Bug Lady Ms. Johnstone Rules!

Meeting Jane Goodall With My Daughters

April 7

I had the distinct honor to meet one of my idols and a relentless source of inspiration to me as a biologist, that one person can make such a profound difference in the world. I have included a short retrospective by Nationall Geographic and the full discussion which I attended last Friday. I felt such pride presenting her with a jar of honey from my bees for her 80th birthday! I’m happy to share this experience with you. I hope it means half as much to you as it does to me. 
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PEPPERED MOTH VIDEO GAME

March 13

http://www.techapps.net/interactives/pepperMoths.swf

Click the link above, then on the circle to the far right, A Bird’s Eye View of Natural Selection

 

 

Oakland Parents! Support OPT

March 11

I was honored to receive recognition at last year’s gala for The Parent Friendliest Teacher in Oakland. If you are interested in attending or sponsoring – click below the announcement for the registration form!
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FUN QUIZ REVIEW – Click the links below

February 22

Cool Genetics Game

 

Science Spot – Learning For the Fun of IT!

Bunny Punnet Squares

MY DNA ANCESTRY RESULTS

February 22

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DNA Extractions – Yep, we did that!

February 19

Students: Please click the link to download the full file that we used in our lab last week.

DNA Lab

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GREGOR MENDEL – GREAT MINDS

February 19

You think I talk fast! Please enjoy this video about the life and work of Mendel.

GIY – Graph it Yourself!

February 10

Graphing is a valuable high school and college skill – the easiest way to talk about science is to visualize your data! Thanks, Paul for making it easier for my students.

Genetically Modified Foods

February 6

This is a more “mature” Bill Nye series

PUNNETT SQUARE VIDEO

January 31

To help with your homework!

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The earliest stage in the lifecycle of the Bug Lady has been traced to the Midwest, where elementary students near the Illinois State University campus were presented with live insects from the ISU Entomology Lab by an inspired graduate student.

Wings unfurled, she expanded her range as Associate Director of Education for Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences in Peoria. Bug Lady appeared frequently in school outreach and after school enrichment programs, summer camps, senior homes, and occasionally on the local news. In 2001, she served as President of the Peoria Academy of Sciences, reviving the Entomology section and encouraging girls to pursue careers in science.

She then migrated to the west coast, not unlike the Monarch butterfly, to bask in the California sun and tend to her newly hatched larva. “In my mind and my heart, I’ve always been the Bug Lady, not so much for the knowledge I’ve acquired regarding insects, but more for the feeling that I’m in a constant state of metamorphosis – ever changing.”

Now, after a long diapause, the imago of Bug Lady has recently been sited in Alameda summer programs along with her assistant, Bug Gurl. She is taking flight in cyberspace to share her love of insects, science and life in general with enthusiasts of all ages.