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Nature Outlook : Lenses on biology

Nature Outlook : Lenses on biology | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Free full access: Very nice set of undergraduate-level essays on topics including climate change, synthetic biology and plankton.

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PNAS - Open access. How much risk is Antartica under for establishment of invasive plant species?

PNAS - Open access. How much risk is Antartica under for establishment of invasive plant species? | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Fascinating study - who do you think carries the most plant seeds on their clothing and luggage? Which parts of the continent are most vulnerable? How will future warming temperatures affect the risks?

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Talking to Learn: Why Biology Students Should Be Talking in Classrooms and How to Make It Happen

Talking to Learn: Why Biology Students Should Be Talking in Classrooms and How to Make It Happen | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Giving over even a small amount of classroom time to Student Talk has big payouts - increased attention and retention. Here are some very straightforward suggestions for how to get started. Two thumbs up!

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Perspectives on Education | Wellcome Trust

Perspectives on Education | Wellcome Trust | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

"A series designed to provide education professionals with accessible and authoritative writing centred on current issues in UK science education."

The most recent one, "Inquiry Based Learning", includes four thoughtful essays on how and why inquiry-based learning can be implemented into science education. "What is the role of inquiry based learning in inspiring education, and what are its boundaries and limitations?".

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Proposal writing tips; this is a great way for advanced undergraduates to learn

Proposal writing tips; this is a great way for advanced undergraduates to learn | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Here's an article from Nature with grant writing tips. If you've thought about giving your students a grant-writing assignment, this is worth passing on to them. Sound advice for post-docs and young investigators too! 

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So what does it all mean? How do scientists affect goverment policies?

So what does it all mean? How do scientists affect goverment policies? | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

"Relations between science and policy are sometimes troubled....Prominent examples include the acrimonious debate over scientific understandings of climate change ....disputes over the use of genetically modified crops and foods in Europe, the failure to acknowledge the risk of possible BSE transmission to humans. and conflict over stem cell research....".

 

The interface between science and society is not simple, but sometimes it's good to stretch our minds in a different direction.

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Cambridge Ideas - Don't Eat the Plants

Are plants as defenceless as they appear? See the world how the plants do, as Professor John Parker, explores how plants -- the 'great chemists of this world...
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Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn | MindShift

Don’t Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn | MindShift | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Good ideas here for getting students engaged in the learning process, and keeping them awake!

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Our Planet - celebrating 40 years of the UN environment program (UNEP)

Our Planet - celebrating 40 years of the UN environment program (UNEP) | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Think globally! Green economies and environmental priorities, all wrapped in up a colorful magazine format. If your students like policy, send them here.

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The Endangered Bond - Science editorial (subs req'd)

The Endangered Bond - Science editorial (subs req'd) | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Nice plea for better teaching, and better teaching about teaching.

 

Two quotes:

"There is no quick fix for today's dire lecturing habits, but we could improve them through two approaches. One of them is teaching. Not all students are gifted lecturers, but most of them can be taught the basics of public speaking. Such teaching ought to be central to every science curriculum, yet it is usually ignored or done in only a perfunctory way."  

 

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"Whatever can be said can be said clearly. In science, simple and clear language in both spoken and written communication is not only a matter of style—it is also a matter of substance."

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ASPB - Publications - Plant Physiology® - Why We Do What We Do: Plant Biologists Discuss Their Career Choices

ASPB - Publications - Plant Physiology® - Why We Do What We Do: Plant Biologists Discuss Their Career Choices | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

We're updating our "Careers in Plant Biology" flyer and just remembered this set of articles from Plant Physiology (2001 - 2002). Plant biologists from diverse career tracks reflect on the choices they made along the way. Maybe these stories will help your students to see the possibilities open to them. 

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iBioSeminars: Leading scientists lecturing

iBioSeminars: Leading scientists lecturing | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

iBioSeminars: Free biology videos online
The world's leaders in biology present lectures that start with broad introductions and then progress to research questions and experiments. From cell biology and biochemistry to health and behavior. And a tiny bit of plant biology, but you have to hunt for it. Several have resources for teaching.

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DiscoveryHealthCME :: Type 2 Diabetes: A Global Epidemic - Why does it concern plant scientists?

DiscoveryHealthCME :: Type 2 Diabetes: A Global Epidemic - Why does it concern plant scientists? | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Why are plant biologists concerned with type 2 diabetes?

A) It's the fastest growing disease in the world, and our students are at risk,

B) The ways that popular media report on food and health risks are generally quite poor,

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C) Plant scientists understand the relationships between "plants" and "food" better than anyone.

 

We're working on a Teaching Tool called "Plants, Food and Human Health" that connects these dots, and links to evidence-based research to support the connections. In the meantime, this program of four short videos from Discovery CME is a good introduction to the global type 2 diabetes epidemic.

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Carolus Linnaeus’s Floral Clocks

Carolus Linnaeus’s Floral Clocks | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

It was Carolus Linnaeus back in the 18th century who, fond of personifying plants (mostly in regard to sex) named this phenomenon “sleep” in plants. Soon, he switched his focus from movements of leaves to the daily opening and closing of flowers and performed a broad study of the times of day when each flower species opened and closed.


Via Annals of Botany: Plant Science Research
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Modeling leaf growth video from JIC - very well presented

Modeling leaf growth video from JIC - very well presented | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

This is very clear and well-presented video describing how and why to build and analyze a model of leaf development, from the Coen lab at the John Innes Centre. Highly accessible to students. What else can be modeled? How can models lead to experimentally testable hypotheses?

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Here is a link to the accompanying Science article (subscription required) http://www.sciencemag.org/content/335/6072/1092.abstract
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Scientific Teaching in Practice

Scientific Teaching in Practice | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Excellent discussion of ways to engage students.

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Norman Borlaug: The Man I Worked With and Knew - Annual Review of Phytopathology, 49(1):17

Norman Borlaug: The Man I Worked With and Knew - Annual Review of Phytopathology, 49(1):17 | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Here is a very nice, open access, recollection of Norman Borlaug, written by Sanjaya Rajaram. Good article for students to learn a bit of plant science history, and also includes some "Future Issues". Inspiring!

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US Science and Engineering Festival highlights "Careers in Plant Biology"

US Science and Engineering Festival highlights "Careers in Plant Biology" | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

The USA Science and Engineering Festival is a huge free public event to showcase and celebrate science (in Washington DC in April). This month it is highlighting PLANT BIOLOGY as a great career choice. Pass it along!

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Why do the British drink tea?

Why do the British drink tea? | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Here's a teaser for the upcoming "Plants and Pathogens" teaching tool. One of the many ways that plant pathogens have shaped human history!

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Don't leave plants out of the picture!

Don't leave plants out of the picture! | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Hand out for FoPD - print double sided and on heavy paper, then laminate. Files available upon request, and feel free to translate.

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President of Royal Society Sir Paul Nurse's 2012 Richard Dimbleby Lecture | Royal Society

President of Royal Society Sir Paul Nurse's 2012 Richard Dimbleby Lecture | Royal Society | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Outstanding lecture given 28 February 2011 by Sir Paul Nurse, Nobel Laureate, President of the UK Royal Society, one of the greatest champions of science, and all-round good guy. The lecture is called "The New Enlightment", and in it he talks about how science works, and how it has and continues to improve our lives, and why we need to promote it and defend it.

 

Here he quotes Norman Borlaug:

“Some of the environmental lobbyists of the Western nations are the salt of the earth, but many of them are elitists. They’ve never experienced the physical sensation of hunger. They do their lobbying from comfortable office suites in Washington or Brussels. If they lived just one month amid the misery of the developing world, as I have for fifty years, they’d be crying out for tractors and fertilizer and irrigation canals and be outraged that fashionable elitists back home were trying to deny them these things.”

 

Bravo Sir Paul!

(PS - downl0ad transcript if you can't access the iPlayer - we''ll add a link to youtube if it turns up there).

 

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How should researchers talk about science to the public?

How should researchers talk about science to the public? | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it
After receiving recognition for her work in bringing science to a wider audience, Anne Osterrieder discusses how researchers and academics can make their work more accessible...
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ASPB Newsletter - January/February 2012 - President's Letter - Teaching Tools in Plant Biology - They're Not Just for Educators!

ASPB Newsletter - January/February 2012 - President's Letter - Teaching Tools in Plant Biology - They're Not Just for Educators! | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

We're grateful for the kind words of the ASPB president about Teaching Tools in Plant biology!

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Fascination of Plants Day - Engaging Videos!

Here is a youtube playlist suitable for a public outreach event. The first seven videos (about 30 minutes) are scientists talking about plants and plant science. Videos 8 - 12 (about 6 minutes) are just time lapse videos set to music. Videos 13 - 17 are clips from David Attenborough, and number 18 is "La Bloomba", dancing flowers. Enjoy!

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Thought for the day....

Thought for the day.... | Plant Biology Teaching Resources (Higher Education) | Scoop.it

Write clever ideas simply, not simple ideas "cleverly". If your sentence includes more than eight commas and two parenthetical asides, start over. We don't know what this lovely calligraphy says, but we imagine it says "Simple declarative sentence = clear communication"

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