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Rx for Survival – A Global Challenge is a groundbreaking multimedia project anchored by a six-hour PBS television series airing November 1-3, 2005. Appropriate for Grades 7-12 social studies, science, and health classes, the teaching resources include games, debates, experiments, pre- and post-viewing questions, procedures, student sheets, discussion questions, assessments, and resources. You can do one, some, or all of the activities in any order, and they can be completed with or without watching the programs.
- DNA Primer: An Introduction to Nucleic Acids and Their Application to Infectious Disease Detection, developed by Joan Polancic, MSEd, CLS(NCA), and presented by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, introduces the basics of nucleic acids so that current molecular technologies that are performed in the clinical or medical laboratory can be understood and applied to disease detection.
- The completion of the Human Genome Project and the 50th Anniversary of the Watson-Crick paper describing the structure of DNA! To mark these scientific and medical breakthroughs, the federal agencies involved in the Human Genome Project — the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) — are sponsoring a month-long series of scientific, cultural and celebratory events across the United States and are making a number of educational resources available to teachers and students (for full details on the month’s activities, go to http://www.genome.gov/10005139).
Transformation: The pGLOTM System, developed by BioRad in partnership with teachers, these bacterial
transformation protocols make use of plasmids which cause the
transformants to glow.
- BioForum is a series of lectures,
presented by California Academy of Sciences, in which scientists share their
research results with high school biology teachers. The BioForum web site is
a partnership between Access
Excellence and the California Academy of Sciences.
- DNA Learning Center, an education program of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, has
the produced laboratory exercises, lectures, and curricula related to
the DETECTION OF Alu BY PCR for primary and secondary
school students, their teachers, and the general public.
- Graphics from Essential Cell Biology are uploaded into the Graphics Gallery for online viewing and for printing. Garland Publishing presents over eighty images from Essential Cell Biology by Bruce Alberts, Dennis Bray, Alexander Johnson, Julian Lewis, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, and Peter Walter. Essential Cell Biology was written for introductory biology students. These full-color schematics have been meticulously constructed specifically for students taking a basic course. Both the text and illustrations are known for their clarity. A list of Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) versions of each image has been provided to make it easy to print handouts and overheads.
- For further information about Essential Cell Biology and
texts from Garland Publishing, please contact them at Science@Garland.com.
- Genetic illustrations from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) are now included in the Graphics Gallery for online viewing and for printing. These illustrations are provided by the NHGRI’s Office of Science Education and Outreach (OSEO), established to increase the working knowledge of human genetics and genetic technologies among the general public, health care professionals, media, educators and students. They also provide a “Talking
Glossary of Genetic Terms”, and “Research
Technique Fact Sheets” to aid in the understanding of these illustrations and human genetics. A list of Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) versions of each image has been provided to make it easy to print handouts and overheads.
- The Gene Connection™ curriculum includes using the gel box to study Ohm’s Law and relative atomic mass,
technique labs which introduce micropipetting and gel electrophoresis, and a
finger printing lab with several scenarios. Many of the Gene Connection labs were originally developed by Gene
Connection teachers with support from Fotodyne.
- Fred Hutchinson C R C Science Education
pBLU TRANSFORMATION LAB, written as a
scenario in which students working as teams are challenged to improve
the efficiency of bacterial transformation, was produced by the Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center working with local teachers.
- MediaSharp, a collaborative project sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), helps young people critically evaluate different ways that media normalize and glamorize unhealthy behaviors. Focusing on two widely promoted products, alcohol and tobacco, MediaSharp activities provide teachers with background materials and encourage them to adapt the materials to other health areas. These activities give students the tools to analyze how these products are promoted in marketing, entertainment, and news.
- National Cancer Institute produced UNDERSTANDING GENE TESTING: Basic information about
gene testing and key genetic concepts. Included are answers to
a number of frequently asked questions about the science, potential benefits, and
potential risks of gene testing.
- The National Institutes of Health, Office of Science Education, now has its popular curriculum supplements online.
for High School students
– Cell Biology and Cancer
– Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
– Human Genetic Variation
– The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction
– Sleep, Sleep Disorders, and Biological Rhythms
– Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology
for Middle School students
– Chemicals, The Environment, and You: Explorations in Science and Human Health
– Understanding Alcohol: Investigations into Biology and Behavior
– How Your Brain Understands What Your Ear Hears
– The Science of Energy Balance: Calorie Intake and Physical Activity
– The Brain: Our Sense of Self
for Elementary students
– Open Wide and Trek Inside!
These interactive modules help bridge the gap between cutting edge research and high school classrooms. For more inforamtion or to order a copies, please contact the Office of Science Education
- Pizza Explorer, developed by the Food Science Department at Purdue University, is an interactive exploration of the food science and chemistry of food components of pizza. History, ingredients, food processing, nutritional composition and more are included.
- Share-a-thons features
teaching strategies and activities contributed by teachers
Share-a-thons at national teaching conferences and conventions. These
activities have not been peer-reviewed.
- Winding Your Way Through
DNA, a genetics symposium sponsored by the University of California, San
Francisco, featured world renowned DNA scientists. Interviews with these speakers
and three of their lectures are in About Biotech. Inspired by this symposium, UCSF
produced three related videos and
resource books. The resource books are
- Woodrow Wilson Biology
Collection is a compilation of activities produced by
Fellows of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Princeton,
New Jersey, on topics including: human ecology, bioethics, biotechnology