Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast: Radiation Biology
This Web Seminar took place on October 3, 2011, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern
Time. Presenting was
NASA Explorer School Coordinator. In this Seminar, Ms. Keil talked about radiation
biology and how people can protect themselves against the effects of harmful radiation.
The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from
the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on
the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized
under the My Resource Collections tab.
This was the first presentation of the Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast: Radiation
Biology program. Ms. Keil talked about what students should know in advance of these
lessons, which are geared toward grades 9-12. She discussed why protection from
radiation was so important for NASA astronauts, then covered the different kinds
of radiation and how they produce harmful effects. The remainder of the program
explored the lessons about radiation and the labs focused on yeast.
Twenty-five (25) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to
the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of
California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey,
Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin. In addition,
one person joined the program from a country outside of the United States: Turkey.
Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate
of attendance was deposited into participants' My PD Record and Certificates
area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of
Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:
- “It has supported some of the concepts I have been working on with my students.”
- “When I teach the effects of radiation, there is much information I can use
from this seminar.”
- “I actually teach Physics AND Biology. I see places I can integrate some of
these activities in each! I am also signing up for NASA Explorer Schools to see
what else I can find!”
- “I teach quite a bit about DNA so the part about exactly how radiation damages
the DNA was really helpful for me. Also of great value were the bits of trivia about
how many times we could go the sun and back with our DNA. The students LOVE that
kind of information!”
Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions,
and a job well done!
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