Pathways: The Imaging Issue

Cover of Pathways student magazine showing geometric shapes, pom-pom-like structures, and text that reads, Dive into the microscopic world. What do you think this image shows? Hint: It’s NOT an underwater scene! (Answer inside). Cover of Pathways student magazine.

NIGMS and Scholastic bring you our latest issue of Pathways, which focuses on imaging tools that help scientists unlock the mysteries of our cells and molecules. A better understanding of this tiny world can help researchers learn about the body’s normal and abnormal processes and lead to more effective, targeted treatments for illnesses.

Pathways is designed for students in grades 6 through 12. This collection of free resources teaches students about basic science and its importance to health, as well as exciting research careers.

The new issue of the student magazine includes more than a dozen eye-catching images of the microscopic world captured by NIGMS-supported researchers. It covers topics such as:
  • The history of imaging tools
  • X-ray crystallography and how it helps scientists study proteins
  • Different types of electron microscopy and what they enable researchers to see
  • NIGMS-funded scientists who use imaging tools in their research

Featured in This Issue:

Sudha Chakrapani, Ph.D., professor at Case Western Reserve University

Christopher Barnes, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology

Shraddha Nayak, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utah

Melody Campbell, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Pathways [PDF] was distributed to teachers as a special insert in the March issue of Scholastic’s Science World magazine; anyone can access and download the materials for free on the Pathways website. Materials include student magazines, teaching guides, videos, and interactives. Free print copies of the first four issues are available for order, and print copies of the current issue will be available soon.

Tell us on social media how you’re sharing Pathways with your students by using the hashtag #NIGMSPathways!