The HHMI Bulletin

An easy way to Keep Current with Bioscience Research

I imagine that many of you are familiar with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the quality educational resources that they develop to help us “teach ahead of the textbook”.  These resouces range from their Biointeractive virtual labs and animations to their annual Holiday Lecture series.

But if you haven’t taken the time to navigate around their website, you may have overlooked another great resource they offer, their quarterly publication the HHMI Bulletin.  Upon receiving my second issue in the mail this week, I figured that I should help spread the news of this informative publication.

The HHMI Bulletin serves the purpose of conveying information about the current research of HHMI investigators through brief news segments and longer articles.  Each issue, being around 50 pages in length, lends itself to a leisurely weekend read.  The lead article for the November issue, pictured in the image above, covers recent research into chromosomal movements during meiosis. 

Each article is written with a conversational tone, easily accessible to interested students, and is supplemented with appealing graphics and images.  Besides the informative science, one of the greatest assets of the bulletin its ability to convey that science is truly human endeavor. Students who read these articles will come away more knowledgeable and equally apt to imagine themselves filling the shoes of the interesting and eclectic investigators profiled.

To view the bulletin, you can subscribe to receive a free print copy, or read the current issue or back issues online. The online version provides you the opportunity to save and print pdf copies of selected articles that are most interesting and appropriate in enhancing the units that you teach. 



Author: Eric Kessler

I am a high school teacher in the Blue Valley School District who has taught a Bioscience Research course at the district's Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) since 2010. Previous to this teaching gig I was at Blue Valley North High School where I taught freshman Biology and Honors Biology, Field Biology, Zoology, and AP Biology for the past 18 years.

2 thoughts on “The HHMI Bulletin”

  1. I’m glad you put this up! In a lot of my classes teachers talk about the importance of showing the students what real science is. This will be a good resource to help inform students about what is going on today in a way that they can understand.

  2. Eric,

    I thought about blogging about this same publication but got on a plane to Boston instead–good job.


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