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Economy still bad, kids need your help!

Oct 14 2009 Published by under DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge

Thanks to those of you who have already donated to the DonorsChoose Social Media Challenge for 2009! The DrugMonkey blog readers have been participating in our Challenge and have already raised $675 from 21 donors. Along the way you have helped to fund 9 proposals from school teachers!
But there are still lots of interesting and fun projects that could use your help and I will remind you that every little bit helps. Even $5 or $1 moves each of those proposals closer to reality. Since this drive started this blog has received anywhere from 500 to 1700 unique visitors per day. A little poll I ran received over 70 responses. You can scroll through and review the number of comments we get for yourself. So I know you like talking and thinking about science and the business of science, DearReader. How about giving a little bit of that back? Spread the science love around and throw down a little for the kids?

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Science-Up the Schools with....Mink?

Great Job on the DonorsChoose drive, folks! The DrugMonkey Blog Science-Up the Schools Challenge is doing well with $422 raised from 16 donors. This latter makes me very happy since we're hanging in there in the top three on the ScienceBlogs board in terms of number of donors. We're in difficult times and my readers are often grad students and postdocs who don't have a lot to give anyway but I love to see people getting involved and endorsing the importance of science in elementary and secondary education. Keep it coming! Every $5 or even $1 donation moves a project closer to funding. Some of them are backed by matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation so you might even leverage your kick-down.

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The Conduct of Science is a Social Science

I often lament* the fact that Sb doesn't have a blog that focuses on the methods and practices of the social sciences. The reasons are many but I think my most general formulation is that the social sciences are the most scientific of the sciences and nobody seems to understand this.

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Good Works

Oct 04 2009 Published by under DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge

Wow. I am just amazed at the generosity of the Scienceblogs readers. The Seed Media Science Blogs challenge has already raised $4,782 from 60 readers. These dollars go to improve classroom learning, mostly in the science and math areas.
The DrugMonkey blog readers have been participating and that makes me very happy. Great job everyone who contributed and I will ask everyone else to consider making a donation of any size. Even at the $1 or $5 level you are not just helping move closer to funding a project, but casting a vote for the importance of education. Education, science education and even a strong vote against the anti-science tactics of PeTA.

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Science-Up the Schools with DonorsChoose!

Oct 01 2009 Published by under DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge

Welcome to the DonorsChoose Social Media Challenge for 2009! The DrugMonkey blog is challenging you, DearReader, to pony up for school kids as part of the Scienceblogs bid to out-charitable-ize our MortalBlogEnemies. Particularly those knitters, mommyblogs and of course, Discover Magazine blogs.
As I noted at the start of last year's Challenge:

Like many (perhaps all) of my readers, I've been interested in certain things my entire life. Facts about the natural world. What things are. How things work. What will happen when you poke that with a stick? As luck would have it, I managed to turn this proclivity into my livelihood. Not bad. I also get to participate in a great human endeavor that lays down lasting improvements for our species and our planet. Nice. It would be great if this opportunity was available to all young children with similar interest would it not? Well, interest is great but children require a fertile environment in which to pursue their interests.

For those of you new to you should start at this information page on the operations. You might want to review ringleader Janet's opening post for this year as well. In short outline, school teachers (grades K-12) propose small projects for their classroom and request philanthropic donations. Anyone at all can then donate money to a project of their choice. It is easy to browse the site and gate on projects by geographical region, grade level, topic domain (science of course, but also arts, exercise, whathaveyou), total cost and a host of other selection factors. In short it is simple to find something that attracts your interest.
For this year I have selected a number of proposals for your consideration. Other Scienceblogs folks will be selecting their own slates for consideration of their readers. So take a look around at the fascinating and educational proposals that have been selected. (While I am a reasonably competitive person, let me emphasize that the only goal here is to support projects that attract you. So browse around if nothing I've selected for our list enthralls you...something else will.) At the very least you will find yourself fascinated by what the teacher proposals have to say about the state of educational funding...
You don't have to be rich to participate. Every donation counts. $20. $5. $1. Whatever you can afford, it will move a project that much closer to funding.
I'll end with a small taste of what is in store with a sample from the children you helped last year.

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More Thank-You Cards from Donors Choose

As I cannot restate enough, some of our Readers were very generous during October's DrugMonkey Blog Reader Challenge as a part of the other ScienceBlogs' participation in the Bloggers Challenge. One of cool parts of DonorsChoose is that the teachers and children who have benefited from donor funded projects send Thank You notes.
I have just received another batch which I thought I would share with you.
Before you check those out, I thought I would mention another opportunity for you to support young scientists. In this case, Isis the Scientist of On Becoming an Domestic and Laboratory Goddess blog has partnered with the American Physiological Society to fund an award for an undergraduate woman who has submitted a superlative research abstract for their Annual Meeting.
Go visit Isis for all the details, all she's asking for is your eyeball, viewing her blog pages for the next few weeks. (If you are feeling a tad more generous feel free to click the PayPal link on her sidebar and send a couple of bucks her way. It's for the junior scientists!) [Update: I just noticed that the APS has opened up a special line on their donation page for the David J. Bruce/ISIS Award fund. In case you want to directly donate in that way.]

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Magnificent Painting By Jessica Palmer (aka BioE)!!11!! {Updated With Artist's Annotation!}

Comrade PhysioProf won this beautiful painting by Jessica Palmer--who is also the blogger known as Bioephemera--with the biggest Donors Choose donation to her blog's challenge. It was matted and framed by an awesome fucking frame shop in the neighborhood. w00t!
UPDATE: Here is the artist's annotation written by Jessica:

Well, the medium is watercolor. There may be a tiny bit of gouache in the details on the bubbles and so on, and pencil for the sketch. I wanted to do a cephalopod for this contest because it's a theme of my blog, but the last one I did was really bright and science-fictiony. I wanted to go a different, more organic direction and paint an art nouveau style cephalopod, such as you might find in a stained glass window or on a piece of enamelled jewelry.
The unusual palette was partly inspired by a Daniel Merriam painting I had seen, and partly by a grungy patina on a collage.I originally was going to have grungy letters and numbers layered in the painting - I was thinking of a submarine or something - but as I proceeded the painting was just too organic and flowing for that to work. So I ended up embedding a Shakespeare quote in the background of the piece - Ariel's song from The Tempest,
Full fathom five thy father lies:
Of his bones are coral made:
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth suffer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
which came to mind as I was painting, in part because of the coral color of the octopus, but mostly because I've always been kind of fascinated with those lines. I wanted the painting to be sumptuous in its curves and detail (rich), but still surreal and dreamlike (strange). (I was emphatically trying NOT to think of Hitchcock's "Rich and Strange," which is a terrible film.) I was also thinking while painting this of Percy Bysshe Shelley, who drowned young. (It turns out the boat he wrecked in was named "Ariel"; I did not find this out until after I finished the painting. Odd.)
Meaning - well, a cephalopod is a changeable creature - changing shape and color freely - so it seemed like the right critter to represent a theme of transformation, especially timeless transformation, with its tentacles making little infinity loops and spirals all over the place. I envision this octopus as a sort of wise dragon of the deep, guarding its treasure of bones and coral and pearls and whatever else is down there decaying away in slow motion (including Shelley). But it could mean something quite different to someone else. I don't think the artist has a special privilege when it comes to interpreting the artwork.

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Thank You cards from DonorsChoose

Many of you Readers were very generous during October's DrugMonkey Blog Reader Challenge as a part of the other ScienceBlogs' participation in the Bloggers Challenge.
I recently received some very nice notes and I thought I would share them. (The blurbs are from the teachers' original requests)

"I am teaching in a special education classroom, specifically serving children with autism. This classroom is a center-based, self-contained classroom with students in 3rd and 4th grades. The students in my room are severely affected by autism, and are living in a high-needs community.
Our classroom is in need of a digital camera and a color printer with accessories, to support our students need for visual structure within the classroom. We do not have easy access to a color printer or a digital camera in our school due to lack of funding. Students with autism rely on visual structure within the classroom, without access to these things it is difficult to provide accurate and real-life stimuli.

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The Homestretch...on the DonorsChoose Challenge

Oct 29 2008 Published by under DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge

There are only a few more days left for you to participate in the DrugMonkey Blog Reader Challenge. In case you've managed to miss the prior posts, we are joining the other ScienceBlogs' participation in the Bloggers Challenge.

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Original art from the one and only BioE! is on offer

Oct 28 2008 Published by under DonorsChoose Blogger Challenge

The artist/scientist blogger occasionally known as bioephemera is offering up a very tasty prize as inducement to contribute to the BioE's Classroom of Curiosity 2008 DonorsChoose Bloggers challenge.

So here it is, readers: I'm going to do something to persuade you to donate, too. I'm going to give away a painting. A new, original, watercolor painting that I am working on right now. It's halfway done, in fact. What exactly is this mystery painting I'm doing to thank you, loyal readers? Well, the previous post is a clue. . . more to come.

Very nice. I'm not even sure I can recommend you donate to the DM Blog Readers Challenge (kidding!) with prizes like that floating around.

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