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Evaluating Science in the News

In this activity, students evaluate a science news article to determine whether it is a trustworthy source of information.

Scientist Role Models

In this activity, students find a scientist with whom they can relate in some way and then explore and reflect upon the impact of that scientist’s work.

White-Nose Syndrome

This activity explores images of bats with an infectious fungal disease, which serve as phenomena for learning about population dynamics and disease impacts.

Baboon Longevity Under Adversity

This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study on how adversity in early life impacts the long-term survival of baboons.

Age Structure of Ebola Outbreaks

This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study that investigated demographic patterns in Ebola outbreaks from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

New Laetoli Footprints and Hominin Body Size

This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study that used footprints formed millions of years ago to estimate the heights of early human ancestors.

Stalking the Genetic Basis of a Trait

This activity supports the film Popped Secret: The Mysterious Origin of Corn. Students analyze data on the expression of the tb1 gene to explain how variations in this gene played a role in the evolution of corn.

Epidemiology of Nipah Virus

This activity complements the video Virus Hunter: Monitoring Nipah Virus in Bat Populations. Students explore cases of Nipah virus infection, analyze evidence, and make calculations and predictions based on data.

Using Wolbachia to Suppress Mosquito Fertility

This activity guides the analysis of a published scientific figure from a study that tested whether releasing mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria could reduce mosquito populations..

HIV Protease Inhibitors

This demonstration models how the HIV protease enzyme functions and how its activity is blocked by a class of anti-HIV drugs.

HIV Receptors and Co-receptors

This demonstration models the first step of the HIV life cycle: the binding of HIV envelope proteins to receptors on human helper T cells.

Ebola: Disease Detectives

This hands-on activity allows students to analyze DNA sequences of Ebola viruses. Students use these sequences to track the virus’s spread during the 2013–2016 Ebola outbreak in West Africa.