The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has a well-deserved reputation among biology teachers for providing outstanding teaching tools free of charge through their BioInteractive website. The annual HHMI Holiday Lectures are one such resource. The lectures are organized around a specific topic (for example, biological clocks or neuroscience) and feature engaging, media-rich presentations by prominent scientists in the field. HHMI makes the lectures available as a live stream, via on-demand streaming, and on DVD. The DVDs and the BioInteractive website are well organized, and it is easy for the teacher to select portions of the lecture that are as long or as short as desired for classroom viewing, or to play only specific animations to illustrate particular concepts.

The 2011 lectures, Bones, Stones, and Genes: The Origin of Modern Humans, was released on DVD in April 2012 and features Drs. John Shea, Sara Tishkoff, and Tim White. The lecture...

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