Past Botanical Links of the Day for: November 15

Past Botanical Links of the Day for: November 15


November 15, 1996 - Beyond Bio 101: The Transformation of Undergraduate Biology Education
This report (presented in entirety on the Web) represents the results of a survey of 220 colleges and universities have received more than $335 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. You can download "Beyond Bio 101" onto your computer and read it with your browser off-line. If you prefer to read the publication as a print document, order the free 88-page print version online at the site or write to: "Beyond Bio 101," Office of Communications, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, 4000 Jones Bridge Road, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-6789.(***) [Sorry, planning documents always get low ratings from me!!]
November 15, 1999 - The Basic Principles of Genetics
Mendelian genetics has never looked better than in this tutorial for the biological anthropologist.It dovetails with a complete set of others to introduce heredity and evolution with a human focus, with lots of plant-y tidbits, like Mendel and the peas and Linnaean classification to punctuate the curriculum. These pages have professionally-edited textbook polish and contain some real link-list enhancers for botany, and horticulture as well as genetics courses. Kind of like Cliff Notes, many are bound to find the great illustrations and clean, non-hardcore text of these web pages perfect for getting a grip on fundamentals! Site by Dennis O'Neil, Palomar College, San Marcos, California.(****)LF
November 15, 2000 - Deep Green Hyperbolic Trees
"Deep Green" is an alias for the Green Plant Phylogeny Research Coordination Group -- researchers using molecular data to elucide the evolution of green plants. The relationships between groups of green plants and their antecedents are shown at this site using an interactive tree that changes shape in real time as manipulated by the user's mouse. Very impressive! This is run by a Java applet, so a Java-ready browser is required. A teaching version is provided that is somewhat simpler than the research version. This is a thought-provoking site for those interested in phylogenies, hosted by Jepson Herbarium. (****) -SR
November 15, 2001 - People for Trees
People For Trees is a non profit group "established in response to a growing concern over the loss of the tree canopy" in North Port, Florida. There, as in many places, builders have decided that it costs less to bulldoze trees than to build around them. The site is reduced to a pioneer community and the results are devastatingly obvious when drought hits and there is no shade. This site echoes a common concern that some city planners have yet to appreciate. Links are available for drought-resistent gardening strategies, upcoming events, a newsletter and an email your commissioner site. (***1/2) -S
November 15, 2002 - Plant Physiology Online
Plant Physiology Online is a companion web site for the text book entitled "Plant Physiology" by Lincoln Taiz and Eduardo Zeiger. Topics, essays, study questions and readings are available, with broad coverage of plant physiology, beginning with an overview of plant structure to encyclopedic coverage of physiological topics ranging from water relations to mineral nutrition, photosynthesis, translocation, respiration, secondary metabolites, gene expression, growth & development, phytochromes, plant hormones, control of flowering and stress physiology. Essays accompany many chapters. Study questions for each chapter include 5 or so open-ended questions. This is a very nice online overview/online text, written mainly for modern browsers (some display artifacts using old browsers like Netscape 4). The inability to scale fonts--a unique potential advantage in non-print, digital media--is sadly missing in this otherwise excellent resource. So far, it is free, sponsorer by Sinauer Associates. (****) -S
November 15, 2005 - NASA: World Wind
World Wind "lets you zoom from satellite altitude into any place on Earth. Leveraging Landsat satellite imagery and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission data, World Wind lets you experience Earth terrain in visually rich 3D, just as if you were really there." Features include a 3D engine, blue marble (whole earth imaging), Landsat 7, SRT (Shuttle Radar Topography) imaging, spectrographic earth imaging with data overlays for climate and other data. This requires broadband for utility and memory; otherwise you might not want to get started! (****) -SR