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.
December 19, 2011 Understanding Science
This site from Berkley contains resources for teachers and students.
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.
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.
November 28, 2011 BioQuest
Check out the BioQUEST website for labs, activities, investigative cases, etc.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 17, 2011 Evolution
This is a comprehensive evolutionary science resource from the Public Broadcasting Network’s Nova series.
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.
October 3, 2011 HHMI Pocket Mouse Interactive Laboratory
This simulation shows the spread of a favorable mutation through a population of pocket mice.
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!)
September 12, 2011 Interpretation
and Education, National Park Service
August 29, 2011
August 15, 2011 Mother Nature
August 8, 2011 BEN
August 1, 2011
July 25, 2011 Onebag.com
July 18, 2011 Momsminivan.com
July 4, 2011 Unusual Hotels of the World
June 27, 2011 Picturing to
June 20, 2011 Science Buddies
June 13, 2011 The
June 6, 2011 Oracle
May 30, 2011 Learn.Genetics
May 23, 2011 Wimp.com
May 16, 2011 NOAA Coral Reef Ecosystems
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.
May 2, 2011 PHYSORG.com
April 25, 2011 Peoples
April 18, 2011 Plant
April 11,2011 Synesthesia
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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