Monday, October 5, 2009

Nobel Prize Week

Watch this week for the announcements of this year's winners of the Nobel Prize. Prizes are awarded in medicine, physics, chemistry, literature, peace, and economic sciences. It's a great way to think globally about the arts and sciences, as well as world peace.

The names will hit the headlines as they are announced, but you can also go straight to the official web site here. You can explore the educational resources and games there, too.

First up is medicine, with three American winners: Elizabeth H. Blackburn (University of California San Francisco), Carol W. Greider (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine ), and Jack W. Szostak (Harvard Medical School). They were awarded the Nobel "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and and the enzyme telomerase."

While the rest of us wait for Brian Williams to explain this to us, you might challenge your science-enthused students to do a little research and then explain it to the class. Same thing goes all week.

Don't forget to read about the awards in several sources in different countries. This is news that interests the whole world. Isn't it great to see how differently it's covered, depending on your perspective?

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