1999 CORE Institute in Biology focused on biodiversity and addressed
the following questions:
- What is
- Why is
- What are
the threats facing life on Earth right now?
- What can
be done to stem the tide of habitat destruction and species
examined microbes across habitats, exploring their complex interactions
with humans. They visited the Epidemic! exhibit at the American
Museum of Natural History and spoke with museum curators and researchers
who specialize in infectious disease. Participants also spent
two days focusing on human health with researchers from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention.
the institute teacher-participants processed their activities
in light of how National Science Education Standards were driving
the experience, how the activities could be translated into local
issues, how secondary students could engage in similar research
projects, and how through inquiry-based science teaching all students
can achieve higher quality learning. To this end, every teacher
worked in a small research group and went through the complete
cycle of scientific inquiry on a project related to biodiversity.
Web pages based on their work can be found here.