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Planet Earth

Cheerleaders, Professor Team Up for Science

DiscoblogBy Allison BondAugust 5, 2009 2:22 AM


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Plenty of science aficionados want to get the general public excited about their favorite subject—but few have turned to actual cheerleaders to do it. A physics professor is joining forces with members of the Philadelphia 76ers cheerleading squad to dole out 18 online lessons on the basics of science. The project is the brainchild of former DISCOVER staffer (and 76ers dance team member) Darlene Cavalier. You can see a slideshow here, and read more about the project here. FOX News reports:

"Why not cheerleaders?" asked [professor James] Trefil, the Robinson Professor of Science at George Mason University. "My own philosophy is, any way you can get the scientific message across, that's a good thing."

Guess when it comes to raising interest and awareness about science, it pays to be...aggressive! Be, be aggressive! And miniskirts don't hurt, either. Related Content: Discoblog: Failing Weight: Massachusetts Students to Receive “Fat Report Card” Discoblog: Twitter to Replace World History in England Schools Discoblog: Is There Such a Thing as Dyslexia for Math?

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