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Begin by reading pages 820-821 regarding vertebrates. Skim pages 821-841 (10 minutes maximum). Watch “The Shape of Life: Bones, Brawn, and Brains” https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=%22the+shape+of+life%22&qpvt=%22the+shape+of+life%22&view=detail&mid=5966AD90EE7A848511025966AD90EE7A84851102&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3D%2522the%2Bshape%2Bof%2Blife%2522%26qpvt%3D%2522the%2Bshape%2Bof%2Blife%2522%26FORM%3DVDRE.

Assignment 16: Discuss the three things you found most interesting from the last episode of The Shape of Life in a single paragraph. Due at noon, Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

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Monday/Tuesday, May 11/12

Begin by reading pages 762-769 from your text. Take notes where appropriate. Next, watch “The Shape of Life, The Conquerors” https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=%22the+shape+of+life%22&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3d%2522the%2520shape%2520of%2520life%2522%26FORM%3dATUR01%26PC%3dATUR%26PTAG%3dPTAG00RAND&mmscn=vwrc&view=detail&mid=412B056EF0996AA62671412B056EF0996AA62671&rvsmid=CD429F9F969455445337CD429F9F969455445337&FORM=VDRVRV.

Assignment 14: Post reading notes and video-related paragraph regarding the three things you found most interesting at the top of your Google Doc. Begin with an appropriate title. This assignment is due at 5 PM Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Wednesday/Thursday, May 13/14

Begin by reading pages 792-801 from your text. Take notes where appropriate. Next, watch “The Shape of Life: Ultimate Animals” https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+shape+of+life+ultimate+animals&docid=608017616204926134&mid=F982F55DBC5C0097EE4BF982F55DBC5C0097EE4B&view=detail&FORM=VIRE

Assignment 15: Post reading notes and video-related paragraph regarding the three things you found most interesting at the top of your Google Doc. Begin with an appropriate title. This assignment is due at 5 PM Friday, May 15, 2020.

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Monday/Tuesday, May 11/12

Go to https://www.innocenceproject.org/. You will be introduced to a number of different aspects of the Innocence Project from this page. Spend 20 minutes working your way through the site.

Assignment 13: In a single paragraph introduce the project. Address the who, what, where, why, when aspects. In a second paragraph, summarize a representative case. In a third paragraph summarize your thinking regarding the project and its focus as well as what you learned/revelations that occurred as you navigated the site. This assignment, comprised of three paragraphs, will be due at 5 PM on Tuesday, May 12.

Wednesday/Thursday, May 13/14

Read pages 383-386 from your text. Find two journal articles (journals, not magazines), one dealing with a transgenic plants species and one dealing with a transgenic animal species. You can access scientific journal articles by going to the Uni Library Page (https://www.library.illinois.edu/uni/). Select “Academic Search Complete” from the Online Databases box. Enter your selected species and the term ‘transgenic’ in the top two search boxes. You’ll get an array of different journal articles. Select the one you find most interesting.

Assignment 14: In the equivalent of a single page, begin your first summary of an article dealing with your selected transgenic plant with 1) the title of the article, 2) journal name, 3) volume, 4) date, and 5) page numbers. Then introduce the particular goals and objectives of the particular experiment or topic of that article. A brief summary of materials and methods is appropriate. Discussion of the findings and their significance should be the final area emphasized in your single-page summary. This assignment is due at 5 PM, Friday, May 15.

Monday/Tuesday, May 18/19

Assignment 15: In the equivalent of a single page, begin your first summary of an article dealing with your selected transgenic animal with 1) the title of the article, 2) journal name, 3) volume, 4) date, and 5) page numbers. Then introduce the particular goals and objectives of the particular experiment or topic of that article. A brief summary of materials and methods is appropriate. Discussion of the findings and their significance should be the final area emphasized in your single-page summary. This assignment is due at 5 PM, Tuesday, May 19. 

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Monday/Tuesday, May 4/5

Begin by reading pages 745-750 from your text. Take notes where appropriate. Next, watch “The Shape of Life, Explosion of Life” https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=%22the+shape+of+life%22&ru=%2fvideos%2fsearch%3fq%3d%2522the%2bshape%2bof%2blife%2522%26qpvt%3d%2522the%2bshape%2bof%2blife%2522%26FORM%3dVDRE&qpvt=%22the+shape+of+life%22&view=detail&mid=87E14E5D567105A16F6587E14E5D567105A16F65&&FORM=VDRVRV.

Assignment 12: Post reading notes and video-related paragraph regarding the three things you found most interesting at the top of your Google Doc. Begin with an appropriate title. This assignment is due at 5 PM Tuesday, May 5.

Wednesday/Thursday, May 6/7

Begin by reading pages 737-744 from your text. Take notes where appropriate. Next, watch a snippet from “The Shape of Life: Survival Game”

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=shape+of+life+mollusks+video&&view=detail&mid=B744FE8689E3F9EC5DCCB744FE8689E3F9EC5DCC&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dshape%2520of%2520life%2520mollusks%2520video%26qs%3DAS%26form%3DQBVR%26sp%3D2%26ghc%3D1%26pq%3Dshape%2520of%2520life%2520mollusks%26sk%3DMM1%26sc%3D5-22%26cvid%3DE571920364FF442E85372818FF0CAFB6.

Assignment 13: Post reading notes and video-related paragraph regarding the three things you found most interesting at the top of your Google Doc. Begin with an appropriate title. This assignment is due at 5 PM Friday, May 8.

 

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Monday/Tuesday, May 4/5 – Skim pages 328- 348 of your text. Select a topic.

Assignment 11, Part 1: Find a website that goes into greater depth than the information presented in the text. In a single paragraph present the title of the website, its URL, then summarize its content and specifically what you learned from that website.

Assignment 11, Part 2: Go to the Champaign County Public Health District’s COVID-19 Information Page (https://www.c-uphd.org/champaign-urbana-illinois-coronavirus-information.html). Look closely at each section of that page. In a single paragraph, state your reaction to each of its components. One. paragraph total. You may want to bookmark that page and refer to it over the next several weeks/(gulp) months…

Assignment 11, Parts 1 and 2 are due at 5 PM, Tuesday, May 5.

Wednesday/Thursday, May 6/7

Read pages 240-244 and 247-254.

Assignment 12: Take notes where appropriate for each reading from your text. Select a topic from that reading, Find a website that goes into greater depth than the information presented in the text. In a single paragraph present the title of the website, its URL, then summarize its content and specifically what you learned from that website. This assignment is due at 5 PM, Friday, May 8.

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Assignment 10, Part 1 – Check-In

As a group of largely juniors and seniors, the pandemic may be altering life plans significantly. How are you doing, both physically and mentally? What’s going well? What challenges are your experiencing? What have you gained during this time of social distancing? Is this pandemic impacting your future plans? How do you envision your summer? How do you envison next year? Best of luck to seniors who are making college choices with a May 1 deadline! Limit yourself to a maximum of three paragraphs.

Assignment 10, Part 2 – Special Books By Special Kids

78303406_10157840259358142_2103879039772000256_o.jpgGo to their Facebook-maintained site (https://www.facebook.com/specialbooksbyspecialkids/). Skim through an array of different conditions. Select three. For each one, 1) list the condition, 2) the genetic basis for the condition, 3) physical/mental  manifestations, and 4) your reaction to the video. Limit yourself to a maximum of two paragraphs per condition.

Assignment 10, Part 3 – Achieving a Little Life Balance

Show me something you’re doing that you enjoy. Outdoors, indoors, post as either a set of several images or a link to a video not to exceed three minute in length. For example, I just uploaded a video of my nosework teammate, Belle, working two hides. Nosework is a competitive timed sport in which dog-handler teams do detection work, similar to that done by dogs involved in narcotic and explosives detection. This involves both physics (fluid dynamics) and biology!

I had the opportunity to take part in a virtual six day camp. In one of the speakers’ talks, she mentioned that converging odors often lead to vortices in which the dogs circled, sometimes several times, appeared somewhat absent momentarily as they processed the swirl of odors, and then would proceed in the direction of one of the intended odor hides. I set it up, as you can see, and it worked just as she said. Between seconds 36 and 49 seconds she circles three times as she works the vortices. At 48 seconds she has a pretty good sense of direction of Hide 2, which is becoming her focus. Yep, this is what I do for fun. Let me see what you are doing!

Assignments 10, Parts 1-3 are due at noon, Sunday, May 3.  Have fun with them!

 

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Monday/Tuesday, April 27/28, 2020: Cnidarians

jellyfish-1050x700.jpgCnidarians are next! Begin by reading pages 710-714 from your text. Take notes where appropriate. Next, watch “The Shape of Life, Life on the Move (Cnidarians)” https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=%22the+shape+of+life%22&ru=%2fvideos%2fsearch%3fq%3d%2522the%2bshape%2bof%2blife%2522%26qpvt%3d%2522the%2bshape%2bof%2blife%2522%26FORM%3dVDRE&qpvt=%22the+shape+of+life%22&view=detail&mid=0E7CDAB9F2443D1732D40E7CDAB9F2443D1732D4&&FORM=VDRVRV.

Assignment 10, Part 1: I remain concerned about you. As many of us move into our seventh week of sheltering at home, how are you doing, both physically and mentally? What’s going well? What challenges are your experiencing? What are you doing to keep yourself mentally occupied? What have you gained during this time of social distancing? I’d appreciate a paragraph or two update from you.

Assignment 10, Part 2: Post reading notes and, as you did with sponges, discuss the three things you found most interesting in a single paragraph. Post these at the top of your Google Doc. Begin with an appropriate title. This assignment is due at 5 PM Tuesday, April 28, 2020.

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Wednesday/Thursday, April 29/30: Flatworms

pair-of-pink-flatworms-kalimantan-mathieu-meur.jpgI love flatworms. I know you will too! Begin by reading pages 726-730 from your text. Take notes where appropriate. Next, watch “The Shape of Life, The First Hunter” https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=%22the+shape+of+life%22&ru=%2fvideos%2fsearch%3fq%3d%2522the%2bshape%2bof%2blife%2522%26qpvt%3d%2522the%2bshape%2bof%2blife%2522%26FORM%3dVDRE&qpvt=%22the+shape+of+life%22&view=detail&mid=37528C151E78291778EE37528C151E78291778EE&&FORM=VDRVRV.  Discuss the three things you found most interesting in a single paragraph.

Assignment 11: Post reading notes and video-related paragraph at the top of your Google Doc. Begin with an appropriate title. This assignment is due at 5 PM Friday, May 1, 2020.

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Autism: The Sequel

This may be of interest to some of you! This is not an assignment…

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https://www.hbo.com/documentaries/autism-the-sequel

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I’d like to introduce Polymerase Chain Reaction with two videos, both musical. The first one is based on the “We Are the World” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9BNoNFKCBI African famine relief initiative. “The PCR Song” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x5yPkxCLads is sung by molecular biologists! In fact, the second singer is Dr. Kary Mullis, co-inventor of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique, who shared the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

“The Bio Rad GTCA Song” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID6KY1QBR5s is unnecessary, but it is a follow-up to “The PCR Song”, so here it is anyway. You know you want to watch it…

Read Section 19:2 (pages 377-378) from your text. The summary of PCR is pretty well written. Now watch  “PCR (Polymerase Chain Reactions) Tutorial  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=matsiHSuoOw .

Assignment 9: Review Table 19.1 from your text, it is an excellent resource regarding PCR applications. Select an application of PCR technology from the list (or, if you’re feeling creative, select a different application of PCR technology by exploring via a Google search). Perform an Internet search to find an article dealing with that particular type of application of PCR technology, begin with the title, the URL, and write a single page summary of that article. Post this assignment at the top of your Google Doc. This assignment is due at 5 PM Friday, April 24, 2020. Have fun with this!

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Suddenly we have only eight class periods left. In the time that’s left we’ll focus on animals, beginning with sponges. Begin by reading pages 705-709 from your text. Take notes where appropriate. Next, watch “The Shape of Life, Origins” https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=%22the+shape+of+life%22&PC=ATUR&PTAG=PTAG00RAND&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3d%2522the%2520shape%2520of%2520life%2522%26FORM%3dATUR01%26PC%3dATUR%26PTAG%3dPTAG00RAND&view=detail&mmscn=vwrc&mid=CD429F9F969455445337CD429F9F969455445337&FORM=WRVORC. Discuss the three things you found most interesting in a single paragraph.

Assignment 9: Post reading notes and video-related paragraph at the top of your Google Doc. Begin with an appropriate title. This assignment is due at 5 PM Friday, April 24, 2020. Go get ’em!

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