Occasionally we go into the University of Washington to participate in studies on language and development. They do a good job of playing it up and making the kids feel special and helpful (today YOU are contributing to SCIENCE!!).
Ben was so excited to be a scientist that he arrived in my bedroom at 7:01 am, fully dressed, including his coat.
(It also helps that they paid him $30 . He'd spent hours perusing the internet for the perfect LEGO machine long before the money actually made it into his sweaty little fist.)
I am ready for the science!
Here he is in action.
Next week he gets to go in and be connected to the 'big magical brain machine'. They do a little test run beforehand:
This study is an extension of one that was started back when Ben was just a wee bambino. We used to joke in our house that I was always my mom's first subject, as she, too, is a researcher at the University. We've come full circle.
Here are a few links from around the web:
The World's Greatest Birdwatcher (of course he's from Oregon. Birdies, unite!). Yesterday Emma and I discovered an abandoned bushtit nest laying in the road. They are remarkable for their feats of engineering. Today we dissected the nest to discover lots of extra feathers and a few unhatched eggs. The scientists are in da house!
An ad for a menstruation product is too lewd for the subway.
How first generation faculty can help first generation students succeed
Becoming a foster parent was a dream I never knew I had
Events that happen in Alaska
Breast cancer ad uses man boobs to check for lumps
Gender bias in Academe
Did you read Frog and Toad when you were little? A story of friendship and beyond.
How I deal with the unbearable hypocrisy of being an environmentalist (Thanks, R)
Hope you're having a great week.