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Yale Peabody Museum

The Science Education Partnership Award program at University of Southern Maine (funded by NIH grand R25 oD 010937 and directed by S. Monroe Duboise, Associate Professr in the Department of Applied Medical Sciences) focuses on Micro- and Nano-space Explorations of Health and Disease, provides Professional Development Institutes of K-12 teachers and classroom outreach, and is currently sponsoring the traveling exhibit produced by the Yale Peabody Museum entitled Solving the Puzzle: Lyme Disease, West Nile Virus & You.  This informative exhibit is being displayed through July in the first floor gallery of Glickman Library on the USM Portland campus. It provides a look into the effects of reforestation and suburban expansion into forested areas that have contributed to the emergence of these vector-borne diseases. There are teacher resources related to the exhibit and details of the exhibit

icon Sponsoring the traveling exhibit produced by the Yale Peabody Museum entitled Solving the Puzzle: Lyme Disease

ASSET Program - Cornell University

Micro-Evolution: This lab provides a rare opportunity for students to address evolution and natural selection with a hands-on experiment that can be completed in less than two weeks. The experiment utilizes Pseudomonas fluorescens, a common, nonpathogenic saprophyte that colonizes soil, water and plant surface environments and Tetrahymena thermophila to demonstrate diversifying selection in response to predator: prey interaction. The basic lab can be expanded to compare resource competition and predation as driving forces behind adaptive radiation. Students observe predator-driven real time evolution in a micro-environment in a week. In the presence of a Tetrahymena predator they see clear phenotypic changes in bacterial growth pattern and niche formation in liquid culture, and related changes in bacterial colony formation on agar plates. The type of colony made is dependent on where the bacteria live in the liquid culture – on the surface, in the middle, or on the bottom.

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