The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

I’m an accidental coach. I thought I would sign up to assistant coach my son’s 4th grade soccer team but with limited parent volunteers, I got “promoted” to head coach of the Bears. As it turned out, some other parents stepped in to help out and I’m enjoying it. One of the other father’s even…

Green Decade

I’ve been accepted as a member of the Board of Directors of Green Decade, an environmental group in the city of Newton. Looking forward to learning more about how to behave responsibly, save some money and keep this planet and community safe and clean for my kids and future generations.

Commission on the Humanities

Updated Sept 4: Earlier this summer, I got an e-mail about a regional forum. From the e-mail: At the request of several members of the U.S. Congress, the American Academy for the Arts and Sciences (AAAS) in Cambridge has formed a Commission to collect testimony and prepare a set of recommendations for improving the study of the humanities and…

Nova Labs

I’ve had the pleasure recently of playing around with a new PBS Nova initiative called Nova Labs. Using online tools anyone can do actual science that will advance human knowledge. The first lab uses a helioviewer to study the sun. Check it out!

Irene Winter’s Festschrift now online

Ancient Near Eastern Art in Context: Studies in Honor of Irene J. Winter By Her Students, eds. Jack Cheng & Marian Feldman, (Leiden: Brill), 2007 is now accessible online for reading or download. You can find it on Scribd here: Ancient Near Eastern Art in Context: Studies in Honor of Irene J. Winter By Her…

Here and Now

Just for the record, I wanted to link to the pieces I produced for WBUR’s Here and Now last fall, a public radio newsmagazine that airs midday and is syndicated nationally by PRI. Links and airdates below: How to Survive Disasters 9/27/2011 Eradicating Guinea Worm 10/12/2011 How to choose a Secure Password 10/17/2011 Long Bike Trails 11/17/2011 Lipitor off…

Pete Seeger

I wrote an article for the Newton Tab about Pete Seeger: Pete Seeger turns 93 on May 3. He is known as a songwriter for writing songs as well-known as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” and “Turn, Turn, Turn,” as an advocate of folk music for popularizing and adapting the songs of others, like…