September 6, 2006

The First Issue of The Bottom Line Out Today

The Bottom Line Online is out today!

It was a lot of work, but it's all worth it; the site looks great, the print edition looks great and I'm really looking forward to the rest of the semester. It can only get better from here.

Today is also the debut of my column. I figured that I should present a rationale - a mission statement - for the year:

The most important of these is, of course, "Why bother?" Scientists are perceived as the only ones who should care about advances in science. They seem to constitute a small cloister of badly dressed, out-of-touch intellectuals whose research only affects the common man when it crosses paths or completely conflicts with modern political, financial, medical or moral issues.

This commonly held perception of science - as a field of "special interest," irrelevant until proven useful or morally objectionable - is utterly false.

But, it is also why I write.

Later this afternoon, we're going on our first field trip in ecology, to Finzel Swamp. Swamps, bogs and marshes are unique cross sections of so many types of ecosystems, illustrative of just how things may have looked thousands of years ago.

It's damp and soggy outside, and it doesn't look like the clouds are going to let up. So much the better. It's good swamp weather. Maybe I'll snag some pics today...

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