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Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 at 8:15am
Tetrahymena - a powerful tool for toxicology studies. Great for K-12 inquiry of toxicology of common substances.
Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 8:37am
NY Master Teacher workshop - Introduction to Tetrahymena as teaching tool, Science and Society activities, Invasive fish monitoring program.
Saturday, March 18th, 2017 at 5:06pm
Don't kill that spider! Over 45,000 species of spiders eat 400-800 million tons of prey (mostly insects) every year.
sepaasset photo
Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 8:15am
There is so much still to learn. Discoveries like these are yet another incentive
for protecting ALL species.
Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 at 10:01am
Cool behind-the-scenes explanation of ancient dental plaque tests. Great pictures and student friendly text.
Saturday, March 11th, 2017 at 7:54pm
DNA from Neanderthal dental plaque provides clues to diet, lifestyles, possible self-medication. Very cool!


ASSETThursday, January 5th, 2017 at 11:55am
ASSET is hosting a Foldscope workshop a Cornell University on 1/14/17. You can check out what we will be doing at
ASSETThursday, October 6th, 2016 at 10:45am
Teachers - do you have talented students who need additional challenges? ASSET can provide support for independent student classroom research projects using Tetrahymena, a safe, easy-to-grow protozoan, as a research organism. Check out .

Participating students get to experience what real research is all about, from coming up with a question that interests them and doing some reading to see what has been done before, to designing and planning a workable experimental approach, to writing a research proposal and requesting whatever supporting materials they need, to carrying out their research project, to writing up a report in a format that best suits their topic.

Students can apply to ASSET for the loan of needed equipment and supplies not available at their school. Application materials are available on the website.

For students more interested in science from a societal perspective, who prefer reading and thinking about scientific issues and their effects on society rather than working in a lab, ASSET also offers support for the development of an independent research project exploring some aspect of the impact of science and scientific advances on society, now or throughout history.

For general information on independent research, check out the resources here .

For more information, contact us at
ASSETMonday, August 15th, 2016 at 2:45pm
Here are pictures of ASSET visiting a 5th grade class. We brought ciliates and foldscopes and the response was awesome! Take a look!
ASSETSaturday, August 6th, 2016 at 6:25pm
Microscopic Protozoan Pac-Man!?

Researchers in Norway created a real-life microscopic version of the popular Pac-Man arcade game, populated with ciliates as the beloved character. The idea stemmed from creating a way to study the behavior of the organisms in an environment more closely resembling their natural habitat than a simple 2D petri dish.
ASSETThursday, August 4th, 2016 at 5:23pm
If your students are interested in doing independent research using Tetrahymena as a model organism, check out ASSET's new Independent Research option at ASSET can help provide guidance, materials, and equipment to interested students.
ASSETWednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at 10:09pm
Cilia are remarkable structures, and Tetrahymena are the perfect organism to study them!