Sunday, October 31, 2010

Water Turns to Blood --- JoAnne Burkholder --- Limnologist ---

After read the novel "And The Waters Turned to Blood", I can describe how JoAnne became a limnolgist. Limnologist is the scientific study of the life and phenomena of fresh water, especially lakes and ponds.
The first reason is her childhood experience. She was raised well by her father who had all but grown up in the woods, hunting, fishing, and also trapping. He taught JoAnne about a lot of things about live in the open air and made her love it. So, from the very beginning, JoAnne had already love to live in the open air, observing water, animals, and a lot of other thing at the forest.
The second reason is her experience as a junior in high school. The concept that every lake had its own natural life cycle, beginning as a cold, clean body of water that supported a variety of healthy plant and animal life, and moving through stages toward becoming a shallow, warm marsh that hosted only the lowest forms of life was really captured her interest. By that, she decided that she was going to be involved in "water science".
The third reason is her proffesor support and recommendation. Actually, she couldn't go to get the higher education because financial problem. She worked at a drugstore until someday she was hired as an assistant in a limnology research at Iowa state. She showed that she could hike in the woods, ford streams, and camp with the best group of other scientist there. At the end, her limnology professor recommended her to North Carolina State. By his support, JoAnne flew to North Carolina and started her career as a limnologist.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Science Poem

Queen of the Silent Spring

Rachel Louise Carson
bright, considerate, & curious
born in Springdale, Pennsylvania
care about environment, especially the usage of pesticides
love the environment and nature
creative, brave, & caring
write Silent Spring
feared if the environment damaged or unresponsibly used
wanted if the environment beauty is everlasting
RLC (05/27/1907 - 04/16/1964)

Rachel Carson, Environmentalist

Rachel Louise Carson (May 27, 1907 – April 14, 1964) was an American marine biologist and nature writer whose writings are credited with advancing the global environmental movement.
Carson started her career as a biologist in the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries, and became a full-time nature writer in the 1950s. Her widely praised 1951 bestseller The Sea Around Us won her financial security and recognition as a gifted writer. Her next book, The Edge of the Sea, and the republished version of her first book, Under the Sea Wind, were also bestsellers. Together, her sea trilogy explores the whole of ocean life, from the shores to the surface to the deep sea.
In the late 1950s, Carson turned her attention to conservation and the environmental problems caused by synthetic pesticides. The result was Silent Spring (1962), which brought environmental concerns to an unprecedented portion of the American public. Silent Spring spurred a reversal in national pesticide policy—leading to a nationwide ban on DDT and other pesticides—and the grassroots environmental movement the book inspired led to the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency. Carson was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Jimmy Carter.