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Archives for September, 2008

I learned via e-mail yesterday that the biotechnology program, that I taught with for ten years during the 90′s, is ending due to low enrollments. I also learned yesterday, via the Seattle Times, that a resurrected version of ICOS called CMC Icos Biologics is planning a $35M expansion of their biotech manufacturing plant in Bothell…

HealthMap is a great site that could be an excellent resource when teaching a biology, microbiology, or health class. Not to mention, I can picture people using it before they travel somewhere or even just for fun. I learned about HealthMap awhile ago from Mike the Mad Biologist, but I didn’t get time to play…

One time, I suggested in a list-serve that science teachers make more use of primary scientific literature. Naturally, I learned all the reasons why teachers don’t do this-lack of access being one of the biggies- but I also learned something surprising.

This First Annual Conference for New Jersey Biotechnology Educators will be held on Saturday, Oct. 4th at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. I’m excited about attending this conference, not only because of the biotechnology part, but because I’ve reading Sarah Vowel’s book Assassination vacation and I’m looking forward to seeing the last…

Calling all scientists and science-fans: you can help with science education by letting students know you’re interested. How? Go and comment on classroom blogs and wikis. I’ve been gradually collecting some blogs from different classes and I’ve even had some brave volunteers offer theirs for review. So here goes:

Ozzie’s will never be the same. The sun shone so brightly yesterday afternoon that it left us with no choice. We had to go outdoors. Luckily, Ozzie’s has a wonderful upper deck in full view of the daylight and well-equipped with chairs. Photo footage below.

Then you need to head over to The Oyster’s Garter and read Miriam Goldstein’s incredibly funny post about the problems of male sea squirts. Apparently, if you’re a sea squirt, the size of your sperm is related to your environment and mostly the number of other sea squirts in your environment. Usually, I’m not attuned…

One of the holy grails of modern medicine is the development of a vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDs. An obstacle to attaining this goal has been the difficulty in stimulating the immune system to make it produce the right kinds of antibodies. A recent finding in Science describes a gene that controls…

Let’s play anomaly!

Lots of bloggers in the DNA network have been busy these past few days writing about Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin, his blog, his wife’s company (23andme), and his mutation in the LRRK2 gene. I was a little surprised to see that while other bloggers (here, here, here, and here) have been arguing about whether or…