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Joanne Manaster
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Attended University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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3 fingered sloth, Buttercup, at 23 years old is probably the oldest sloth in the world. She resides at Aviarios del Caribe in Costa Rica, where I visited today!
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Got a few Vines of cute baby sloths today....
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Sally Ride's 64th Birthday is today's Google Doodle. Refresh the page to see all five!  
Astronaut Sally Ride was born 64 years ago today! #GoogleDoodle
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Today I'm in very soggy Costa Rica. Apparently they had record rainfall yesterday. I'll go exploring the Cahuita National Park today if the rain stays light. Tomorrow, though, I visit the Aviarios Sloth Sanctuary to see baby sloths and more! I will capture video but will also attempt to be "live" via hangouts on air and/or on Periscope if you want to get that app and join me. (https://www.periscope.tv/)

(I don't really know an exact time and a lot will depend on my connectivity while there).
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Upcoming for me: +SciGirls  #STEMchat Thursday night and then doing some “sloth”-ing in Costa Rica next week!  
Learn More: http://joannelovesscience.com/stem/scigirls-stemchat-and-doing-some-sloth-ing-in-costa-rica/
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I want a sloth
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 Professors are generally good at this.
Does shaking it off actually work? Academics and other experts weigh in.
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+Sy Bernot I can't believe ZZ Top would lie to us! :D
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Mario Livio's Brilliant Blunders a review

#scichat #BookReview #DNA #Evolution  
I learned a lot reading Mario Livio's book Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of the Universe.
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Good mornin Jo....
Touch wood this will finds U in good health plus spirits, suns out this
morning but feel the glow coming from within today :-) hope ur day is a
good-un anyways.... Mike xX
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Hi everyone! I'm in Costa Rica this week, most hanging out with sloths and exploring nature as any good biologist will do! Enjoy some of the cuties I met today!
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I was thrilled to be there but luckily no meltdowns!
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This is great! Thanks, Dr. Collins!
 
Wow. Francis Collins is writing at Vox.
The director of the National Institutes of Health explains the importance of scientific research.
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If you are going to consume Amy Poehler's "Yes, Please!", I recommend the audio version. Lots of special guest readers and a live reading at the end. 

Memoirs by comedians are generally not my favorite. This didn't change my mind, but I did giggle every once in a while and I thought the audiobook was clever. 

+David Quammen mentioned to me once that these comedians should be out making comedy, not writing books. Mostly, I agree. :)
Check out this great listen on Audible.com. Amy Poehler is hosting a dinner party and you're invited! Welcome to the audiobook edition of Amy Poehler's Yes Please. The guest l...
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Small World – Mark Buchanan ***
It’s entirely possible for something to be both fascinating and intensely unsatisfying – and that is how I felt about  Small World  and the topic it covers. The subject at the book’s heart is ‘small world networks’. This is the idea behind the famous (or in...
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Good evening Jo....well I only just got back from Egypt today, but your
point well issue you made about it being a small world ( re : Brian clegg )
, funnily enuff I in the exact same frame of mind. Two great minds think
alike"...... Ah thank u , how nice of you 2 say so :-) ! Seriously ? Thumbs
up from moi....
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I am a faculty lecturer at the University of Illinois, teaching cutting edge biology: genomics, evolution and medicine and emerging infectious diseases.
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  • University of Illinois
    I taught cell biology and histology labs and now teach advanced science courses online and do much science outreach!, 1991 - present
  • Scientific American
    Freelance, 2011 - 2014
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Champaign, IL
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in the Air Force - most interestingly, Guam - Tokyo - New York - among others
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Science awesomer
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Expert science video host and speaker

Reviewer of popular science books

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University biology lecturer

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Former international model


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I'm listed on Mashable as having one of 25 twitter accounts that will make you smarter. I've dissected a (dead) human being (legally). Unrelated to the first statement, I've modeled a bikini in an ice plant and ski wear at Yokohoma Port in 95 F heat and so much more in the name of fashion. Professional modeling is pretty much as ridiculous as you see on Next Top Model :) If you want proof that the world isn't totally backward, I'm more well known now for science outreach than I ever was for modeling, although modeling is more lucrative (oh wait, we're backward again, aren't we?).
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  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Biology
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