Biologist Michael Skinner has enraged the chemical community and shocked his peers with his breakthrough research
In Pre-University class this semester, we briefly discussed genetics. This is an article about new ideas in the fields of biology and genetics. It talks about how a person’s environment may actually affect their genes, and how these environmental effects can be inherited by the person’s children and grandchildren.
Animal groups and babies often have strange names. Baby sharks are called pups, baby kangaroos are called joeys.
This page is a great resource if you want to write or speak in more detail about a particular animal!
Intermediate, Fall 2013
Scott Plantation Settlement preview: this well-produced video shows some of the buildings we will see and shares a little of the history of the area plantations.
There are countless stories of unlikely cross-species relationships. Nature looks at why these special bonds form. Watch the full film Animal Odd Couples.
Video of the Week / Intermediate Lab 10, Fall 2013.
Use this program to practice taking notes. For each pair or group of animals, try to write down the following information:
A subculture is a smaller, distinctive culture within a larger culture. In the United States, a group called the Amish lives within American culture, but partly separate from it. The Amish reject some modern technologies and customs so that they can preserve their traditional lifestyle and beliefs.
This is a beautiful documentary. If you have time and you are interested, I recommend watching all of it, but you could just watch these parts:
1 Intro & Living to Serve God (play thru 9:30)
2 The Amish Church (12:30)
— Family’s morning routine (15:46-18:05)
3 The Ordnung
Now, to check your comprehension and practice expressing ideas in English, try answering some of these questions:
Additional listening/reading: NPR: Amish Community Not Anti-Technology, Just More Thoughtful
In class, we are eventually going to write opinion essays. In order to understand the issues and support your opinion, you need to do some research. Below are a few items from the web that might help you.
Explanations of cloning
Ethics and implications of human cloning
If you are going to use information from one of these sources, take careful notes about the source and the specific information or quote.
Intermediate Lab 9, Fall 2013: “How to Dress for a Job Interview”
Optional: you may also like to watch the video linked on the page, “Memorable Moments in Cellphone History.”
1. Who made the world’s first public cellular phone call?
2. Where was that call made?
3. At which company did Dr. Cooper work?
4. “My colleagues and I at __________________________ had a dream.”
5. What does he mean when he uses the phrase “unleashed from the copper wires that tied them to the network”?
6. In this story, Dr. Cooper’s company was competing with another company. This company could have had a monopoly in the telephone business. What was the company?
5. Dr. Cooper mentions three “barriers” he and his colleagues had to break in order to make the first cell phone. What were these difficult technical problems?
6. What did they call that first cell phone?
7. Describe that phone. (How big was it? How much did it weigh?)
8. The battery life was only _______ minutes “but that was not a problem…” Why not?
9. (Personal response) How do you think was life different before we began using portable telephones?