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Careers in Science 

December 31, 2011

Dinos Alive!

hip-structureIt’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Shakira singing “Hips Don’t Lie”! Every intern training is unique, and this one was no different. As I walked into the Careers in Science classroom that Monday afternoon, Shakira’s 2006 hit song rocked my ears. It turned out that dinosaurs’ hips didn’t lie either. That’s right, those roaring colossal beasts that flourished in the Mesozoic Era, also known as the Age of Reptiles, evolved separately and owed a large part of their biological sucess to their hip structures. Fascinating lectures by CiS Manager Eric Godoy, Senior Science Content Specialist Roberta Brett, and San Francisco State University graduate student Nic West all highlighted the erect posture of dinosaurs, a distinction from other reptiles with sprawling postures. Upon closer examination, the interns realized that there was a correlation between posture and evolution. More biologically successful animals, such as the dinosaurs in the Mesozoic Era, all had erect postures. Unlike their sprawling counterparts, these animals could maintain a sufficient amount of air for a longer period of time (for example, present-day lizards, who are sprawlers, can only sprint for a very short amount of time due to a lower lung capacity). Because of this physiological advantage, the dinosaurs had increased stamina. Much like dinosaurs, birds and mammals, including humans, also evolved to have erect postures, which must explain why all of the interns are so tireless in their interest in science!

By Timmy

Filed under: Teaching Science,Uncategorized — CiS Interns @ 12:22 pm

December 29, 2011

Interns Attend the Brower Youth Awards


On October 18th, 2011 Careers in Science interns attended the Brower Youth Awards, an award ceremony for six young people around the U.S. who are active in their communities and the environment. Award winners included teens working to save the diverse rainforests of Indonesia and the native endangered orangutan by boycotting products with palm oil, and young adults working in community gardens and teaching about the benefits of organic food and sustainable living. Every single award winner was distinct in their inspiring mission and message. In addition to the trip to San Francisco, the six winners were awarded with money to continue their project and public recognition for their work.

After hearing each winner speak and watch watch videos on their individual cases, the 2011 Brower Youth awardees all seem to validate Alice Walker’s quote, “activism is my rent for living on this planet.” Each winner works to strengthen their communities by fighting for what they believe in and striving to become the change they want to see in their world. All winners seem to pay more than their fair share of “rent”, whether that change comes by creating a community garden or by testing a local river for toxic waste from coal mining. The Brower Youth Award winners demonstrates that if we are to live in Earth and use the resources that Earth provides us, we must give back. It was a very inspiring event.

By Molly

Filed under: Uncategorized — CiS Interns @ 4:36 pm

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