September 18, 2007
Illinois Biotechnology Organization Formed
The Illinois Biotechnology Organization (IBO) was recently formed by several graduate students and post-docs for the purpose of "gathering together students, post-doc, professors etc. that are involved in the biotechnology area at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana."
At the IBO website one will find gathered together University links of significance to biotechnology as well as a page of links that point to information about biotechnology.
The IBO is planning its first event, a social hour, for Monday, October 29th from 7-9 PM. It will be held in Room 210 of the Illini Union. All are welcome to attend, but it is requested that you register by October 22nd by sending an email to:email@example.com.
The IBO social hour is being held in conjunction with the 2007 Biotechnology Job Fair, which is being held on Tuesday, October 30th, from 9-12 and 1-3:30, in the Illini Union. Deadline for registration for the Job Fair is October 1st.
Posted by Katie Newman at 11:14 AM
September 14, 2007
Lehigh University Offers Free Online BioScience Course
Lehigh University (Bethlehem PA) is offering a totally free online biology course, Bioscience in the 21st Century. It is described as:
A multidisciplinary survey course in which several theme-based topics in bioscience and their social/ethical considerations will be explored. ...
A major goal of the course will be to communicate the importance of a systems-driven, multidisciplinary approach in bioscience. Several contemporary issues (e.g., obesity, infectious diseases, cancer, stem cell biology, advances in cell biology and medicine, genome-based medicine, neurophysiology-related topics, bioinformatics, interfaces between organic chemistry and biology, advances in engineered biomedical systems, advances in bioimaging, social/ethical considerations) will be discussed.
Lectures will be presented by faculty from different disciplines in order to highlight cross-disciplinary perspectives on fundamental problems and potential solutions in bioscience. This course is envisioned as the initial tool for shaping an intellectual approach to bioscience that routinely values interconnections among disciplines and reduces/eliminates the tendency to compartmentalize learning “by subject.”
A second goal of the course is to provide scientific literacy for non-majors and the public. Students who are not formally registered for the course are encouraged to attend lectures based on their interests. Course materials including the syllabus, course materials, and all lectures are available on the web with full access for the entire Lehigh community and interested members of the public.
Lecturers will include Lehigh University professors from a variety of departments, as well as special guests. Check for weekly postings of lectures, and class resources.
This virtual classroom opportunity is funded through a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The grant recognizes Lehigh’s innovative approach to preparing students to address emerging issues in modern biology and biomedical research.
Check out the
- Lecture PowerPoints
Posted by Katie Newman at 2:02 PM
September 12, 2007
Scientific Memoirs from the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is making 150 years of American scientific history available by publishing its entire collection of Biographical Memoirs on the Internet. Biographical Memoirs are brief biographies of deceased NAS members written by those who knew them or their work.
Since 1877, NAS has published over 1,400 memoirs. Although the memoirs published since 1995 have been freely available on the Academy's Web site, over 900 memoirs were available previously only in print through archives and libraries.
Among the additional 500 memoirs published online are those of famed naturalist Louis Agassiz; Joseph Henry, the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution; Thomas Edison; Alexander Graham Bell; noted anthropologist Margaret Mead; and psychologist and philosopher John Dewey. More memoirs will be published regularly until the entire collection is available online.
Posted by Katie Newman at 2:57 PM