Thursday, November 13, 2014

Photo Release Form

Class please download and  sign (and have your parents sign) the attached photo release form. Pasadena City College is asking for your permission to use some photos of the lab activity to market the Biotechnology program when discussing their involvement in the community.

I will need it by tomorrow.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Multimedia project update

For those of you who have submitted your multimedia projects, thank you!  I am willing to extend your deadline to Friday. If your project is ready for submission tomorrow, I will accept it. The deadline is extended to Friday. 

Tomorrow's lecture will be on Cancer Stem Cell and will be included in your quiz on Friday. After lecture  I will give you a little bit of time to take photos of your AP stain lab today. If we run out of time, you will need to come in during lunch to do the pictures and microscope viewing. 

I will need hard copies of all projects unless it is a video. You will also need to submit an electronic version to me the day before submission. 

Karol Lu

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Multimedia project update

Multimedia Project

You may also choose to do an recorded advertisement and upload the video to YouTube. Please email me the link. The video can include "actors" or based solely on something you create on the computer using slides and voice-overs.

Karol Lu

Monday, November 10, 2014

Blog assignment update


As I am reading through some of the posts on the Stem Cell blog, I realize that there is some misunderstanding and/or confusion about Adult Stem Cells vs. iPSCs (Induced Pluriopotent Stem Cells).  Adult stem cells are "multipotent", which means that it has limited ability to self renew and differentiate. Adult stem cells exist in various tissues in your body already.


IPSCs, however, are derived from adult SOMATIC cells (terminally differentiated cells). IPSCs do not naturally exist in the tissues in your body. They are instead, "induced" or forced to become pluriopotent. Therefore, there is a possibility that they retain SOMATIC MEMORY (this is because they were once SOMATIC or mature cells).


Adult STEM cells were never SOMATIC CELLS. Therefore, they cannot retain SOMATIC MEMORY.


I hope this clears up any confusion.


Karol Lu

Friday, November 7, 2014

Multimedia update and lab on Wednesday 11/12

Lab on Wednesday 11/12 - Wear proper lab attire!

NO Quiz on Wednesday!

Multimedia Project Updates

1) For groups who are interested in doing a BLOG for the multimedia group project, you will need only 10 posts/reply from your peers and 2 post from faculty at GHS.

2) Students may also present their ad in the form of a commercial (recorded as a video) and then uploaded to YouTube. 

Please check back over the weekend for further information and your lab protocol.

Wednesday's Lab Documents

AP Lab Summary

AP Stain for pluripotency

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Stem Cell Unit

Tuesday Nov. 4

Please review the guidelines re: Multimedia Project. We will discuss further in class.

Please work in groups of 2-4 (only students in your class period).

Due next Thursday, November 13, 2014

Multimedia project guidelines


By next Wednesday you will be required to:

1. Post a short response to (pick one) various topics that (I have or will) be posting on the Stem Cell Blog created for Gabrielino HS. (Keep it short, concise and to the point, but at the very least, if you have an opinion, support it with rationale thought and provide a link to a reference. Citation is required in APA format. Spelling, grammar will count, and you will provide your First name, last initial (for example Karol L., per4) and per. # instead of your full name.

2. Write a short response/comment to one of your peer's post (at min 2-3 sentences long but can be more). The response will need to me more than "I agree" or "right on" or "that is so awesome, you are so awesome". The comment can be a range of thoughts including:
  • agreement/disagreement and why? What reference will support your opinion?
  • something interesting that you read about online or from a reliable source related to the topic of discussion
  • Pose questions that you have about the topic of discussion
  • Give an accurate testimonial about your own experience related to the topic of discussion.
**Keep in mind that because this blog is an academic blog, plagarism, inappropriate language, and bullyiing will not be tolerated.

You will be graded on your response to one of MY POST, as well as your response to a peer's post. (one each is required but you are allowed to actively participate in as many as you want).

Check back everyday for a new post. You can pick a post that most interest you.

Wednesday Nov. 5 / Thursday Nov. 6

Chromosome Spreads Lab

Friday Nov. 7 - Some additional resources

1. Additional Optional Reading and Resources 
2. "Inside the Cell" background information and review of cell from NIH

You can download the FULL PDF file or click on each chapter of the book. Remember that this information is about the 'CELL' not neccessarily about STEM CELLS. But it is a very helpful summary of Biology.

3. Chromosome Spread Lab