Saturday, February 28, 2009


I want to welcome the newest NABT BioClub Chapter--St. Francis Xavier High School in Sumter, SC. The advisor is Ms. Karlena de la Cruz. Our numbers are growing! Keep spreading the word.

Till next time--George

Tuesday, February 24, 2009


The application for the book scholarship is now posted on the NABT website in case you have misplaced the e-mail that I sent you. Please remember that it is due back to me (the original plus three copies) NO LATER THAN MARCH 15 !!! Also, only one student from each BioClub chapter can apply.

Have you submitted your proposals for the NABT Denver conference? Mid March is the deadline. Check the NABT website for details. Please be brave and submit something. It will be the best experience of your teaching career except forming a BioClub chapter! Even if you do not submit a proposal please try to attend the conference--they are a lot of fun, plus you can meet your fellow BioClub advisors.

DNA Day is fast approaching.

Till next time--George

Sunday, February 22, 2009

York High School Celebrates Darwin Day!

We had a birthday party for Charles Darwin in Bio Club and in our biology classes on Feb 12. We brought in food and drinks and watched video clips of HHMI Holiday Lectures on Evolution and Ken Miller's special lecture at HHMI. We had a lively discussion about attitudes about evolution in society today. Two of the students wrote a special rap to our man, CHUCKY-D!

We are in the process of mating zebra fish and as of Friday, we had teeny tiny little baby zebra fish in our breeding tank! Success!

Next, we are going to try to tackle some RNAi work. We have ordered RNAi feeding strains of bacteria and some C. elegans and we will just play around to see what we can do.

Thursday, February 5, 2009


The students of my BioClub (SCOPE) made arrangements with a portable shredding company to totally sponsor our school-wide paper recycling project. Mountain High Shredding is providing small bins for individual teachers and big bins for final collection. My SCOPE recycling committee is responsible for gathering the bins once a week and dragging them out to the curb to be emptied. Since the paper will be shredded, the confidentiality of the papers will be insured. We are advertising the company for free and sponsoring a community wide paper recycling project on April 25th. Mountain High Shredding will bring a portable shredder to the parking lot and charge 25 cents a pound for shredding personal/business paper for anyone who wants to get rid of stuff.
Our BioClub also purchased 6 big trash cans from Target, and my husband drilled holes in the tops for cans and plastic bottles. It only cost us $86 to do this, and the students are emptying them as needed and taking them to the public recycling dumpsters in town.

We made over $600 on our T-shirt sale that will be used for our Earth Week activities. The students are interested in doing water testing in the spring, so I will be using my Carolina certificates for those materials.

As you can see, my students are very active, and they are doing some great things for their school and for their community.

Dawn Kessler

Monday, February 2, 2009

Minnetonka Biology Club February Guest Speakers!

Michael Osterholm University of MN-School of Public Health

“Dr. Osterholm is director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), and associate director of the Department of Homeland Security's National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD).”

Peter Lytle
Live Green-Live Smart
“Live Green, Live Smart® is a socially responsible business, dedicated to fostering a sustainable planet by changing the way we think about, build and remodel our buildings.”

Lindsey MacDonald
Minnetonka Graduate
Hawksbill sea turtle recovery project on the Big Island of Hawaii-Project Volunteer--monitoring Hawksbill turtle activity; which included tagging turtles, marking nests, controlling predators, and helping hatchlings to the water.