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According to the website, Meta!blast, developed at Iowa State University, is a real-time 3D action-adventure video game, aimed at high school and undergraduate student audiences, meant to provide an entertaining, engaging experience while simultaneously educating players about cell biology. Players discover that their entire lab has been sucked up by a plant cell and it is their job to rescue the group while dodging the hazards associated with the internal cell environment. By immersing players into a virtual cell environment and allowing them to interact with it on their own terms, the developers hope that players will come to a greater understanding of the cell than they could learn from traditional diagrams and textbooks.
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 02-01-2012
I recently came across a great website that is out to “change the perception of who and what a scientist is or isn’t.” This is What a Scientist Looks Like is collecting pictures of scientists in action and what they have posted will be sure to delight you. Many in the general public tend to think of scientists as labcoat wearing nerds who work in a stuff lab messing around with test-tubes and funny colored liquids. On the contrary, “this is what a scientist looks like” has posted pictures of scuba divers, scientists hanging out in nature, scientists with their kids and even a few “normal” looking scientists. I believe that this is a great endevour and I encourage all of you to visit the website and submit a picture that will help improve our collective image!
After all, we can’t just leave it to the Muppets to show the public who we really are!
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 01-18-2012
For the last 14 years, L’Oréal and UNESCO have been promoting women in science through the For Women in Science program. According to the For Women in Science website, since 1998, 62 L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Award Laureates from 28 countries have been recognized for their contributions to the advancement of science and over 860 Fellows from 93 countries have been encouraged to pursue their scientific vocations through national and international fellowship programs. In all, more than 900 women scientists have been distinguished by the Awards or supported in the pursuit of their careers since the creation of the L’OREAL-UNESCO For Women in Science partnership.
L’Oréal USA recently took to the street to ask citizens of this great country what they thought of women and science. Below is a video of their responses.
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 01-03-2012
While searching for other Symphony of Science videos similar to Ode to the brain , I came across a video called “Symphony of Science-DNA and Life” which is very appropriate for a molecular biology audience such as ours. In addition to containing some great quotes, (such as the title of this post), the music is quite catchy and the lyrics intriguing. Since I could not find the video on the Symphony of Science website I am not sure if it is an original or a modified version. Whatever the case may be, think that it’s a great video and I’ve posted it below for all to enjoy.