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Weekly Roundup: Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bruce Campbell

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Hope everyone is enjoying the week! Here’s what’s happening with some of our awesome speakers making headlines:

 

‘Tis the season – for science!  Watch Dr. Ainissa Ramirez break down the hot facts about what makes winter so cool. Holiday lights, snowflakes, and more!

 

In anticipation of the new Star Wars movie, who better to weigh in on the ultimate sci-fi debate than Neil deGrasse Tyson?  Find out Dr. Tyson’s answer to the age-old question “Which is the better fictional spacecraft: the Millennium Falcon from ‘Star Wars’ or the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek’?”

 

Practical jokester Bruce Campbell recently had fans getting excited when he shared a fake script for a crossover episode of Ash Vs. Evil Dead and The Walking Dead on Twitter. Check it out and be sure to catch Ash every Saturday on STARZ!

 

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Weekly Roundup: Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, Lateefah Simon, Lorene Cary

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Hope everyone had a great  weekend! This week, check out what some of our change-making speakers are up to:

 

This past Sunday, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez officially launched her new podcast, Science Underground, in which she shares her mission to make science fun and accessible for everyone. Forbes.com spoke with Dr. Ramirez about the show, which you can read here. They urge you to listen to it, and so do we!

 

Civil Rights leader Lateefah Simon motivated students at Tennessee Technological University on October 20 with her inspiring talk on how to improve society and self. Read some snippets of her speech over at the TN Tech Oracle and become inspired to overcome!

 

Lorene Cary, Founder of “SafeKidsStories,” a new publication onwww.medium.com is on a mission to “shine a light on those creating safe schools for kids with the goal of encouraging others to do the same.” Read what Cary has to say about the project in this interview and visit https://medium.com/@safekidsstories for more information, and to read an array of stories shared across class, culture, and race.

 

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Weekly Roundup: Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, Charles Johnson, Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

Happy Tuesday! Stay updated with what some of our change-making speakers are up to:

 

Haven’t you always wanted to know why that age-old decision maker – the classic coin toss – is random? Let award winning scientist Dr. Ainissa Ramirez explain!

 

Renowned author and living legend Charles Johnson invites us to take a peek at his own reading habits in an interview with Spark Magazine in their recurring series that asks authors about their lives as readers.

 

Rolling Stone names Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson “The Smartest Man on TV”… but you already knew that. Here he discusses how he’s using StarTalk to change the world, the new Star Wars movie, and all things science.

 

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Weekly Round Up: Kathleen Hanna, Raffi, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015

Happy Tuesday! Hope you’ve all had a great summer. Here’s the latest from some of our fantastic speakers that are making waves:

 

Start your week right by listening to the previously unreleased “Ocean Song” from Bikini Kill and let frontwoman Kathleen Hanna rock your socks off!

 

In other music news, beloved children’s singer Raffi gets political in his new song, calling for the return of Democracy to Canada. Check out how he hopes it can motivate young voters.

 

Finally, the esteemed Dr. Ainissa Ramirez generously donated a selection of books to “the little storefront library from my youth,” the Marion branch of the Jersey City Public Library, where they were much appreciated.

 

 

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Weekly Round Up: Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, Michael Tougias, Kyle Thiermann

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Here are the latest updates from our speakers who have been making headlines:

 

We want to extend a HUGE congratulations to Dr. Ainissa Ramirez on winning the 2015 Andrew Gemant Award, an annual prize recognizing significant contributions to the cultural, artistic or humanistic dimension of physics.

 

Disney has released the first trailer of a heroic action-thriller movie called “The Finest Hours”, based on the book by author and speaker Michael Tougias.

 

Check out this video of environmental activist and surfer Kyle Thiermann exploring the bottom of the big wave surf spot, Dungeons, in Cape Town.

 

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Trending Now: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ainissa Ramirez, Kathleen Hanna

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Hope everyone is having a fantastic week!  Read on to find out what our speakers have been up to!

 

University of Massachusetts Class of 2015 graduates got a final lesson before receiving diplomas Friday evening – words of wisdom from master astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

 

Head over to ScienceMag.org and check out Dr. Ainissa Ramirez’ essay on becoming a science evangelist.

 

If you saw Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck when it premiered on HBO on Monday night and are looking for something else to watch,  Decider.com recommends checking out Kathleen Hanna’s 2013 documentary “The Punk Singer”.

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Weekly Round Up: Dr. Amir Aczel, Daisy Hernandez, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Check out the latest updates from our awesome speakers and activists:

 

Head over to The New York Times for their review of Amir Aczel’s latest book:  “Finding Zero”.  “Finding Zero” is Dr. Aczel’s story of his quest for the origins of the most elusive of numbers: zero. It is zero, Dr. Aczel points out, that makes our place-value number system possible. Without it, there is no way to distinguish among 48, 480 and 4,080. Zero is indispensable for our familiar arithmetical operations, and it is half of the binary language of modern computers.

 

Lambda Literary, the nation’s leading national nonprofit arts organization promoting LGBTQ literature and writers, has announced that Daisy Hernandez will be awarded the 2015 Dr. Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award.  Congratulations Daisy!

 

Be sure to check out Dr. Ainissa Ramirez’ latest article “How Night Games Changed Baseball History“, published in Time Magazine.

 

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Congrats to all Boston Marathon Participants!

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

We want to start our weekly round-up by extending our congratulations to everyone who competed in the Boston Marathon yesterday.  Boston Strong!

 

Now…on to the latest updates from some of our awesome speakers, activists and change makers:

 

Head over to the American Scientist and check out Dr. Ainissa Ramirez‘  newly published essay entitled, “A Wire Across the Ocean“.

 

Cosmopolitan includes Lilly Ledbetter atop their list of 10 Incredible Women Who Have Fought for Equal Pay.

 

In this short video Scholar and author Stephanie Coontz takes us on a whirlwind historical tour that will change everything you thought you knew about the institution of marriage:

 


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Trending Now: Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, Wade Davis, Jessica Valenti

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Check out the latest updates from our awesome speakers, activists and change makers:

 

Materials scientist Dr. Ainissa Ramirez explains how frog legs actually helped to make the Academy Awards possible.

 

Head over to Ebony and read about how You Belong Co-Founders, former NFL player Wade Davis and writer Darnell L. Moore, teamed up with leading social justice organizations to launch – “This Is Luv” (#ThisIsLuv), a multi-media campaign highlighting affirming LGBT love in Black communities and families.

 

In her latest piece for the Guardian, Jessica Valenti asks the question “Why is bearing children seen as more important than surviving pregnancy?”

 

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Trending Now: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ainissa Ramirez, Charles Johnson

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Check out the latest updates from some of our awesome speakers and change-makers:

 

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson makes Tuvok’s cloaking frequency cake from Star Trek Voyager on the set of Nerdy Nummies.

 

Innovation Hub has a great article on two of our favorite science evangelists,  Dr. Ainissa Ramirez and Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson!

 

Don’t forget to check out  Charles Johnson’s newest book:  The Adventures of Emery Jones Boy Science Wonder – The Hard Problem, just published  2/15/2015.

 

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Congrats to our hometown New England Patriots!

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Congratulations to our hometown New England Patriots on winning Superbowl XLIX! We are looking forward to the duck boat parade tomorrow!  

 

In the run-up to the big game our own Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, renowned materials scientist, was highly sought after for comment regarding the “deflate gate” controversy:

 

“Deflating the ball does give a team an advantage,” says materials scientist Ainissa Ramirez, the author of Newton’s Football, a book about the science of football. Ramirez says the slightly softer football improves the grip.

 

“Particularly during that game which was very rainy, it’s hard to hold the ball, it’s hard to catch the ball,” she says. “So by making it a little softer, it’s easier to catch the ball.”

 

After the big win former NFL player, current GLBTQ advocate, and outstanding speaker, Wade Davis,  was on-set with CNN discussing the game:

 

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Facing the unknown

Monday, October 6th, 2014

This week’s post starts by quoting something the great Tom Hanks who once said:

 

“A hero is somebody who voluntarily walks into the unknown.”

 

All of us have “unknowns” in our lives that can be particularly frightening or uncomfortable to face- the new job/school, moving into a new neighborhood, raising a child for the first time, meeting a new person. A few of our speakers are doing things in their own lives that show how they face the unknown in very different ways and we thought you might find comfort in the fact that you’re (we’re) not alone.

 

Jodi already has a copy!

Jodi already has a copy!

 

1. Dr. Charles Johnson‘s new book, Taming the Ox: Buddhist Stories and Reflections on Politics, Race, Culture, and Spiritual Practice explores how spirituality has powerful potential in almost all sphere of American life. One especially interesting Chapter is titled “Why Buddhism for Black America Now?”–what Buddhism can offer the African-American community in the post-MLK era. Johnson faces the unknown-higher power(s)- with creativity and pragmatism. He wonders how further reflection on the unknown can bring about inner peace for his fellow citizens.

 

 

2. In a recent radio show, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez describes her original fascination with science saying,

 

“The first class, this professor just knocked my socks off. He said, ‘Everything that you understand has to do with the interaction of atoms…’ So something that I cannot see completely changes my environment. And if you understand how atoms interact, then you can change those properties…That’s where material sciences and I found each other”

 

Dr. Ramirez clearly has a different take that Mr. Johnson on the unknown. This woman takes it head on to make it known and is loving it.

 

 

3. Last, we read a blkate-clinton-headshot-color-227x280og post written by Kate Clinton that expresses her thoughts and feelings about “Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Ms. Clinton shares with us that she is in that place where we all find ourselves: frustration with the unknown. Having a partner who had Breast Cancer, Kate explains that she’s fed up with the pink ribbons she sees everywhere every year. While she has deep respect for all of the people who work to raise awareness and search for a cure, she’s had enough with the calm, pink approach to relating to cancer. Bring on the punk, she says. Sometimes, the unknown raises emotions and sometimes you’ve just got to let it out.

 

 

 


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Weekly Round Up: March 11th 2014

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Did you catch Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson talking Cosmos on Colbert last night? If not, head over to Colbert Nation for a replay of the full episode!

 

At the Huffington Post this week, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez explains “What You Should Know about the SAT, But Were Afraid to Ask.”

 

Amber Madison gives us her take on a recently published report on fatherhood.

 

In Selma, Alabama, Spencer Overton attends the commemoration ceremony for the 49th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

 

Kathleen Hanna and company announce the continuance of their reissue campaign.  On April 15th they will release a revamped version of their 1993 Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah split LP.

 

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Weekly Round Up: March 4th 2014

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

We are less than one week away from the Sunday March 9th premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey!  In anticipation, the New York Times writes “it’s hard to imagine a better man to reboot the cosmos than Neil deGrasse Tyson.”

 

This past week, a few lucky attendees at the Whitehouse Film Festival got the chance to screen an episode of the new series.  Host Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, President Obama, and science guy Bill Nye grabbed a quick photo to mark the occasion.

 

Also premiering this Sunday March 9th is the new ABC show Resurrection, based on Jason Mott’s latest book, The Returned.  Be sure to set your DVR!

 

To keep you busy until Sunday, head over to The Skinny for an early review of Kathleen Hanna’s documentary film, The Punk Singer.

 

At Al Jazeera America, Rinku Sen contemplates the existence of structural racial bias and explains “Why there will be another Trayvon.

 

Over on NPR Connecticut, STEM Evangelist Dr. Ainissa Ramirez sits down with three prominent female sports journalists to discuss the current “State of Sports.”

 

Be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!


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Weekly Round-up: Thanks for a great NACA Convention!

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

It has been wonderful seeing all of our NACA friends this week! If you’re at the convention here in Boston and haven’t had a chance to stop by and see us at booth D1217, we’ll be there this afternoon!

 

On March 9th at 9:00PM ET, Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey hosted by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, will premiere on all 90 National Geographic Channels as well as 120 Fox-branded channels in over 180 countries —  making this the largest global launch ever for a TV series. Check out the official trailer here!

 

Speaking of Nat Geo, over at National Geographic.com this week David Quammen writes a piece exploring the critical role horses have played throughout human history.

 

In celebration of Black History Month, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez introduces us to some notable men and women of African descent who made great achievements in science, technology and engineering.

 

Fifty years ago this week, the House of Representatives passed the Civil Rights Act. At CNN.com Stephanie Coontz reflects on the progress that has been made and the many problems which still persist.

 

Why does Superman have a headache? Check out the latest from The Adventures of Emery Jones Boy Science Wonder to find out.

 

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Weekly Round Up: Football and the Farm Bill

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

We are gearing up for the NACA 2014 Conference right here in our home city of Boston! We look forward to seeing everyone there!

 

We hope that everyone enjoyed the Super Bowl! Congratulations to our friends in Seattle and condolences to our friends in Denver!

 

Be sure to check out NPR’s sit-down with Dr. Ainissa Ramirez, author of Newton’s Football, to discuss the science behind the sport.

 

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson  had some thought provoking Super Bowl observations to share with us on Twitter throughout the game:

 

 

 

Still haven’t gotten enough football? Check out investigative journalist and speaker Dan Moldea‘s groundbreaking book Interference which chronicles the connection between the mafia and the NFL.

 

And in non-sporting news…

 

We would like to congratulate Sonia Shah, speaker and award-winning journalist who covers science and international human rights issues, on being named as New Paltz’s 2014 James H. Ottaway Sr. Visiting Professor of Journalism. In this recent lecture, Ms. Shah discusses 3 reasons why we still haven’t gotten rid of malaria.

 

Raffi Cavoukian,  legendary children’s singer of “Bananaphone”, talks with the Huffington Post about the need for increased regulation over what he terms the “dark web”.  His recent book Lightweb Darkweb, is a warning to parents about the Internet’s hidden dangers and the need for government and corporate intervention to “reform social media before it re-forms us.”

 

Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield farms, writes an Op Ed piece for Roll Call which highlights the successes and the shortcomings of the recently passed 2014 Farm Bill:

 

“There are several important achievements in the bill for which committee members deserve credit, among them: ending direct payments; compliance with existing conservation requirements to qualify for crop insurance; the inclusion of a pilot project in the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables; and enhanced flexibility for the international food assistance program.

But the legislative effort should have yielded so much more. Food and agriculture systems in the United States and around the world face fundamental long-term challenges posed by resource scarcity, population growth, climate change, invasive pests, pathogens and diseases, rising consumer incomes in low- and middle-income countries, and shifts in relative economic power. These challenges demand forward-looking leadership. The 2014 farm bill did not provide it.”

 

That’s all from us for today– be sure to check back on Friday for our weekly video!!


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Weekly Round Up: NFL Helmet Bans and Tips for Getting Your Life in Order

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Already 2 weeks down in 2014 – be strong and stick to those resolutions! Here’s what our speakers have been up to thus far in the new year.

 

In the Memphis Flyer, Susan Douglas publishes a scathing condemnation of right-wing political spending.  “Among the many visionary goals of our nation’s right wing — impoverish older people, starve the poor, deny climate change, outlaw abortion and contraception, eliminate health care for millions — few are more foundational than defunding education in general, and higher education in particular.”

 

Houghton Mifflin named Daisy Hernández’ Before Love, Memory a notable essay of 2013.  Read her piece at Culturestrike about volunteering at a facility in South Florida for undocumented children separated from their families.

 

In response to the epidemic of concussions and degenerative brain disease among NFL players, Dr. Ainissa Ramirez and her co-author of Newton’s Football: the Science Behind America’s Game, propose a ban on helmets.  “Hear us out.”

 

The battles and victories of Dr. Sandra Steingraber and her fellow fracktivists make Alternet’s list of 2013’s top progressive milestones.

 

Countercurrents sits down with Annie Leonard and hears her Story of Stuff journey, from the overwhelmingly positive response following its release to the death threats later on after Glenn Beck targeted her film with his vitriol.

 

Climate scientist Dr. Michael Mann goes on CBC to talk about climate change and the polar vortex.

 

Dr. Stephanie Coontz at CNN talks about the Legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty, and how we got to where we are now.  “The resurgence of poverty is not because government programs have ‘gotten in the way’ but because they have not done enough to get in the way of market forces going in the wrong direction.”

 

Comic Kate Clinton writes about intransigence during the holidaze in PTown, which is a snoozy place to be in the winter when the sun sets at 4PM.  She resolves, “with a bit of free time on my hands, I will think about changes I can make in my daily life to change the realities — poverty, hunger, homelessness, religious homophobia, transphobia, violence — for LGBT people in 2014.”

 

On Good Morning America, Justin Klosky creates order out of one family’s chaos.   Get Klosky’s tips for getting your own life in order!

 

Anticipating his appearance, the Santa Barbara Independent talks to Richard Rodriguez about his new book Darling, which centralizes women in its understanding of monotheistic desert religions.  “Male friends of mine are increasingly becoming atheists; they’re sarcastic, bitter, and angry toward organized religion. Many of the women I know are reconstructing religion.”

 

Sonia Shah is SUNY New Paltz’ 2014 visiting professor of journalism!

 

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson makes the cover of Parade Magazine!  While having fun on his photo shoot, he also expresses his hopes that Cosmos’ prime time launch will land on fertile terrain.  Watch a preview of his appearance on Bill Moyers!

 

After the scandals in the news about bullying and anti-gay sentiment in the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, and Minnesota Vikings, Sporting News checks in with Wade Davis to get a more nuanced take on NFL culture.  “We sometimes talk about sports in a narrow, constricted way, but people keep playing because of the camaraderie.”

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Finally, we leave you with the latest Emery Jones: Boy Science Wonder Cartoon from author Charles Johnson.


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