Scientific American Biology for a Changing World with Core Physiology

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2014-03-14
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman

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From the groundbreaking partnership of W. H. Freeman and Scientific American comes this one-of-a-kind introduction to the science of biology and its impact on the way we live. In Biology for a Changing World, two experienced educators and a science journalist explore the core ideas of biology through a series of chapters written and illustrated in the style of a Scientific American article. Chapters don’t just feature compelling stories of real people—each chapter is a newsworthy story that serves as a context for covering the standard curriculum for the non-majors biology course.  Updated throughout, the new edition offers new stories, additional physiology chapters, a new Electronic Teachers’ Edition, and new pedagogy.

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Author Biography

Michèle Shuster, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the biology department at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She focuses on the  scholarship of teaching and learning, studying introductory biology, microbiology, and cancer biology  classes at the undergraduate level, as well as working on several K–12 science education programs. Michèle is an active participant in programs that provide mentoring in scientific teaching to postdoctoral fellows, preparing the next generation of undergraduate educators. She is the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including a the Westhafer award for Teaching Excellence at NMSU. Michèle received her Ph.D. from the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University School of Medicine, where she studied meiotic chromosome segregation in yeast.

Janet Vigna, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the biology department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. She is a science education specialist in
the Integrated Science Program, training and mentoring K–12 science teachers. Janet has 18 years of undergraduate teaching experience, with a special interest in effectively teaching biology to nonmajors. She has recently been recognized with the GVSU Outstanding Teacher Award. Her scholarly interests include biology curriculum development, the effective use of digital media in science education, and research on the effects of biological pesticides on amphibian communities.She received her Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Iowa.

Matthew Tontonoz has been a development editor for textbooks in introductory biology, cell biology, biochemistry, evolution, and environmental science. After a brief stint in medical school in California, he realized he was better suited to saving sentences than saving lives. He received his B.A. in biology from Wesleyan University and his M.A. in the history and sociology of science from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently staff science writer at the Cancer Research Institute, where he covers advances in cancer immunology and blogs about the history of medicine.
Gunjan Sinha has been writing about science for over a decade. Her articles have been published in Science, Nature Medicine, Nature Biotechnology, Scientific American, and several other magazines and journals. She holds a graduate degree in molecular genetics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland and a graduate degree in journalism from New York University. She currently works as a freelance science journalist and lives in Berlin, Germany.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The Process of Science 
Java Report

Chapter 2 Chemistry and Molecules of Life
Mission to Mars

Chapter 3
Cell Function and Structure
Wonder Drug

M1 Milestones in Biology

Scientific Rebel

Chapter 4
Nutrition, Metabolism, Enzymes
The Peanut Butter Project

Chapter 5
Energy Flow and Photosynthesis
The Future of Fuel

Chapter 6
Dietary Energy and Cellular Respiration
Supersize Me?

Chapter 7
DNA Structure and Replication
Biologically Unique

M2 Milestones in Biology

The Model Makers

Chapter 8
Genes to Proteins
Medicine from Milk

M3 Milestones in Biology

Sequence Sprint

Chapter 9
Cell Division and Mitosis
Nature's Pharmacy

Chapter 10
Mutations and Cancer
Fighting Fate

Chapter 11
Single-Gene Inheritance and Meiosis
Rock for a Cause

M4 Milestones in Biology

Mendel's Garden

Chapter 12
Complex Inheritance
Q&A: Genetics

Chapter 13
Stem Cells and Cell Differentiation
Grow Your Own

Chapter 14
Natural Selection and Adaptation
Bugs that Resist Drugs

M5 Milestones in Biology

Adventures in Evolution

Chapter 15
Nonadaptive Evolution and Speciation
Urban Evolution

Chapter 16
Evidence for Evolution
A Fish with Fingers?

Chapter 17
Life on Earth
Q&A: Evolution

Chapter 18
Prokaryotic Diversity
Lost City

Chapter 19
Eukaryotic Diversity
Rain Forest Riches

Chapter 20
Human Evolution
Skin Deep

Chapter 21
Population Ecology
On the Tracks of Wolves and Moose

Chapter 22
Community Ecology
What's Happening to Honey Bees?

Chapter 23
Ecosystem Ecology
The Heat is On

Chapter 24 Sustainability
The Makings of a Green City

M6 Milestones in Biology

Progress or Poison?

Chapter 25
Overview of Physiology
Man versus Mountain

Chapter 26
Digestive System
Drastic Measures

M7 Milestones in Biology

Stumbling on a Cure

Chapter 27
Cardiovascular System
Death in Bogalusa

Chapter 28
Respiratory System
Peak Performance

Chapter 29
Central Nervous System
Smoke on the Brain

Chapter 30
Reproductive System
Too Many Multiples?

Chapter 31
Immune System
Viral Mysteries

Chapter 32
Plant Physiology
Q&A: Plants

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