Once a year the Howard Hughes Medical Institute presents a series of holiday lectures which are streamed on the web. Normally the lectures will center on a life science topic, but this year earth sciences will get the focus. The theme is “Changing Planet” and the four lectures are titled “The Deep History of a Living Planet,” delivered by Andrew Knoll of Harvard University, “Building Scientific Knowledge: The Story of Plate Tectonics,” delivered by Naomi Oreskes of UCSD, “”Earth’s Climate: Back to the Future,” delivered by Daniel Schrag of Harvard, and “Climate Change: How Do We Know We’re Not Wrong?” delivered, again, by Dr. Oreskes. The lectures will be streamed live starting at 9:30 a.m. on November 15 (lectures 1 & 2), and at 9:30 a.m. on November 16 (lectures 3 & 4). Click here for the detailed schedule and registration link.
HHMI is one of the world’s largest non-profit medical research organizations, with emphasis on advanced biomedical research and science education. Their education outreach extends to offering free, high-quality learning resources (books, DVDs) available to educators everywhere. The HHMI biointeractive web site contains quality interactive labs, animations and streaming media, and the high quality HHMI Bulletin is also free. The Bulletin and two apps, the Virtual Bacterial ID Lab and a Click and Learn app are also available for the iPad.
Those unfamiliar with these outstanding free resources will be amazed at their quality and at their ease of ordering. Those familiar with these resources will not want to miss tomorrow’s lectures.