Student Resources

We have compiled a list of external resources for students on this page. While not everything shown here relates directly to the Great Diseases curriculum, we hope that you find this to be a useful repository for information related to science and current topics in public health from reputable primary sources.

Websites and Organizations

Science News for Students
An online publication that features topical science news for students, parents, and educators in connecting the latest in scientific research to learning in and out of the classroom.

Our World of Wildlife
An organization that works with biologists, sociologists, and educators to engage people from all walks of life in ecology and science. Their mission is to facilitate nature conservation through science education and communication.

Interdependent Relationships in the Great Barrier Reef
Learners will explore coral reefs, investigate how grazers (like herbivorous fish) affect their environment, and be introduced to the concept of interdependent relationships between species and within ecosystems.

Neuroscientifically Challenged
Home to the 2-Minute Neuroscience YouTube series.

SARS-CoV-2: The Coronavirus Pandemic

Why outbreaks like coronavirus spread exponentially, and how to “flatten the curve”
The Washington Post. An article from the earlier days of the pandemic with very helpful visuals, featuring an interactive simulation of how an infectious disease can spread or be contained given different factors (e.g. quarantines, vaccines).

Bad News Wrapped in Protein: Inside the Coronavirus Genome
The New York Times. A simply written and illustrated article presenting the molecular structures of the coronavirus.

The race for coronavirus vaccines: a graphical guide
Nature Magazine. An article that illustrates eight types of coronavirus vaccines developed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The graphics are simple, accurate, and excellent for helping to understand the general types of vaccines.

Why the Coronavirus Is So Confusing
The Atlantic. A detailed look at how different scientific and social factors may cause confusion and misinformation about the pandemic.

How COVID-19 Vaccines Work
The New York Times. A collection of explanations of how the leading vaccine candidates work.

Vaccine Distribution in the US
The Washington Post. An updated tracker of vaccination progress for each state in the US.