This is the first post for my teaching portfolio blog. I'm not sure how much time I'll have to update it, but I'm going to try.
Today I've been reading mostly about science. I found a neat tumblr blog that has a series of interesting micro-entries about different issues in modern science. The thing is massive, too; there are something like seven hundred pages of entries. Most blogs burn out or get lazy far before that, so it's nice to see. The blog is called It's Okay to be Smart.
As I read, I find myself quickly thinking about possible research topics for my 104 students next semester. The difficulty is that many of the issues are complex enough to be interesting, but not simple enough to be covered with basic research; many of them are presented in their cutting-edge states, meaning that published and reviewed research may be too technical to easily synthesize.