Hey I'm Rachael, I love playing sports, especially field hockey, listening to music, chilling with my friends, and doing anything creative. I love going to the beach and someday want to live in California. :]]

So far,my favorite thing
we did in Biology was trying to create the best shape for a cell to diffuse. It aloud me to think of creative ways to shape the cell so it could have a large surface area,but a low volume. Unfortunately, my group did not find the most efficient cell, but we were able to figure out how to make it better.
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Student Expectations
How Will I Meet This Expectation?
How Did I Meet This Expectation?
Demonstrate ability to evaluate sources of biology information on the internet
I will try to find internet sources that end in .EDU and .GOV because they are more reliable
I will check to see my source is a credible source
I will have my classmates review my sources
I will check my classmates' sources
I will have at least two credible sources
I verified that Wikianswers was not a credible site.
I verified that Current Biology was a credible site.
The source for my twin post is credible: Twins
Samantha Harding reviewed my source: Twins
I check that Samantha Harding's source was credible: Itching.
I check that Teddy Secor's sources were credible Sturgeon, Sturgeon.
I verified that fingerprints was a reliable source.
William Hoffer, Cassie Gergely, and Ryan Jenekens reviewed by source 1,source 2, and source 3 for my Fish post.
I used three different sources for my post about a new type of fish.
Demonstrate an ability to read and understand current biology news
I will research any topic that I don't understand
I will make sure I am able to put the information into words for other to understand
I will chose topics that are interesting and that I can create a good post on
I researched twins for a blog topic.
I was able to make my topic about how twins are alike and how they are different.
I researched if scientist are able to determine a person's age by their teeth on Skye's blog post Horse Teeth.
I got new information about Cymothoa.
I answered my own question on whether or not fraternal and identical twins fingerprints were alike.
I researched a new type of fish for my blog topic.
I commented on William's post about a Caribou speciation.
Demonstrate proper use of online resources
I will make sure the source is credible
I will use scientific and educational sources
I will find the most up to date information
I will paraphrase the information i find
I provided a creative commons picture for my Twins post.
I hyper linked on my post about Twins.
I used a creative commons pictures from my post about a new type of fish- source 1,source 2.
I used a youtube video on my post about a new type of fish.
Publish work that is available for peer-review
I will paraphrase information in a clear, concise way for my readers to understand
I will put my post on the wiki to let my peers critic and review it
I will show at least on classmate my post before submitting it
I put a post for my peers to review on my discussion board.
I showed Samantha Harding and Caitlin Carey my post before submitting it to Ms. Baker.
I was able to take the information I learned about twins and made it so my peers would understand it.
I put a new post on my discussion board for my peers to review it.
I showed William Hoffer, Cassie Gergely, and Ryan Jenekens my post before submitting it to Ms. Baker.
I was able to take the information I learned about this new fish and made it so my peers would understand it.
Discuss published work with a practicing biologist in that particular field
I will try and find someone with experience in my topic
I will ask they to review my sources to make sure they are credible
I will ask they to review my post to make sure it is reliable
I e-mailed a student biologist James J. Young about my twins post.
Student biologist James J. Young, answered my questions about twins which you can view on my blog Twins, or below this chart.
I emailed a marine biologist Ted Pietsch about my fish post.
Ted Pietsch answered my questions about a new type of fish which you can see below this chart.
Provide constructive peer-review to classmates
I will make sure my critics are helpful not harmful
I will check my classmates' sources to see if they are credible
I will offer my opinions when asked
I will try to help my classmates to produces the best post they can
I commented on "Girls Help Boys Focus" and gave a new experiment.
I read and critiqued Samantha Harding post "Why Do We Itch".
I commented and asked a question on Skye's post Horse Teeth.
I commented on an activity we did to see if we slightly preferred one race over another.
I gave new information to Cymothoa.
I commented on Brandon's post Race in Science.
I commented on my own post about if twins fingerprints are alike or not.
I critiqued William's post about Caribou speciation.
Discuss in-class assignments
I will relate my post to something we have or are learning in class
I will relate my comments to something we have or are learning in class
I made a post about twins which we have learned about in class.
I talked about how we are all descendants for Africa in Brandon's post Race in Science.
I made a comment to my post about twins and talked about DNA.
I made a post about a new fish and asked a question on how it evolved to adapt to it's surroundings.
I commented on William's post Caribou speciation about how the Caribou would have more benefits over others different from it.
Apply creativity to work
I will provide colorful and interesting pictures to my posts that I took myself
I will provide interesting videos that relate to my topic that I made myself
I will make voice threads

I provided a picture of fraternal twins to my post about Twins that I took myself.
I provided a video that I made myself about how fraternal twins are made.
I provided a video that I made myself about how identical twins are made.

Here is my interview with a biologist student, James J. Young:
Question: Do identical twins share a more similar IQ then fraternal twins?
Answer: Yes, identical twins generally have more similar IQs than fraternal twins.
The heritability of IQ is 40-80%. Heritability is a measure of the
amount of variance of a trait in a group that is determined by
genetics as opposed to other factors. You can think of it as the
amount that genetics pushes an individual away from the mean of the
population.
(IT% - FT%)*2 = Heritability
Heritability is calculated by subtracting the percentage of identical
twins with the same IQs (IT%) from the percentage of fraternal twins
with the same IQs (FT%) and multiplying by two. This is because
identical twins are 100% alike in their genes whereas fraternal twins
are only 50%. We assume that the extra 50% of genetic-relatedness
manifests in more similar IQ, and we can calculate its amount using
that formula.
Because heritability is positive — not zero — for IQ, identical
twins have on the whole more similar IQs that fraternal twins.
(Note that whether IQ is primarily genetic or determined by the
environment is still a very controversial subject among scientists.
Even though identical twins have more similar IQs than fraternal
twins, high IQ probably also has strong environmental causes.)
Question: Are there any cases in twins where one has been normal why the other one is mentally disabled?
Answer: Yes. If the heritability of IQ were 100%, then the only thing that
determined IQ would be genetics, and difference among identical twins
would not be possible. But it isn’t. This means that environment
plays part of the role.
There are certainly cases where identical twins have had markedly
different IQs, though these cases are rare. In most of them, I would
say it happened because of a developmental problem in the womb rather
than because of a genetic cause. For example, it would be impossible
for one identical twin to have Down’s syndrome while the other did not
because Down’s syndrome has a genetic cause. But mental retardation
-using the medical definition of IQ <70 -- has a lot of
environmental causes too -- such as inadequate nutrition in and
outside the womb.

If you expand your definition of mentally disabled, cases where one
identical twin has schizophrenia or ADHD or bipolar disorder and the
other does not are quite common.



Here is my interview with marine biologist, Ted Pietsch
Question: What makes this fish so unique?
Answer: In a whole lot of ways this fish is unlike any other that we know: it is covered with a wild swirl of tan and peach colored, zebra-like stripes, and behaves in ways that have never been described before. It has a flattened face with eyes directed forward. It doesn't swim like other fishes, but hops along the bottom, propelled by jets of water that it squirts out of it's tiny gill openings. Each time it strikes the seafloor it uses its fins to push off. It looks like inflated rubber balls bouncing along.
Question: How does it differ from other fish of its kind?
Answer: It is a kind of anglerfish, a large group of about 320 species that have a fishing apparatus attached to their snout or forehead. They sit out in the open on the seafloor or coral reef, often adapting their coloring so their bodies are camouflaged, but the lure is meant to be noticed so the anglerfish waves and wiggles the lure to attract prey. But, this crazy new species has no lure at all, so it must find food in some other way. Unfortunately we don't know how it does it.
Question: Do you know where and how this fish evolved from?
Answer: It has evolved from a group of large, flattened, shallow water anglerfishes called monkfishes or goosefishes, which is common on the East Coast of the U.S. and which is sometimes available in the market. It is a very tasty fish! You can see pictures of these monkfishes, as well as pictures of many other types of anglerfishes on my "Tree of Life" pages, just click here: http://www.tolweb.org/Lophiiformes




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