Human Biology

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Cengage Learning, Jan 1, 2011 - Science - 608 pages
Presenting core concepts in a relevant context, Starr and McMillan’s HUMAN BIOLOGY gives students a clear understanding of how the human body works and helps them make well-informed choices as consumers and voters. Each chapter opens with a human biology-related issue currently in the news that highlights the relevance of biology and motivates the study of the topic. Students then learn the basic concepts which help them think critically about these issues. Useful pedagogy such as section ending Take-Home Messages and a running glossary ensure students understand key concepts. At the end of the chapter, How Would You Vote, Future Focus, and Explore on Your Own sections demonstrate the impact and personal relevance of the content on their lives. Lastly, carefully integrated instructor and student digital tools help with preparing lectures, delivering course content, and monitoring student’s progress.
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About the author (2011)

For decades, Cecie Starr has been known as one of the best-selling biology textbook authors. Her texts, appreciated for their clarity in both the written word and the visual representation of biological concepts, include multiple editions of BIOLOGY: THE UNITY AND DIVERSITY OF LIFE, BIOLOGY: CONCEPTS AND APPLICATIONS, and BIOLOGY TODAY AND TOMORROW. Her original dream was to become an architect. Instead of building houses, she now builds, with care and attention to detail, texts based on this philosophy: "I invite students into a chapter through an intriguing story. Once inside, they get the great windows that biologists construct on the world of life. Biology is not just another house. It is a conceptual mansion. I hope to do it justice.

Beverly McMillan has been a science writer for more than 30 years and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. In addition to her work on this textbook, she has coauthored eleven editions of a human biology text and written or coauthored numerous trade books on scientific subjects and natural history. She has also worked extensively as a content developer and editorial manager in educational and commercial publishing, including co-publishing ventures with Yale University Press, the Smithsonian Institution, the U.S. National Park Service and other partners.

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