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About Interactive Biology


How can a site about Biology built by one guy reach over 2.7 MILLION PEOPLE all over the world?

So here’s the real deal. We all know that there are MANY people out there who don’t like biology. Ok, ok, there are even many out there who HATE it with a Passion. I know . . . it’s hard to believe – such a fascinating topic with so much valuable information and people actually don’t like it. Can you fancy that?

Here’s the thing – I have a theory. My theory is that most people who don’t like it, don’t like it because of the way it was taught to them – A bunch of $100 words by a very intelligent teacher. Now, I’m not trying to bash on teachers because they (we) are important. However, sometimes, it is necessary to break down concepts into little bite-sized chunks.

That is what Interactive Biology is all about – Breaking down the concepts in biology so that if a Freshman in High School wants to understand Graduate-level Neurobiology, with enough discipline, she could do so.

Technology is AWESOME, and I enjoy using it to enhance my classes. The internet continues to amaze me. It’s such a useful tool that can help anyone who wants to learn about any subject. Well, if biology is the subject you want to learn about, this is the site for you.

These are some of the COOL things you will find here:

  • A bunch of cool short Videos breaking down concepts of biology, one step at a time. For right now, I’m covering topics in physiology and neuroscience, and it will take time to get it all out there, but it’s all coming, so hold on to your seats.
  • My lecture Videos. These are from the High School Biology 1 Class I used to teach.
  • Quizzes. We all know that testing is part of the learning process. Well – My goal is to take the sting out of testing by allowing you to quiz yourself over and over BEFORE actually taking a test. Hey, if I can get an A in a bio class, so can you 🙂
  • All kinds of other junk (and I mean that in a very good way). Really, As I create more and more resources, I will be sharing them here with you.

So who is Leslie Samuel, the guy behind this COOL SITE??

Leslie Samuel

Leslie Samuel (Me)

I’m Glad you asked 🙂

My name is Leslie Samuel, and I hate starting paragraphs with statements like “My name is Leslie Samuel”. However, it seemed like the thing to do at the time.

Originally from the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Maarten, I spent many of my childhood years hanging out with friends and getting to know people. That’s what I love, and St. Maarten was a great place to do that.

At the age of 17, I moved to Michigan to go to Andrews University – Such a great experience. After graduating with a B.S. in Biology/Zoology, I went on for a M.S. in Biology/Neurobiology.

While doing my Master’s Degree with an emphasis in Neurobiology, I had the privilege of doing research both at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan and the Georg August University in Goettingen, Germany.

My Masters research involved doing extracellular recordings from the L3 interneuron in the cricket A. domesticus and also AN2 in the cricket G. Bimaculatus – a species that is found in Germany, where the other half of my research took place. If it sounds complex, it’s because it kinda was, but I did learn a TON.

I found my passion for biology while in the class Systems Physiology, especially when I started learning about Neurobiology. The complexity of a neuron really fascinated me to the extent that the notes I took in that class (and other classes since) have been used by many students over the years and forms the basis for the videos provided here.

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So what do I do now?

I’m the Foundation Science Coordinator in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Andrews University. The classes I’m teaching are Gross Anatomy, Human Anatomy, Neuroscience, Pathophysiology I and II – All the fun and exciting classes (in my humble opinion).

Now some people are going to read this page about me and wonder if I’m some weird guy who doesn’t really know what he’s doing. What they’re reading might not sound like it’s coming from a professional (with statements like – ok, so here’s the real deal). They may want to know if I’m published. Although I don’t give that much weight, here are a list of publications/presentation I’ve been involved in. I do need to update the list as there have been a few since I last checked.

  • Samuel, L., Stumpner, A., Atkins, G. and Stout, J. (2013), Processing of model calling songs by the prothoracic AN2 neurone and phonotaxis are significantly correlated in individual female Gryllus bimaculatus. Physiological Entomology. doi: 10.1111/phen.12040
  • Stout, J, Stumpner, A, Jeffery, J, Samuel, L, Atkins, G (2011) Response properties of the prothoracic AN2 auditory interneurone to model calling songs in Gryllus bimaculatus. Physiological Entomology (2011) 36, 343–359.
  • Stout, J, Navia, B, Jefferey, J, Samuel, L, Hartwig, L, Butlin, A, Chung, C, Wilson, J, Dashner, E and Atkins, G. 2010. Plasticity of the phonotactic selectiveness of four species of chirping crickets (Gryllidae): Implications for call recognition. Physiological Entomology 35(2):1-18.
  • Stout J, Navia, Samuel L, Dashner E, Chung M, Chacon M, Wilson J, Hartwig L, Atkins G (2005) Plasticity in the selective phonotaxis of five species of crickets: implications for neuronal recognition mechanisms. Program No. 1003.14. 2005 Abstract Viewer/Itinerary Planner. Washington, DC Society for Neuroscience
  • Stout J, Samuel L, Jefferey J, Atkins G (2004) The plasticity of the AN2 neuron’s syllable period-selective responses to model calling songs in the cricket Gryllus bimaculatus: Roles in selective phonotaxis. Proceedings of the 7th International Congress on Neuroethology PO11 – Presented in Denmark

So yeah – That’s pretty much it for now. Hope you enjoy the site. If you are finding value in it, be sure to let me know by contacting me or by leaving comments on the relevant videos or pages. That’s all folks!


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