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Fast times at MBL

Posted by on June 19th, 2012

Sitting down to write this reflection, it struck me that I couldn’t believe it has really been two weeks since I arrived in the quiet town of Woods Hole, MA for the Embryology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Time has become an abstract concept for my fellow students and me; it seems like[…]

New Community Resource: WIREs Developmental Biology

Posted by on March 1st, 2012

The Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) has partnered with Wiley-Blackwell to publish a new web-based encyclopedic resource for developmental biologists—WIREs Developmental Biology­.  This collection of invited peer-reviewed review articles encompasses the vast field of developmental biology with content chosen by an expert team of editors.  It is an online-only publication open to all for its[…]

Bio Web Conferences – Critical discussions with developmental biologists for deep learning.

Posted by on February 10th, 2012

Dear Developmental biology community, I would like to bring to your attention a potentially valuable resource for your teaching and research endeavors.  I am a neurodevelopmental biologist at Smith College.  I started teaching a course in Developmental Biology back in 2005, and since then have been utilizing web conferencing technology to bring the research behind[…]

A wave from Quintay

Posted by on January 31st, 2012

The International course on Developmental Biology was a great experience, both instructive and mind-opening. All the students were shuttled to the remote and very small fishing village of Quintay, where the CIMARQ, the investigation centre where the course took place, is located. Originally a whaling station, this centre is dedicated to the instruction of professionals[…]

SDB Collaborative Resources (CoRe) Launched

Posted by on January 27th, 2012

The Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) has launched SDB Collaborative Resources (CoRe), an online collection of images, movies, and diagrams for learning and teaching developmental biology.  SDB CoRe is a free and open website developed to help increase understanding of developmental biology at all levels. SDB CoRe is easily-searchable and can be browsed by topic,[…]

PhD Programme in Human Biology, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Posted by on December 23rd, 2011

The University of Tsukuba, Japan is offering fully-funded PhD studentships to do research in Japan. They have close ties with many international universities, including the University of Edinburgh. Joint projects between Edinburgh and Tsukuba will be available. The University of Tsukuba, located 1 hour from Tokyo, is one of the top universities in Japan, and[…]

Stem cells, cellules souches, Stammzellen: taking research to Europe’s public

Posted by on December 22nd, 2011

It’s been a busy year for EuroStemCell: Europe’s stem cell hub – see www.eurostemcell.org for more information on who we are. We’d like to wish The Node community a happy festive season and a great start to 2012. But before we say goodbye to 2011, we thought you might be interested to know about some[…]

Some of the things we have done during these two weeks

Posted by on October 27th, 2011

We have now finished the first two weeks of the course. Over these two weeks the students have learned about Drosophila as a model organism and how to set-up a Drosophila lab. They have learn about the genetics of Drosophila, which took quite some time, but now I am sure it is almost like their[…]

Online materials for teaching plant biology to undergraduates: Teaching Tools in Plant Biology

Posted by on October 13th, 2011

Teaching Tools in Plant Biology is an online educational resource published by The Plant Cell and the American Society of Plant Biologists.  Each Teaching Tool includes a set of about 100 PowerPoint slides, a review article suitable for undergraduates with hyperlinked reading lists, and a teaching guide that includes learning objectives and discussion questions. Each[…]

First course on insect neuroscience and Drosophila neurogenetics in Uganda

Posted by on October 7th, 2011

This is the first post of others to come on the first course on insect neuroscience and Drosophila neurogenetics in Uganda, that is being partially funded by The Company of Biologist. The motivation for organizing the course is that currently in East Africa, and most parts of Africa, research in experimental neuroscience is carried out[…]