Monday, October 6, 2014

2014 EDU: Genome Islands on OpenSim highlighted by Science Circle tour

Genome Islands on OpenSim 
highlighted by Science Circle tour 
Scroll down for News and Notes 
Arriving at Huxley
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I recently attended a tour of Genome Island organized by Science Circle.  Although this report is about Genome Island I want to thank Science Circle for organizing tour and gathering some of the text used in this report.

Genome Island Grid features virtual biology activities in genetics, molecular, and cellular biology. It is it’s own hypergrid enabled grid.
There is also a more compact version of Genome Island in Second Life

To go to genome island via Hypergrid

  • Paste the address below into the search bar of the world map, click find
  •  (You will arrive at Huxley)
  • If you get a not-found report, wait a moment and try again.
  • (The world may be offline, but will probably start on your request.)
  • When the world is found, click Teleport
  • If the world is dark, you can set your viewer to midday:
  • Firestorm: World (top menu)--Sun Position--Midday

At Huxley

  • Most of the transmission genetics is on Mendel.  
  • Most of the molecular genetics and human genetics is on Crick.  
  • The cell biology activities are on Hooke.   
  • A fourth island, Huxley, will focus on genetics and diversity (TBD) 
  • In the picture above, you can see the teleporter.
  • Click on a name to go to that Island


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Monohybrid Cross
Three dishes of peas illustrate the principles of inheritance discovered by Mendel by crosses following peas through four generations. 
Three more dishes of peas allow you to test your understanding of Mendel's principles by figuring out the genotypes of six sets of parents.
Incomplete dominance
The Cattery
This station illustrates how the inheritance of X linked traits differs from the inheritance of the autosomal traits studied by Mendel.  Orange coat color is carried on the X chromosome in cats, and furthermore, in female mammals, only one X chromosome is fully active in any group of cells.  This combination of traits leads to unique patterns of coat color inheritance for each possible pair of orange or nonorange parents. 
The Mixollama Herd
The Mixollamas are accompanied by an illustration of how independent assortment of alleles occurs during meiosis in individuals with multiple chromosomes.  The mixollamas have multiple body parts, each of which can express a different color as a consequence of independent assortment. 

  • Click on the poop to see a new Mixollama

Chromosome Hill
Scale models of all 24 human chromosomes.  Each chromosome gives information about itself and an example of one of its genes


Chromosome Hill
Scale models of all 24 human chromosomes.  Each chromosome gives information about itself and an example of one of its genes

Hooke Island, Cell Models

Prokaryotic Cell
Eukaryotic Cell
  • Both nuclear and cytoplasmic organelles are displayed.

Science Circle Links

Vibe grid

Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE) is an interdisciplinary, avatar-based learning environment hosted on the OpenSim platform. VIBE is the result of collaborations between an assortment of STEM educators across a variety of disciplines and grade levels, all helmed by Ball State University science professor, Dr. Stephen Gasior. VIBE allows educators to use the OpenSim hypergrid to design and share lessons across a variety of topics. 



News and Notes

Events in the virtual worlds  

How to handle a Hypergrid address 

From any Hypergrid-enabled grid, paste the address into the address bar of Firestorm and press enter. Or paste it into the world map search bar of any viewer, search, and click Teleport when the destination is found. If it doesn't work, don't give up. Try again later. Some hypergrid destinations are offline part of the day.

Opensim podcast


Contests and dated calls/invitations/events

CALL FOR STORIES for BOOFest '14, October 19th
National Agenda 2014 focuses on the battle for control of congress midway through the Obama second term, with some of the biggest and most experienced names in American politics
Midtown Arts Museum is launching its first participation storybuild on Monday, 9.1.2014, Wear Your Goggles to the Goldrush. All elements are ready for visitors, explorers and amateur sleuths to plunder. A storybuild mystery is not an event that is attended. Rather clues and story are collected, assembled and written by the participants who journey through it. It is writing via pictures and conversation - - the natural, entertaining and effortless way. Oakes Valley blog
Hypergrid address: Valley  
Kitely World page:
Companion websites:
Longer summary and pictures on HG Destinations website:
    The theme is 'TRANSCENDING BORDERS.' Artists & filmmakers can interpret the theme as they see fit. Whether transcending borders between time and space, past and present, one nation and another, one language and another, a culture or civilization or any other of the innumerable borders that present themselves as we navigate our lives. You the artist... You the machinimatographer...You decide.
    Entries Close at Midnight SLT 31st October 2014. Winners will be announced in December 2014.   
    UWA Art & Film Challenges 2014 with L$1.03 Mil in Prizes, early entries 
    Visit the UWA Challenge Gallery  to view the submissions so far:
    Note:I am running some submitted videos in this blog, but only those posted on YouTube.  Vimeo sometimes removes videos and so ruins the post. 

    Newcomer Help in Virtual Worlds


    Entrepreneurs call

    Entrepreneurs of the virtual worlds unite: Think Avatar Land! The Disney park


    Video-Machinima in virtual worlds

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