Friday, January 19, 2018

Disease vectors. There is a microbiology quiz next day on virus, monerans and disease vectors

slideshow on disease for our Centre for Disease Control activity: 

Some useful links below for more info:

Very generalized differences between viral and bacterial infections

A list of bacterial pathogens and viral pathogens (note the error under viral pathogens: botulism is not a viral disease - gov't of australia website made a mistake here!). some of the pathogens are particular to Australia, but others are common worldwide (such as measles, meningitis, salmonella, influenza).  These sites are easy to navigate.

 a more comprehensive list of viral pathogens .  this list is undergraduate level.

Airborne Diseases

            Preventing airborne diseases case study: a viral airborne disease (SARS)

Managing an airborne disease case study:  a bacterial airborne disease (TB)


dine safe website: a comprehensive list of health inspection reports for any restaurant!

Animal vector:
            Vertebrates mainly :

Insect vector: note only the ones caused by virus and bacteria:


Monday, January 15, 2018


Do you Doodle in Class? Care about Sustainability? The VSB Sustainability Conference wants you!

Do you doodle in class, during meetings? Can't stop drawing if you tried?  We have once again been requested to do youth artist training for youth to draw for other youth at the VSB Sustainability Conference! on Feb 19, 2018. We need to find at least 20 youth artists to draw for their peers.

The first of two co-design youth artist training sessions will take place on  

JAN 31
FEB 13

at Gladstone Secondary School in the staff room 4-6pm
4105 Gladstone Street

We will also warm up on the morning of the conference so you'll be ready to draw for the planning session!  APPLY TO BE AN ARTIST HERE.

What you will learn:

  • Fast visual storytelling techniques that can be used for planning
  • Sketching warm ups
  • Fundamentals of co-design drawing
  • How to draw fearlessly in front of peers
We will take you step by step to draw for the conference!
Ready, set, DRAW!


Today you will go over the Introduction to Microbiology Notes, which cover Virus, and Monerans, with a mention of unicellular fungi.  We will likely only have time to review the lytic and lysogenic cycle today.

You can also continue with your notes on microbiology.  

  • Attachment
  • Entry & degradation of host's DNA
  • Synthesis of new viruses 
    • duplication of virus' genetic material
    • creation of new virus parts
  • Assembly of parts into new viruses
  • Release of new viruses

 video shows lytic cycle

 steps to the lysogenic cycle:  memorize AEIM
  • Attachment
  • Entry (no degradation of host DNA)
  • Integration using integrase enzyme
  • Mitosis
    • Host+virus DNA duplicated
    • cytokinesis
  • A virus that uses the lysogenic life cycle is termed either a provirus or prophage. What causes various proviruses to shift to the lytic cycle is not completely understood, but in some cases stress is the stimulus.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Here are your study questions, there will be a quiz next day. Each group will present on each topic.  Your presentation is out of 10 marks

3 marks:  you answered the question without any mistakes
2 marks:  you were clear and stayed on topic
2 marks:  each member of the group presented
2.5 marks: your group was VERY creative
.5 mark:  your group had OUTSTANDING creativity above and beyond

The questions:
1.  What is a virus and what is it made of?  Is a virus even alive?
2.  Describe the stages of the lytic cycle
3.  Describe the stages of the lysogenic cycle
4.  What are four examples of viruses that affect humans? Describe them
5.  What are three examples of viruses that affect non-humans?  Describe them
6.  What are our defenses against viruses?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Create a blog and include the following materials. Email it to me

1.  Central park assignment:/20
a.  Make some observations based on the Forest Pep package:
10 marks:  you used all your senses and described how this place engaged your senses in a page.  You also made additional observations about this place in a paragraph. Your writing is outstanding and show insight. You communicate new ideas about the site.     8-9 marks: you answered the questions in Forest Pep and included some observations and offered a few insights

5-7 you minimally answered questions and offered no insight

0-4 your work is incomplete
10 marks:  you included drawings and photos of your site .  Your drawings show careful observation.  Your photos are very well done and nicely composed. Your photos correctly identify species

8-9  you include photos of your site and correctly identify species.  Your photos are very well done

6-7 you include only 3-4 photos

0-5  your work is not quite complete

2.  Dichotomous key of the species of central park /10
10 marks - your key is comprehensive and makes sense. good presentation
8-9 marks - your key is compresensive and makes sense
6-7 marks  - your key includes most, not all species.  Something about it doesn't quite make sense but it works
0-5 marks - your key is missing some key components

FYI  you might want to search for historical photos from this website

The following photos were found there

Monday, December 4, 2017

Central Park Field Study - Trip plan due on Dec 6

We will meet in class and take attendance. We will depart within 5 minutes of the start of class. If you are late, you will be marked absent.

10 marks - your trip plan is done and handed in
5 marks - your group is on time and present and ready to go
10 marks - you take pictures of the major species of the pacific west coast rain forest while we are there

Safety - Central Park is a large urban park in the lower mainland.  You are expected to stay within your small group at all times as there are occasionally suspicious people in a large urban park

Route - for the class will be as follows once we get to Patterson Station

Trip plan (10 marks)  includes the following:

Names of all group members and their cell phone numbers
A trip itinerary
A list of species you expect to see
Safety considerations in this park
All the consent forms of all members

Notes on Evolution and field trip on Friday

Please read through pages 91 to 105 in our biology text book and make some notes for the open book quiz next period.  Pick up a field trip form. Notes and field study form due next period