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MicrobeWorld is a new website from the American Society for Microbiology that is designed for science enthusiasts, students, teachers, parents and the general public. MicrobeWorld embraces new media from audio and video podcasts to RSS feeds and mobile ?phonecasts.?
MicrobeWorld is about making the science of microbiology as relevant and as accessible as possible. By highlighting the increasing importance of microbes in the environment, biotechnology, alternative energy, food science and healthcare, the site hopes to capture the imagination of the public and inspire a new generation of scientists.
MicrobeWorld is multimedia rich and incorporates many social media features. Video podcast episodes of ASM?s 4-hour documentary Intimate Strangers: Unseen Life on Earth and a half-hour documentary on the microbes at Yellowstone National Park are available to watch immediately or for download. A new ?pop-up? flash podcast player allows people to listen to MicrobeWorld Radio, ASM?s daily audio news podcast, as they surf the web. The MicrobeWorld News RSS feed is updated with the latest in microbiology and life science-related news as it is published. And visitors can even subscribe or send the latest MicrobeWorld Radio episode to their cell phones.
MicrobeWorld also offers a comprehensive resources section for educators, parents, and students that includes experiments, lesson plans and tools for microbiology education. MicrobeWorld Radio's podcasts are currently being tied to the National Science Education Standards in a searchable database that educators can use to help initiate classroom discussions or build into curriculum.
Over 300 pages deep, the site also contains introductory information about the science of microbiology, career profiles and interviews with some of the world?s leading researchers, surprising and interesting facts about microbial life, and a comprehensive photo galley highlighting some of the most studied microorganisms.
Development of MicrobeWorld will always be ongoing to accommodate user requests, suggestions and emerging technology. For more information, technical assistance or to learn how to become involved, please email microbe at asmusa dot org.
This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2008-06-30.
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