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7 months ago
To find a mushroom, start with wonder. You are one of millions of creatures dwelling in the forest or your city park and, although we evolved in divergent ways, there is continuity and kinship among all of us. Despite looking different, fungi are genetically closer to us than they are to plants. To look for mushrooms is to wonder about other forms of intelligence that we do not understand but on which our w...
  The start of a new school year always brings up certain feelings. With new people to meet, new schedules to memorize, new academic challenges to face, our proverbial plates are full. After so long apart, and with so many people joining the Teachers College community this fall, where do we begin? As with any great research endeavor, you may want to start with the lib...
9 months ago
Vector Art: Nature Vectors by VecteezyFall is a time of harvest, the process of gathering crops for food that feeds a world population now nearing eight billion human beings, a number that may be considered the peak of sustainability. Prompted by insects that destroy crops, conventional farming sought to create adequate, if ...
10 months ago
  Growing up in the Central Valley of California with family farmers, there was never a shortage of fresh summer fruits and vegetables. My memories of golden, dusty summer days at my grandmother’s farmhouse are filled with plump grapes and juicy ripe peaches. All of our favorite summer eats have a story—from the domestication of your corn on the cob, to the agave that made the tequila in yo...
10 months ago
  For over 300 million years trees have played a vital role on Earth. They help create clean, fresh air through photosynthesis, through which they combine carbon dioxide and water with energy from the Sun to produce sugar and oxygen. Water consumed through their roots makes chemical compounds that sustain not only their growth, but other life. A hub of biodiversity, trees are represented by an...
A place for books and a haven for quiet study. A bustling makerspace where creative minds soar. A basecamp for Internet travelers, article seekers, gamers, crafters, fledgling and expert readers alike. A home for rigorous learning and critical thought. A pillar of support for young learners and the adults who guide them on their education journeys. All of this and more are what school libraries provide to their...
  The architecture of our global financial system is an important area of study for anyone concerned with the welfare and prosperity of the world's population. These books discuss the history of the creation of our current system -- one in which global trade and finance is centered around and dependent on the dollar -- as well as problems faced in the developing world in acquiring these doll...
  In a recent interview, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the chief medical advisor to the President, said, "It would be terrible, with a tool as good as that, if people don't utilize that tool." Meanin...