Sometimes getting students interested in studying and truly learning science can be a challenge as a science teacher. A new symposium, scheduled for September 25, 2010, however is trying to change the stigma of science by teaching teachers how to make science more fun for students, which also encourages them to learn and retain the information. The BIO Fourth Annual Arizona K-12 Science Teacher Symposium is set to take place on the campus of the University of Arizona. The symposium provides new information and a twist on old information that teachers can take home with them and interject into their science lesson plans. Arizona teachersRead More →

If you are a science teacher, you have probably heard a student (on more than one occasion) says, “When am I ever going to use this information in the real world?” one of the top ways to illustrate or show students real world use of the information you are teaching is by using case studies as part of your curriculum. Depending on what you are teaching, you can add one or two case studies to your teaching methods to help students glean a better understanding on real life application of the methods, processes or other information you are trying to get across. Illustrates How CompaniesRead More →

For all of the animal activists in the world, good news is coming down the scientific pipeline because human skins may soon replace the need for testing products on animals. In July of 2010, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), which is an organization that sets the guidelines on chemical safety for the 32 countries that fall under the group’s membership, OECD three laboratory grown human skins that can replace the need for animal testing. If you are not already in the know, the primary use of animal testing in the chemicals arena is to ensure that the chemicals used in common householdRead More →

When asked to talk about images of places, painters are more likely to describe the depicted space as a two-dimensional image, while architects are more likely to focus on paths and the boundaries of the space. “We found that painters, sculptors and architects consistently showed signs of their profession when talking about the spaces we showed them, and all three groups had more elaborate, detailed descriptions than people in unrelated professions,” said senior author Dr Hugo Spiers (UCL Psychology & Language Sciences). For the study, published in Cognitive Science, the researchers brought in 16 people from each of the three professions – they all hadRead More →

Throughout our evolution, viruses have continually infected humans just as they do today. Some early viruses became integrated into our genome and are now known as human endogenous retroviruses (HERVs). Over millions of years, they became inert due to mutations or major deletions in their genetic code. Today, one of the most studied HERV families is the HERV-K family, which has been active since the evolutionary split of humans and chimpanzees with some members perhaps actively infecting humans within the past couple hundred thousand years. HERVs have become a target for HIV researchers because studies have shown that T-cells produce an immune response against HERVsRead More →

Depression presents an enormous disease burden, with a reported 350 million people worldwide suffering from the disease, but traditional SSRI treatments carry a burden of their own – in dollars and side effects. New clinical research published today in PLoS One shows that over-the-counter magnesium appears safe and effective to treat mild to moderate depression. Critical to such body functions as heart rhythm, blood pressure and bone strength, the mineral magnesium plays a role in combating inflammation in the body and has been proven to have an association with depression. However, few clinical trials have studied the supplement’s effects. Emily Tarleton, MS, RD, CD, aRead More →

Religious participation is linked to lower suicide rates in many parts of the world, including the United States and Russia, but does not protect against the risk of suicide in sections of Europe and Asia, finds new research by a Michigan State University scholar. In Catholic-dominant Western and Southern Europe, residents appear to be placing less importance on God and religion and have less confidence in religious institutions. In East Asia, traditional faiths such as Buddhism and Confucianism focus on individual spirituality rather than collective spirituality, which entails social support and moral guidance. “Secularization and the individual pursuit of spirituality are two important factors thatRead More →

Imagine going to the supermarket to stock up on groceries but coming home empty-handed because you just couldn’t figure out how to work the shopping cart or figure out how to get to the ice cream tubs in the freezer aisle. Welcome to the life of a bumblebee. Gathering sweet nectar from flowers, it turns out, is much more difficult than one might think, and it requires a lengthy learning process. By the time a bee has figured out how to efficiently pry open the lips of a snapdragon flower, for example, most likely it has made dozens, if not hundreds, of floral visits. HowRead More →

Schools ranging from middle school to college level courses are missing good science teachers o meet the demand for filling science classrooms. Foundations and organizations, such as the National Science Foundation are trying to lessen this shortage by providing grants for educational institutions to find the science teachers it needs. For example, Kennesaw State University was the recent recipient of a $2.85 million grant to meet the increasing demand to fill science teacher positions in middle schools and high schools across the nation. Kennesaw State University intends to use the grant money to create a special program called the Recruiting and Retaining Teacher Leaders inRead More →

Since teaching scientific methods and illustrating how science exists in the “real world” you often take your science classes on field trips. The problem or challenge you may face is that one or more of the field trip locations may be out of your geographical reach. With such advancements in technology, this does not preclude a field trip as a learning option. It simply requires you to take a virtual field trip instead. Types From webinars, teleseminars and a myriad of other options, you can virtually transport your students from the classroom to the location. From black hole and geological exploration to the ecosystem ofRead More →