Category Archives: Uncategorized

I’m Not a Monkey

There’s a delicate balance between teaching and learning; between giving instruction and taking over the task. And it takes a nimble soul to figure out when to let someone falter or fail. A student sent an email recently to make … Continue reading

Posted in authenticity, framing, native american, science, science communication, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Revenge of the Machine

When I read about machines that can learn, my mind flew from science to science fiction. Can machines really learn? I always thought that’s what they meant by intelligent design–that machines were programmed to respond intelligently to new stimuli.

Posted in neuroscience, science, science communication, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Defining Race

The conversation turned to race. My talk Wednesday at the Newberry focussed on Native and scientific perspectives, particularly over Kennewick Man–the 9300-year-old skeleton discovered in the Columbia River. During the question and answer session one guest asked if Kennewick Man … Continue reading

Posted in american indian, authenticity, ethics, framing, human origin, Indian, journalism, Kennewick Man, native american, Native Science, news bias, repatriation, science, science communication, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

My Life as a Talk-Show Host

Truth is I live much of my life as a pretend talk-show host. I admit to being a smidge off-center. Like the Seinfeld episode when Kramer’s living room transforms into the Merv Griffin set, I imagine my couch welcomes guests … Continue reading

Posted in authenticity, framing, health, journalism, Native Science, news bias, science, science communication, social media, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Break the Rules

Students and scientists gathered in Seattle last week to talk about how to succeed in their careers—not only as scientists—but as American Indians and Hispanic individuals. So I was honored to speak about science communication that impacts Indian tribes and … Continue reading

Posted in authenticity, framing, Native Science, science, science communication, social media, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Season of Persuasion

As voting season approaches I’m acutely aware of efforts to persuade me. So when I received a colored brochure in the mail yesterday I quickly scanned the cover for the key message. It looked like an ad for a new … Continue reading

Posted in authenticity, ethics, framing, health, Indian, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

How the Press Covered the Sea Lion Controversy in Indian Country

Next week we present results of our study at a national conference in Chicago, sharing details of how the press covered the salmon and sea lion conflict at the Columbia River. Local Indians have a great stake in the salmon … Continue reading

Posted in authenticity, framing, Native Science, salmon, science, science communication, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Salmon and Sea Lions Face Off

Native Americans are keenly interested in science. Just ask an Indian fisherman. Here in the Pacific Northwest, tribal fishermen have been embroiled in a controversy over salmon. The most recent tempest has pitted salmon against encroaching sea lions, who feast … Continue reading

Posted in framing, health, Native Science, risk, salmon, science, science communication, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

The End of Science

Is it the end of science as we know it? You might get that impression if you read through the sheaf of articles following the discovery in July of the Higgs Boson. After learning Higgs Boson wasn’t a wayward sailor … Continue reading

Posted in risk, science, science communication, Uncategorized | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Personalizing the Dawes Act

I’ve been reading stories about the Dawes Act on Facebook all week, in part because February 8 marked the anniversary of its passage (some 125 years) and folks have been sharing posts. Indian Country Today Media Network has been running … Continue reading

Posted in authenticity, ethics, Indian, Osage, Uncategorized, writing | Tagged , | 2 Comments