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Archives for January, 2009

One of the newfangled ideas that’s popped up in education in the past few years has been notion that more interactive methods of teaching will lead to better results. There’s an appealing logic to this notion. Figure 1. A traditional lecture may not be the ideal way to transfer information.  Technorati Tags: education, active learning,…

Since I’m an adjunct faculty member at a couple of community colleges, I’m able to delete most of my e-mail with barely a glance. But this one made my jaw drop!

The 2009 Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates in Environmental Microbiology at UNLV is now accepting applications. This NSF supported program provides undergraduates with an opportunity to perform independent research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

On a quiet corner in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, in the former Cadillac Hotel, sits the Klondike Gold Rush national park. Inside the park, are photographs and exhibits to help visitors learn about the Klondike gold rush of 1987 and the role Seattle played in outfitting the stampeders. Figure 1. One ton of gold.

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a non-profit organization that opened it’s doors in April, 2008. One of the great things about this institute is it’s commitment to sharing biotech knowledge with the surrounding community. For the general public, HudsonAlpha has a ongoing written series on biology topics called Biotech 101. Teachers will probably find…

AIDS, to me, is such a scary horrible disease that it seems that all of us would naturally support a cure and work together stop it from spreading. I even forced my family to watch a movie on AIDS over the holidays. (And the Band Played On, based on a book with same title by…

My husband brought this fantastic book home from the ASHG* that I think many of you will find interesting. The book is: Making the Right Moves A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty, published in 2006 by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. You can download the…

Teachertube looks and works much like YouTube, but you’re much less likely to run across videos that Not Safe For the Classroom. All of these videos are made by students and teachers. According to the Dallas News, there are 54,000 videos on the site already and 800,00 visitors every day. I especially enjoyed watching Abbot…

Last fall, this blog got nominated for the 2008 Edublog awards, in the Best resource sharing category. I was a bit distracted in December so this information came and passed without any acknowledgement. Now, I would like to thank whoever nominated Discovering Biology in a Digital World. I’m especially thankful because I got to learn…

I don’t know if any DIY biologists are looking for projects, but I think engineering yeast with a gene to detect heavy metals might be a good DIY biology project and I have some ideas for how to do this.