NSF Director Visits BioScope

The director of the National Science Foundation, Dr. Rita Colwell visited Purdue University recently and had the opportunity to review the BioScope Initiative, an NSF funded K-12 educational program to develop high quality biology materials.

The BioScope Initiative is a program within the School of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University. It is part of the Purdue University Cytometry Laboratories (PUCL). The director of the PUCL facility, Professor J. Paul Robinson is the pricipal investigator of the NSF program. Professor Robinson wrote the grant together with Mr. Marshall Overley, a science teacher at West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School, in West Lafayette, Indiana.

Above: Mr. Steven Dunlop (Director, BioScope Initiative), Dr. Rita Colwell (Director, NSF), and Prof. J. Paul Robinson (Principal Investigator on the NSF program) at the NSF Regional Conference at Purdue University on October 13, 2000.

The BioScope Initiative brings science to life and makes it fun! With students, teachers, and scientists working in partnership we create the very best in user-friendly material for today's high school students. The BioScope Initiative CD-ROMs are a new generation of WEB-based, cross-platform CD-ROMs that can operate via a network or as a single entity. BioScope CD-ROMs work just as well with PCs or Mac computers. They operate with any WEB browser--IE or Netscape. With the BioScope Initiative CD-ROMs, users can connect to the BioScope server through the internet and view the latest available information, continually updated by the BioScope Initiative Team.

If you want to see some examples of what the BioScope Initiative is about go to our website http://www.bioscope.org.