News stories are an effective way to engage students’ attention, and science news is no exception – especially if the topics are hot off the press and as fresh as the posts on social media! But how can any teacher find time to comb the media regularly for science stories and discussion starters? Which are the most relevant discoveries, or the most reputable worldwide researchers on any topic? Happily, July’s featured resource does all the heavy lifting for you, providing a streaming “ticker tape” of curated Recent Genomic News. Tucked on Genome: Unlocking Life's Code (ULC) home page, https://unlockinglifescode.org, this frequently updated list of science news stories is selected by a collaborative team of science researchers and educators from the National Institutes of Health and the Smithsonian Institution. Archives of past stories are also available on the exhibition website.
When you open the home page of ULC you’ll notice at the top a moving “ticker tape” that slowly rolls above the “Explore,” “About,” “Learn,” etc. menu bar. Click on a title that interests you and a summary of the news article including a link to the original news story appears in a text box. A recent ticker story list included articles about Zika virus, the Neanderthal Y chromosome, a lack of genetic counselors, a gene for gray hair, and Galapagos finches. Articles are from respected print, broadcast, and online media such as The New York Times, Newsweek, USA Today, GenomeWeb, Science News, Wall Street Journal, NPR, or Wired. Curators of the "ticker tape" aim for articles with highly accessible content and an easily readable style.
For an alternative access to the stories, Pinterest lovers can follow the “ticker tape” sister board “Recent Genomic News” as posted in the exhibition’s Pinterest page. Reading, liking, or repinning your favorite news on your own Pinterest board is now just a mouse click away.
Along with fresh updates, previous genomic news articles once featured on the ticker are available to you. At the top of ULC’s home page, select “Media,” then click “Recent Genomic News” in the pull-down menu. The archive begins in 2013 when ULC opened at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and has been updated regularly ever since. This archive is a rich repository of scientific information for student research projects, teachers’ lesson plans, and other classroom projects.
Recent Genomic News is an ideal science news resource – not only because of its frequent updates, but because it’s reliably curated by science professionals who continually cull publications for interesting and significant genomic news. These “ticker-tape” listings are also live-streamed in the travelling exhibit and focus on the exhibit’s key themes: the Natural World; Health; Human Evolution; History; Biology and Society; and Precision Medicine. People unable to visit the exhibit can experience part of it – and even have an advantage: Instead of just watching titles scroll by, online visitors can browse the summaries and read the full articles. Next time you (or your students) are looking for current genomic news, this is the source for you!
About the Creators:
The Recent Genomic News “ticker tape” is a collaboration between the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the NIH National Human Genome Research Institute in support of the exhibition “Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code.” For more than three years, a team of science professionals at both institutions have updated the “ticker-tape” list of articles displayed in the ULC exhibit and posted on its website.