University of Rochester, Life Sciences Learning Center
Session 2007-072



Name University of Rochester, Life Sciences Learning Center
Web site http://lifesciences.envmed.rochester.edu/
Community Urban
Type Private


Subjects Biomedical Sciences
Grades 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Other
Students 30


Title Life at Different Perspectives
Insects A variety (not yet decided)
Description Hello, I am a science educator (licensed teacher with a research education background, teaching 2000-3000 students and teachers per year, who in come in to the university to learn about research science by participating in hands-on research case studies we design) for the Life Sciences Learning Center at the University of Rochester Medical Center. I am designing a microscopy unit for a homeschool group I teach throughout the year. My research background relied heavily on TEM and SEM to characterize angiogenesis during liver regeneration at the U. of Pitt, and tissue formation in a 3-D, perfused liver bioreactor we designed at MIT. I miss electron microscopy and always wanted to incorporate it into one of the classes I teach here in Rochester, so I was so excited to learn about your project! I am designing a microscopy unit where we can look at life (insects, daphnia, etc.) at different perspectives (from the naked eye to dissecting scopes to confocal to EM's) to discover the intricate structure/function relationships seen on every level and to appreciate the value of observation in science, as well as the beauty of life at high magnification. My group of homeschool students ranges from 10-17 year olds, but I am also very interested in teaching this during one of our teacher workshops (to introduce them to your project and to help them teach this class in their own classroom). One group would like to participate in the activity on May 9, 2008 and the other homeschool group is still discussing dates, but we are very flexible. I really look forward to hearing from you, and I thank you for creating such a valuable experience!


Where did you hear
about Bugscope?
My supervisor, Dina Markowitz, a professor in Environmental Medicine at the university and the Director of the Life Sciences Learning Center.