Friday, April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

The Designers Accord Sustainability in 7 video series delivers a daily dose of design inspiration by today's leading sustainability experts. Join in the conversation as they share 7 things every designer should consider when integrating sustainability into design practice.

CPS Day this year is focusing on the theme of Sustainability, and I thought it would be interesting to hear from designers--what does sustainability mean to them? 

Pick a couple of videos to watch. Do the designers agree? How similar or different are their ideas?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Interesting new research shows we all have a gut bacteria "type."

Check out this interesting article summarizing recent research showing that all humans appear to fit into one of three types when it comes to the bacterial ecosystem in our intestines. This implies that all humans can be characterized by gut type in a manner similar to blood types, and that doctors might some day be able to utilize information about gut types when treating patients. Very interesting!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Endocrine / Reproductive Case Studies

Before getting deeply involved with your specific case questions, each group must answer the following general questions. Be sure to include the responses to these questions in your final written paper:
General Questions:

Describe the mechanism by which a peptide hormone initiates a cell response; a steroid hormone initiates a cell response. How are they the same? How are they different? Give a specific example of each and state their effect on the human body.

Compare the hormonal controls of the male reproductive cycle with the hormonal controls of the female reproductive cycle. How are they the same? How are they different?