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Want to learn more about Parkinson’s disease? See why a single nucleotide mutation messes up the function of a protein? I have a short activity that uses Cn3D (a molecular viewing program from the NCBI) to look at a protein that seems to be involved in a rare form of Parkinson’s disease and I could…

I heard some intriguing presentations this week about education in Second Life, but I happen know that there is an open-source, free (?) alternative called “Croquet.” Do any of you have experience with Croquet vs. Second Life? I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

Experimenting with on-line worksheets I know some people who always teach their classes the same way, semester after semester, year after year.. Not me. I always want to experiment and try new things. This fall, I’m experimenting with using a wiki in the classroom, in addition to my blog. This wont be my first wiki…

Why should professional scientists have all the fun? Researchers have been engineering glowing cats, and selling glowing fish at pet stores. High school kids can do genetic engineering too, if they have the right equipment. And you can help them get the equipment by contributing to our DonorsChoose fund drive. If you’re willing to help…

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…

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:

Wow! One of my commenters, Ms. Baker, suggested an entirely new way that scientists can help with science education. The only requirement is that a science class have their own blog. So, if your science class has a blog, let me know, so I can share the URL and maybe recruit some scientists or at…

David Ng from The World’s Fair has made this wonderful video on public speaking. Or shall we say the funnier side of public speaking? I really enjoyed it! I’d say Dave’s video ranks right up there with one of my other favories, the classic: “Chicken chicken chicken”

One of the things that drives me crazy on occasion is nomenclature. Well, maybe not just nomenclature, it’s really the continual changes in the nomenclature, and the time it takes for those changes to ripple through various databases and get reconciled with other kinds of information. And the realization that sometimes this reconciliation may never…

The first lab mouse I touched had soft white fur and a light pink tail. It looked cute enough to snuggle and take home as a pet and I was smitten. I slipped my hand into the cage, thinking the mouse would respond like my pet gerbils or my brother’s pet rat. As my hand…