Biology Professors Use Cloud Computing to Reach Students

By Tushar Rae, Chronicle of Higher Ed

To help reduce the number of dropouts in freshman biology courses, professors at the University at Buffalo have turned to the power of collaboration and cloud computing to build an online teaching tool designed to explain concepts better than a textbook can.
The tool, called Pop!World, provides a visual way to map evolution. It’s the work of Bina Ramaurthy, a research associate professor in the department of computer science and engineering; Jessica Poulin, a research assistant professor in the department of biological sciences; and Katharina Dittmar, an assistant professor of biological sciences.

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Biology Professors Use Cloud Computing to Reach Students

By Tushar Rae, Chronicle of Higher Ed

To help reduce the number of dropouts in freshman biology courses, professors at the University at Buffalo have turned to the power of collaboration and cloud computing to build an online teaching tool designed to explain concepts better than a textbook can.
The tool, called Pop!World, provides a visual way to map evolution. It’s the work of Bina Ramaurthy, a research associate professor in the department of computer science and engineering; Jessica Poulin, a research assistant professor in the department of biological sciences; and Katharina Dittmar, an assistant professor of biological sciences.

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Educational Locations in Second Life And the 3D Aids Quilt

Posted on 28. Jan, 2011 by karlkapp in Content Guide

Often I am asked for a list of interesting and educational locations within Second Life, the 3D virtual world software, here is a rather lengthy list of some of the more educational places within Second Life.

Of especially keen interest is the Aids Quilt:

The 3D AIDS Quilt, debut was in two virtual worlds and across the web on Worlds AIDS Day, (December 1, 2010) – is attracted and continues to attract a wide range of high profile contributors. “Interest has been high on a number of fronts,” says Jena Ball, the creator of the Quilt and Co-founder of Startled Cat, the organization behind the project. “We have everyone from individuals to large institutions asking to participate. We’re proud to have organizations like RTI International (RTI), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and the Triangle Global Health Consortium involved.”

The 3D AIDS Quilt takes the concept of a patchwork quilt – composed of squares of fabric – and transforms it into a collection of 3D rooms or dioramas. Each room is dedicated to a person(s) whose life was lost to AIDS and tells a story using a variety of tools including 3D objects, video, photos, poetry and song. The Quilt was conceived as a way to commemorate the lives of those lost to AIDS and build a global community of individuals and organizations committed to using their collective creativity and resources to eradicate AIDS.