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:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 02-06-2013
A recent study conducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that girls are more likely to score higher on scientific aptitude tests than boys…just not in America. The New York Times reported that girls generally outperform boys in many parts of the world such as Russia, Asia and the Middle East. Yet western societies are more likely to produce male scientists as cultural norms dictate that boys are more likely to see science as “something that affects their lives” in those parts of the world than girls are.
I spend lots of time on academic campuses hanging out with real world scientists and I have not noticed this trend. Have you? What are your thoughts?
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 01-14-2013
Following a successful pilot effort in early 2012, Bio-Rad is proud to announce the official launch of the Bio-Rad Science Ambassador Program, which empowers scientists to engage directly with local schools to build student interest in the sciences and increase access to quality science education. The Science Ambassadors concept has earned high praise from scientists and teachers alike. Even more important, the program has garnered rave reviews from students, who are able to conduct an exciting molecular biology experiment by themselves under the guidance of real biotechnology scientists, who teach them the real-life laboratory procedures required to achieve success.
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 12-06-2012
This past summer a group of artists and indie game developers in the Seattle area attempted to develop a super-cool video game that allowed player to explore the inside of a cell as if they were actually inside the 3D structure. Unfortunately, the team was unsuccessful in meeting its funding goal, however, they left a strong impresson on me and I believe that they have a product which can seriously help revitalize the biology classroom.
Checkut the video from Kinect Biology and give us your feedback. Do you think that there idea is worth funding?