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In This Issue

Featured Resources in Genetic Science

From Bio-Link:

ActionBioscience: Issues in Biotechnology

Created by the American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS), the ActionBioscience website is designed to promote bioscience literacy through a host of educational activities, worksheets, interactive features, and online demonstrations and visualizations. This particular part of the site looks at issues in biotechnology through a range of articles and activities that can be used in classrooms or for personal edification. This section contains over two dozen of these activities, arranged into thematic sections including technology and ethics, cloning, and medical biotechnology. Each article contains a brief introduction, a set of related external links, and a set of references for future use. Pieces that shouldn't be missed include "Agricultural Bioterrorism" by Radford G. Davis and "Designer Babies: Ethical Considerations" by Nicholas Agar.

From Maricopa Advanced Technology Education Center (MATEC):


The Genetic Science Learning Center is a science and health education program located in the midst of the bioscience research being carried out at the University of Utah. The Center's mission is making science easy for everyone to understand. To achieve this mission, the project provides educational materials and programs for global and local audiences. Their website, Learn.Genetics, delivers educational materials on genetics, bioscience, and health topics, designed to be used by students, teachers, and members of the public. The materials meet select US education standards for science and health. These educational resources provide accurate and unbiased information about topics in genetics, bioscience, and health. Designed for non-research audiences, they are jargon-free, target multiple learning styles, and often convey concepts through animation and interactivity.

From Teachers’ Domain: Advanced Technological Education:

Animal Cloning 101

Teachers' Domain presents this interactive lesson with reading materials and animations to present information on what a clone is, how cloning live organisms is possible, and examples of animals that have been cloned in the past. The activity also illustrates how cloned animals may one day be used in enhancing human health. On the site, visitors will also find a supplemental background essay, discussion questions, and standards alignment from Teachers' Domain.

Community Connection

Community Connection

5 Great Resources to Amp up Your Dissemination and Outreach Efforts

Many of us in the ATE community are routinely looking for ways to enhance our dissemination and outreach efforts. Here are five resources that may help amplify your online presence, whether on your own website, on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, or on presentation materials shared out via email:

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center has been gathering data on colleges and universities for over 20 years with the goal of "enabl[ing] better educational policy decisions leading to improved student outcomes." There are plenty of fascinating items to explore right on the home page, which is continually updated as new reports are released. These reports span four broad categories: Signature Reports, which provide national data about students' experiences; Snapshot Reports, which periodically investigate enrollment trends; Term Enrollment Estimates, which are released in the fall and spring and offer timely estimates of postsecondary enrollments; and High School Benchmarks, which review high school-to-college transition rates for high school graduates. Recent publications have explored spring 2015 term enrollment, persistence among students enrolled in four-year colleges, and other relevant topics.


STEMconnector is both a resource and a service that is designed “to link those advocating science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education across disciplines and distances.” It seeks to connect diverse educators, professionals, and government officials together based on a love of applied science. The STEMblog, a project of STEMconnector, is updated regularly and focuses its energies on the relationship between business and STEM subjects. Recent articles, for example, have alerted readers to corporate-sponsored prizes for high school science teachers, a recognition of National Engineers Week, and the math behind a new Android app. For community members who are looking to make connections between STEM subjects and industry partners, the STEMblog is an informative site to check back on regularly.


For anyone who blogs or otherwise posts content on the web, one of the vexing tasks can be finding the perfect Creative Commons (CC – free to use) image to illustrate one's content. Enter PhotoPin. To use the service, start by entering a keyword into the search box. PhotoPin will then present all related, useable images from Flickr's collection. After reviewing the list, simply select "get photo" to download the photo and attribution link, and upload to your website, presentation material, or blog. For those interested in learning more about CC licensed photos, the FAQ offers a wealth of information.

To date, 800,000 users have created over one million infographics on The reason is clear: manages to make the usually tedious and time-consuming process of creating engaging infographics relatively simple and efficient. The interface is fairly minimal and user-friendly. Most users will want to begin with a Vheme (template). From there, the site offers fresh options each step of the way, using drag and drop functions to fill out your targeted product. The results look surprisingly professional and can help users present even complex information in streamlined and attractive formats.

For anyone working with teams of people on multimedia projects, provides a way to co-create and co-edit video, photos, audio, documents, and other modalities all in one place. Recently launched, operates on the premise that more and more people are working with more complex media programs but are forced to use different platforms for different parts of the same project. So, for example, teams use Vimeo for their video, email for communication, and Dropbox to share files. wraps all of the functionalities of those various services into a single well-designed platform. It's fast too - 5x faster than Dropbox. So when users are uploading and sharing large files, there's less lag, which leads to greater productivity. The company offers 2GB of free file storage on a single project that can include up to five collaborators. For larger projects, the paid tiers start at $15 per month.

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Spotlight On: The ATE@20 Blog

For most of us, the summer months mean a lighter academic schedule, longer daylight hours, and more time to spend with family and friends. Yet, amidst all of the summer fun and activities, we hope you’ve had a chance to read the ATE@20 blog and stay abreast of the many inspirational stories, personal experiences, and helpful community resources that have been highlighted over the past several weeks. In case you happen to have missed them, posts have explored the following topics:

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