Jen Swanson

Episode 73: How Do You Keep Zoo Animals Happy?

Meet the Expert: Susan Summers, Zookeeper and Wildlife Biologist Susan has had a career as a zookeeper, wildlife biologist, and environmental educator. Science and nature have always been part of her life. She worked as a zookeeper for the Ecotarium (formerly known as the Worcester Science Center), the Franklin Park Zoo, and the Virginia Living… Continue Reading Episode 73: How Do You Keep Zoo Animals Happy?

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Episode 72: How Did Marine Animals End Up on Dry Land?

Challenge: Go outside in your backyard or go to your park. Take your jourmal. Make observations. Look at how things are connected, i.e., what birds and plants are related, etc. Share your observations with us by LEAVING A COMMENT BELOW  about your experience of searching for a planet or share with us on our Twitter ,… Continue Reading Episode 72: How Did Marine Animals End Up on Dry Land?

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Episode 72: How Did Marine Fossils End Up on Dry Land?

Meet the Expert: Gabriel-Phillip Santos, paleontologist and cosplay science educator Gabriel Santos is a paleontologist and educator at the Alf Museum of Paleontology in Los Angeles, California. He received his B.Sc. in biology at University of California-Irvine, and his M.Sc. in geology at California State University-Fullerton. His previous research interests focused on the Eocene vertebrate… Continue Reading Episode 72: How Did Marine Fossils End Up on Dry Land?

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Episode 71: Why Do Teeth Decay?

Challenge: Get and apple and a pencil. Give the apple 2 or 3 stabs with the pencil. Let the apple sit on the counter for a couple of days. Watch and see what happens. (Hint: the apple decaying is like your teeth decaying.) Explore this by making holes of different sizes and maybe even having… Continue Reading Episode 71: Why Do Teeth Decay?

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Episode 71: Why Do Teeth Decay?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Emily Swanson, DMD Dr. Emily Swanson is a native of Newnan, GA. She attended undergrad at Georgia Tech where she earned a BS in Biology. Dr. Swanson earned her DMD from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She is an active member of the American Dental Association on a local, state,… Continue Reading Episode 71: Why Do Teeth Decay?

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Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

Challenge:  Understand the structure of the Earth’s Atmosphere Use a series of boxes and stack them on top of each other. Each box represents a layer of the atmosphere. Ask yourself what takes place in these layers? (Hint: check out this link from UCAR Center for Science Education for help) Send us a picture or… Continue Reading Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

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Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

Meet the Expert: Norman Black, Retired Air Force Colonel and Payload Integrator Norman Black is a seasoned and tested space systems professional with over 25 years of highly specialized technical expertise and documented success in space and satellite operations for the military and civil agencies (NASA and the National Reconnaissance Office). He is a product… Continue Reading Episode 70: Why Do Science Experiments Travel by Balloon instead of by Jet?

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Episode 69: Where are the Aliens?

Challenge: Find a planet!! Go to Planet Hunters TESS and learn how to look for a planet. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW  about your experience of searching for a planet or share with us on our Twitter , Instagram or Facebook page  and you’ll automatically be entered to win a copy of the book giveaway for this episode!

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Episode 69: Where are the Aliens?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Ryan MacDonald, theoretical physicist   Dr. Ryan MacDonald is a theoretical astrophysicist researching exoplanet atmospheres at Cornell University’s Carl Sagan Institute. He develops techniques to characterize the atmospheres of these distant worlds using ground and space-based telescopes. Dr. MacDonald is currently working on modeling exoplanet atmospheres in preparation for the launch… Continue Reading Episode 69: Where are the Aliens?

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Episode 68: Can You Predict Which Animals Will Survive Environmental Change?

Challenge: Develop a system to measure as many traits as you can using building blocks or legos, ie. how tall it is, how many sides it has, it’s color, how many sections it has, etc. Then have your parents or someone else select a group of blocks that have all of the same trait, and… Continue Reading Episode 68: Can You Predict Which Animals Will Survive Environmental Change?

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Episode 68: Can You Predict Which Animals Will Survive Environmental Change?

Meet the Expert: Dr. Katie Lotterhos, Marine biologist and ecologist Dr. Katie Lotterhos is an Associate Professor of Marine and Environmental Sciences at Northeastern University. She received her B.A. in Physics from Binghamton University in Physics, but late in her degree discovered her love for the ocean through trips with the outdoors club. She learned… Continue Reading Episode 68: Can You Predict Which Animals Will Survive Environmental Change?

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Episode 67: What Can Ancient Rhinos Tell Us About the Midwest?

  Challenge: Go outside and watch an animal, observe its behavior. What is it doing? How does it use the parts of its body to move, eat, or just participate in its surroundings? Then write it down in your journal. Send us your information or share with us on our Twitter , Instagram or Facebook page and you’ll… Continue Reading Episode 67: What Can Ancient Rhinos Tell Us About the Midwest?

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