Archive for March, 2007

Operation Backsplash: Complete

Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

So, my backsplash is done and completely awesome, if I do say so myself. In no way could it have ever been done without my aunt and uncle … they are a couple of Handy Andys. I emailed Apartment Therapy to thank them for the advice, and some people panicked because I said that the tile was too porous to be grouted. However, I have a good amount of sealant on there and plan on resealing every four months. So a special shoutout to everyone besides AT who helped me out on this: the guys at Tile Outlet on Fullerton (great tiles for cheap), the guys at Home Depot on Halsted, Mr. Daly, Juni (who did an excellent job sealing the tile), and of course, my beloved Titi and Tío.

MiZA

Monday, March 19th, 2007

Friday, I attended a workshop on for MiZA (Math in Zoos and Aquariums). The idea of the workshop, which was put together by the Phoenix Zoo and TERC, is to “help zoo and aquarium staff see the potential for incorporating math into visitor programs.” Since we’re working with various zoos and museums, I thought I’d check it out and got some great ideas on how students can collect and analyze data on animals, using math in the process.

CLOCC

Saturday, March 17th, 2007

Yesterday, I went to a meeting for the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago’s Children (CLOCC). We’re interested in creating a project that would help students document their own nutritional and physical activity levels and how to improve them, so we’ve been very interested in how CLOCC is organizing both academics and community leaders to combat childhood obesity. Dr. Gary Bennett, of Bennett Lab, was the keynote speaker and addressed obesity among African-American women.