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Radiation Biology: Ultraviolet Radiation and Yeast

This web seminar took place on February 13, 2014, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. eastern standard time. The presenter was Lester Morales, EPD Specialist at NASA Kennedy Space Center. In this program Dr. Morales talked about a hands-on lab activity that allows students to collect data on the effects of radiation on yeast.


Dr. Morales began the presentation by discussing NASA's research on the impact of radiation on astronauts' health. He described how NASA studies yeast in space in order to better understand the ways DNA repairs damage from radiation. He then shared a lesson that allows students to explore these problems in the classroom. Dr. Morales shared strategies for implementing a lab experiment that tests the effectiveness of sunscreens in protecting yeast from UV radiation. Participants learned how to access a variety of online resources related to the lesson, including videos.


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