Talks

Selected Presentations

  • Some Like It Hot! A predictive model of the Law of Conservation of Energy. Vermont Blueprints for Change II, May 1991.
  • Scaling the Heights with Dinosaurs. The importance of scale in science. Annual meeting of the National Science Teachers Association, Boston, March 1992.
  • The Contingent Nature of Scientific Knowledge. The Freedom Forum, Media Studies Center, Science and the Media, Columbia University, NY, March 1992.
  • Scaling: An Integrated Approach to Science and Math. Vermont Blueprints for Change II, Stowe, VT, May 1992.
  • The Biology of Gender. Sponsored by the Women’s Issues Study Group, Bennington College, VT, October 1992.
  • Barbie Doll Biology: Can Barbie Do Math? Presented to the Vermont Institute of Science, Math, and Technology. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, Colchester, VT, October 1993.
  • The Biology of Sex. Burr & Burton Academy (private high school) biology seminar series, Manchester, VT, June, 1994.
  • Animal life of ponds. Bennington County Conservation District, August 1994.
  • The Enterprise of Science. Keynote address, Vermont Institute for Science, Math, and Technology, Summer Institute, sponsored by National Science Foundation, July 1995.
  • What’s so hot about fever anyway? fever as adaptation. Colorado College, Department of Biology Seminar, Colorado Springs, January 1999.
  • Adaptations of newts to ponds of different pH. Johnson State College, current topics in biology series, Johnson, VT, April 2002.
  • Has pH served as an agent of natural selection in the evolution of newts? Northeast Natural History Conference VII, New York State Museum, Albany, NY, April 2002.
  • Presenter, Art, Artists & Teaching, J. Paul Getty Trust & Bennington College, Bennington, VT, June 2002.
  • Physiological differences among newts from ponds of different pH, (with student K. Stoop). Joint meeting of icthyologists and herpetologists, New Orleans, July 2006.
  • Science and anti-science in America: belief and knowing. Keynote address: plenary session, 31st Annual Conference of the New England Association of Environmental Biologists. Mount Snow, VT, March 15, 2007.
  • A life of reading. Keynote address, school year opening, Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union School Teachers, August 2008.
  • Fear of flying: why science matters. Convocation address, Bennington College, Bennington, VT, September 2, 2008.
  • Why Darwin Matters. Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, VT, March 2009.
  • What are the chances: a celebration of earth’s atoms. Merck Forest & Farmland Center, Rupert, VT, June 2009.
  • Doing science on planet earth. Keynote address, science summit, Manchester Elementary and Middle School, Manchester Center, VT, January 2010.
  • What’s the big idea: using technology in the K–12 science classroom. Keynote address, Southwest Vermont Science Partnership summit, December 2010.
  • What's love got to do with it: the biology of human mate choice. Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT, March 2011.
  • Science and anti-science in America. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Vermont, Rutland, VT, May 2011.
  • Doing science in school. Keynote address, Rutland (VT) Southwest Supervisory Union, August 2012.
  • Why Evolution Matters. Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning, Manchester, VT, August 2012.
  • What is natural? Merck Forest & Farmland Center, Rupert, VT, June 2013.
  • Next Generation Science Standards: what’s the big idea? Keynote speech, Chittenden South Supervisory Union, VT, August 2014.