Class Prep on Dec. 6th: Evolution

colors-2-_custom-afc93498ec5df91f516ee25aa3141c750524cd16-s700-c85For class on Dec. , please do the following:

  • Read Biology 20.1, 20.3, 20.4 (20.2 optional) or EO Wilson’s Life on Earth chapter 3
  • Listen to this news story about color and be prepared to answer these questions in class: (a) what selective pressure(s) are mentioned in the news story? (b) what is the result of the pressures?
  • Also, to get some perspective on (cosmic) evolution through a short oral history of the universe, listen to the “What Are The Origins Of The Universe?” TED Radio Hour segment. The rest of the episode has some fantastic perspectives on biological evolution as well.

If you’re curious about how some butterfly wings take on vivid colors, give this Deep Look video a watch.


In Class Nov. 29th: Genetic Engineering and Gene Therapy

NPR logoAs we listen to these two news stories, keep track of any questions you have as well as connections to material we’ve covered. We’ll discuss your thoughts on these two news stories together.

Class Prep for Nov. 22: Genes, Proteins and Genetic Testing

NPR logoTo prepare for class on Nov. 22nd, please listen to the two news stories below and work through the questions below to gain familiarity with some important concepts of the Central Dogma. Be prepared to share your responses to these questions during class discussion!

NPR: From Kale To Pale Ale, A Love Of Bitter May Be In Your Genes

  • What is a gene?
  • What is a taste receptor?
  • How do different genes result in different experiences in tasting bitterness?

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Naturalist Perspectives Ongoing Challenge: Soundscape Ecology

img_5195While spending time outdoors, you’ve likely taken note of a variety of natural and human-made sounds. If you decide to take on this challenge, it’s time to take a closer listen. Follow these instructions to take a soundscape ecology to one of the places you’ve recently visited.  Continue reading Naturalist Perspectives Ongoing Challenge: Soundscape Ecology