Flinn Scholars

Dept. of Scary New Vocab

December 28, 2007

By Flinn Foundation

Anna Thanukos (’93) has a newish article in the new journal Evolution: Education and Outreach, where she dishes on “host-switching,” a frightening term we didn’t know; it sounds like part of the Wikipedia entry on zombie movies. Not so, of course: host-switching is how HIV and SARS evolved from bothering chimps and bats to bothering you and me.

Anna ends the article with a bunch o’ links to support educators interested in bringing said evolutionary concepts into the classroom. And that, of course, is part of her broader work at the UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology, where she does a ton of science writing for the Understanding Evolution website, the main UCMP site, and their newest project, Understanding Science.