This was a really fun place to visit in Uppsala, Sweden! I was in Stockholm on a family vacation, and we took an easy train ride to Uppsala and spent the afternoon wandering around Linnaeus’s beautiful garden and house. Having written a paper on taxonomy and featuring Linnaeus, I was delighted to see where Linnaeus did his work! If you ever visit Stockholm or Uppsala, definitely put this on your list!
Check them out: https://www.botan.uu.se/our-gardens/the-linnaeus-garden/
Here are some notes from that same old Advanced Biology class from when we studied thermodynamics and metabolism…. who knew Katy Perry could help me understand the principles of thermo?!
Here are some of my notes from when I was studying enzymes in an Advanced Biology class… Enzymes-Notes.pdf
If there’s one thing I learned, enzymes are really hard to keep up with!
Also yes, I love pretty pens and highlighters 😊.
We all learn about Charles Darwin and evolution in our ninth grade biology class… But how did Darwin actually come up with these theories? What experiments did he do? Who did he talk to? Well, for an answer, his own notes and manuscripts would be a good place to start.
There’s only one small problem: Darwin’s manuscripts are all out of order. Each piece of paper is a different size. Darwin’s handwriting is unreadable by most people. Darwin uses a bizarre shorthand to take notes which takes months to learn to read. Darwin does not index his notes.
So… what can you do? Well, you can check the Darwin Manuscripts Project Database! The DMP is a group of people behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History, working to turn Darwin’s manuscripts into a database that anyone can use. The DMP takes Darwin’s notes, types them up (including mistakes and things that have been crossed out), includes images and drawings, and then creates tags so people can search across the database.
Here is their webpage: https://www.amnh.org/our-research/darwin-manuscripts-project/
I worked with DMP this summer. Most of their staff and volunteers are college students, young professionals, or museum staff… So, bringing my perspective as a high school student was really fun. It’s a really cool project, super useful for students as well as scholars! Check them out!
It’s a quiet, lazy, hot day… Suddenly there’s a loud bang and something hits your window. Looking outside, there’s a bird, stunned, laying on the ground. What do you do?! Who do you call? What can you do?
Well, if you walk up Columbus Avenue to 88th street, you will come upon a curious looking store front… There are many pigeons, white and gray, flying around a pretty enclosure in the window. There are chickens running around the store front. There’s a turtle drifting around in the other window.
This is the Wild Bird Fund (https://www.wildbirdfund.org)!
The Wild Bird Fund is a non-for-profit, completely volunteer and donation run, rehabilitation center for injured birds. The Wild Bird Fund is the only wildlife rehabilitation center in New York City. WBF aims to provide medical care to wildlife, and try to release the animals back into the wild. WBF also runs programs to educate New Yorkers about the wildlife living in our “cement” backyard.
I help out at the front desk, taking in patients, accepting donations, and encouraging New Yorkers to talk about WBF to their friends. The WBF staff and volunteers are a really important part of the community, and demonstrates how New York City’s humans can take responsibility for the non-human community we share our city with. It’s a really great group of people!
This year, especially now in September, the Wild Bird Fund is busier than ever. Many different species are passing through New York on their journeys elsewhere, and many native birds still need help. If you can, please consider making a donation! Anything and everything helps. Thank you so much!! This is the link to donate to WBF: https://wbf.z2systems.com/np/clients/wbf/donation.jsp.
Boy do I like trig! The formulas are surprisingly tidy and sensible. I’ve always loved detective stories, and in trig, when you solve for the last side or angle it feels like solving a closed-room mystery! 😊