HHMI's Holiday Lectures on Science: Broadcast Dec. 9-10
I am writing to alert you about a Web site where tomorrow's
scientists can learn how nasty viruses such as HIV or Ebola
infect our bodies, and how our bodies fight off these deadly
Prepared by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the site is
filled with cool "science stuff" for teenagers and teachers.
Three high school student "Webheads" from the Washington, D.C.
area designed the site-- http://www.hhmi.org/lectures/start.htm
--for the Institute, the nation's largest philanthropy.
The site helps high school teachers and students prepare for
HHMI's annual "Holiday Lectures on Science," a series of four
one-hour lectures that will be broadcast across the United
States and Canada on December 9 and 10. Two of the Institute's
scientists, Dr. John Kappler and Dr. Philippa Marrack (who
happen to be married to each other), will speak on "The Immune
System--Friend and Foe," using high school students to demonstrate
scientific concepts and bring the life sciences to life.
The accompanying Web site is packed with animation and other
resources to help students visualize the life-and-death struggle
between antigens and antibodies. Teachers will find hands-on
lessons for their classrooms, and a place to send questions to
the two scientists. A news release about the holiday lectures is
Surfers can also visit the rest of the Institute's Web site--
http://www.hhmi.org. Among its most popular new features is a
full-length "Web book" on the remarkable transformation under way
in undergraduate science education across the United States.
"Beyond Bio 101"-- http://www.hhmi.org/BeyondBio101 --is filled
with original reporting, lively graphics, and useful resources for
biology educators at all levels. It shows how the revolution in
molecular biology is changing society, from the use of DNA evidence
in murder trials to new ideas for fighting cancer. A news release
is at http://www.hhmi.org/whatsnew/releases/100996a.htm.
All of the material is offered free as a public service by the
Institute, which has awarded nearly $600 million in grants since
1988 to enhance science education at all levels -- the largest
private initiative of its kind in U.S. history.
For more information on the Holiday Lectures broadcast and Web site,
educators should call (800) 219-7874,
send an e-mail to granthl at hq.hhmi.org, or
Reporters only should contact HHMI's David Jarmul at
jarmuld at hq.hhmi.org
For more information on "Beyond Bio 101,"
visit http://www.hhmi.org/BeyondBio101 or
contact David Jarmul (above).
We have also created colorful icons and text snippets for Web links,
complete with instructions at http://drwebby.com/hhmi/how2link.html
For help with the links, contact Steffanie Lynch at
link2hhmi at drwebby.com