Just $10

$10 is all you need to give if we all pitch in. We are currently only at 2484% of funding the two classrooms mentioned in the last Just One Thing Challenge. SixTen of you have already donated and you guys totally rock. But the rest of you need to cough up some money!

If your an academic scientists reading this you should feel particularly guilty. If you don’t donate, you can’t ever complain again about how your undergraduates don’t even know basic concepts like benthic and pelagic (or read or write or tie their shoes). If you are John or Joan Q. Public you forfeit your right to complain about the media and politicians who never seem to care or get their facts right. Likely, one of the children you decide not to fund now will be the reporter, politician, or undergraduate you moan about later. So lets fund two classrooms this week. If you don’t I will start posting pictures of crying children on a daily basis. Or maybe cute sea animals dying because you didn’t fund these projects. The last one is a bit of stretch but you get the point.

For this challenge I have picked two projects with Donor’s Choose. The total amount needed is just over $400. That’s about $10 a piece for everyone who has signed up. The first proposal is to provide funds for materials so students in a Kansas school can prepare for an Ocean Science Bowl Competition. The second proposal is to purchase books on the oceans for an elementary ESL class in Tennessee. I am very excited about us easily funding both of these!

Dr. M (1729 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Assistant Director of Science for the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, a National Science Foundation supported initiative. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (http://deepseanews.com/), a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web. His forthcoming book, Science of the South (http://www.scienceofthesouth.com/), connects cultural icons of South such as pecan pie with the science behind them.

7 comments on “Just $10
  1. Jeez.. Twist my arm whydontcha?

    Hmmm, a movie (no popcorn), or the hope of setting a spark in a kid…

    OK, done, and happy about it.

  2. How about posting photos of poor starving graduate students who have given up at least 40 packets of ramen (or, more realistically, 20 beers) into order to Teach the Children? Now I’m going to have to raid the experimental abalone tanks in order to feed myself. :>)

  3. I can’t remember if I donated previously but did so now. I used my gift certificate from DonorsChoose. Good luck raising the rest of the money!

  4. Or maybe cute sea animals dying…

    Well, you’ve already done that. I’m not working right now, but I contributed – $34 to go.

  5. Compared to the other challenges, this one was easy! Thanks for the ‘inspiration’, Craig.

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