Natural Inquirer Journals: Tropical
In the Tropical edition of the Natural Inquirer you will learn about different types of plants and animals. The tropics are the home of a variety of biomes, or regions with different kinds of vegetation and other life. Tropical biomes are largely defined by the amount of rainfall they get. In the tropics, you might find rain forests, dry forests, shrub lands, tropical plains called savannahs, and deserts. Scientists working in the International Institute of Tropical Forestry, or IITF, conducted
Your Beating Heart
There are three lessons in this group. The first two provide students with the opportunity to learn about the circulatory system and conduct an experiment where they take their pulses after different types of activity. During the third lesson, a pediatrician explains how she checks a patient's heart and the ways that a healthy lifestyle (food and exercise) can keep students' hearts healthy.
Curiosity Creates Cures: The Value and Impact of Basic Research
This site introduces the work of basic biomedical scientists -- scientists who seek answers to key biological questions like how cells talk to each other, how biological machines fold into their active shapes, and how genes are regulated. Topics include Alzheimer's disease, anthrax, flu vaccines, Nobel Prize winners, and more.
Inside the Cell
This brochure explores the smallest form of life: the cell. Discover what's happening inside your body. See basic structures that let your cells accomplish their tasks. Learn about functions shared by virtually all cells: making fuel and proteins, transporting materials, and disposing of wastes. Find out how cells specialize to get their unique jobs done -- and how cells reproduce, age, and die.
This site profiles scientists doing cutting-edge medical research. Learn about the work of a biologist who is tracking thousands of genes in living cells, an anesthesiologist whose questions about body temperature led to improvements for surgery patients, a natural de-icer, healing wounds with air, and more. Read the website or order the free magazine.
Coffee Break: Tutorial for NCBI Tools
This is a collection of short reports on recent biological discoveries. Each report is about 400 words, and is based on a discovery recently published peer-reviewed literature. It incorporates interactive tutorials that show how bioinformatics tools are used as a part of the research process. Past topics include how salmonella gains entry into human cells, new clues on Alzheimer's pathology, how living organisms tune in to the time of day, and many more.
Events for mature students
We run events throughout the year, giving potential mature students the chance to visit Cambridge, find out more, and have their questions answered. Watch our video, to hear from some of the participants of the Mature Students' Summer School. You can find further information about events for mature students further down the page. Find out more at http://www.cam.ac.uk/mature/
Environmental Catalyst Module
In the Environmental Catalysis Module, a joint project with the Institute for Environmental Catalysis at Northwestern University, students learn what a catalyst is and become aware of the use of catalysis to promote environmental protection. Besides introducing the concept of catalysis, the module also focuses other issues such as catalytic selectivity, specificity, poisoning, condition optimization, and waste minimization. The first activity of the module introduces the concept of catalysis in
This PowerPoint presentation is part of the Whitman College petrology course. The presentation covers the origin of basaltic magmas. Two types of basalt in ocean basins are compared (tholeiitic and alkaline). Composition of mantle-derived magmas and sources of mantle material are listed. Discussion of how the mantle melts, touching on the contribution of volatiles, pressure and composition, is included. The slide show includes figures comparing enriched vs. depleted mantle. This resource is part
This 11-slide PowerPoint presentation presents a short succession of schematic diagrams illustrating the structural evolution of anorthosites. The slides discuss the relative abundance of rare earth elements, describe six types of anorthosite occurrence, and contain pictures showing anorthositic texture. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html
A Classification of Metamorphic Rocks
This 24-slide PowerPoint presentation describes the classification of metamorphic rocks using texture and composition. Foliation, lineation, cleavage, schistosity, gneissose structure, hornfels, and granofels are discussed. Specific metamorphic rock types and modifying terms (porphyroblastic, spotted, augen, para-, ortho-) are defined and photographs of some are provided. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html
Mars Mineral Spectroscopy Database
This website presents an easily accessible data set of Mossbauer spectra of minerals. This data set was compiled from minerals collected from various sources here on Earth for comparison to minerals thought to exist on Mars. The site provides information about various types of spectroscopy, with an emphasis on Mossbauer spectroscopy. The website features data, tutorials, mineral descriptions, and databases.
Blackboard 9 - Exporting and Importing Tests
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Collaboration via Slime Mold
This hands-on activity gives students the opportunity to use skills and concepts developed in a unit on cells with an unknown organism. They are asked to design and complete a controlled experiment which attempts to answer a simple question about the slime mold Physarum. The activity includes background information, preparation time, abstract, materials, procedure, evaluation, and additional thoughts. The activity is part of The Access Excellence Fellows Collection, an archive of the favorite cl
Biofilms: Online Manual
This on-line collection of exercises can be conducted to illustrate the formation and properties of microbial biofilms. Activities include: A Biofilm Primer, An Interesting Paradox, Build a Biofilm Reactor, Bring 'em Back Alive, Buccal Epithelial Cells & Bacterial Cells: Negative Staining, Buried Slide Technique, Dental Biofilms, Flow Through Gram Stain, Microbial Fishing, Pellicle Formation in a Hay Infusion, Rhizosphere Visualization, Microbial Leaching of Copper Ore, Build a Winogradsky Colum
The material found at this site provides original, multidisciplinary, inquiry-based ideas to help enrich science teaching using the world famous Great Salt Lake as a springboard theme. During the lesson students will have the opportunity to view two types of algae (fresh water and Great Salt Lake species) under 400x magnification with a compound microscope. Students will make observations and record their observations on a recording sheet where they will describe what they see through drawing a
Slavery across North Carolina
Often our impression of slavery is one of slaves toiling in the fields of a large plantation, but slaves in North Carolina had diverse experiences. Although some North Carolina slaves did work on large plantations, many more worked on small farms. Others labored as skilled artisans, performed domestic work, worked in the shipping industry near the coast, or were able to “hire out” their time and work for themselves. In this lesson, students will read excerpts from slave narratives written by
The Advanced Light Source (ALS) is a particle accelerator that moves electrons in a big way to produce extremely bright light for many types of scientific experiments. The ALS moves the electrons using electromagnets (in the linear accelerator, booster ring, and storage ring) and permanent magnets (in the undulators and wigglers). This unit gives students the chance to move electrons and explore the relationship between electricity and magnetism by making a simple electromagnet and building the
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation
Fundamentals of Program Evaluation familiarizes students in different types of program evaluation, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes, impact assessment, and cost analysis. Students gain practical experience through a series of exercises involving the design of a conceptual framework, development of indicators, analysis of computerized service statistics, and development of an evaluation plan to measure impact. This course cover
Semi-Riemann Geometry and General Relativity
This book represents course notes for a one semester course at the undergraduate level giving an introduction to Riemannian geometry and its principal physical application, Einstein’s theory of general relativity. The background assumed is a good grounding in linear algebra and in advanced calculus, preferably in the language of differential forms. This book covers the following topics: The principal curvatures; rules of calculus; Levi-Civita Connections; bundle of frames; connections on prin