January 1, 2013

I Heart Me Some Science

I love science. I particularly like science dealing with Earth. I loved geology and earth science and even physical science classes. I also really like science that deals with animals because I love animals. I am not a fan of science that uses animals for testing, of course, but I like new discoveries pertaining to animals. I also like science that informs us of health. I guess I just really like science.

So much depends on scientists and their studies. I mean, let’s start with health. Had it not been for scientific discoveries, people would still have to worry about polio and tuberculosis. Though these occasionally rear their deadly heads, we have science to save us. And we cannot forget how science continues to work on saving lives through cancer research, HIV/AIDS research, and even flu research. Science reaches its arms deep into prevention and healing.

Science also helps us learn how to be healthy—what to eat, what not to eat, how to exercise, and even how to find healthy mental and emotional states. Through scientific experiments and research, we have the knowledge of how to lead happy and healthy lives. We may not listen to it, but we do have it because of science.

Humans are not the only beneficiaries of science. Animals also have improved lives because of science. Our pets can live long and healthy lives because of what veterinarians and other biologists are doing. We know so much about our four-legged family members today that we can even tell if they have allergies…and we know what to do about them.

Not to mention the fact that science has discovered new species of animals in the wild, found support for the necessity of healthy ecosystems, and even found evidence of the important role that each animal plays in the environment. We have even learned things about humans through studying animals. Yep, animal science is pretty cool.

And, come on, who doesn’t like to know the weather? What kid doesn’t have a rock collection? How many of us didn’t want a dinosaur of our own? That’s science, my friends.

Science compels us to want to understand more—the micro and the macro—of the world. Through science we learn and grow and improve. Through science we connect. Science has allowed us to become better facilitators of Earth. Science has allowed us to learn of millennia of history. Science warns us of natural disasters and has helped us to be better prepared. Oh yes, science is pretty incredible.

On top of all this, science is fun. Yes, experiments require great attention to detail and even demand tedium, but the outcome is fun. When we look through a microscope at a flu virus and realize that the vaccine we created for this year’s strains is a good match, we feel satisfaction in the science of our work. When we dissect a frog—or whatever—and see the organs, we know a better understanding of how systems work. Oh yeah, science is fun.

I love my job teaching English writing and literature. However, I still love science and suspect I always will.

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Rayshell E. Clapper is an Associate Professor of English at a rural college in Oklahoma where she teaches Creative Writing, Literature, and Composition classes. She has presented her original fiction and non-fiction at several conferences and events including: Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, Howlers and Yawpers Creativity Symposium, Southwest/Texas Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association Regional Conference, and Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference. Her publications include Cybersoleil Journal, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Red Dirt Anthology, Originals, and Oklahoma English Journal. Beyond her written works, she successfully created a writer's group in rural Oklahoma to support burgeoning writers. The written word is her passion, and all she experiences inspires that passion. She hopes to help inspire others through her words.

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