Using Investigative Cases in Geoscience
This website provides an overview of using investigative cases as teaching tools in geoscience. The site is part of the Starting Point: Teaching Entry Level Geoscience project. Information includes a description of how cases serve as springboards to student-designed investigations and how cases engage students and faculty in collaborative problem posing, problem solving, and persuasion.
Holy Starbucks, Batman!
In this case study activity, students will investigate caffeine as a potential new pollutant in a northwest river system. Effects of caffeine on invertebrates and salmon fry will be explored through field work and lab work. This example page is part of the Starting Point collection and was adapted from the Lifelines Online case study. Users will find information including learning goals, context for use, teaching notes and tips, teaching materials, assessment ideas, references and topics covered
Wonderful Life: Genes and Evolution
This is the homepage for a course focusing on evolution, the nature of science, and how to write well. The course focuses on Burgess Shale and starts with "Wonderful Life" (Gould, 1989), to study arthropods, evolution, and geologic time from this point, but also analyze why Gould is such an effective writer. The course web site contains the syllabus, descriptions of assignments, links to helpful and interesting resources (including annotated lists of relevant books and scientific controversies),
The Tofte Project
This site provides a description of a cabin in Tofte, MN on the North Shore of Lake Superior. The new owner of the cabin decided to remake it into a model of sustainable building practices. The site includes several dozen flash animations looking at sustainability from many angles as well as the specifics of the house and its surroundings. A pdf of the project goals is available at http://www.tofteproject.com/misc/project_goals.pdf
Cawthon Hotel, Mobile, Alabama 1
This image is a black and white photograph of the Cawthon Hotel in Mobile, Alabama.
Main Building/Samford Hall, Auburn University 6
This image is a colorized photograph showing the Main Building, Alabama Polytechnic Institute, Auburn, Ala. Alabama Polytechnic Institute is the former name of Auburn University. The Main Building has been renamed Samford Hall and houses the university's administrative offices.
Music of Michael Colgrass, The
Documentary focusing on the experimental, Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Michael Colgrass, who utilizes theatrical elements in his work. Contains interview footage with the composer and narrated overview of his life and music. Includes performances of his music recorded for this program.Colgrass compositions are performed for the piece, including an improvised, theatrical version of 'Skyscrapers Are the Trees of the City' (1969).'Soundings' was a music documentary program affiliated with the W
'Funeral' is a collage-style work that incorporates images of many different landscapes. As voices apologize, the viewer is subjected to images of moving trains, a cabin in the woods, mountains, and a hawk moving through the sky. Dizzying and sometimes out of focus, the piece incorporates still and projected images into its ever-moving scenery. Some black-and-white pictures appear. 'Funeral,' which is approximately six minutes long, was conceived by Marina Zurkow, with Abigail Simon serving as a
Darkness of My Language
"A video poem on colonialism, 'Darkness of My Language' reveals how this system defines personal identities and perpetuates cultural ignorance. Produced in Canada by Brazilian Silvana Afram, the program is both documentary in nature as well as subjective in tone. While the soundtrack is composed of tourists' exasperating questions, the images evoke the artist" distance from home." In black and white, closeups of faces are accompanied by voiceover attempts to respond to questions about Brazilian
'Connors creates a fantasy vacation in limitless circumstances by constructing a travelogue that moves from New England forests to the bottom of the sea, to outer space and to all corners of the world. The artist uses video effects such as computer-assisted animation, editing processes, and sophisticated matting techniques as metaphors for perceptual experience.' Using both miniature sets and still and moving images of various environments, Betsy Connors evokes both real and virtual spaces.
More TV Stories
A woman, probably Segalove, narrates brief dramatizations of six anecdotal stories, each of which relates in some way to watching television. The dramatizations are humorous and mainly autobiographical, featuring performers wearing everyday clothing in everyday environments. Produced and directed by Ilene Segalove. The individual segments are as follow: The Pastrami Sandwich: A child watches the Burns and Allen show and realizes he wants a pastrami sandwich. Dial 116: A child watching television
Joan Jonas in 'Double Lunar Dogs'
'Double Lunar Dogs,' 1984, is an impressionistic, dramatic work by video artist Joan Jonas. It juxtaposes several scenes to create the picture of the life of the inhabitants of a traveling spaceship, whose destination has long since been forgotten, and who remember life on earth as it has been passed down to them from their ancestors on board the ship. The work addresses the question of what these travelers remember of Earth. In this short sequence, two women paint each other's portraits on tran
This site features a lecture about isotope fractionation from a geochemistry course offered by Dr. Scott Wood at the University of Idaho. Topics include isotopic fractionation and the fundamental reasons for its occurrence, the notation used in measuring and reporting stable isotope fractionation, isotopic variations of meteoric waters with respect to latitude and altitude, the use of oxygen and hydrogen isotopes as tracers of the origin of waters, the use of stable isotopes as geothermometers,
River Systems: Process and Form
This site provides access to a number of visual resources and supporting material about physical processes acting in rivers and floodplains. Visualizations include simple animations, visual output from numerical models, sediment transfer movies, and numerous static illustrations and photos. Resources can be integrated into lectures, labs, classes, or other activities about fluvial processes and landscape evolution over time.
Solar System Animations
This site features Flash animations that illustrate phases of the moon, distances between planets, total, partial, and annular eclipses, and solar system formation that includes an example of the impact that created the moon. These resources are suitable for use in lectures, labs, or other teaching activities.
The Frankish Building: A Reflection of the Success of Ontario, California
helps students gauge the impact of the Chaffey brothers and Charles Frankish on Ontario, California, and compare their efforts with those of similarly important figures in their own community's history.
Outline of Prehistory and History
This site outlines historical features of the Southeast U.S. and the Caribbean culture regions. Learn about the natural history of the area, its native populations, exploration, colonization, and maritime history. The site also includes a feature on underwater archeology.
Two American Entrepreneurs: Madam C.J. Walker and J.C. Penney
This site features the life stories of two business people who lived the American Dream and who helped make that dream a reality for others in their communities. It tells how Walker, an African American woman, and Penney, a former tuberculosis patient, built from scratch their multi-million and billion dollar businesses.
Lexington, Kentucky: The Athens of the West
highlights 29 places that illustrate the transformation of the city from a small frontier post during the Revolutionary War into a center of economic, intellectual, and political activity. Photos, maps, and essays are included.
Liberty Ships and Victory Ships, America's Lifeline in War
tells the story of two World War II ship-building efforts. In 1941, with war raging in Europe, President Roosevelt authorized the production of 441-foot cargo ships. These Liberty ships proved too slow and small, so in 1943, a new effort began building Victory ships, which cruised at 18.5 mph, compared to the Liberty's 12.5 mph. By the war's end, the Maritime Commission had built 2,751 Liberty and 531 Victory ships.