Life on this Rock:
Life on this Rock:
Along the way, Life on this Rock shows how scientists who made major key discoveries achieved success by bringing together knowledge from fields other than science.
Crafted from the authors’ 20 plus years experience teaching biology to students of all majors and all levels, Life on this Rock: Form and Function of Living Things is written for students majoring in fields other than health sciences. Rather than follow the typical sequence of simple to complex organisms (i.e., bacteria, plants, animals and finally, humans), Life on this Rock: Form and Function presents comparative physiology with emphasis on humans. The differences among animals are presented in a manner that further helps understand human physiology.
The Life on this Rock series succeeds by taking students, in a narrative documentary style, through a step-by-step journey of discovery that accelerates learning and enables any student to fully grasp even complex biological topics. Students receive a solid foundation in science that they can draw from throughout their academic and professional careers, and a desirable base of understanding to advance from for those enticed to switch to a life sciences track.
Use Life on this Rock: Form and Function as a standalone one-semester course or pair it with Life on this Rock: Biology for a complete two-semester program.
Life on this Rock
An introduction to biology written for students majoring in fields other than science.
Life on this Rock
Form and Function of Living Things
An introduction to physiology for students majoring in fields other than health science
Life on this Rock
Biology with Physiology
Expanded edition that includes both Biology and Form and Function of Living Things
Life on this Rock
Biology (High School)
An active learning approach that aligns to NGSS Life Science for high school
The text is written in a narrative style, reminiscent of a documentary, which improves readability and comprehension for students majoring in other fields. Not only does approach better engage students with diverse interests and academic backgrounds, it also provides instructors new to teaching this course a ready-made “script” for class lectures.
A complete course, ready for immediate use, but customizable as desired with over 750 Power Point lecture slides featuring all text figures as a downloadable supplement and over 500 illustrations and real-world examples. Instructors can easily customize the textbook for their course, re-arranging the learning sequence, adding their own content or removing unneeded items, and even mixing/matching with content from other Trubook textbooks.
Self-assessment questions and “Learning Goals”: self-assessment questions, with accessible answers, in each chapter to help students focus. A list of goals included in each chapter (“After reading this chapter, I can…”). “Claim, Evidence and Reasoning” worksheets, which can be used as assignments or self-help exercises.
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Built-in glossary and highlighting/annotation tools: your student will appreciate the convenience of click on key words the first time it appears to get definitions and the full searchable glossary appearing at the end of each chapter. Students can easily highlight text and add their own annotations.
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Section I: The Basics of Life
Section II: Form and Function of Animals
Section III: Form and Function of Plants
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Life on this Rock: Biology was originally developed by Professor Thomas B. Shea to meet a specific need – to allow college students, regardless of their prior exposure to science, to gain a critical understanding of aspects of Biology that affect their lives now and will continue to do so in the future. Professor Shea recognizes that he may be the last scientist such students will ever hear from, and strives to leave them well-versed in the Scientific Method, in order to provide them with the ability to evaluate headlines and claims with a scientific approach, and to call for evidence.
His unique ability to present complex science in a manner accessible to students majoring in all fields resulted in a >4-fold increase in enrollment in Life Science classes at his University, and adoption of Life on this Rock by multiple other institutions.
Remembering his High School years, when not all students were headed to college, and most of those that were uncertain of their college major, Shea considered the potential utility of Life on this Rock: Biology for High School students.
To develop a High School version of his text, Professor Shea partnered with Kimberly A. Gonzalez, a certified high school science instructor with a Masters Degree in Education. Like Professor Shea, Ms. Gonzalez takes an active approach to learning, and recognized the appropriateness of the student-friendly language and accessibility of complex scientific processes provided by Life on this Rock.
Ms. Gonzalez developed the modifications and supplements that align Life on this Rock with the Next Generation High School Life Science Standards.
Modifications for the Special High School version of Life on this Rock include:
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Laboratory for Neuroscience
Department of Biological Sciences
Middlesex Community College
Dr. Shea has published over 300 scientific articles, trained 16 doctoral students, 30 Master’s degree recipients, and supervised over 35 undergraduate research projects. While he’s enjoyed teaching at all levels for 20 years, he particularly likes teaching Life Science to students majoring in other fields, where he has “the opportunity to present important aspects of science to the voters of the future.”
Dr. Shea holds his Ph.D. degree in Biology from Northeastern University, and earned his M.S. and B.A. degrees in Biology at the University of Massachusetts. He has obtained over 5 million dollars in funding for his research, from sources including the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Army Research Labs, the Alzheimer’s Association, the ALS Association, and the American Federation for Aging Research.
Dr. Shea and his team have demonstrated that certain combinations of vitamins and nutritional supplements not only delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, but if started early enough, can actually improve memory and mood in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease as well at adults without dementia. He frequently presents a wide range of seminars and workshops on the benefit of nutrition for age-related loss of memory. When not at work, Dr. Shea studies karate, where he holds a 6th degree black belt, and tends to his Japanese Garden.
Kimberly Gonzalez is currently an assistant professor at Middlesex Community College, where she teaches General Biology and Microbiology courses to life science and health science majors.
Prior to her community college appointment, Ms. Gonzalez taught high school biology, microbiology, and general biology, at various levels, for 12 years at Lowell High School.
Before becoming a teacher, Ms. Gonzalez worked as a clinical microbiologist at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, MA. She holds a B.S. in biology, and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She will complete an M.S. in biology from the University of Nebraska Kearney in the Spring of 2017.
Her teaching passion centers around the area of microbiology and student-led inquiry explorations. At her previous school, Ms. Gonzalez mentored approximately 20 high school students in conducting microbiology experiments of their choosing; an endeavor she hopes to continue at Middlesex Community College. Her student's work has been published in the Journal of Emerging Investigators.
Ms. Gonzalez developed the modifications and supplements that align Life on this Rock: AP Biology with the NGSS Life Science standards.
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