Biology Today: An Issues Approach 3rd Edition
Biology Today: An Issues Approach, Third Edition is a truly innovative introductory biology text. Designed to combine the teaching of biological concepts within the context of current societal issues, Biology Today encourages introductory biology students to think critically about the role that science plays in their world. The third edition has been revised and updated, and contains three new chapters: ‘Genetic Engineering and Genomics’ (Chapter 4), ‘New Infectious Threats’ (Chapter 17), and ‘Protecting the Biosphere’ (Chapter 19). Biology Today offers: * An issues-oriented approach to the teaching of biology, one that emphasizes coherent understanding on selected issues * Thorough coverage of biological concepts, ensuring that introductory biology students are able to grasp the science while grappling with the issues * Coverage of immediate contemporary issues, making certain that biological concepts will connect with students’ daily lives * An integrated pedagogic system that encourages critical thinking and questioning rather than memorization. One of the aims of the book is to educate citizens with a biological literacy that will enable them to evaluate scientific arguments and make appropriate decisions affecting their own lives and the well being of society * Pedagogic features, such as “Thought Questions”, that encourage students to think about biology as a process of inquiry rather than as a series of unquestioned facts * An approach that helps students experience the connections among fields of biology, and the intimate connections between biology and social issues Biology Today offers two complementary websites that serve as a complete teaching and learning resource. Where the web site icon is featured in the book, students are encouraged to go to the Biology Today web site at : http://www garlandscience.com/biologytoday For additional textual content as well as a bibliography and expanded glossary, the Garland Science Classwire web site, located at : http://www classwire.com/garlandscience This offers extensive instructional resources. In addition to containing all materials on the first site, it provides a testbank, as well as curriculum advice and assistance for those teaching an issues-oriented biology course for the first time. It also contains all the images from the textbook available in a downloadable, web-ready, as well as Power Point-ready, format. Instructors can choose whether they wish to make these resources available to students.
About the Author
Eli C. Minkoff is Professor of Biology at Bates College. He received his bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Columbia University and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University. A member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Society for the Study of Evolution, Dr Minkoff has published several books as well as many articles in scholarly journals and encyclopedic reference works. Pamela J. Baker is Professor of Biology at Bates College. She holds two Bachelor of Science degrees (from the University of Wales at Swansea, Magna Cum Laude, and from Bates College, Cum Laude). She also holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her research focuses on the function of the immune system in bone diseases such as periodontal disease and on the investigation of new antimicrobial agents.
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