ASCB Newsletter Nov 2013 - page 6

iBiology, continued from page 1
Research, Discovery, Profiles
More than 1.4 million viewers, including
scientists, graduate students, and biology majors,
have watched the research talks on iBioSeminars
and the short discovery talks and scientist profiles
on iBioMagazine. These widely viewed videos
include Nobel laureate Elizabeth Blackburn’s
seminar on telomeres and telomerase and Kurt
Thorn’s confocal microscopy lecture, each of
which has received over 30,000 views.
Other popular videos include a presentation
on the origin of cellular life on Earth from
Nobel laureate Jack Szostak, advice from Susan
McConnell on how to design an effective scientific
presentation, and the iBioMagazine issue on
Diversity in Science that includes talks by Freeman
Hrabowski and Lydia Villa-Komaroff. More than
170 iBioSeminars and iBioMagazine talks are
New for Students and Educators
To the valuable material already available on
iBioSeminars and iBioMagazine, iBioEducation
adds extensive new resources aimed at self-learners
and educators. In the Taking Courses section, users
will find materials for two microscopy courses,
an in-depth course featuring over 65 videos
including lectures, lab demonstrations, tips, and
assessments as well as a shorter, 13-lecture survey
course. Visitors will also find course materials for a
“flipped” classroom cell biology course, which was
developed in collaboration with Jonathan Scholey
of the University of California, Davis. In the flipped
classroom, iBioSeminars are viewed prior to class,
and class time is used for activities that develop
critical and analytical thinking skills.
In another iBioEducation section, Exploring
Biology, users can pick and choose short
scientific videos from a library of over 370 clips.
Accompanying many of these clips are related
questions that are available to registered educators.
This section also features eight new iBioEducation
lectures tailored for introductory biology students,
including talks by Bonnie Bassler, Bruce Alberts, and
2013 Nobel Prize winner Randy Schekman.
Educators can introduce students to the primary
literature in the Making Discoveries section by
choosing from among 14 videos of scientists giving
personal accounts of their own discoveries, each
with a series of questions that relate to the talk
and the paper. Examples include Nobel laureate
Martin Chalfie describing how his lab cloned
green fluorescent protein and Matthew Meselson’s
account of his discovery that DNA replication
is semiconservative. These activities align with
iBiology’s mission to provide educators with tools to
create an engaging curriculum that helps students
develop the skills they need to do research in the
21st century. In addition, with this goal in mind, an
index of iBiology materials was developed to support
educators looking for tools to align their curriculum
with various science education standards, including
the American Association for the Advancement of
Science’s Vision and Change guidelines, the Next
Nico Stuurman at the microscope doing a demonstration for the iBiology Microscopy Course
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