“Too new for textbooks,” means timely and exciting content for life sciences classrooms

American Biology Teacher, a print and online journal for K-16 biology teachers, features HudsonAlpha’s Biotechnology Discoveries and Applications guidebook in the September issue.

“Monitoring the status of ongoing scientific research can be onerous for a classroom teacher,” said Neil Lamb, Ph.D., director of educational outreach at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. He added the institute’s guidebook makes the task approachable for professional educators, with his education team culling through voluminous amounts of information each year to identify high-impact discoveries.
Fresh and relevant content, he added, creates excitement and positive energy while increasing science literacy.

The article Too New for Textbooks: The Biotechnology Discoveries and Applications Guidebook is included under the journal’s How To Do It feature.

According to Madelene Loftin, education specialist at HudsonAlpha, the guidebook is designed for Alabama teachers but much of it finds an audience in science classrooms across the country.  “One of the guidebook features we discuss in the article is the table that connects course of study objectives with guidebook topics,” said Loftin. For educators outside of Alabama, the table enables them to quickly find connections in their own curricula and gives all students links to primary research.

Lamb has presented the guidebook, a freely available resource for teachers, at the National Association of Biology Teachers’ annual meeting. Last year, NABT leadership asked Lamb to provide an article about the publication.

The annual guidebook introduces a wealth of modern genomic discoveries using jargon-free language to make the information accessible for a wide audience.

The ABT how-to journal article may be found here.

The Biotechnology Discoveries and Applications guidebook is available here.

Media Contact: Beth Pugh
bpugh@hudsonalpha.org
256-327-0443

About HudsonAlphaHudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to innovating in the field of genomic technology and sciences across a spectrum of biological problems. Its mission is three-fold: sparking scientific discoveries that can impact human health and well-being; fostering biotech entrepreneurship; and encouraging the creation of a genomics-literate workforce and society. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. Designed to be a hothouse of biotech economic development, HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art facilities co-locate scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. The relationships formed on the HudsonAlpha campus allow serendipity to yield results in medicine and agriculture. Since opening in 2008, HudsonAlpha, under the leadership of Dr. Richard M. Myers, a key collaborator on the Human Genome Project, has built a name for itself in genetics and genomics research and biotech education, and boasts 26 biotech companies on campus.