The Future of Medicine: Digital Health Care

Mobile devices and apps make it possible to do most things from any where and at any time. You can listen to music, shop, watch shows, check bank accounts, connect with friends, or play games on the bus in the morning, at the park after class, or at the movie theater at midnight. Combining mobile […]

The Immortal Gifts of Henrietta Lacks

In 1951, without his patient’s consent or knowledge, a Johns Hopkins doctor biopsied normal cells and cervical tumor cells. The cells then were shared with Doctor Gey, a Johns Hopkins researcher who, like many, had been trying for decades to grow human cells in the laboratory. Experimenting on human subjects was not an option but […]

Go with the Flow: Respiratory and Circulatory Systems

The respiratory and circulatory systems are necessary for human and animal life to exist, and they are a great place to start when teaching students about systems and parts of systems that must function together. We breathe in, our blood takes in the oxygen, which gets pumped by the heart and distributed throughout our body—to […]


Let’s Play with STEM

Last month we familiarized ourselves with the organizations that support and drive the STEM efforts in the K-12 realm. The amount of resources available to educate, advise, and train teachers in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields are impressive and meaningful.  The future of this nation will rely heavily on the innovation and problem-solving […]

Mother Adia, 2 male and 2 female cubs

Connect with Nature at a Zoo

Zoo: An excellent place to study the habits of human beings. ~ Evan Esar When you think of a zoo, what picture comes to mind? Perhaps the image of a petting zoo or a city zoo pops in your head … or even an animal park that has more of a natural habitat for its […]

Zebra Mussels – Misplaced Marauders

Students may find it difficult to believe that it is possible for a microscopic animal called a zebra mussel to disrupt an entire ecosystem simply by popping up in places it does not belong. Though invisible to the naked eye, these creatures are having an increasingly powerful effect on the areas they have infiltrated. Just […]


Fall Leaves

Autumn began on Sept 22 this year. 10:49 am EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) marked the moment the Sun “crossed the Equator”, however across much of the mid-latitudes, signs of autumn typically begin to appear from Labor Day on. These signs include noticeably shorter days, cooler air, less humidity, and perhaps the most obvious change of […]

West Nile Outbreak

Ah, the joys of summer: afternoons in a cool pool, walks in the woods, hanging out with friends, endless reading time and a pile of books no one assigned, shorts and tank tops, mosquito bites and itchy ankles. Wait! What was that last one? Along with the perks of summer come those pesky blood-sucking insects […]

Engaging in Citizen Science

No matter what discipline you teach, turn students on to one or more ways they can contribute collaboratively with others on meaningful, real-world missions. It is not uncommon for young people, even those of today’s generations, to think that they just do not fit the stereotype of being a scientist. The truth is that all […]

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