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Marie-Claire Shanahan
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Science Education professor, blogger, music nerd and chilly bicycle commuter.
Science Education professor, blogger, music nerd and chilly bicycle commuter.

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Hi all! It's really great to see this community coming together here. I'm an Assc Professor of Science Education and Science Communication at the University of Alberta and very interested in building science culture in Canada. I'm also a sometimes writer and blogger focusing on science media and education issues http://boundaryvision.com/ (ya, I know I need to get back to posting there...). You can find me on twitter (@mcshanahan) or more likely at my desk trying to stay off twitter while I catch up from a busy teaching term. Terrific to meet you all.

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A recent study suggested feminine role models might discourage girls in science. I think it misses the point.
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Looking forward to this!
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Very excited to chat with +Tom Levenson this Sunday about his terrific book Newton and the Counterfeiter. Who knew Sir Isaac Newton was also a pioneer of criminal investigation!
Live, Sunday at 6 pm MDT, guest host +Marie-Claire Shanahan talks to +Tom Levenson, Professor of Science Writing at MIT, about his book Newton and the Counterfeiter: The Unknown Detective Career of the World’s Greatest Scientist. Email questions, or join us live in the chat!
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New +The Finch & Pea song of the week!

“Plants and Animals rock so hard, they end up overloading all the scientists’ fancy equipment“

That’s a pretty accurate description of the video for Plants and Animals‘ satisfying, pared-down anthem Lightshow. The Montreal-based trio go about rocking under controlled conditions while they are observed by two researchers. Every sound creates a digital graphic output while the lab-coated scientists struggle to tune a classic cathode-ray tube oscilloscope in the control room. In the end...

http://thefinchandpea.com/2012/04/30/plants-and-animals-lightshow-and-our-fascination-with-visualizing-sound/
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Charming kids, a happy mom, David Attenborough references, and a photosynthesis t-shirt: This week's +The Finch & Pea Song of the Week post has all that and more!
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I had a wonderful chat on Sunday night with Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet, together known as the great duo Whitehorse, about their song Killing Time and why mortality is such a powerful songwriting theme. This week's Song of the Week at +The Finch & Pea.
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I had a wonderful time chatting with +David Dobbs recently as guest host of +Skeptically Speaking. As a result, I may have to rethink my undergrad lectures on the nature of science and just give them time to read about Alex Agassiz instead!
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Excited to guest host tonight and chat with +David Dobbs!
Live tonight at 6 MDT, guest host +Marie-Claire Shanahan talks to science writer +David Dobbs about his book Reef Madness: Charles Darwin, Alexander Agassiz, and the Meaning of Coral. The book recounts the century-long controversy over the origins of coral reefs, and how that debate influenced evolutionary theory. Join us in the chat!
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Wednesday marked the 60th Anniversary of the Moondog Coronation Ball, widely seen as the first rock and roll show. In celebrating the anniversary, the first thing I thought of was biological classification and a Guided by Voices song. You too, right?
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the first Rock and Roll show with…Guided by Voices

http://thefinchandpea.com/2012/03/23/celebrating-the-60th-anniversary-of-the-first-rock-and-roll-show-with-guided-by-voices/

Nearly 20, 000 people were beating on the doors of a venue that would hold less than 10, 000 shouting “Let us in!” Tickets for the second night had all been printed with the same date as the first. The police waded into the crowd and ordered the opening act, Paul “Huckerbuckers” Williams to stop shortly after he began. A man was stabbed as the confused crowd dispersed. On the surface, The Moondog Coronation Ball, March 21, 1952 in Cleveland, was a total disaster.
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