This is it--Fashion Week for Nobel geeks (and I'm proud to be one of them). This is the week when the entire world press decides to give us primo subject matter for globalizing the curriculum. That's why I wait for it impatiently every year.
From the Nobel Foundation:
The 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was divided, one half jointly to Bruce A. Beutler and Jules A. Hoffmann "for their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity" and the other half to Ralph M. Steinman "for his discovery of the dendritic cell and its role in adaptive immunity".
Sadly, Ralph M. Steinman, died just a few days ago. The Nobel Foundation, however, has determined to award the prize posthumously.
In addition to honoring some of the most productive and creative people in the world (and that's quite enough on its own), the Nobel Foundation makes available excellent resources for teaching our students, and ourselves about the Laureates' work. So you can learn more about immune responses here.
This is teaching science with a global focus. Teaching the world, indeed.