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Discover Microbial Worlds
All web seminar participants use online tools that allow them to mark-up presenter's slides or share desktop applications in addition to engaging in chat with others online and answering poll questions

This Web Seminar, developed in collaboration with the National Science Digital Library (NSDL) took place on Tuesday, January 8, 2008, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time. In this program the presenters shared the fascinating evolutionary, ecological and economic importance of bacteria and microbes.

Sarah Bordenstein, Education and Outreach Coordinator, and Dr. Seth Bordenstein, Assistant Scientist both presented on behalf of the Marine Biology Laboratory. The Bordensteins demonstrated online educational resources and opportunities to incorporate real research into laboratory applications for the classroom. Examples of current research opportunities highlighted in the presentation included red tides, extreme environments, and Wolbachia. Wolbachia is a bacteria that infects arthropods in particular insects.


Forty (40) participants were present at the live Web Seminar, in addition to the presenters, the NSDL moderator, and the NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Participants received a one-year subscription to one of NSTA’s SciGuides for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.


Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “This (presentation) was absolutely fantastic!!! Microbiology is/was my first
    love. To hear these young researchers is fantastic. In addition, it brought me
    up to date on a segment of the microbial world which I haven't kept up with
    since I finished my first MS in microbiology--way too many years ago to
    reveal!"


  • “I learned that 10% of (the cells in our bodies) are human and the rest are microbial.”


  • “The interactive questions were thought-provoking. An abundance of
    resources. Explicit opportunities for secondary students to actively participate
    in and contribute to scientific research.”


  • “Biology/reproductive behavior of Wolbachia (was) fascinating as I said.
    I didn't realize that Wolbachia was female transmission or so widespread.
    Really cool! I also can't wait to check out the microbial world website.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenters for the learning opportunity, the interactions and a job well done!


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