Findings magazine showcases diverse scientists who do cutting-edge research and lead interesting lives. Each issue also contains brief research highlights, a puzzle or other activity, and online extras.
Aura-OMI Ozone Hole from September 12, 2004 to November 15,2004 with Polar Vortex Demarced
Data from NASA satellites establishes a 40 year record of stratospheric ozone measurements. The stratospheric ozone layer shields life on Earth from harmful solar ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Research shows that excess exposure to UV radiation causes skin cancer and eye problems and impacts plant growth. ...
Scientific Ethics and the Signs of Voodoo Science
Until recently, the issue of research ethics had not been a subject of explicit discussion within the Physics community. Over the past ten years, however, documented cases of scientific fraud have brought this issue to center stage. We will explore, through case studies, some examples ranging from poor ...
A Gentle Introduction to Nanotechnology and Nanoscience
While the Greek root nano just means dwarf, the nanoscale has become a giant focus of contemporary science and technology. We will examine the fundamental issues underlying the excitement involved in nanoscale research - what, why and how. Specific topics include assembly, properties, applications and ...
Nanoscale Antenna Apertures
This presentation will discuss light concentration and enhancement in nanometer-scale ridge aperture antennas. Resent research, including numerical simulations and near field optical measurements has demonstrated that nanoscale ridge antenna apertures can concentrate light into nanometer domain. More ...
Why is Nanotechnology Multidisciplinary? A perspective of one EE
The field of nano-science and nano-technology covers a broad area of expertise. Classical fields of Physics, Chemistry, Material Science, Electrical/Mechanical/Chemical Engineering all are involved in the "new" field f nano. Research and development in that area is by its very nature multi-disciplinary, ...
Perspectives on Case-based Multimedia Web Projects in Science
This article discusses the merits of case-based learning in an interactive online environment. Researchers used both qualitative and quantitative research over a 2-year period to examine the learning that occurred in a high school context when students were engaged in a case-based multimedia project. ...
Teaching Biocomplexity in the Geosciences
The emerging field of biocomplexity provides a multidisciplinary approach to looking at complex, interrelated systems. Biological, geological, chemical, physical and human elements are all part of biocomplexity. This site contains a variety of resources for faculty members who teach undergraduate courses ...
Case Studies: How to Link Teaching with Research and Consultancy
This website provides resources for teachers who are looking for methods to incorporate student research projects into their teaching. The site provides several case studies of how research has been incorporated into courses such as structural geology, hydrology and geography. For each example, the ...
Syllabus of Readings for Complex Adaptive Systems and Agent-Based Computational Economics
This site is a comprehensive list of reading materials covering the evolving research topics of Complex Adaptive Systems (CAS) and Agent Based Computational Economics (ACE). This continuously updated site is a source of readings for the weekly interdisciplinary Complex Adaptive Systems Workshop at Iowa ...
US Global Change Research Program
This site contains a variety of information related to global change research and specifically the research efforts of the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP). Some of the sections on this site include global change data from a variety of government agencies as well as reports from national and ...
US National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change
The United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) was created as a high-priority national research program to: address key uncertainties about changes in the Earth's global environmental system, both natural and human-induced; monitor, understand, and predict global change; and provide a sound ...
Geology Collection: Rocks and Minerals Homepage
This site features rock and mineral photographs that can be used for teaching or research. There are pictures of minerals, fossils, and sedimentary, metamorphic, and igneous rocks. There are also images of thin sections of igneous and metamorphic rocks. Sets of images are presented as collections for ...
"Bench to Bedside: Molecularly Targeted Therapies in Blood Disorders and Malignancy, Fall 2009"
" Where do new drugs and treatments come from? This class will take you from the test tubes and mice of the laboratory to the treatment of patients with deadly blood disorders. Students will learn how to think as a scientist through discussion of primary research papers describing the discoveries of several novel treatments. Topics such as gene therapy, the potential of drugs based on RNA interference and the reprogramming of somatic cells into stem cells for regenerative medicine will be discus
"When Development Goes Awry: How Cancer Co-opts Mechanisms of Embryogensis, Fall 2009"
" During this course, we will study the similarities between cancer and normal development to understand how tumors co-opt normal developmental processes to facilitate cancer initiation, maintenance and progression. We will examine critical signaling pathways that govern these processes and, importantly, how some of these pathways hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment. We will discuss how future treatments might be personalized to target cancer cells in specific patients. We w
"Game Design, Spring 2008"
" An historical examination and analysis of the evolution and development of games and game mechanics. Topics include a large breadth of genres and types of games, including sports, game shows, games of chance, schoolyard games, board games, roleplaying games, and digital games. Students submit essays documenting research and analysis of a variety of traditional and eclectic games. Project teams required to design, develop, and thoroughly test their original games."
"Statistics and Visualization for Data Analysis and Inference, January IAP 2009"
" A whirl-wind tour of the statistics used in behavioral science research, covering topics including: data visualization, building your own null-hypothesis distribution through permutation, useful parametric distributions, the generalized linear model, and model-based analyses more generally. Familiarity with MATLAB®, Octave, or R will be useful, prior experience with statistics will be helpful but is not essential. This course is intended to be a ground-up sketch of a coherent, alternative per
"Guidelines on Learning that Inform Teaching, Fall 2009"
" The MIT Teaching and Learning Laboratory This handbook includes 16 Guidelines on Learning based on the research literature on student learning and accepted good teaching practice, that inform the teaching at MIT. Each Guideline is explained with appropriate quotes and there are links to examples of the guideline in action. The handbook is an adaptation of the "Guidelines on Learning that inform teaching at the University of New South Wales" and it's associated Toolkit. This has now been expand
"Neuroscience and Society, Fall 2008"
"This class explores the social relevance of neuroscience, considering how emerging areas of brain research reflect and reshape social attitudes and agendas. Topics include brain imaging and popular media; neuroscience of empathy, trust, and moral reasoning; new fields of neuroeconomics and neuromarketing; ethical implications of neurotechnologies such as cognitive enhancement pharmaceuticals; neuroscience in the courtroom; and neuroscientific recasting of social problems such as addiction and v
Bioinformatics Homework Assignment: Accessing and Analyzing Nucleic Acid Sequence Data from NCBI's D
This undergraduate activity introduces students to bioinformatics. During the guided activity students will access the National Center for Biotechnology Information's (NCBI) genetic sequence database to obtain and study DNA sequence entries relating to the chicken ovalbumin mRNA and genomic sequences.