2000 when I was sixteen years old. …

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June 7, 2011

Blast from the Past: The Rock Cycle

Rock Cycle drawing, circa 1993 or so. Click to view larger. I’m trying to finish up my packing today, so here’s one last gem (for now) from the past: a poem that I wrote in third or fourth grade about the rock cycle. There is also an accompanying drawing (see above). Enjoy!The Cycle Volcanoes,Blowing their tops.Volcanoes,Spraying igneous rocks. Weathering,Wind and rain. Weathering,Making rocks not the same. Oceans,Where the rocks go.Oceans,The …

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June 6, 2011

Blast from the Past: The Goldilocks Planet

Earth, the Goldilocks Planet. Click to view larger. On Saturday I am leaving Woods Hole to spend the summer in Laramie, Wyoming. Between now and then I have a zillion things to do. I pretty much have to work constantly prepping samples in lab, running the mass spectrometer, packing, and cleaning out my apartment. Oh, and maybe remembering to eat and sleep now and again. I’m pretty tired as aside …

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May 28, 2011

Blast from the Past: Carbon Cycle Story

Atom Unit Report Booklet. I’m finishing up my packing this weekend, so that means it’s time for another “Blast from the Past” post. This is a story narrated by a carbon atom going through the carbon cycle. This story comes from my “Atom Unit” report booklet. Last week I shared a story called “Element Talk Show” with you from this same booklet. Just this evening I noticed that I wrote …

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May 21, 2011

Blast from the Past: Element Talk Show

Atom Unit Report Booklet. Element Talk Show page. Note volcano lamp, James Randi picture, andartwork (by Randi’s talented partner) in the background. Click to enlarge. I’ve been sorting through more boxes today (trying to finally pack up all my books and notes!), and I’ve found a box that contains reports, drawings, and other assignments from my elementary school days. I can’t date most of these reports exactly, but they are …

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May 18, 2011

Blast from the Past: Iguanodon Poem

Iguanodon skeleton. Picture taken from Wikipedia here. I have decided to introduce a new, semi-regular feature to this blog, at least for the next little while. “Blast from the Past” will feature past items from my life: pictures, geology-themed childhood sketches, old school essays, etc. I am currently in the process of packing up my apartment so that I can move to Wyoming this summer and then to South Africa …

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