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BELL PEPPERS with sunscald and fruit decay due to heat stress. Photo by Juan Carlos Diaz-Perez, University of Georgia

Science, Math, and Peppers

Heather Neal - Monday, May 14, 2012 - 8:51am

I grew up in the very rural southeastern corner of Georgia. The geography of my early life was directly impacted by agriculture in a way that my “city friends” in Atlanta just cannot grasp. As a youth, our school...

Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman has reimagined summer school with CDF Freedom Schools.

Redefining Summer School - CDF’s Freedom School

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Monday, May 14, 2012 - 7:03am

Children’s Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelmen dares you to rethink summer school. Throw away the stereotype of badly behaved students repeating classes to keep from being held back. Dismiss the notion of slow...

NASA Astronaut Don Pettit used Candy Corn to conduct experiements in space. (Photo: Don Pettit,

Candy Corn in Space!! A Sweet Science Experiment

Chrissy Warrilow - Friday, May 11, 2012 - 11:10am

It's Friday, and I tend to get a little silly on Fridays. I mean, why not? The weekend is right around the corner, and it's time to have some fun. But I also like to peruse NPR's ScienceFriday to see what cool - and...

Preventing Summer Reading Lag in Struggling Readers

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Friday, May 11, 2012 - 6:54am

Guest blogger Charity Kinneer, a high school reading and literature teacher for the Cherokee County School District, offers these tips on how to keep students reading this summer. Research consistently shows that...

Image from 2011 Georgia STEM Institute/

Growing STEM in the Southeast

Heather Neal - Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 6:55am

The Southern Education Desk posted an article this morning about the growing trend of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in education. The article highlighted a particular element, a STEM Academy, which...

Mayim Bialik portrays Amy Farrah Fowler on the show "The Big Bang Theory".  (Photo: Denise Herrick Borchert,

Mayim Bialik on NPR's Science Friday

Chrissy Warrilow - Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 12:16pm

On May 4, 2012, actress Mayim Bialik was featured on NPR's Science Friday program. I am a big fan of Bialik - not only does she play a neuroscientist on TV's The Big Bang Theory, she actually is one in real life. In...

Photo via WPTV. Photographer: Spencer Platt, Getty Images

Why I’ll Miss Maurice Sendak

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 11:57am

My heart sank when I heard the news today that phenomenal children's author Maurice Sendak died this morning at age 83. He’s best known for the classic book “Where the Wild Things Are.” But I have a fondness for him...

An Extra Thank You! It's National Teacher Appreciation Day

Rosemary Jean-Louis - Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 5:16am

This week educators are getting an extra heap of praise. In addition to being Teacher's Appreciation Week, today is National Teacher Appreciation Day. An extra thank you to you teachers for putting your passion into...

An interesting feature is detected in the tornado radar signature: an area of light rain, with small raindrops. Photo: CSWR.

Observations from Tornado Research Project

Chrissy Warrilow - Monday, May 7, 2012 - 1:24pm

The Washington Post just released new findings from the Center for Severe Weather Research regarding "ribbon" features embedded within tornadic thunderstorms. VORTEX2 is the massive tornado research project that is...

Supermoon over Paris on May 5, 2012.  Photo: Flickr user VegaStar Carpentier.

Supermoon and Solar Eclipse

Chrissy Warrilow - Monday, May 7, 2012 - 11:33am

From May Day to Mothers Day to Memorial Day, there's already a lot of activity happening here on Earth within the month of May. Why not add a couple more astronomical dates as well? First up is the "supermoon" that is...


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