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Traditional African American arts and activities
Kimble-Ellis, Sonya.
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Publication Information:
New York : J. Wiley, [2002]

Physical Description:
vii, 120 pages : illustrations, ; 22 x 28 cm.
A collection of activities focusing on cultural traditions related to African American history, including celebrations like Kwanzaa and Juneteenth, activities such as storytelling and hair braiding, and games such as Mancala.
General Note:
Includes index.
Celebrations -- Traditions -- Crafts -- Games -- Culture -- Soul and Caribbean foods.

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E185.86 .K56 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
E185.86 .K56 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Work Room

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Are you a passionate amateur naturalist?

Would you like to record videos of the microscopic world?

Detect an insect's heartbeat? Separate molecules with electricity?

Extract and purify DNA . . . in your kitchen?

Now you can do all these things and more with this wonderful compendium of unique and exciting projects. Gathered here, in the most comprehensive, wide-ranging collection of projects available for the amateur biologist, are some of the finest experiments from Scientific American's popular ""Amateur Scientist"" column. Whether you'd like to find out how to measure the metabolism of an insect, learn museum secrets for preserving plants, or discover how to teach a sow bug to navigate a maze, you'll find the project to suit your needs.

Filled with experiments from a wide range of specialties, including botany, genetics, behavioral studies, cellular biology, microscopy, microbiology, and entomology, this fascinating book also contains helpful hints and clear instructions on how to build experimental apparatus using simple household materials and affordable alternatives to more expensive scientific equipment. Whether you're a student, teacher, or dedicated amateur scientist, you'll find projects here to excite your interest as well as deepen your understanding of-and appreciation for-the natural world.

Author Notes

Shawn Carlson was the author of Scientific American's "Amateur Scientist" column from 1995 to 2001. He is the Executive Director of the Society for Amateur Scientists and a 1999 winner of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "genius" Fellowship

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Choice Review

Concentrating on biology projects, this collection of do-it-yourself activities is compiled from "The Amateur Scientist" column of Scientific American. Divided into five parts, this easily readable book examines miscellaneous techniques employed by biologists. A potpourri of investigations is presented, such as building a video microscope system, putting together an electrophoresis apparatus, and constructing a tin-can kymograph. The remaining four sections include procedures that involve the areas of botany, cellular biology, entomology, and microbiology. Those interested in plants can explore plant growth requirements, inhibitors and stimulants, hydroponics, and methods to preserve specimens. On the cellular level, pond scum denizens can be examined, or the tantalizing slime molds and their unique life cycle followed. Some of the tissue culture requirements for working with animal cells call for specialized chemical solutions and conditions that will challenge amateurs. At the insect level, butterfly collection and preservation are described, insect metabolism studied, and learning behavior in sowbugs observed. The microbiology section would better be labeled "Genetics" since it is rather limited to mouse and fruit fly genetics. A simple DNA spooling procedure is also included. These well-written, clearly illustrated projects are useful for interested students at high school and college. Glossary; source for materials. General readers; lower- and upper-division undergraduates; two-year technical program students. R. A. Hoots Woodland Community College

Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. ix
Part 1 Miscellaneous Techniques
1. Video Microscopep. 3
2. Electrophoresisp. 7
3. Measuring Metabolism of Small Animalsp. 12
4. High Altitude Chamberp. 26
5. Tin-Can Kymographp. 31
6. Microscopy: Subtle Secrets and Advanced Techniquesp. 36
Part 2 Botany
7. Museum Secrets for Preserving Plantsp. 49
8. Growing Plants in a Controlled Environmentp. 54
9. The Essence of Hydroponicsp. 62
10. Geotropism: The Effects of Gravity on Plant Growthp. 70
11. Exploring Growth Inhibitorsp. 81
12. Experiments with Substances That Stimulate Plant Growthp. 87
13. The Effects of Ultrasonics on Plant Developmentp. 96
Part 3 Cellular Biology
14. The Pleasures of Pond Scump. 105
15. Experiments with Animal Cellsp. 110
16. Exploring Slime Moldsp. 119
17. Fabulous Phototaxisp. 129
Part 4 Entomology
18. Lovely Lepidopterap. 141
19. Measuring Insect Metabolismp. 153
20. Getting Inside an Ant's Headp. 160
21. Detecting Insect Heartbeatsp. 165
22. Learning in Sow Bugsp. 170
Part 5 Microbiology
23. Mouse Geneticsp. 177
24. Fruit Fly Geneticsp. 184
25. Spooling the Stuff of Lifep. 196
Glossaryp. 201
Further Readingp. 213
Supplier Listp. 215
Organizationsp. 217
Indexp. 219