This newsletter features a new suite of photosynthesis animations, new Data Point and Phenomenal Image resources, and a fantastic educator blog post!
February 6, 2019
BioInteractive News
A Photo Finish
Where does the mass of a tree come from? Trace the flow of energy and cycling of matter in this set of animations that follow the key reactions of photosynthesis from uptake of carbon dioxide and water to the production of organic compounds that fuel the food chain. These animations zoom inside the cells of a leaf and into a chloroplast to see where and how photosynthesis occurs.
Spotlight on: Biodiversity
Ocean Acidification
A Human Approach
Connect photosynthesis and human impacts using our "Biodiversity in the Age of Humans" resources. They include our award-winning coral bleaching animation, now available in Spanish, along with science talks, interactives, data-rich activities, and Scientists at Work videos.
Data Point
Testosterone In Athletes Graph Image
High-Level Competition
How do testosterone levels vary among elite athletes? In this new Data Point activity, examine data from a study that looked at testosterone levels of Olympic-level athletes competing in different men and women’s events – and found surprising results. 
Phenomenal Image
Image showing cell division in a sand dollar embryo
Synchronized Division
How do multicellular organisms go from one undifferentiated cell to many specialized cells? In this new Phenomenal Image activity, explore cell division and differentiation using this image of a sand dollar embryo.
Events and Announcements
Video Blog Post: NGSS Storylines
What’s the Story?
We’re excited to begin a video series featuring members of the BioInteractive educator community. Our first installment features three Chicago-area educators describing how they integrated our resources into coherent storyline units built around engaging, real-world phenomena that incorporate multiple NGSS performance expectations. The post includes a link to the storylines they’ve written.
Educator Tip
Image of DNA from the Pulse-Chase experiment
If you’re looking for novel ways to assess students’ conceptual understanding of material, check out this blog post from Oregon educator Chris Hedeen on how he revised his approach to assessments using our DNA resources.

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