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Resources for students and teachers of biology and the life sciences.
Resources for students and teachers of biology and the life sciences.

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This exercise has been modified to work with freshman students, originally used in AP Biology (Animal Behavior Lab)
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I searched for hours in the spring for a good explanation of CRISPR that was at a level my students could understand. Finally, a video!
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Every year I try to do an "article of the week" where students read something current and summarize. With all the required AP labs, this usually ends up being "article of the every other week."
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This investigation models osmosis using dialysis tubes that contain different concentrations of sucrose; the tubes will gain water dependent upon the molarity of solution they are placed in
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Two weeks until the start of school. This year, I'm moving to more digital resources, so my first-day questionnaire asks students about their access to computers and smart phones.
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This buoy takes data from the Mississippi about temperature, pH, nitrate levels..etc. I would love to do some projects next year where students look at real data like those collected from the river. Buoy data can found at http://buoybay.noaa.gov/
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I am so glad that Seaworld is going to stop the practice of captive whale breeding. Whale evolution is driven by culture and learning within their specialized groups...family groups. Why did we ever think it was a good idea to remove these animals from their natural environments?
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I've been getting a lot of requests to share documents I store on google drive.  Anyone can edit these documents without me giving permissions.  Just click on the "file" tab and either download it as a powerpoint or "make a copy" which will copy it to your own drive.    I don't give edit permissions because if a person made a change, it would also change my documents.  I recognize that everyone has different styles, different classes, and different age groups, so editing and changing the files is perfectly fine.   Also, it's nice when readers alert me to typos and errata!

Example:  This screenshot is from a doc file that I don't own.  If I wanted to use it, I could make my own copy and then make any changes I wanted.    My changes would not effect the owners' original copy.  
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One of my favorite early demonstrations is this one on "sewer lice." Basically, you submerge raisins in carbonated water (or white soda) and they will float to the surface and then sink and repeat this all day long. I ask my students to make a guess about whether they think the creatures are alive. Sometimes I even add a backstory about the creatures being discovered in the sewer and that they are edible. You can eat one to really mess with the freshman! 
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I don't teach chemistry, but I think I could have fun with this game.
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