“Scientist Spotlight” essays in each chapter of Biology for the Informed Citizen provide biographical information and historical context about the real individuals whose scientific discoveries have made tremendous impacts on all of our lives. Students can use these essays to broaden their understanding of the contributions these scientists have made to their fields, as well as to connect scientific discoveries to their own life experiences.
2. The Nature of Science
3. Human Development
4. Inheritance, Genes, and Physical Characteristics
7. Plants, Agriculture, and Genetic Engineering
8. Health Care and the Human Genome
10. The Evolution of Disease
12. Circulation and Respiration
13. The Nervous System
14. Infectious Disease and the Immune System
15. Nutrition, Activity, and Wellness
17. Biodiversity and Human Affairs
18. Human Population Growth
Great feature. I would use it in my lectures.
- University of Central Florida
I really enjoyed the Scientist Spotlight feature … It helps [students] appreciate some of the processes involved in learning about nature and science. They realize that many different scientists are involved and that science is a collaborative effort, not carried out by a single individual. It also helps them understand the human side of science, and the importance of considering ethics and fairness when conducting research or developing new technologies.
- Olive-Harvey College
… well written and described … demonstrates that many discoveries are rarely made in isolation, rather they are the hard work of many.
- Western Illinois University
… great segment for students to learn about the people and not just memorizing their name and discovery. Humanizing [scientists] by telling their story is a great idea.
- Wake Tech Community College
The biographical aspect of [Scientist Spotlight] really places this work above many other textbooks …
- Texas Southern University
Great section! …this section would definitely help broaden the students’ understanding of the history of biology and the importance of individual contribution to our understanding of the natural world.
- Pasco-Hernando Community College