I don't have cable, so I've been enjoying these wonderful little links from the Smithsonian Channel about the world's more strange and beautiful creatures. Frankly, I'm getting a little bit of cute overload, a nice balance to my serious allergy time:
Primate Time & The world's tiniest Chamelion I wish I could create something this cool! Don't you guys? Evolution just blows my mind.
Anyway - Back to work!
I've been looking at my Bio-systems class's wish list for what they would like to learn
My list as it stands
- Bio mimmic
- cell biology
- cells and genes
- DNA fashion
- Gene mutation (natural)
- Gene mutation (artificial)
- genetic Engineering
- Genetically Modified food
- Long term affects of what we consume, generations later = epigenetic
- Molecular Biology
- Physical - biological - Anthropology
- Plant Structures
- Political polarization is hindering progress
- Political & religious pressures applying pressure and affecting policy)
- Punett Squares (Mendell)
- Soil Depletion
- stem cell research
- sustainability through taoist beliefs
- the Universe
This is fantastic. I'm thinking about how different this would have been when I was taking biology in college. I love how interested these students are, how ready to learn no matter what their experience level. I forgot how amazing cells are - sometimes it takes students to point this out.
Images from the article by Nick Matzke:
Slate on Haeckel, Proteus.
By Nick Matzke on August 18, 2005 -
on the Web site: "Panda's Thumb"
What I am thinking about today after reading the student's questionnaires is to never assume that the basics aren't interesting. That even the simplest forms might be reflective of the beauty of the entire universe.