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2011 URL of the Week Archive

December 26, 2011
National Evolutionary Synthesis Center
This site contains videotapes of symposia at NABT as well as information on science and informatics. There is also a section on resources.
https://www.nescent.org/media/NABT.php

December 19, 2011 Understanding Science
This site from Berkley contains resources for teachers and students.
http://undsci.berkeley.edu/

December 12, 2011 SpongeLab.com Beta
There are presently over 300 images, videos, and animation. Additionally more than 170 simulations, games and interactives are available. Right now content is doubling every month at all levels of learning.
http://www.spongelab.com/slxdev/

December 5, 2011
A Student’s Guide to Global Climate Change
This site is devoted to educating 6-8th graders about Earth’s climate and how it is changing as a result of burning fossil fuels and other human activities. It provides students and educators with content on the science of climate change, how it affects society and ecosystems, and information about solutions to the climate change problem. The information is presented in a variety of formats including video, animations, interactive graphics, and “expeditions” where students can explore and learn how climate change will affect places around the world.
http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/kids/

November 28, 2011 BioQuest
Check out the BioQUEST website for labs, activities, investigative cases, etc.
http://bioquest.org/

November 21, 2011 NIH Stem Cell Research Information Page
This site contains authoratative content on the promise of stem cells, the NIH Human Embryonic Stem Cell Registry, and U.S. policy on stem cell research.  There are FAQs and an information center as well.
http://stemcells.nih.gov

November 14, 2011 National Resource Conservation Service

This database of plants provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. Photos, characteristics, and distribution maps are all included.

http://plants.usda.gov/java/


November 7, 2011 BugGuide.net

This online community of naturalists shares its observations of insects, spiders, and other related creatures, summarizing findings in guide pages. Photographs of insects and their relations from both the United States and Canada are identified, with some never before seen behaviors documented. There are photos of species that you won’t find anywhere else on the web.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/15740


October 31, 2011
MicrobeWorld

This site is divided into categories including news, videos, images, and resources. There is a great deal that any biology teacher could use to spice up a class on topics in the unseen world of microbes.

http://www.microbeworld.org/


October 24, 2011
Sumanas, Inc. Biology Animations

Whether it is general biology, molecular biology, ecology, environmental science, or a host of other topics, this site has some excellent short animations. They are great for high school and college students alike.

http://www.sumanasinc.com/webcontent/animations/biology.html


October 17, 2011 Evolution

This is a comprehensive evolutionary science resource from the Public Broadcasting Network’s Nova series.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/


October 10, 2011
Environmental Alert

Environmental Alert (EA) is a non-governmental development organization born out of the need to address low levels of agricultural productivity in the country, high levels of food insecurity and low incomes in both rural and urban poor communities, in addition to protecting against rapid degradation of natural resources on which community livelihood depends. With more than fifteen years of grassroots level involvement, Environmental Alert has maintained a multi-level policy engagement.

http://www.envalert.org/


October 3, 2011  
HHMI Pocket Mouse Interactive Laboratory

This simulation shows the spread of a favorable mutation through a population of pocket mice.

http://www.hhmi.org/biointeractive/evolution/pocket_mouse_evolution.html


September 26, 2011
Darwin’s Library Online

In total, Darwin’s library amounted to 1480 books, of which 730 contain abundant research notes in their margins. These annotated books are now in the process of being digitized. The first phase of this project has just been completed, with 330 of the most heavily annotated books launched online at the Biodiversity Heritage Library for all to read.

http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/collection/darwinlibrary

September 19, 2011 Biggs Educational Consulting

Visit my site and find hundreds of Web sites for biology, other sciences and math, art, and general resources. Most of the sites previously posted in the TABT Update and URL of the Week are listed. Use the art sites for a simple way of linking artists and their art to biology concepts. (If I hadn’t have put up these sites for my wife (Louise is an artist), there may have been a divorce years ago!) 

http://home.netcom.com/~altonb/biggseducationalconsulting/

September 12, 2011  Interpretation and Education, National Park Service
If you are a teacher searching for classroom materials, a student doing research, or a person looking for a place to spend some time, have some fun and learn in the process, LearnNPS is for you.
http://www.nps.gov

September 5, 2011  National Academies Press
NAP, the publisher for the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, Institute of Medicine, and National Research Council, is to disseminate the institutions’ content as widely as possible while maintaining financial sustainability. All PDF versions of books published by the NAP are downloadable to anyone free of charge. This includes a catalog of more than 4,000 books plus future reports produced by the Press. Printed books will continue to be available for purchase through the NAP website. The free PDFs are available exclusively from the NAP and remain subject to copyright laws.
http://www.nap.edu/

August 29, 2011  Woods Hole Research Center
Look at the Woods Hole site for information on research in global warming, marine research and for opportunities to be involved in research. Scientists combine remote sensing with field research to study, model, map and explain a host of biological problems.
http://www.whrc.org/

August 22, 2011  Cell Biology Education Resources
The Image & Video Library of the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is a continuously growing collection of peer-reviewed cell images, videos, web resources, and digitized texts that illustrate the structure, function, and biology of the cell, the fundamental unit of life.
http://www.ascb.org/ivl/design/education.html

August 15, 2011  Mother Nature Network
If you’re looking for nature news, this is the place. Unfortunately, you’ll have to sort through the political views to get it all. The site is good, but probably relies too heavily on advertising.
http://www.mnn.com/

August 8,  2011 BEN
The Bioscience Education Network resources can help you engage student interest, shorten lesson preparation time, provide concept updates, and develop curricula that are in line with national standards for content, use of animals and humans, and student safety. What more do you need?
http://www.bioscienceednet.org

August 1, 2011 Darwin Correspondence Project
What to read the extensive writings of Charles Darwin? This is the place.
http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/home

July 25, 2011  Onebag.com
When you travel, do you always pack too much? Check this site to see what you should be packing.
http://www.onebag.com/

July 18, 2011  Momsminivan.com
Taking a vacation in your car? What do you do with the kids? Use this site to discover 101 car travel games for kids.
http://www.momsminivan.com/

July 11, 2011 HomeAway.com
Do you like to go somewhere and stay awhile on your vacation? This site will allow you to choose from more than 225,000 vacation rentals – apartments, homes, villas, etc. – in the United States or throughout the world.
http://www.homeaway.com/

July 4, 2011  Unusual Hotels of the World
It’s summer. Perhaps you want to do something different. You should make it a point at some time in your life to stay somewhere that you would have never predicted. Stay in a tree house, a lighthouse, a converted airplane, a jail, an igloo, or any of hundreds of similar unusual abodes. If nothing else, just take a few moments to fantasize.
http://www.unusualhotelsoftheworld.com

June 27, 2011  Picturing to Learn
This site uses analyzed drawings of science subjects to determine misconceptions of the person who made the drawing. “When I became responsible for teaching others ... through drawing ... I really had to understand the science and learned a great deal from the process.” — Mariana Shnayderman, MIT student, 2003
http://www.picturingtolearn.org/index.html

June 20, 2011 Science Buddies
This site contains a wizard that helps students select science fair project ideas, step by step how to do a science fair project, Ask an Expert discussion board, and science fair tips for success.
http://www.sciencebuddies.org/

June 13, 2011  The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
This website contains 350+ peer-reviewed case studies on a variety of topics. Although the case studies are intended for college courses, many of them are appropriate for high school courses as well.
http://sciencecases.lib.buffalo.edu/cs/

June 6, 2011  Oracle ThinkQuest
This site has hundreds of pages with ideas for students by students. There are projects for every grade level and subject, an annual competition, and a library of more than 7,000 websites created by students. It’s a great site.
http://www.thinkquest.org/en/

May 30, 2011  Learn.Genetics
Congratulations to the University of Utah for producing one of the best sites I’ve seen on the topic of cells and genetics. Useful for middle school students (Tour The Basics, Heredity & Traits, etc.) to high school (From DNA to Protein, Cell Size and Scale, Variation, Selection & Time, etc.) and even university (Genetic Technology, The New Science of Addiction, etc.), the site is packed with visuals and targeted text. This may be your final stop for the basics as well as lesson plans, virtual labs, and other activities.
http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/

May 23, 2011  Wimp.com
You know the Web is packed with videos of all kinds. This site picks some of the best. The variety is tremendous. Some will make you laugh, while others are very serious. Although it is not billed as a biology site, some of the selections do have implications for biology that could be used in the curriculum. It’s in this week’s lineup just because we like it!
http://www.wimp.com/

May 16, 2011  NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystems
This site, sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, provides more information about the world’s coral reefs and ecosystems than you can learn in one sitting. Be prepared to be immersed.
http://www.education.noaa.gov/Marine_Life/Coral_Ecosystems.html

May 9, 2011  What does it mean to be human?

This site, sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution, provides information about human behavior and 3-dimensional illustrations from the distant past to the present. It is a refreshing site containing scientific evidence without influence from nonscientific perspectives.

http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/3d-collection/f-qafzeh-6

May 2, 2011 PHYSORG.com
If you want to keep up with the news on the sciences in general – or one science in particular – this is the site for you. Postings from all over the world and many media outlets appear throughout the day. It is fascinating just to read the comments made to many of the articles. There are spotlighted stories, featured stories, videos, comments, most shared stories and more.
http://www.physorg.com

April 25, 2011 Peoples Archive
Eighteen researchers, mathematicians, and doctors recounted their life stories for this site. A London-based company has been filming the reminiscences of artists and other luminaries for the site, most of which is now free. The collection preserves the words of several scientists who have died recently, including Maynard Smith, biologists Francis Crick and Ernst Mayr, and physicists Hans Bethe and Edward Teller. http://www.peoplesarchive.com/

April 18, 2011 Plant Stress
This site by Abraham Blum of the Volcani Center in Israel has background that explains the effects of nine plant stresses and explores methods for alleviating their impact. It also has a news section that notes new research findings, a bibliography, and how-to comments on more than a dozen techniques for studying stressed plants.
http://www.plantstress.com/

April 11,2011 Synesthesia Battery
This site allows a person to assess if their perceptions are actually misperceptions by using a standard set of questions from neuroscientist David Eagleman of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.
http://www.synesthete.org/

April 4, 2011   Stem Cells Explained
This primer from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor describes the difference between therapeutic cloning differ and reproductive cloning, the differences between stem cells in umbilical cord blood and embryonic stem cells, as well as similar questions. This site’s centerpiece is a six-part multimedia tutorial that explores topics including the different types of stem cells and their potential applications in drug testing.
http://www.lifesciences.umich.edu/index.html


April 25, 2011  
Peoples Archive

Eighteen researchers, mathematicians, and doctors recounted their life stories for this site. A London-based company has been filming the reminiscences of artists and other luminaries for the site, most of which is now free. The collection preserves the words of several scientists who have died recently, including Maynard Smith, biologists Francis Crick and Ernst Mayr, and physicists Hans Bethe and Edward Teller.

http://www.peoplesarchive.com/


April 18, 2011  
Plant Stress

This site by Abraham Blum of the Volcani Center in Israel has background that explains the effects of nine plant stresses and explores methods for alleviating their impact. It also has a news section that notes new research findings, a bibliography, and how-to comments on more than a dozen techniques for studying stressed plants.

http://www.plantstress.com/


April 11, 2011

Perception or Misperception?

This site allows a person to assess if their perceptions are actually misperceptions by using a standard set of questions from neuroscientist David Eagleman of the University of Texas Medical School in Houston.

http://www.synesthete.org/


April 4, 2011

Stem Cells Explained

This primer from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor describes the difference between therapeutic cloning differ and reproductive cloning, the differences between stem cells in umbilical cord blood and embryonic stem cells, as well as similar questions. This site’s centerpiece is a six-part multimedia tutorial that explores topics including the different types of stem cells and their potential applications in drug testing.

http://www.lifesciences.umich.edu/index.html

March 28, 2011  
Quizmine.com

Educational applications (aps) for students to download to their smart phones and other technology are becoming increasingly frequent. Those on this Web site sell for approximately a dollar each. Many would be good for reviewing lessons, preparing for UIL competition, etc. They are available on the Android and Apple App stores.

http://www.quizmine.com/

March 21, 2011  
Invasive Species Experts Database

Invasive species are a worldwide issue. This global registry allows you to track down experts on particular invaders. Sponsored by a consortium of European institutions, the site lists more than 800 researchers, organized by country, type of organism, and field. It also provides a great deal of information about the invaders themselves.

http://daisie.ckff.si/

March 14, 2011  
Analytical Sciences Digital Library

This site contains virtual experiments to introduce students to the idea of chemical equilibrium, a primer on flow injection analysis, and annotated links to more than 300 sites about chemical measurements and instruments. Aimed at high school through professional levels, the offerings include class notes, tutorials, simulations, and protocols. To help teachers share ideas, the site also posts original content, such as a complete lab manual and other peer-reviewed contributions. Online forums let users discuss how to integrate the materials into class.

http://www.asdlib.org/

March 7, 2011  
Discover Life

This site is a field guide and biological encyclopedia rolled into one. Sponsored by a team of biodiversity experts, the site covers more than 270,000 species. One section provides descriptions, photos, and other information on particular species or groups. Offerings include original pages and compilations from other sites. Another section holds interactive keys for North American birds, Jamaican land snails, and more than 20 other groups of organisms. The foundation hopes to amass range maps, identification keys, and other data for 1 million species by the year 2012.

http://www.discoverlife.org/

February 28, 2011  
A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects

The Agri Extension Service and the Department of Entomology at Texas A&M University is responsible for putting up this field guide. Common and scientific names, information about the insects’ life cycles and habitats are given along with excellent photos. If you have your students do an insect collection, this site will be particularly helpful.

http://insects.tamu.edu/fieldguide/

February 21, 2011
Birds at Cornell Lab of Ornithology

This site from Cornell is as good as they come. You’ll find video clips, quizzes, and more information than you’ll ever be able to use!

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/netcommunity/Page.aspx?pid=1478

February 14, 2011  
Anatomy and Physiology of the Ear

This site for students gives the basics in prose and diagrams, but contains some excellent links to more specific content as well.

http://webschoolsolutions.com/patts/systems/ear.htm

Canopy In The Clouds
The project uses innovative and immersive media from the perspective of a tropical montane cloud forest to serve as a platform for inquiry-based, K-12 earth and life science education. We are particularly excited to offer over 25 lesson plans on themes such as water, weather, soils, ecology and the process of science focused on 6-8th grades. All materials are normed to national science education standards, peer-reviewed by a team of scientists and educators, and made available free of cost via our website. Funding is provided by the National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation and the Tropical Science Center of Costa Rica.
http://www.canopyintheclouds.com

February 7, 2011
Wildlife Disease Information Node

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) and other wildlife illnesses are detailed at this online clearinghouse from the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center.
The site’s nine major sections describe illnesses that afflict North American animals in nature, including several such as plague and West Nile fever that can jump to humans. Each section offers fact sheets, abstracts of recent papers, links to news updates, and other resources. Other features allow you to chart disease outbreaks.
http://wildlifedisease.nbii.gov/index.jsp

January 24, 2011  
Birding.com

One of the easiest activities in which to engage students for life is birding. This site provides more than a good start. These is little in biology that can’t be taught without using birds or birding as either an analogy or an example.

http://www.birding.com/

January 17, 2011  NOAA Fisheries Service

This site is dedicated to the stewardship of living marine resources through science-based conservation and management, and the promotion of healthy ecosystems. NOAA Fisheries Service conserves, protects, and manages living marine resources in a way that ensures their continuation as functioning components of marine ecosystems, affords economic opportunities, and enhances the quality of life for the American public.

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/

January 10, 2011  Forest Science 

This database contains more than 70 years of research. There are more than 870,000 abstracted articles and more than enough information for you or students.

http://www.cabi.org/forestscience/

January 3, 2011  
The Darwin Project

The purpose of this site is to advance the development and application of novel models of marine microbes and microbial communities, identifying the relationships of individuals and communities to their environment, connecting cellular-scale processes to global microbial community structure.

http://darwinproject.mit.edu



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