BioQUEST has had the pleasure of collaborating with many interesting projects over its 20+ year history. We are using Partner Profiles to share some of that richness with the undergraduate biology education community. For this profile we spoke with Oksana Hlodan, the Editor in Chief of ActionBioscience.org. The profile interview was conducted via e-mail over several days in February 2009.
In a nutshell, what is Action Bioscience and why should faculty teaching undergraduate biology be aware of it?
ActionBioscience.org is the education web site of the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) and was created to promote bioscience literacy by examining issues in seven topical areas:
- environment – why preserve life’s variety?
- biodiversity – how fragile is our planet?
- genomics – what does the genome reveal?
- biotechnology – how is biotech changing the world?
- evolution – what is life’s history on Earth?
- new frontiers in science – why is it the age of biology?
- bioscience education – what do we know about teaching and learning science?
“This straightforward site … contains annotated papers by the world’s most esteemed scientists, plus classroom materials; each article is even correlated to the U.S. National Science Education Standards so teachers will have no problem working the site’s databases into their curricula.”
Since this award was given, the site’s educational resources have expanded to include Spanish translations of select articles, a blog about educational technology, links to articles in the journal BioScience and the AIBS media library. The web site draws almost 2.5 million page views a year and, according to a 2004 online survey, more than half of the readership consists of educators and students.
Can you identify 1 or 2 specific resources that are popular or that you would recommend to faculty teaching introductory biology?
Evolutionary Biology: Technology for the 21st Century by Jim Bull
- Genetically Modified Foods: Are They a Risk to Human/Animal Health? by Arpad Pusztai
- Primer on Ethics and Human Cloning by Glenn McGee
- Designer Babies: Ethical Considerations by Nicholas Agar
- The Sixth Extinction by Niles Eldredge.
Where do you get your material? Can faculty submit ideas for topics or contribute resources?
Who should folks contact if they have comment, questions or suggestions?
Please feel free to contact:
Oksana Hlodan, Editor in Chief, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Sheehan, Editorial Manager, email@example.com
Thanks so much to Oksana for sharing information about ActionBioscience. I have always valued the site for the rich content it provides and the fact that the issues focus really grabs students. BioQUEST has had a long relationship with ActionBioscience.org and the American Institute of Biological Sciences and we are looking forward to our continued collaborations.
If you have suggestions for projects that we should profile or other comments add them below or send them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitation to comment:
Have you used resources from ActionBioscience? How did you use them? How might we use issues to drive biological education? Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment.