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7,000 Amphibians + student spin-off!

by megan on Dec. 19th, 2012 No Comments

Did you know that scientists have now discovered over 7,000 different kinds of amphibians?

You should definitely check out this fun music video! Consider showing it to the class. Be warned, it’s adorable and the tune will stick in your head!

The song was written and performed by Conor Loughridge and the Wiggly Tendrils, and features some of the discoveries of our own herpetologists.

And what’s more?

Some high schoolers have already produced a spin-off of the song and video.

It’s hilarious, so we had to share!

Be sure to watch the student spin-off, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment for the student producers!

Clean tech competition for Bay Area middle- and high- schoolers

by rochelle on Dec. 12th, 2012 No Comments

Students in grades 7 through 12 from any of ten Bay Area counties can sign up in teams of 2 to 4 to develop innovative solutions using clean energy technology.

In this second annual Applied Materials’ Clean Tech Competition students will tackle how to provide clean water for all, compete for prizes and scholarships up to $5,000, and possibly change the world.

Teams will need to:

  • Identify a water access problem in your community or in a specific location of your choice in the world.
  • Describe the cause and scope of this issue.
  • Explain the specific impacts on health, economic, or environmental conditions of the community.
  • Design a solution that uses clean energy technology to address your identified water access problem, and explain how it would help meet human needs and improve lives.

Submissions are due at the end of February, 2013.

To learn more and to register visit their website, call 1-855-CTC-2103, or e-mail cleantech@cstl.org.

**NOTE: This is not an Academy sponsored competition. Please direct all questions and requests for more information directly to cleantech@cstl.org.**

High school teachers attend ASCB for free!

by megan on Dec. 11th, 2012 No Comments

Join scientists and educators at the Moscone Center in San Francisco from December 15-19, 2012, at the largest international annual meeting in cell biology!


  • K–12 Workshop: Blood, Genes, and Proteins: The Saga of Sickle Cell Disease
  • High School Program: From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads and Men
  • Keynote: Exciting talks by U.S. Secretary Steven Chu, and Chair of Genentech, Inc., and Apple, Inc., Arthur D. Levinson
  • Bruce Alberts Award Session and Education Initiative Forums
  • Science Education Poster Presentations (on Monday)
  • Educational Resources Booth (Located in the South Lobby)
  • ASCB Booth: Learn about using iBioSeminars/iBioMagazine in the classroom
  • Beckman Coulter Life Sciences Demo Truck (Exhibit Hall, Booth 135)

For high school teacher complimentary meeting registration, please register here.

For additional meeting information, please visit http://www.ascb.org/meetings.

**NOTE: This is not an Academy sponsored conference. Please direct all questions and requests for more information directly to Alison Harris, Meeting and Abstracts Manager, The American Society for Cell Biology, at aharris@ascb.org.**