Digital Pedagogy and the Great Global Online Learning Experiment

Teaching Online

COVID-19 has enrolled many of us in higher education in an unexpected experiment in online learning. While many classroom teachers have been practitioners of hybrid pedagogy for years—in-person meetings facilitated or complemented by digital texts, tools, and activities, learning management systems like Blackboard, and operational platforms like SIS—we find ourselves suddenly adapting by necessity to […]


Ada Lovelace Day

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day, an “international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science,” I’d like to offer a tribute to Rachel Carson, who played a major role in the banning of the pesticide DDT through her 1962 book Silent Spring. Silent Spring is credited as a catalyst […]


How Do We Find Geospatial Data?

From using GPS to navigate traffic to apps tailoring selections based on location, geospatial data is integral to our daily lives. Researchers also increasingly use geospatial data. For example, in a recent article featuring several Johns Hopkins researchers, geospatial data was used to understand sub-surface features of an archaeological site in modern-day Oman. Currently, I […]


Life on Mars?

 Is there life on Mars?  The debate continues.  In 1976, NASA launched three experiments to investigate the possibility of life on Mars as part of the Viking Mission. An exhibit on C-Level in the Eisenhower Library, Detecting Life on the Red Planet, tells the story of the experiment that was developed by Whiting School alumnus and Trustee Emeritus […]


Life on Mars?

 Is there life on Mars?  The debate continues.  In 1976, NASA launched three experiments to investigate the possibility of life on Mars as part of the Viking Mission. An exhibit on C-Level in the Eisenhower Library, Detecting Life on the Red Planet, tells the story of the experiment that was developed by Whiting School alumnus and Trustee Emeritus […]


Open Access Success Story: 20,000 Free Articles in Particle Physics

Back in 2008 researchers and librarians at CERN wanted to be sure that the high energy and particle physics journals they utilize would be freely available to any reader in the world, not just readers at institutions with subscriptions. CERN worked with the journal publishers and libraries across the globe to make that possible. JH […]


Happy Pi Day! 3.14

As you start your Spring Break festivities, please include a moment of acknowledgment for pi. Irrational? Maybe, but I’ll take any excuse to have a piece of pie. To see how others celebrate and calculate pi, follow these links: Overview from The Chronicle of Higher Education Longest calculation of pi Squidoo Celebrates Pi Day One […]


Artificial Languages, Universal Languages

An undergrad recently asked me about Lojban. Those in computer science and related fields have probably heard of Lojban (a constructed language, formerly known as Loglan). And most of us have heard of Esperanto (a “universal” language), and other “constructed” languages such as R’lyehian and, of course, Klingon. Are there a lot of artificial languages? […]