From time to time I will post news items that are related to this site in one way or another. It may be to alert users of some new material in the site, or to request help, or to point to interesting new publications or websites. Time will tell.

10 February 2012

The  3 February 2012 edition of the journal Science presents the winners of the 2011 International Science & Engineering Visualization Chalenge. Not to be missed. First Place, Honorable Mention, and People’s Choice winners are shown in each of these categories: Photography; Illustration; Informational Posters & Graphics; Interactive Games; and Video. The first contest was in the year 2003. The National Science Foundation, cosponsor of the contest with Science, has an archive of the winning entries for each year since at, and Science has slide shows of the winners at You will find this a welcome annual visit.

8 February 2012

Stephen Nowlin and his colleagues have done it again–a compelling science/art exhibit called Worlds. The exhibit itself is over, but happily you can access a video that represents it well. Go to Nowlin has written a marvelous essay, “Construction of the Heavens,” a title borrowed from William Herschel, to introduce the exhibit. I intend to add the essay to this site soon.  Incidentally, the full title of Herschel’s 1811 paper was “Astronomical Observations Relating to the Construction of the Heavens, Arranged for the Purpose of a Critical Examination, the Result of Which Appears to Throw Some New Light upon the Organization of the Celestial Bodies.”  So with that sendoff, head now to Worlds.

28 September 2011

I was pleased to learn that the National Library of Medicine is a great source of art related to science. It now makes available online images that teachers, students, and the lay public can enjoy, as well as physicians, scientists, artists, and historians.  In SE>encore Art Links, Art Link 5: The Wounded Man can take you to a marvelous NLM site providing captivating illustrations from the history of  medicine.  Not to be missed.

28 June 2011

Wellcome Collection has again come up with a stunning exhibit linking science and art. You can read a brief summary of it and then access it via my Art Link 4: Dirt–The Filthy Reality of Everyday Life.

7 June 2011

I have added a new page called op-eds. Its purpose is to provide a convenient space for readers to talk back to my editorials, or to introduce editorials of their own. The first contribution came to me as an email from Seth Giles. I have given it the name Out-of-the-Box Reform. You can let me know what you think of it by sending  your reponse to me at

3 February 2011

On  January 10th, the American Association of Physics Teachers awarded me the Oersted Medal “which recognizes those who have had an outstanding, widespread, and lasting impact on the teaching of physics.”  In my speech in response to that honor, I reported on a “Dialogue concerning the two chief physics education systems,” a meeting involving Galileo’s Simplicio, Salvioti, and Sagredo, and recorded by me. The resulting transcript is now available here on the Editorials page as encore Editorial #2: The Particle Enigma and Science Literacy.

28 September 2010

Today the National Academies Press released the report Standards for K-12 Engineering Education? As described in the executive Summary of the report:

The goal of the study . . .  was to assess the value and feasibility of developing and implementing content standards for engineering education at the K–12 level. Content standards have been developed for three disciplines in STEM education—science, technology, and mathematics—but not for engineering. To date, a small but growing number of K–12 students are being exposed to engineering-related materials, and limited but intriguing evidence suggests that engineering education can stimulate interest and improve learning in mathematics and science as well as improve understanding of engineering and technology. Given this background, a reasonable question is whether standards would improve the quality and increase the amount of teaching and learning of engineering in K–12 education.

The entire report can be read online and a PDF Summary can be downloaded free of charge at http:

Where do you stand on STEM—which is to say on the place of engineering in K-12 science education? I plan to put my answer to that question in the Editorial page of SE>encore and would welcome your view, particularly if different than mine.

20 September 2010

Flash! For my first item on this page, I have good news. The Project Physics Collection is now available on Internet Archive ( It includes the textbook, student guide, teacher handbook, readers, programmed instruction booklets, transparencies volumes, and test booklets, any or all of which may be downloaded and copied without further permission. An overview, About the Project Physics Course, provides a fuller description of the Collection and the project. The Readers in their entirety are include here in Readings.