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Questions Fuel 'Ask A Biologist' Website Success
October 18, 2010
The Arizona State University online children's science portal, "Ask A Biologist," provides the backdrop for an editor's pick in the Oct. 12 online edition of Public Library of Science Biology. In the article "Ask A Biologist: Bringing Science to the Public," ASU's Charles Kazilek, the creative force behind the popular site (with a million visitors each year), points to the power of providing science education in a format that the public, quite literally, asks for.
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