While here at Princeton the institute has provided
the opportunity for me to study in the American Museum of Natural History
in New York City in addition to those sessions conducted on the Princeton
campus. The exhibits on biodiversity and epidemics are uniquely presented
and comprehensive. Field trips with study on site at the Bronx Zoo and
New York Botanical Gardens were most beneficial as visual examples of diversity.
The lectures are directly coordinated to beneficial field studies to a
canal, park pond, and outdoor surveys from which samples are obtained for
microbial diversity studies. A broad variety of labs are developed by each
participant group. These labs are designed for inquiry based learning and
are applicable for teachers to implement in science classes most often
using inexpensive materials.
You may view these labs at the Woodrow Wilson web site. Time has been devoted to the gobal issue of emerging infectious diseases. The American Museum of Natural History exhibit "epidemic!The World of Infectious Disease" has been an important addition to the institute. This exhibit is a dynamic history of diseases with information presented in a user friendly manner. The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta has participated in this institute with lectures by staff researchers. Interactive sessions with CDC researchers enables participants to practice inquiry based epidemiology activities to be used in the classroom. In an effort to extend this biodiversity outreach I am available to share concepts with you at Virginia Association of Science Teachers meeting in October at Richmond, Virginia.
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