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The nitrogen cycle. Infographic: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Nitrogen_Cycle.jpg">US EPA</a>
The nitrogen cycle. Infographic: US EPA

Natural Selections: Nitrogen

Our atmosphere is about 80 percent nitrogen. Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager explore the ways this common element and necessary component of all life forms interacts with the biosphere.  Go to full article
Kelley Jayne Burns, left, who plays the moderator and Jay Pecora, right, who plays a judge in the show.
Kelley Jayne Burns, left, who plays the moderator and Jay Pecora, right, who plays a judge in the show.

Preview: "Spelling Bee" in Potsdam

A Tony award winning Broadway musical comedy opens at SUNY-Potsdam tonight in Snell Music Theatre (8 pm). The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a partnership between the college's departments of Chemistry and Theatre and Dance. Nearly 600 chemists from around the region are on campus this week for their annual meeting, and the show is partly for their entertainment. Performances are open to all. The student-led production is a one act show that centers around a fictional spelling bee at Putnam Valley Middle School and includes six quirky adolescents and three equally quirky adults. There's also audience participation. Todd Moe spoke with cast members Bernie Mulvaney, Kelley Burns and Tyler Thomas about their characters and the show.  Go to full article
Dr. Egon Matijevic. Egon's Day, a celebration of science and culture, and commemorating his 50 years as a Clarkson faculty member will be Thursday, October 18th
Dr. Egon Matijevic. Egon's Day, a celebration of science and culture, and commemorating his 50 years as a Clarkson faculty member will be Thursday, October 18th

People: Clarkson?s Egon Matijevic

Clarkson University is celebrating one of its senior faculty members this year. Egon Matijevic has taught chemistry for 50 years, and has no intention of stepping down. Born in what is now Croatia, Matijevic turns 85 this year and still logs thousands of miles lecturing around the world. He's in his office seven days a week, advising grad students and directing some of the most advanced research in his field - colloid and interface science. Todd Moe found that he's reluctant to focus on his numerous accolades, and prefers to talk about teaching in a small town and the joy of instilling a love of learning and culture in his students.  Go to full article
2004-2005 Einstein Fellows at the Einstein statue in Potomac Park
2004-2005 Einstein Fellows at the Einstein statue in Potomac Park

Canton Teacher Joins Einstein Fellowship in D.C.

A Canton high school chemistry teacher is spending the academic year helping to shape education policy in Washington D.C. Mickie Flores is among a dozen educators from across the country joining the Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship Program. The program, now in its tenth year, allows teachers to bring to Congress and the federal government their experiences from the classroom and offer real-life perspectives to policymakers on education. Flores will be working in the office of Illinois Senator Richard Durbin. She told Todd Moe more about her teaching career and what she hopes to accomplish this year.  Go to full article

Water Watchers: Canton Students Monitor Grasse River

This month marks the 30th anniversary of Clean Water Act, a milestone in our nation's efforts to protect water resources. To honor the 30-year anniversary of that legislation, communities in every state celebrated Nation Water Monitoring Day last week. It was an opportunity for everyone to learn how to help protect local waterways by becoming citizen monitors. Todd Moe tagged along as Canton High School students scrutinized the physical, chemical and biological aspects of a river in their backyard  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Oil and Water

What you might think is an oil slick on pond or bog water may actually be a film of bacteria. And some oil that flattens ripples and makes rainbow shimmers comes from natural sources. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley: oil and water.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Oxygen

Dr. Curt Stager intoduces Martha Foley to the dark side of oxygen, that toxic waste product of plant metabolism responsible for aging and eventual death--our bodies as a chemical bonfire.  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Alcohol

Why is it that sometimes consuming alcohol can be pleasurable and at other times have devastating effect? Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley talk about how alcohol operates in the body and brain.  Go to full article

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