Monday, November 14, 2011

Blog of the Week: PsiVid with Carin Bondar and Joanne Manaster


This week's blog selection comes to us via the Scientific American blog network. PsiVid, a "cross-section of science on the cyber-stream," features two scientists and mothers, Carin Bondar and Joanne Manaster, both known for their work and expertise in sci-filmmaking. Over at their Scientific American blog, you'll find all things sci-video related, including contest information, the Monday music video, and some commentary on what's happening--and not happening--in the world of science videos.

Carin Bondar, biologist and mother of four, is indeed a biologist with a twist, as her Website will tell you. She's a formally trained ballet dancer, a video star (proving that yes, bionerds can be smart and videogenic), scifilm curator, and writer. Her Website includes postings of Cool Biology Job of the Week, the kinds of jobs that make you briefly wish you could turn back time, ditch everything you own, and hop on board. If you're a parent nurturing the little scientist in your life, just reading some of these job descriptions to them should prove inspiring.

Like many of us, Carin confesses to having been "in love with biology" since she was a little girl. Her love has led her to her multiple careers as filmmaker and writer, and she still brings the biology through her insightful dissections of topics like chastity belts and cross-dressing in the animal kingdom. 

If you'd like to at least try to keep up with this whirling--pirouetting?--dervish of a scientist and mother, you can follow Carin on Twitter @drbondar. She's smart, funny, engaging, kind, and lovely. Don't miss out.



Joanne Manaster is a biologist, mom, and former model who, like Carin, defies any lingering stereotype of biologists as bald, bearded men in white coats. Her Website, aptly named "Joanne loves science," includes Joanne's famous video book reviews, posts about the science of beauty, and Joanne's own favorite makeup videos

When she's not in front of a camera improving science literacy, Joanne is a lecturer in cell and molecular biology at the University of Illinois. She's a veteran science instructor who now focuses on developing and teaching online science courses for current and future science teachers. Joanne is rather notorious for her videos that make science seem delicious, including gummi bear science and blood cell bakery--they're cookies! In her clearly limited spare time, Joanne also runs a girls bioengineering camp and, as she says, does everything she can "to ensure that her four children all become passionate about something." An important goal.

To follow this passionate advocate for science literacy who puts her videos--and cookies--where her mind is, you can find her as @sciencegoddess on Twitter.

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