Enhancing Humane Science – Improving Animal Research: This course from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health focuses its substantial intellectual prowess on the topic of improving animal research so that it can meet its empirical goals while maintaining high standards of humane treatment. The 12 audio lectures with accompanying slides are free, and readers may proceed at their own paces. Along the way, they will learn about experimental design, humane endpoints, environmental enrichment, post-surgical care, pain management, and the impact of stress on the quality of data. Readings, which include several books and dozens of journal articles, are available from the landing page, as well as Lecture Materials, including MP4 movies, MP3 audio, and PDF slide presentations to convey the information of the course.
Explore the Nobel Prize Talks Podcast: There are few honors on earth as significant as winning a Nobel Prize. For readers who are curious about the scientists, authors, thinkers, and doers who have been awarded Nobels, this site provides the perfect window into the characters and curiosities of these most unusual women and men. For instance, May-Britt Moser, the 2014 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, describes her passionate co-investigation with her co-Laureate and husband, Edvard Moser, saying, “We didn’t care about salaries and having a nice car. We just cared about science and were really ambitious.” In fact, the passion for discovery runs through most of these narratives. As Tim Hunt, who won the prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2001, puts it, “If we really understood things, there would be no sense of discovery.”
JSTOR Daily: Science & Technology: JSTOR, an essential resource for students and scholars at colleges and university libraries for nearly two decades, launched JSTOR Daily in October 2014 to bring some of the wealth of research and primary sources in the database to the wider audience at no charge. Through weekly feature articles and daily blog posts, this online magazine mines the database for material that provides context and detail to current events and issues. The front page offers a small sampling of the most recent blog posts and long reads, while the archives can be explored through five topical headings: Arts & Culture, Business & Economics, Politics & History, Science & Technology, and Education & Society. Users can also sign up to have the Weekly Digest delivered to their inbox. For readers interested in delving deeper into those stories crossing their Facebook and Twitter feeds, JSTOR Daily is a fascinating must.
Microbe World: Podcasts & Videos: The Podcasts & Videos section of Microbe World, a website dedicated entirely to microbes and their interactions with humans, animals, plants, and the environment, are as entertaining as they are informative. Here readers will find six different podcast series: This Week in Microbiology, This Week in Virology, This Week in Parasitism, MicroWorld Video, BacterioFiles, and the Spanish-language educational program, Mundo de los Microbios. In addition, readers will find much to explore in the two documentaries on the site, including the four-part series Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth. Educators teaching microbiology and related subjects will find hours of audio and video resources perfectly suited for use in lesson plans of all kinds.