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I took a history of science course recently, and at the beginning of the course, the professor had us do a get-to-know-you activity where everyone had to say an interesting fact about their hometown. Major themes among the answers were that most people thought that their hometowns were super boring. I picked out eight of my favorite answers to the questions and illustrated them. I’d love to hear interesting facts from your hometown!

P.S. I make no claim to accuracy in these portrayals.

Feather collections and stressed-out owls

Back in February I had the chance to sit down and chat with Ashlee Mikkelsen, a graduate student at Oregon State who studies the northern spotted owl. With my co-host, Lilian Padgett-Cobb, we talked live on KBVR about the path to graduate school, the benefits of telling people your life goals, and just how much you can learn about an owl from a single feather. You can find my full write-up here, and you can hear the interview via our podcast on iTunes.