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Flash Tutorials for Biological Sciences
This website from Carnegie Mellon contains a suite of multimedia course materials designed to improve the understanding of key concepts taught in undergraduate biology and biochemistry. Interactive Flash animations focus on four main areas: cell membranes, transport, DNA/RNA, and endocytosis, a process in which many macromolecules are taken into the cell. Virtual labs and experiments, which encourage student-directed learning and data analysis, center on protein purification and protein folding. Simulations that model molecular behaviors help explain ligand binding, osmosis, and other molecular interactions. The labs and animations can be used as stand-alone tools or in conjunction with an online Modern Biology course, which covers topics found in the fields of cellular biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics. The course is available to the public, together with other courses in chemistry, physics, and computational mathematics.
Program Director: Aaron Mitchell, Ph.D.
Award Years: 1989, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2006
Summary: Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Its HHMI-funded initiatives include:
- A Summer Research Institute for rising sophomores;
- Science outreach activities for Pittsburgh-area schools, including student research, support for science fair projects and teacher training;
- Several new interdisciplinary lecture and laboratory courses in biology, attracting students in fields including mathematics, statistics, engineering, and computer science;
- The HHMI Summer Scholar program, which offers an intensive 10-week individualized research experience for Carnegie Mellon students who want to pursue a Ph.D. degree; and
- Online resources, which include interactive animations, biology labs and an online Modern Biology course, for teaching introductory biology and biochemistry.