Jan-Feb 2014 ASCB Newsletter - page 52-53

iBiology for the New Year
A New Year is upon us, and the new iBiology site (ibiology.org) has a few tools to help you with your New Year’s resolutions:
“I will expand my knowledge of biology outside of my research field.”
The iBioSeminars section of the iBiology site is the place for you. You may decide to use the full-length seminars to prepare for
school or job interviews or for qualifying exams.
“I will start thinking about my career options.”
You can start by watching Gregory Petsko’s talk “The Post-doctoral Situation“ (ibiology.org/ibiomagazine/issue-10.html),
followed by the recording of his December Live Q&A session (ibiology.org/hangout-with-a-scientist.html). Then tune in on
March 6 to watch Keith Yamamoto’s Live Q&A on the same topic.
“I will engage my students in new ways.”
You may want to look to the iBioMagazine section for videos on science policy issues and career-related topics. Or organize a
watch party with your students for our Live Q&A sessions with Lydia Villa-Komaroff (ibiology.org/hangout-with-a-scientist.
html), and assign her iBioMagazine talk as homework beforehand.
“I will make more time for active learning in my classroom.”
Offering lectures as videos (“flipping your classroom”) will create space in your syllabus for active learning. You can start
by flipping one or two lectures by using videos from the Exploring Biology section of iBioEducation as homework before
class, such as Randy Schekman’s “Mysterious Membranes” or Bonnie Bassler’s “Tiny Conspiracies” videos (ibiology.org/
ibioeducation/exploring-biology.html). Or you can use the full Cell Biology Flipped Course materials developed for University
of California senior undergraduates (ibiology.org/ibioeducation/taking-courses.html). Many of these videos also come with
assessments, which you can access with an Educator account (ibiology.org/educator-registration.html).
“I will introduce my students to more primary literature.”
To meet that goal, you will want to visit the Making Discoveries section of iBioEducation (ibiology.org/ibioeducation/making-
discoveries.html) where each speaker describes the path that led to a discovery. Each video is associated with a research paper
and activity questions.
We are preparing many more materials for the next year, so remember to sign up for our newsletter for regular updates
—The iBiology Team
Lydia Villa-Komaroff
Bonnie Bassler
Keith Yamamoto
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