BQ Biocomplexity

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Published on October 24, 2007

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Slide2:  BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium Biocomplexity Project Slide3:  Biocomplexity Physical Biological Social Slide5:  Biocomplexity “It is not enough to explore and chronicle the enormous diversity of the world’s ecosystems. We must do that--but also reach beyond, to discover the complex chemical, biological and social interactions in our planet’s systems. From these subtle but very sophisticated interactions and interrelationships, we can tease out the principles of sustainability.” Rita Colwell, Director of the National Science Foundation Slide6:  Biocomplexity “…concepts from natural and social sciences are integrated to make environmental and evolutionary issues clearer for policy makers, the public and, yes, even ourselves.” Alan Covich, President of the American Institute of Biological Sciences Slide7:  Biocomplexity in Multiple Dimensions Biological Environmental Social Collaboration Integration Inter- disciplinary Scalability Rotate Topical axis Add Conceptual axis BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, 2002 Slide8:  Biocomplexity …the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. …search for the universalities underlying the vast diversity of phenomena. …come to grips with diseases like malaria, West Nile…where there is a human-animal interface. …working across scales and looking for nonlinear relationships. …integrating across scales ranging from the gene to the landscape. …a balanced study of all aspects of living organisms. Slide9:  Biocomplexity Addresses questions such as: Do the physical arrangement of genes in our DNA and neurons in our brains share patterns with the underground network of bacteria, fungi, and plant roots that nourish the planet, and can computers be used to explore such large-scale networks? How do current property laws and age-old cultural norms affect the rate of deforestation in tropical regions? What is the mechanism by which human activities affect species diversity? NSF 2000 Solicitation for grant proposals in Biocomplexity Slide10:  Metabolic Rate Respiratory Complex Mitochondria Mammals Shrew Elephant Cell Geoffrey B. West, et al. Santa Fe Institute Slide11:  Strength to Mass Relationship Slide12:  Geoscience Digital Library, NRAO, CERN Slide13:  National Science Foundation Slide14:  Biocomplexity Tools of the trade: Remote sensing Geographic Information Systems Computer-based modeling Bioinformatics Data mining from databases in the public domain Others? Slide15:  Biocomplexity in Education Addresses significant contemporary issues Requires collaboration, integration and an interdisciplinary approach Employs multiple modes of understanding and learning Engages students in a diversity of techniques and hands-on inquiry Allows for participation in contemporary scientific research (questions and results) BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, 2002 Slide16:  Larry Gonick and Mark Wheelis

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