Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Think Science Now and Supporting Science Education

Big Think: Think Science Now is a project by pharmaceutical company Pfizer and other research organizations that video profiles 10 outstanding scientists. Once you have watched the videos (or even if you haven't), you can vote for your favorite. Pfizer will donate $1 per vote to science projects for classrooms through DonorsChoose.org.

The women scientists profiled so far:

  • Sarah J. Schlesinger, associate professor at The Rockefeller University, who is working on an HIV vaccine
  • Pardis Sabeti, assistant professor at Harvard University, who studies the evolution of the human genome
  • Sonia Patel, pharmacologist at Pfizer
  • Bonnie Bassler, professor of molecular biology at Princeton University, who works on methods to create new antimicrobial drugs

Note that the Think Science Now is only on week 7, so be sure to come back in a couple of weeks.

See DonorsChoose.org for more information on the programs waiting to be funded. You can also donate to the programs directly to get a special thanks.

Every donor receives an email "thank-you" message from the teacher, which is sent about a week after the project is fully funded.

In addition, if you complete a project's funding or give $100 or more, you will receive a "thank-you" package in the mail with student photos and hand-written cards; this usually arrives within 3-6 months of your donation.

(via Sandra at Discovering Biology in a Digital World)
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