I thought it was about time I featured some male characters on my Disney, PhD series. Can you think of any other specialties that would be more interesting for these animated men? Woody - Leadership or Organizational Management. Throughout the Toy Story films, Woody, as the main protagonist and leader of the motley crew of toys, has had… Continue reading If Pixar Characters went to Grad School (Males, Part 1)
"Why would they change math?! Math is math! MATH is MATH!!" Bob Parr (aka Mr. Incredible) protested in Incredibles 2. Most people who enjoyed or are heading out to buy the Incredibles 2 (released November 6th, 2018) will likely laugh at this joke. The joke works because so many parents today are struggling with the changes… Continue reading Mythbusting Mr. Incredible’s “New Math”
Only the magic of Disney could turn the demonstration of a few "high-tech" measurement tools into an entertaining, interactive story that might actually be good at teaching kids (and adults!) some simple science concepts. If you haven't had a chance to see it before, the SpectacuLAB is a 30-minute play about an intern's first day… Continue reading How spectacular is Epcot’s SpectacuLAB? From a teaching and learning perspective
EVE - Ecology. EVE's sole mission was to collect data about life on Earth. She'll likely need to work on her data analysis skills but armed with a PhD, she will be invaluable to the re-colonization of the planet. Specializing in urban ecology or sustainability, she will have a lot to contribute to establishing a… Continue reading Pixar Women, PhD Part 2
Bo Peep - Animal Sciences. Bo Peep has conspicuously been missing in the last two Toy Story movies and I think the possibility of her disappearing to go earn her PhD in Animal Sciences is somewhat likely (although I don't know how she would be able to manage without her support system of the rest… Continue reading Pixar Women, PhD Part 1
For The United Nations' International Day of Women and Girls in Science (#IDWGS), I wanted to draw attention to the representation of the phenomenal females of Disney. Unfortunately, there aren't very many easily recognizable female characters in STEM in Disney media. Of the approximately 200 characters classified as scientists on Disney Wiki, only about 20… Continue reading Disney Women in STEM
Some of the best and most interesting Disney characters to me are the unofficial Disney princesses. What would these fearless females choose to study in graduate school?
Disney fans might be some of the biggest collectors out there - whether its autographs, mugs, pins (my personal obsession and even the subject of this paper) or memorabilia of all sorts (looking at you, John Stamos). Disney has definitely capitalized on human tendency to want to collect things. But why do we collect? Let's… Continue reading Science of Disney: Collecting
Each and every Disney Princess is capable of putting in the dedication and effort required to earn her PhD. So if their dreams were to finish grad school, what would their theses be on?