The goal of this unit is for students to develop a deeper understanding of electromagnetism through inquiry based activities. The first session in the guide is designed to teach students that magnets have an invisible force field known as a magnetic field, and that this field has an effect that can be measured around a magnet using a compass. The second session is designed to teach students that electricity flowing in wires also creates an invisible magnetic field that can also be measured using
GIPCA Great Texts / Big Questions Public Lectures 2009
GIPCA Great Texts Big Questions popular lecture series provides an opportunity to hear leading intellectuals discuss one of life's big questions or a significant book or artwork. All of the lectures from 2009 were recorded and are now available online. Below is a brief summary of each talk. Follow the link above to the download page for the mp3 lectures. On Thursday 13 August AIDS activist Zackie Achmat will give a free public lecture on "The Communist Manifesto" by Karl Marx and "The Gettysburg
A Toolbox for Working with Living Invertebrates
My objective is to promote more successful collection, culture, handling, viewing, and classroom investigation of living invertebrates by using the "right tool for the right job." To do this, I present ideas for building and using novel, inexpensive tools (i.e., "gadgets and gizmos") for efficient collection of a wide variety of living invertebrates in the field. I also offer new approaches, materials, and tools for improved handling and viewing of living invertebrates in the laboratory. A centr
Discover and apply principles of genetic inheritance by studying the inheritance patterns of fruit flies in a virtual environment. You will work on a virtual lab bench from which you can order fruit fly mutants from a web merchant, mate the flies in an incubator, anesthetize flies for observation, examine flies under a microscope, and analyze the data from offspring to determine patterns of inheritance. Your task is to propose hypotheses, design experiments, and analyze and interpret the data fr
Building a Winogradsky Column: An Educator Guide with Activities in Astrobiology
This 27-page educator guide is a NASA Quest resource about Microbial Ecology and related Astrobiology activities. Students will construct a Winogradsky Column to observe the growth of microbes in a column of mud. During this investigation students will develop a hypothesis, record their observations and results, and form conclusions. They will compare and contrast their methods during the investigation with those of the astrobiologists performing research in the field and the laboratory. It incl
Sumner dining room group, Pomona College
A group of Pomona College students pose for a photograph in the dining room of Sumner Hall. The men are standing in the back row, the women are seated in front. First row unidentified except for Mary Burleigh, who is second from the right. Back row, from left to right: Roy Campbell (in a waiter's uniform), unidentified, James Culbertson, unidentified, George Hume, unidentified.
How language works - The cognitive science of linguistics
Students studying linguistics and other language sciences for the first time often have misconceptions about what they are about and what they can offer them. They may think that linguists are authorities on what is correct and what is incorrect in a given language. But linguistics is the science of language; it treats language and the ways people use it as phenomena to be studied much as a geologist treats the earth. Linguists want to figure out how language works. They are no more in the busin
Beyond the Genome: the challenge of synthetic biology
The 1970s introduced genetic modification, the 1990s cloning and GM food, and the human genome was sequenced in 2000. Synthetic biology is heralded as the next frontier. But what is synthetic biology and how do we imagine its future directions? What are the implications of this new field for scientists, lawyers, regulators and ethicists? What social and political challenges does it pose and what role will the social sciences, the humanities and the public play in shaping the direction of this ne
Pomona College campus
View of Pomona College buildings with mountains behind; taken from the yard of Mrs. Squire's house at the corner of Harvard Avenue and Third Street [now Bonita Avenue]. Pearsons Hall is to the left (partially obscured by a house in the foreground). Holmes Hall is in the center of the photograph in the distance. The backside of the Pomona College president's house on College Avenue is on the right (with a small shed behind it). The cupola of Sumner Hall can be seen just over the roof of the p
Mrs. Squire's house, Claremont
The front of the Squire house located on the west side of Harvard Avenue below Third Street [now Bonita Avenue] in Claremont. A man with a horse is standing in the back.
Defining the scope of responsibilities: the Great Lakes region
The return and reintegration of refugees and IDPs is one of the most pressing challenges faced by the international community today. Recently back from a visit to the Great Lakes region, UNHCR's Assistant High Commissioner for Operations will discuss the local settlement of refugees in Tanzania and the return and reintegration of refugees in Burundi. Dr Chaloka Beyani, Legal Advisor to the Secretariat of the International Conference on the Great Lakes, will situate this problem within the Great
Surviving the global economic crisis - perspectives from Africa and Asia
A meeting that will present perspectives on the global crisis from leading figures in the field of growth and international development. Presentations will focus on the effects of the global economic downturn on developing countries, how those countries are managing the impact of the crisis, and what more might be done to assist them. This event is being organized in cooperation with the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR).
Human Security in an Age of Turbulence
Mary Kaldor is a prolific author who has written widely on a range of key issues over the years ranging from the 'Baroque Arsenal' (1982) a study that challenged the logic of militarism and the belief that more weapons meant more security, through to her groundbreaking 'New Wars'(1999) a book that reveals the new forms that organized violence will take in the 21st century. Mary Kaldor today is one of the most influential and respected alternative voices in the field of applied international poli
Kentucky Pioneer (1941)
This film follows pioneer families along wilderness roads to Kentucky. Shows their schools, recreation and everyday tasks, such as weaving, soap-making, cooking, carpentry and candle-making. (11min)
Episode 69: Geothermal Energy from Uranium Deposits Geothermal energy is most frequently associated with volcanic activity. However, new research suggests the possibility of producing commercially viable geothermal energy from uranium deposits. Prof Mike Sandiford and Dr Sandra McLaren discuss the science behind this endeavor to produce clean energy. With host Dr Shane Huntington. 2.3 Broadband spectra The Implications of Synthetic Biology Electronics on Plastic: A Solution to the Energy Challenge, or a Pipe Dream? Dendrite Morphogenesis and Channel Regulation: Implications for Mental Health and Neurological Disor
The field of active galaxies is recognised as one of increasing importance. But how do we know there are different kinds of galaxy? What are active galaxies? How are they powered? This unit examines the different types of active galaxy and looks at the crucial role of the active galactic nucleus and the energy source at its heart.
There’s no mistaking Drew Endy’s profession: “I like to make things -- that’s what I do.” From his engineer’s perspective, the slow and painful methods of bioengineering demand a solution. Endy hopes to refine the tools necessary to move the field forward. “We’re going from looking at the living world as only c
As urgency to address climate change mounts, there’s ever greater interest in harnessing the unlimited potential of the sun to replace fossil fuels. This tantalizing prospect has inspired a raft of new scientific ventures, reports Stephen Forrest.
A theoretical field of silicon solar cells that is 1
Lily and Yuh-Nung Jan have been pioneers in the field of molecular neurobiology for more than 30 years, and their genetic studies of fruit flies and mice have provided major insights into many different aspects of brain function and development. In this joint lecture, they summarize their recent work on the genetic control of
Geothermal energy is most frequently associated with volcanic activity. However, new research suggests the possibility of producing commercially viable geothermal energy from uranium deposits. Prof Mike Sandiford and Dr Sandra McLaren discuss the science behind this endeavor to produce clean energy. With host Dr Shane Huntington.
2.3 Broadband spectra
The Implications of Synthetic Biology
Electronics on Plastic: A Solution to the Energy Challenge, or a Pipe Dream?
Dendrite Morphogenesis and Channel Regulation: Implications for Mental Health and Neurological Disor