Biology: Taste Perception, Evolution, the Nervous System, and Fun

One of the ideas I introduce with middle school and (especially) high school biology students is that our sensory organs and brain work together to create our perception of the world around us… but our perceptions are limited by our equipment and may not always fully or accurately reflect reality.  Diving deep into this topic … More Biology: Taste Perception, Evolution, the Nervous System, and Fun

Ecology, Data Analysis, and Pen Pals

I’ve been poking around online looking for interesting projects involving data analysis, and I’ve come across some write ups of projects involving cemetery demography.  There’s a lot of potential here – it’s an interesting intersection of ecology, medical science, and social studies.  And, from a practical point of view, the appeal of a biology field … More Ecology, Data Analysis, and Pen Pals

High School Biology: Can Tissue Culture be Done in a Dining Room?

Can tissue culture be done successfully in a New York City dining room?  I don’t know yet, but I’m going to start working on an answer to this question next week.  My feelings about this upcoming lab can be summed up with two words – “excitement” and “trepidation.” The students I’ll be doing this lab … More High School Biology: Can Tissue Culture be Done in a Dining Room?