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Using candy to teach DNA structure

Published on July 29, 2013 by in Uncategorized

The introductory biology course that I teach focuses on cellular biology. I start with an overview of the basic types of biological molecules (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids) and the different structures found inside of cells. I then spend several weeks covering energy acquisition (photosynthesis through glycolysis and respiration). A significant portion of the

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Join Google Developer Group at Mercer University

  Welcome To Google Developer Group at Mercer University https://sites.google.com/site/gdgmerceru/ We extend a warm welcome to software professionals, students, web designers, web programmers, and people excited about technology. Come help us plan the first year, hear about cool Google technologies, and see Google Glass. Proposed themes for the Fall: Web application development using Google App Engine HTML5,

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Programming Simple Animations Using HTML, Canvas, and JavaScript

Published on July 24, 2013 by in Uncategorized

A number of people in our community have started asking the “how do I get started as a games programmer?”  I believe we live in an exciting time to learn the craft of computer programming.   All the tools you need to start a simple game, exist in your web browser today. In this post, I

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Great Biology Videos

Published on July 13, 2013 by in Uncategorized

One of the challenges of teaching biology is that many of the topics that we cover occur at the molecular level and are difficult for students to visualize. YouTube has made teaching these topics so much easier. I frequently include videos into my lectures so that my students can see biology in action. My motto

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Maker Camp: Free Virtual Summer Camp for Teens

As a Dad, I’m always looking for new ways to engage my kids in play and making cool stuff.   I wanted to share an online event provided by Make magazine that starts today. (2pm EST)    This online event or online conference will serve teens, young students and makers.   From reviewing their online

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Teaching with purpose

Published on July 3, 2013 by in Uncategorized

There is a difference between a job and a vocation. A job is simply something you do to earn money. A vocation is something deeper. It is a calling. It is part of your identity and your sense of purpose.  The journey to discovering your vocation can be a long winding road. Mine has taken

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