A Newsletter of Scientific Literacy. November 2002

Welcome to second e-mail edition Welcome to the second e-mail edition of the Hawkhill Science Newsletter for the school year 2002-2003. Outside my window as I write this I can see snowflakes, the first of the season. Somehow approaching winter always brings back the past. Not only my own past, but the past of my family, of my country, of my species. And this morning, the past of some of our species' proudest moments--like those we relate and celebrate in our latest DVD production just completed last night, GREAT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE. .

Teach science, teach history, teach science and society

All three of the national science projects (Project 2061 from AAAS, Scope, Sequence and Coordination of Secondary School Science from National Science Teachers Association, and National Science Education Standards from the National Research Council) recommend much more attention to historical perspectives in secondary and college science teaching. Our new DVD can be of help to you in giving that attention. GREAT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE. features the work of Marie Curie, Galileo Galilei and Louis Pasteur. Read more about it on our Web site: While there also check our classic program on the history of science from ancient Greece to Einstein, Bohr, Crick and Watson of the 20th century. It is called THE SOUL OF SCIENCE and is now available both in VHS and on DVD.

History at Half Price!!! As a one-time special to encourage use of our e-mail Hawkhill Science Newsletter version as well as our web site we will give you a 50% deduction on the purchase of the DVDs THE SOUL OF SCIENCE and GREAT MOMENTS IN THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE (either or both) If you order them by phone, fax, web site or e-mail before Christmas. At half price they can also still qualify in our standing offer to get a FREE DVD player if you order three DVDs.

Buy 3 DVDs and get a FREE DVD player We have been pleased and astonished at the interest in the new DVDs. Already we have given away over 40 DVD players free of charge to customers who buy three or more of our new DVD discs. Check out the 20 brand new DVDs in our current catalog or on our Web site and get your player this week. Everything in the catalog is in stock and we can almost always ship within a day of receiving your order.
Plan now for next summer fun and learning As winter approaches, gardeners are already thinking about plans for the spring. Teachers and students might want to think now about the many opportunities for exciting and memorable vacations in the summer. Vacations that combine fun and learning. Here is a idea you might consider for the coming summer.

EARTHWATCH is one of the largest and most impressive of the adult global classrooms, specializing in hands-on science. My wife and I joined an expedition to the coast of Turkey four or five summers ago, treking into the Ionian mountains to rediscover some of the sites of ancient Greek science. I don't know how much we discovered that was new, but I do know we had a good time while learning a lot (and logging some great new video footage incorporated into updated versions of THE SOUL OF SCIENCE and SCIENTIFIC METHODS AND VALUES). Earthwatch's most recent catalog lists over a hundred scientific expeditions you can join as a participant, not just an observer. You could go to central Mongolia to help explore prehistoric ceremonial rock structures of the first nomadic herders. You could study the shrinking sea otter populations in Alaska., the chameleon distribution in Madagascar, study the wildlife tracks in Utah, crocodile behavior in Botswana, help save the leatherback turtle in the Virgin Islands or help care for chimpanzees in Washington State.

You work with other volunteers under the direction of experienced scientists on real world environmental and scientific quests. Volunteers need to share the cost of the expedition. Earthwatch does offer a certain number of grants for high school students and teachers. College students can often get credit for their work. For more information go to their web site: http://www.earthwatch.org or write to Earthwatch Institute, 3 Clock Tower Place, Suite 100, Box 75, Maynard, MA 01754.

science history fun and games You may have heard these before--they were published in a Hawkhill Newsletter two years ago--but they are worth repeating for some of our new e-mail subscribers.

One day, all of the world's famous physicists decided to get together for a tea luncheon. Fortunately, the doorman was a grad student, and able to observe some of the guests.

"Everyone gravitated toward Newton, but he just kept moving around at a constant velocity and showed no reaction.

Einstein thought it was a relatively good time.

Cavendish wasn't invited, but he had the balls to show up anyway.

Ohm spent most of the time resisting Ampere's opinions on current events.

Heisenberg may or may not have been there.

Bohr ate too much and got atomic ache.

Watt turned out to be a powerful speaker.

The Curies were there and just glowed the whole time.

Oppenheimer got bombed."

Don't blame Columbus The Science Times this week has many interesting articles, all of them of great relevance to science teachers and social studies teachers in secondary and college classrooms. One that especially caught my eye and mind was a report by NY Times science reporter John Noble Wilford "Don't Blame Columbus for All the Indians' Ills."

"Europeans came to the Western Hemisphere," he writes, "armed with guns, the cross and unknowingly, pathogens. Against the alien agents of disease, the indigenous people never had a chance. Their immune systems were unprepared to fight smallpox and measles, malaria and yellow fever. The epidemics that resulted have been well documented. What had not been clearly recognized until now, though, is that the general health of Native Americans had apparently been deteriorating for centuries before 1492.

"That is the conclusion of a team of anthropologists, economists and paleontologists who have recently completed a wide-ranging study of the health of people living in the Western Hemisphere in the last 7,000 years."

You can read the entire article in the NY Times, Tuesday, Oct 29 on the first page of the Science Times section. You can also read the entire article, along with much of the rest of the Times every day by logging on to: http://www.nytimes.com

any lawyers on board Can't resist one more visit to the wacky and zany courtroom hijinks that I featured a few years ago. Here are more allegedly real court transcriptions, word for word.

Q.What gear were you in at the moment of impact?
A. Gucci sweats and Reeboks.

Q: Are you qualified to give urine samples?

Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.

Q: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
A: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.

Q: Sir, what is your IQ?
A: Well, I can see pretty well, I think.

Q: Do you know if your daughter has ever been involved in the voodoo or occult?
A: We both do.
Q: Voodoo?
A: We do.
Q: You do?
A: Yes, voodoo.

Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke that morning?
A: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
Q: And why did that upset you?
A: My name is Susan.

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Editor: Bill Stonebarger
Hawkhill Associates, Inc.
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Madison, WI 53703
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