The Bustling World of Beetles

2019-12-06T10:58:20-05:00December 15th, 2019|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

Eastern Hercules Beetle carcass. Photo by Niha Alaspuri Beetles are pretty awesome insects. They can be found in gardens and forests all over the world and come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. In fact, there’s probably a beetle living somewhere close to you, since some species of beetle are native to [...]

Bubbling Over with Science

2019-12-06T10:56:30-05:00December 6th, 2019|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

Some of my favorite memories from childhood include running around, blowing bubbles in my backyard. A neon bottle of bubbles in one hand, a matching plastic wand in the other and I was ecstatic with my long braids flowing behind me as my laughter filled the air. My favorite part was looking at the rainbows [...]

Does it flow? Can it flow?

2019-11-20T15:52:17-05:00November 23rd, 2019|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

Yesterday, while working on a paper, I spilled a cup of coffee. It went everywhere! While rushing around trying to find paper towels, I wondered - wouldn’t it be great if the coffee didn’t spill everywhere. So, much time would be saved in cleaning! This made me wonder about properties of liquids that make them [...]

Listen to the Bees

2019-08-07T16:25:16-04:00August 9th, 2019|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

“Bees have so much to offer us if we only listen.” – Jay Ebben from Painted Hives After checking weekly and waiting, admittedly not-so-patiently, on the arrival of the new bee colony, I was thrilled when WonderLab welcomed the new bee colony into the gallery and WonderGarden. Before this experience, I had no idea how [...]

Teach the Teachers, Teach the World

2019-07-06T14:24:18-04:00July 6th, 2019|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

Educating for Environmental Change: Summer Science Institutes Prepare Teachers with Real World Training 2018 SSI Institute Poster Session On a sultry June evening in 2018 a crowd of teachers toured a display of posters at Jordan Hall on the Indiana University (IU)  Bloomington Campus. The poster session was a part of the 2018 [...]

I Was A Geologist!

2018-05-07T08:34:19-04:00August 18th, 2018|Thoughts Behind the Wonder|

When I was little, I was fascinated by rocks. I loved exploring the colors and textures.I would collect the rocks I found prettiest. I built up a sizable collection of obsidian from Yellowstone without my parents realizing – which, given that it’s illegal, led to a pretty stern talking-to when they found out. After that discussion [...]