A Problem with Authority? Writing Challenging Questions for Today's World Leaders
In this lesson, students learn about Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial invitation to speak at Columbia University. They then work in pairs to research and write provocative interview questions to ask other contentious world leaders for class presentations.
All the Way to Timbuktu - Uncovering Mali's Historic Legacy
In this lesson, students learn about historic preservation efforts in Timbuktu, Mali, and about the city’s past as “the intellectual heart of Africa.” They then research various events related to the city’s history to create oral presentations.
This Land is Your Land? This Land is My Land! Mapping the History of Territory Acquisition in the US
In this lesson, students will research the many territory acquisitions in United States history and create an annotated map that tells the history of U.S. expansion.
Where Do They Stand? Creating Profiles of the 2008 Presidential Candidates
In this lesson, students will research the 2008 presidential candidates and create a booklet of candidate profiles that clearly differentiate each one.
X Is for Wonderment - Understanding the Role of the X Chromosome in Human Genetics
In this lesson, students read a "job description" of motherhood and reflect on its meaning and accuracy. In groups, they research and make and present posters about a sex-linked genetic condition and evaluate possible hereditary scenarios by drawing Punnett squares. Finally, they write a short essay explaining how sex might be genetically linked to certain descriptors.
US History I
Upon completion of this course you will: Demonstrate comprehension of a broad body of historical knowledge; Express ideas clearly in writing; Work with classmates to research an historical issue; Interpret and apply data from original documents; Identify underrepresented historical viewpoints; Write to persuade with evidence; Compare and contrast alternate interpretations of an historical figure, event, or trend; Explain how an historical event connects to or causes a larger trend or theme; Deve
Invention Factory: Thomas Edison
is a curriculum-oriented guide to the work and laboratories of the great American inventor. The site contains photographs, maps, and readings about the laboratories and the process of turning research into commercial products.
Remembering Pearl Harbor
describes the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and features the USS Arizona, a battleship on which 1,177 sailors and marines perished. Photos, charts, documents, and research questions help students piece together what happened before, during, and after the attack that drew the U.S. into World War ...
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 ...