Faculty Publications – College of Science and Health


The “Zinc Spark” – Zinc as a Signaling Chemical in Life

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This web resource is a TEDx talk about zinc and zinc's role in the early stages of the maturation of the egg. This would be a great introduction video for a gen chem, inorganic, or bioinorganic chemistry course. It introduces the idea that Zinc is stored in specific locations on the egg and then released all at the same time.

It is not very long and should give the students lots of questions. Following this video, the students can do the related literature discussion and in-class activities on the O'Halloran Paper to obtain more bredth and in-depth work (see links in "related activities"). Directing students to O'Halloran's website is also an option in conjuction with haveing them see the video.

It is a youtube video and should work on most electronic platforms.