You might know October as the month for fallen leaves, pumpkin carving and warm cider, but here at Science Matters we have a different tradition brewing. National Cyber Security Awareness Month, and that means it’s time for our favorite citizen scientists to hit the ’Net in pursuit of knowledge and safety. No prior experience required.
Later this month a unique opportunity presents itself for coding enthusiasts, students and practitioners. The third annual ModelOff Financial Modeling Competition starts Saturday, October 25th. Last year’s competition had over three thousand participants from around the globe. The event begins with two online rounds. Individuals who code successfully will be flown to New York City for the final round.
K-12 teachers across Virginia are invited to participate in the first statewide BioTeach event on October 9th. The Virginia BIO Foundation, a non-profit foundation created to connect bioscience companies with teachers and students to stimulate career interest in the biosciences (BioSTEM), is hosting this teacher’s only event at locations throughout Virginia.
In many other disciplines there may be multiple right answers. In science, we are often looking for a definitive cure, a global solution or the truth about our universe. We do deal in areas where much is at stake. It truly can be brain surgery or rocket science. Ensuring we are not surrounded by "yes" people is critical to the integrity of science.
In honor of National Engineers Week, VCU Professor Mohamed Gad-el-Hak shares some thoughts on the Three Faces of Engineering–creativity, art and science–and what we can do to strengthen our teaching of engineering to students of all levels.
Immerse yourself in wetland science while enjoying food and friends at Science Pub RVA on Tuesday, January 28th. (Please note date change due to weather.) Join one of RVA’s creative scientists, Anne Wright a VCU stream ecologist, and find out what’s happening with our amphibian neighbors. This evening of discovery will increase your knowledge and appreciation of our often overlooked vernal pools.