In addition to harboring sailboats and motorboats, the Peaks Island community hosts scores of talented people who are notable nationally. Not that you could easily discern this; island notables tend to hide […]
How One Scientist Empowers Thousands of Others: Johan Erikson Publishes in Journal of Chemical Education
Politicians have been using science as a punching bag a lot lately. It’s hard to overstate the dangers of this, given that scientific thinking and the distinction of fact from fiction fuels our ability to cure diseases, invent new technology, and generally explain how the world works. Meanwhile, science educators shoulder on with preparing the next generation of critical thinkers and scientists, including Science Department Chair, professor, and author Dr. Johan Erikson who crosses Portland Harbor on the Peaks Island ferry each day and commutes to Saint Joseph’s College on Sebago Lake.
Soaking Pages in Salt: Behind the Scenes of Writing about the Schooner Bagheera
I pitched a story about a historic Maine schooner leading a secret life as a floating college science classroom to Portland Magazine. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to capture a slice of one of the few semester-long full-time and full-immersion field science programs in the country.
Death by Dissolution: Mark Green and Ocean Acidification of Casco Bay, Maine and everywhere else
Although Mark Green, Ph.D. has authored nearly two dozen peer-reviewed scientific journal articles, we might refer to him as a sci-fi horror author of something called “Death by Dissolution.” Except, sadly, it’s […]
Homemaking, Snowbabies, and the Search for the North Pole: Josephine Diebitsch Peary and the Making of National History
After crossing Casco Bay by ferry, packages are delivered to islanders by the taxi driver. This week, I found a package on my doorstep and hurried it inside, just as a rainstorm […]
Stalking the Ghost Bird with Michael Steinberg
Ancient forests, ghost birds, and intrepid scientists. This might sound like a blurb for Rollins’ sci-fi Amazonia, but instead it describes the non-fiction content of Michael Steinberg’s “Stalking the Ghost Bird: The […]
Tom Bohan: A Blow with a Word Strikes Deeper
An interior wall of the Library of Congress’ Thomas Jefferson Building bears the well-worn adage “The pen is mightier than the sword,” a saying attributed to the Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton (who, […]