The American Biology Teacher

The American Biology Teacher is a magazine focusing on Education

Articles from Vol. 70, No. 7, September

An Academic Vacation
I sit at my keyboard and try to convey to you the impact of attending a national conference to truly immerse yourself in professional development of the highest caliber. It is certainly researched that professional development has an essential role...
Begin Partnership: Using Problem-Based Learning to Teach Genetics & Bioethics
A science education center at a university medical school had grant funding to develop a genetics curriculum unit but needed a dissemination plan. A statewide science teacher organization that provided professional development training was facing decreased...
Classroom Performance System RF 5.01
We are happy to welcome ABT's new Classroom Technology Reviews Editor, Kerry Henrickson. We thank Jose Vazquez who served in this capacity for the last 10 months. --Editor. Classroom Performance System RF 5.01. 2008. Developed by eInstruction,...
Demonstrating Independent Assortment of Chromosomes, Square Dance Style
One of the processes that ultimately provides for new combinations of alleles in sexually-reproducing organisms is the independent assortment of chromosomes during meiosis 1. As with so many concepts, pictures are worth more than words, but living...
Evolution & the Cesarean Section Rate
"Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." This was the title of an essay by geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky writing in 1973 (Dobzhansky, 1973). Many causes have been given for the increased Cesarean section rate in developed...
Finger Forecasting: A Pointer to Athletic Prowess in Women a Preliminary Investigation by an Undergraduate Biology Class
With all the technology today, we were surprised to read a recent British study (Paul et al., 2006) that found a connection between the length of a woman's index (2D) and ring (4D) fingers to her athletic ability (Figure 1). This sounded more like...
From the President: Todd Carter, NABT President-2008
Happy September, everybody. Whatever your role might be in biology education, we are glad you are a part of this community. The work you do is very important. Individually we make a difference and as a collective, lives are changed. Biology educators...
Insects by the Numbers
There are a lot of insects--any way you want to count them. In one of the classics of the entomological literature, Howard Ensign Evans (1984) cites a calculation of "the number of flies that might result from a single initial fertilized female in...
NABT Professional Development Conference
Don't let this happen to you!!! Advance Registration ends September 15. Not only will it cost more to attend the Conference, but you are taking a chance that some of your first-choices will be full. Choices like ASM & NASA Astrobiology Institute...
The Antibiotic Resistance Problem Revisited
Mr. C was a wealthy 49-year-old Argentine businessman who was generally too busy to see a physician when he felt ill, preferring to treat himself with antibiotics and other drugs he purchased at his local pharmacy. He experienced intermittent periods...
Using a Virtual Tissue Culture System to Assist Students in Understanding Life at the Cellular Level
Almost any person would describe a grasshopper, sunflower, evergreen tree, or a spider monkey as alive and a rock, water, or air as non-living. Yet, life resists a simple, one-sentence definition because it is associated with numerous emergent properties....
Using Pop Culture to Teach Introductory Biology
Our students are captivated by the characters, storylines, and gossip provided by pop culture (television, movies, magazines, books, sports, music, advertisements, and the Internet). They always seem more engaged when we incorporate examples and analogies...