When often it seems the mass media onslaught is dominated by the norming of stupidity, it is refreshing to find those who utilize independent production to promote intelligence.
On Twitter.com, Joe Hanson describes himself as:
"Ph.D. biologist, host/writer of @PBSDS It's Okay To Be Smart, knowledge purveyor at http://www.itsokaytobesmart.com , addicted to wonder." (Source: https://twitter.com/jtotheizzoe)
Apparently Joe Hanson had a popular science blog at:
Joe Hanson's blog led to parterships with other producers.
From "Joe Hanson proves it's OK to be smart" by Sidney Stevens:
"Geeking out on science may be a sure path to uncoolness for some kids, but not for Joe Hanson, the unapologetic (and unquestionably cool) geek behind the super popular science blog, It’s Okay to be Smart. For him, science has always been a sure path to wonderment and inspiration, something anyone can enjoy — young and old, geek and non-geek.
“I get messages from a lot of young people saying, ‘I don’t have anyone in my school who’s into this…I thought I was weird for being into science,’” he says. “So many people are hungry for this stuff. They just haven’t been able to connect to it before.”
Apparently, PBS agrees. In January, Hanson signed on with PBS Digital Studios as host of the new "It’s Okay to Be Smart" web series that he hopes will sway even more people over to the geek side. Episodes are lively, humorous and eminently watchable, tackling questions that many of us ask but never get answered — things like how do bees seem to miraculously locate flowers. (Hint: It’s not the wondrous colors and fragrances that so captivate us humans. Bees not only sense a flower’s electrical field, but they also see the world bathed in ultraviolet light, which illuminates a bull's-eye pattern in the flower’s center and guides them toward the pollen and nectar.)
Hanson himself never felt uncool for loving science. It was just a normal part of life growing up. “My parents are both mathematicians, so in our house that was dinnertime conversation,” he says. “But I was also involved in art and athletics, so I was pretty well-rounded.”
Now 32, Hanson had every intention of becoming a research scientist, and, in fact, just finished his Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Texas/Austin in May. But about three years ago, he began hearing how tough it was to find faculty and research positions. The blog was partly a way to spread his love of science to family and friends, but also potentially a way to make a living if nothing else panned out. “I didn’t really think it would lead to a career, but it just took off,” he says. It’s Okay to be Smart now boasts millions of unique visits per year, and the web series already has 17,000 subscribers....
...Many teachers are even using the web series to add sizzle to science lessons. “I’m not down on the way science is taught in schools because there’s a lot of stuff you just have to learn and memorize,” Hanson says. “But we need to make sure people don’t think science is just a collection of pieces and parts. Many get the idea that there’s not much left to know, when in reality there’s an amazing amount of stuff scientists have yet to understand....”(End excerpt)
A digression that may be of interest: the electric fields of flowers was discussed on this blog at:
Joe Hanson's videos are available on youtube.com and in higher resolution versions at pbs.org.
Joe Hanson is also involved with Ted-Ed:
Some of Joe Hanson's videos follow. Please click on the watch on youtube button to view in a larger format.
By utilizing the web and social networking and by making science information entertaining, Joe Hanson has blazed a trail that I hope will be followed by more high I.Q. humans.
Please feel free to add relevant information.