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Expanding the Scope of Citizen Science: Learning and Engagement of Undergraduate Students in a Citizen Science Chemistry Lab

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Leveraging Citizen Science in a College Classroom to Build Interest and Efficacy for Science and the Environment

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The Roles and Value of Citizen Science: Perceptions of Professional Educators Enrolled on a Postgraduate Course

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Creating Study-Specific Tools to Increase Community and Student Engagement

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Useful Biodiversity Data Were Obtained by Novice Observers Using iNaturalist During College Orientation Retreats

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Undergraduate Student Experiences with Citizen Science Highlight Potential to Broaden Scientific Engagement

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Do Ecological or Molecular Biological Citizen Science Projects Affect the Perceptions of Undergraduate Students Toward Pursuing Future Citizen Science?

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Cultivating Bioliteracy, Biodiscovery, Data Literacy, and Ecological Monitoring in Undergraduate Courses with iNaturalist

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Using Citizen Science to Incorporate Research into Introductory Biology Courses at Multiple Universities

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Citizen Science in Higher Education

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Citizen Science in Postsecondary Education: Current Practices and Knowledge Gaps

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Sickle Cell Disease and Natural Selection in Humans

Sickle Cell

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Teaching Cancer Biology Through a Lens of Social Justice

Cancer and Social Justice

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Cell Signaling Pathways - a Case Study Approach

Cell Signaling Case Study Resources

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Learning About Protein Localization: A Lesson for Analyzing Figures in a Scientific Publication

In order to function correctly, proteins must be localized to a specific subcellular location. We have designed this lesson to use data from the primary literature to teach students about the mechanisms cells use to direct proteins to the appropriate destinations and about the types of experiments that scientists use to investigate these mechanisms. Exposing undergraduate students to primary literature and experimental science in biology courses can prepare them for the demands of the job market and graduate programs. However, students can struggle when asked to analyze data from publications due to the high cognitive load involved with figure interpretation. We have designed this lesson to help students draw meaningful conclusions from figures in primary literature. To make the figure interpretation process more accessible to students, we use a combination of scaffolding to break down figure interpretation into smaller attainable steps and group work to allow students to combine their knowledge and work collaboratively. In this lesson, student groups are given a subset of figures from a scientific article along with questions that guide them through the process of decoding and interpreting these figures. The students interpret three figures that use different experimental techniques to address the subcellular localization of the TIN2 protein and one figure that determines the locations of the signal sequences in the protein that are critical for the correct localization. Taken together, this lesson helps students understand both how the eukaryotic cell localizes proteins to the correct subcellular localization and how scientists study this question.

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Preparing Student Study Guides through Peer Collaboration in the Technological Era

Incorporating active learning exercises into large lecture courses is particularly challenging, especially when it comes to examination preparation materials. Traditionally, study guides are used as a tool to guide student learning and review pertinent information. However, instructor produced review guides limit active participation of students in the study process, and the independent reading and review of study materials has previously been shown to fall short of being inclusive for students. Here I describe a tool used in a large introductory biology lecture for the implementation of peer produced study guides. The activity includes in-person peer discussion followed by online peer collaboration to design a study guide of potential exam materials, incorporating the advantages of both active learning and the use of study guides. This format provides a platform for students of diverse learning backgrounds to actively participate in the development and refinement of study materials. I conclude by discussing the assessment, secondary advantages, and adaptability of this tool and teaching strategy.

Primary image: Peer Studying and Online Learning. This image represents the combination of peer collaborative learning and the use of online resources for study. The image is not copyrighted and was downloaded for the copyright free site “Unsplash.”

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Electron Location, Location, Location: Understanding Biological Interactions

To use prior to 3D printing module?

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Electron Location, Location, Location: Understanding Biological Interactions

Introductory Biology courses typically introduce the structure and function of biomolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids. To understand biomolecules fully, students require knowledge of fundamental chemistry concepts such as covalent bonding, intermolecular interactions and hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity (1). Students enter our large (>400 student) course with a notoriously limited conceptual grasp of basic chemistry principles. Our lesson is an activity designed on the principles of POGIL (Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning). In 50 minutes, students build their own definitions of the following: polar vs. non-polar covalent bonds, hydrophilicity/hydrophobicity and the nature of hydrogen bonding based simply on the relative electronegativities of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon and hydrogen. We find that this exercise improves students’ understanding of these chemical concepts. Since adopting this activity, students have been better able to understand biomolecular structures and predict interactions between molecules.

Primary image: Hydrogen Bond. Possible hydrogen bond interaction that can form between two simple organic molecules.

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Investigating human impacts on stream ecology: Scaling up from Local to National with a focus on the Southeast

Adaptation of the "TIEE Module- How does nutrient pollution impact stream ecosystems locally and nationally?" specifically to include information on the SE (particularly Atlanta, GA).

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An Active Learning Workshop to Teach Active Learning Strategies

Active learning strategies

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Building Biodiversity Datasets

Building biodiversity datasets

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Putting specimens on the map: An introduction to georeferencing

Georeferencing of specimens

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The Revolution Will be Backward Designed - YouTube

Backward Design

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Using Open-Source Bioinformatics and Visualization Tools to Explore the Structure and Function of SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein

The relationship between protein structure and function is a foundational concept in undergraduate biochemistry. We find this theme is best presented with assignments that encourage exploration and analysis. Here, we share a series of four assignments that use open-source, online molecular visualization and bioinformatics tools to examine the interaction between the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and the ACE2 receptor. The interaction between these two proteins initiates SARS-CoV-2 infection of human host cells and is the cause of COVID-19. In assignment I, students identify sequences with homology to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and use them to build a primary sequence alignment. Students make connections to a linked primary research article as an example of how scientists use molecular and phylogenetic analysis to explore the origins of a novel virus. Assignments II through IV teach students to use an online molecular visualization tool for analysis of secondary, tertiary, and quaternary structure. Emphasis is placed on identification of noncovalent interactions that stabilize the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and mediate its interaction with ACE2. We assigned this project to upper-level undergraduate biochemistry students at a public university and liberal arts college. Students in our courses completed the project as individual homework assignments. However, we can easily envision implementation of this project during multiple in-class sessions or in a biochemistry laboratory using in-person or remote learning. We share this project as a resource for instructors who aim to teach protein structure and function using inquiry-based molecular visualization activities.

Primary image: Exploration of SARS-CoV-2 spike protein: student generated data from assignments I - IV. Includes examples of figures submitted by students, including a sequence alignment and representations of 3D protein structure generated using UCSF Chimera. The primary image includes student generated data and a cartoon from Pixabay, an online repository of copyright free art. 

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applying UDL in college and faculty perspectives

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measuring implementation

journal article

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Figure of the Day

Students use their number sense to make observations and come up with reasonable guesses or explanations for the patterns shown.

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Knowing your own: A classroom case study using the scientific method to investigate how birds learn to recognize their offspring

Understanding the scientific method provides students with a necessary foundation for careers in science-related fields. Moreover, students can apply scientific inquiry skills in many aspects of their daily lives and decision making. Thus, the ability to apply the scientific method represents an essential skill that students should learn during undergraduate science education. We designed an interrupted case study in which students learn about and apply the scientific method to investigate and recapitulate the findings of a published research article. This research article addresses the question of how parents recognize their own young in a system where birds of the same species lay eggs in each other's nests. The researchers approach the question through three experiments in which the bird's own offspring and unrelated offspring hatch in different orders. This experiment specifically tests for the effect of hatching order on the bird's ability to recognize its own offspring. In the case study, students form hypotheses based on behavioral observations made while watching a video clip, together with background information provided by the instructor. With additional information about the experimental design, students make graphical predictions for the three related experiments, compare their predictions to the results, and draw conclusions based on evidence. This lesson is designed for introductory undergraduate students, and we provide suggestions on how to adjust the lesson for more advanced students. This case study helps students differentiate between hypotheses and predictions, introduces them to constructing and interpreting graphs, and provides a clear example of the scientific method in action.

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The 4-Minute Summary: Helping students recall, recap and explain the big picture... and much more!

Actively engaging students during a lecture class can come through many formats.  The 4-Minute Summary is a versatile pedagogy that can be readily applied to any class format (e.g., traditional, flipped), any class size, and any content.  Students benefit by engaging with peers while at the same time recapping and recalling content in their own words.     

The 4-Minute Summary allows students to

  1. engage with peers,
  2. engage with content,
  3. recap/recall content in their own words,
  4. practice speaking the content and
  5. provide a venue for questions to be answered. 

Luckily, students also enjoy using 4-Minute Summaries as a way to check their understanding while interacting with their peers.    

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Gotcha! Which fly trap is the best? An introduction to experimental data collection and analysis

Collecting data from experimental observations is an important component of the scientific process; likewise, the analysis of the data is essential to understanding the observed trends and patterns from any experiment. Allowing students to practice data collection and analysis is valuable to their scientific literacy and capacity. In this paper, we present a fly trap experiment that gives students the opportunity to discover which combinations of baits and trap types yield the best fly traps. Baits and traps can be made from easily available household goods, allowing this experiment to be set up with minimal preparation and at low cost. Students, individually or in small groups, set up their specific trap and bait combinations and the instructor collects them and places them in an area with flies. After a period of time, the instructor returns the traps to students who count the numbers of trapped flies. With these data, students summarize the results and evaluate the success of different combinations of trap type and baits. The experiment requires one session to construct and set-up the traps and a second session to count the flies and analyze and interpret the data. The experiment is designed for undergraduate students and can be modified to fit students’ past experience with experimental design and statistical analysis.  

Accompanying article about online adaptation of this lesson: Online Adaptation to "Gotcha! Which fly trap is the best? An introduction to experimental data collection and analysis"

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Building student literacy and metacognition through reading science in the news

Ensuring students' science literacy is essential for preparation for study in science disciplines and is of critical importance given contemporary challenges in determining the legitimacy and accuracy of science in popular media. This lesson describes the effectiveness of an undergraduate biology course designed to improve students' scientific literacy through meaningful engagement with science news sources. Students were surveyed at the beginning and end of the course to determine their preferred science news sources. Though 45% of students reported not accessing any science news sources in their daily lives at the beginning of the term, 100% of students reported accessing science news at the end of the term. Backward design and Scientific Teaching ensured that assignments meaningfully related to course learning goals, and formative assessment allowed the instructor to track student metacognition regarding science news throughout the term. These findings highlight the value of incorporating science news into undergraduate science courses with meaningful effects for science engagement and literacy beyond the classroom.

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Integrating Social Justice into your STEM Classroom: Redlining & Health

Workshop about models for introducing social justice issues into classes developed in a Faculty Mentoring Network. Presented at the 2021 BIOME Institute.

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Critical inquiry for inclusive teaching of statistics

Professional development workshop slides to help curate conversations in teaching statistics with a critical inquiry lens.

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Structuring Courses for Equity

As instructors, we continually look for new ways to create equitable learning environments and support learning for all students in our courses. Recently, we have explored ways that we can increase structure to better support students. We have identified four evidence-based elements that we include in our course design and implementation: 1) structured assessments and feedback; 2) structured out-of-class learning; 3) structured class time using inclusive practices; and 4) structured assignments using transparent design. In this essay, we identify some relevant literature to address each of these levels of structure and describe our experiences with implementation at each level to support equitable classroom environments.

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STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series: Fixed vs Growth Mindset and Why the Biggest Challenge May be Faculty (Episode Seven)

This webinar will explore how faculty can teach with a growth mindset and identify some potential areas of fixed mindset that might prove to be obstacles for many students.

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Exploring EnvironmenATL Justice with Data Analytics and Visualization

Basic data handling and data analysis skills are introduced to visualize and analyze ‘big data.’ Environmental justice is introduced to give students an understanding of tools and strategies to explore while developing advocacy and communication skills.

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Data on Dead Zones and a Scientist Spotlight Featuring Benjamin Negrete, Jr.

In this lesson, students plot data and interpret graphs of the metabolic responses of fish to hypoxic conditions. Then, students view and reflect on an interview with fish ecophysiologist Benjamin Negrete, Jr., who collected the data that they graph.

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A Hybrid Virtual Kinesiology Laboratory Module for Human Anatomy and Physiology

The integration of virtual technology is becoming a common trend in anatomy education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The incorporation of virtual 3D anatomical models into the classroom is beneficial to students, especially if they do not have access to cadavers. This lesson is a hybrid kinesiology laboratory module that includes virtual anatomical and traditional physiological laboratory components. The module contains procedures that are easy for undergraduate students to follow while also containing advanced content to promote higher order thinking. This lesson provides a brief description of the learning context, time and pace, lesson plan, and teacher and student evaluations. During the learning activities, students will use a virtual dissection Anatomage Table and conduct modified Wingate tests and accumulated oxygen deficit experiments. This module will be useful for anatomy and physiology instructors who want to blend virtual and traditional learning modalities, embrace active learning, and make advanced concepts more accessible to students.

Primary image: A photograph of the Anatomage Table in its vertical orientation, revealing three different layers of the virtual male donor model in virtual dissection. 

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Science and Society: Integrating Historical Science Materials Into an Undergraduate Biology Course

Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011) stresses the importance of fostering an understanding of the relationship between science and society. We describe a library-based activity that enables students in an undergraduate microbiology class to explore this relationship over the course of centuries, with the library functioning as a laboratory. Students are guided by a worksheet as they explore historical materials such as books, newspapers, letters, government publications, articles, scientific treatises, and artifacts. Working in pairs, students answer questions about the content and reflect on how the ideas in the documents relate to the scientific understanding at the time. Exploring authentic materials in a library setting provides a powerful learning experience. This activity was also successful using digitized documents during the COVID-19 pandemic, when remote teaching was required. Student responses to a post-activity questionnaire indicated that the activity sparked a keen interest in the history of science as well as introspection about the relationship between science and society. This approach can be generalized for different biology courses and education levels.

Primary image:  Students examining historical books and microscopes. Students working in pairs to complete worksheet questions during one of two visits to the University of Colorado Boulder’s Special Collections.

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Teaching Cancer Biology Through a Lens of Social Justice

The biology classroom is not separate from the greater context of society; social issues can and should be presented in connection with the content. Here we present an example of antiracist teaching using the molecular/cellular biology of cancer in an introductory biology course as a topic through which to address historic racial disparities. Through this lesson, students analyzed biological science through the lens of social justice, specifically looking at disparities of cancer incidence with ties to health outcomes and environmental racism. The synchronous activity begins with personal tie-ins to the broader subject of cancer and then dives into the molecular regulation involved in creating cancerous phenotypes. Cancer biology is explored using an active-learning style based in process-oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL) tactics. Multiple levels of assessments pushed students to grapple with data about racial health disparities and make explicit connections between these data and molecular mechanisms of cancer formation. This paper provides activity worksheets, an activity timeline, an example of assessment items, and teacher preparation for other instructors who want to emulate this lesson either directly or as an example of adjusting other science topics towards this lens. For those teaching in different topics, we offer advice and examples to help instructors to include social justice lenses into their science teaching.

Primary image: Malignant History. Artwork by Heidi-Marie Wiggins and Jeannette Takashima.

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Developing Decolonial Consciousness in Biology Students Through Critical Reflection Assignments

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Getting Started with Universal Design for Learning

Three resources for faculty interested in an introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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STEM OER Accessibility Framework and Guidebook

This framework, developed by ISKME in partnership with SERC, provides a practical reference for curators and authors of STEM OER, with 23 accessibility criteria, or elements, to reference as they curate, design and adapt materials to be accessible.

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Another Information is Beautiful take on COVID 19

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Writing Microbiology Resource Announcements (MRA)

This resources provides a framework for students to write a Microbiology Resource Announcement, collaboratively.

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A Fun Introductory Command Line Lesson: Next Generation Sequencing Quality Analysis with Emoji!

Radical innovations in DNA sequencing technology over the past decade have created an increased need for computational bioinformatics analyses in the 21st century STEM workforce. Recent evidence however demonstrates that there are significant barriers to teaching these skills at the undergraduate level including lack of faculty training, lack of student interest in bioinformatics, lack of vetted teaching materials, and overly full curricula. To this end, the James Madison University, Center for Genome & Metagenome Studies (JMU CGEMS) and other PUI collaborators are devoted to developing and disseminating engaging bioinformatics teaching materials specifically designed for streamlined integration into general undergraduate biology curriculum. Here, we have developed and integrated a fun introductory level lesson to command line next generation sequencing (NGS) analysis into a large enrollment core biology course. This one-off activity takes a crucial but mundane aspect of NGS quality control (QC) analysis and incorporates the use of Emoji data outputs using the software FASTQE to pique student interest. This amusing command line analysis is subsequently paired with a more rigorous research-grade software package called FASTP in which students complete sequence QC and filtering using a few simple commands. Collectively, this short lesson provides novice-level faculty and students an engaging entry point to learning basic genomics command line programming skills as a gateway to more complex and elaborated applications of computational bioinformatics analyses.

Primary image: Undergraduate students learn the basics of command line NGS quality analysis using the FASTQE and FASTP programs.

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Introduction to nucleotide sequence analysis and protein modeling in MEGA and PyMol using coronavirus SARS-CoV-2

Introduction into computational approaches in phylogeny and protein modeling based on coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (caused COVID-19 pandemic). Two self-guided tutorials for standard lab classes of 2.5 hours. Level: undergraduate students majoring in biology.

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Studying phylogeny by producing phylogenetic trees of primates using morphological and molecular characteristics.

An assignment constructing phylogenetic trees using shared, derived morphological traits and molecular differences among 18 primate species and two outlier species has been developed. Skull and body images and a table of morphological characteristics were used to fill in a pre-fabricated tree. Molecular differences of the cytochrome b gene obtained from the NCBI website was used to generate a tree using the Phylogeny.fr website for the same 20 species. Several followup questions were provided upon completion of the assignment.

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Using the Cell Engineer/Detective Approach to Explore Cell Structure and Function

As instructors of introductory biology courses for majors and non-majors, we have struggled with teaching the concept of cell structure and function in an engaging way.  However, this is a foundational concept that most biology instructors would agree is vital for all students to know. The overall objective of this teachable unit is to help non-major introductory biology students learn the names and functions of the basic components of eukaryotic cells and, at the same time, understand the connection between cellular structure and function using active learning approaches. The key component of this teachable unit is a group exercise termed Cell Engineer/Detective. In this exercise, students work in groups to design a cell that is well suited for a function that is provided to them by the instructor (Cell Engineer). The groups then exchange their cells with classmates and try to guess the function of their classmates’ cells (Cell Detective). This exercise helps students visualize how the organelles of a cell work together to perform a specific function, allows instructors to clarify misconceptions regarding cell structure, guides students away from that quintessential but unrealistic model cell found in most biology textbooks, and reinforces the central biological connection between form and function.

Read the Essay Article about how author HN Tinsley adapted this lesson for online in "Online Adaptation of the Cell Engineer/Detective Lesson"

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STEM OER Accessibility Framework and Guidebook

This framework, developed by ISKME in partnership with SERC, provides a practical reference for curators and authors of STEM OER, with 23 accessibility criteria, or elements, to reference as they curate, design and adapt materials to be accessible.

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Critical inquiry for inclusive teaching of statistics

Professional development workshop slides to help curate conversations in teaching statistics with a critical inquiry lens.

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Integrating Social Justice into your STEM Classroom: Redlining & Health

Workshop about models for introducing social justice issues into classes developed in a Faculty Mentoring Network. Presented at the 2021 BIOME Institute.

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Structuring Courses for Equity

As instructors, we continually look for new ways to create equitable learning environments and support learning for all students in our courses. Recently, we have explored ways that we can increase structure to better support students. We have identified four evidence-based elements that we include in our course design and implementation: 1) structured assessments and feedback; 2) structured out-of-class learning; 3) structured class time using inclusive practices; and 4) structured assignments using transparent design. In this essay, we identify some relevant literature to address each of these levels of structure and describe our experiences with implementation at each level to support equitable classroom environments.

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STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series: Fixed vs Growth Mindset and Why the Biggest Challenge May be Faculty (Episode Seven)

This webinar will explore how faculty can teach with a growth mindset and identify some potential areas of fixed mindset that might prove to be obstacles for many students.

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Getting Started with Universal Design for Learning

Three resources for faculty interested in an introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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Data on Dead Zones and a Scientist Spotlight Featuring Benjamin Negrete, Jr.

In this lesson, students plot data and interpret graphs of the metabolic responses of fish to hypoxic conditions. Then, students view and reflect on an interview with fish ecophysiologist Benjamin Negrete, Jr., who collected the data that they graph.

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CRISPR/Cas9 in yeast: a multi-week laboratory exercise for undergraduate students

Providing undergraduate life-science students with a course-based research experience that utilizes cutting-edge technology, is tractable for students, and is manageable as an instructor is a challenge. Here, I describe a multi-week lesson plan for a laboratory-based course with the goal of editing the genome of budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Students apply knowledge regarding advanced topics such as: CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, DNA repair, genetics, and cloning. The lesson requires students to master skills such as bioinformatics analysis, restriction enzyme digestion, ligation, basic microbiology skills, polymerase chain reaction, and plasmid purification. Instructors are led through the technical aspects of the protocols, as well as the teaching philosophy involved throughout the laboratory experience. As it stands, the laboratory lesson is appropriate for 6-8 weeks of an upper-level undergraduate laboratory course, but may be adapted for shorter stints and students with less experience. Students complete the lesson with a more realistic idea of life science research and report significant learning gains. I anticipate this lesson to provide instructors and students in undergraduate programs with a hands-on, discovery-based learning experience that allows students to cultivate skills essential for success in the life sciences.

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A Hybrid Virtual Kinesiology Laboratory Module for Human Anatomy and Physiology

The integration of virtual technology is becoming a common trend in anatomy education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The incorporation of virtual 3D anatomical models into the classroom is beneficial to students, especially if they do not have access to cadavers. This lesson is a hybrid kinesiology laboratory module that includes virtual anatomical and traditional physiological laboratory components. The module contains procedures that are easy for undergraduate students to follow while also containing advanced content to promote higher order thinking. This lesson provides a brief description of the learning context, time and pace, lesson plan, and teacher and student evaluations. During the learning activities, students will use a virtual dissection Anatomage Table and conduct modified Wingate tests and accumulated oxygen deficit experiments. This module will be useful for anatomy and physiology instructors who want to blend virtual and traditional learning modalities, embrace active learning, and make advanced concepts more accessible to students.

Primary image: A photograph of the Anatomage Table in its vertical orientation, revealing three different layers of the virtual male donor model in virtual dissection. 

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Science and Society: Integrating Historical Science Materials Into an Undergraduate Biology Course

Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011) stresses the importance of fostering an understanding of the relationship between science and society. We describe a library-based activity that enables students in an undergraduate microbiology class to explore this relationship over the course of centuries, with the library functioning as a laboratory. Students are guided by a worksheet as they explore historical materials such as books, newspapers, letters, government publications, articles, scientific treatises, and artifacts. Working in pairs, students answer questions about the content and reflect on how the ideas in the documents relate to the scientific understanding at the time. Exploring authentic materials in a library setting provides a powerful learning experience. This activity was also successful using digitized documents during the COVID-19 pandemic, when remote teaching was required. Student responses to a post-activity questionnaire indicated that the activity sparked a keen interest in the history of science as well as introspection about the relationship between science and society. This approach can be generalized for different biology courses and education levels.

Primary image:  Students examining historical books and microscopes. Students working in pairs to complete worksheet questions during one of two visits to the University of Colorado Boulder’s Special Collections.

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Teaching Cancer Biology Through a Lens of Social Justice

The biology classroom is not separate from the greater context of society; social issues can and should be presented in connection with the content. Here we present an example of antiracist teaching using the molecular/cellular biology of cancer in an introductory biology course as a topic through which to address historic racial disparities. Through this lesson, students analyzed biological science through the lens of social justice, specifically looking at disparities of cancer incidence with ties to health outcomes and environmental racism. The synchronous activity begins with personal tie-ins to the broader subject of cancer and then dives into the molecular regulation involved in creating cancerous phenotypes. Cancer biology is explored using an active-learning style based in process-oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL) tactics. Multiple levels of assessments pushed students to grapple with data about racial health disparities and make explicit connections between these data and molecular mechanisms of cancer formation. This paper provides activity worksheets, an activity timeline, an example of assessment items, and teacher preparation for other instructors who want to emulate this lesson either directly or as an example of adjusting other science topics towards this lens. For those teaching in different topics, we offer advice and examples to help instructors to include social justice lenses into their science teaching.

Primary image: Malignant History. Artwork by Heidi-Marie Wiggins and Jeannette Takashima.

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Developing Decolonial Consciousness in Biology Students Through Critical Reflection Assignments

There is a growing call to decolonize curricula in academia, including in scientific disciplines. In the biology classroom, this includes highlighting a diverse array of scientists and illuminating injustice and exploitation carried out by Eurocentric biologists and medical professionals. Despite this general roadmap, literature presenting and assessing classroom modules on decolonizing science is lacking. Here, I present an activity designed to shed light on the deep, historical relationship between natural history collections and the exploitation of slaves and Indigenous peoples and encourage students to critically evaluate how society influences science. Due to COVID-19, this activity was conducted remotely and included two synchronous discussion sessions and three asynchronous homework activities for Mammalogy students. Assignments were evaluated for student outcomes including reflections on their previous educational experiences related to the unjust history of science and engagement with decolonial theory. In the four homework questions in which students could interpret and answer from either a biological or decolonial perspective, 84% of students offered at least one response consistent with decolonial theory. Based on student responses, this three-week module successfully engaged upper-level biology students in decolonial thinking.

Primary image: A blue monkey (Cercopithecus mitis) skull collected from South Africa for the zoology museum collection in 1984. Image courtesy of Phil Myers, animaldiversity.org, Creative Commons.

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Translocation of Nutrients in the Phloem: Dixon's Paradox

This module introduces the Dixon equation in the context of understanding nutrient transport through sieve tubes. It is intended for an introductory biology audience.

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Translocation of Nutrients in the Phloem: Poiseuille's Equation

This module introduces the Poiseuille equation in the context of understanding nutrient flow in plant cells. It is intended for an introductory biology audience.

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Hemoglobin bioinformatics

This is an introduction to bioinformatics using hemoglobin as an example. The worksheets introduce students to resources to explore the DNA, RNA and polypeptide linear structure with a brief introduction to the quaternary structure of hemoglobin.

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Mol* Adaptation: Case of Severe Insulin Resistance

This is an adaptation using Mol* on the original case written. This case focuses on understanding how a mutation in a cell signalling protein (a kinase) can prevent insulin function and lead to diabetes.

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Waking up Anna - Adaptations and Conversion to Mol*

This case focuses on understanding the molecular basis of Anna's sleeping disorder and its treatment. The adaptations addressed question clarity and reformatting to use Mol*.

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Green Design: How do Leaf Structures Optimize Photosynthesis and Promote Survival?

One of the major learning objectives established by the American Society of Plant Biologists and the Botanical Society of America has students answer the question: How do plant structures enable life functions? This lesson helps students answer this question with a focus on leaf structure and function and how the anatomy and morphology of the leaf optimizes photosynthesis and promotes survival in various environments. Students are first introduced to the primary structures and cell layers of a typical angiosperm leaf, including differences between monocots and dicots, through an interactive mini-lecture. Then, students in groups are asked to design a leaf based on a provided description. These descriptions include a monocot or dicot designation and specific environmental conditions to which the leaf is adapted. After the leaves have been designed, they are collected and redistributed to new groups. These groups are then asked to analyze the leaf they've been given, determine if it is a monocot or dicot, and determine the environment where this leaf would thrive. Finally, students present and defend their findings to the class. This lesson engages students in leaf structure and function as a means to optimize photosynthesis and promote survival and prepares them for future lessons on photosynthesis and evolution.

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Biodiversity Show and Tell: An Accessible Activity to Encourage Students to Explore the Tree of Life

An appreciation of organismal diversity is a requirement for understanding evolution and ecology, and can serve as a source of amazement and wonder that inspires students to enjoy biology. However, biodiversity can be a challenging subject to teach: it often turns into a procession of facts to memorize and a disorienting list of Latin names. To help engage students in this topic, we developed an activity in which each student contributes to a class "biodiversity tour" of strange and intriguing species. Students in our large-enrollment introductory biology course use the Internet to find a species that interests them and that they think will interest their peers. They research their species and complete a worksheet to report their findings. Then they meet in discussion sections of ~32 students (in person or online) where each student gives a brief presentation about their species using a slide they have prepared, producing a lively, crowd-sourced, rapid-fire nature documentary. The performance for their peers motivates students to find the strangest species possible. Students overwhelmingly reported that this activity taught them something new about life on Earth and increased their interest in our planet's species. Many students also reported that this activity caused them to talk to someone about biology outside of the class and increased their personal connection to the natural world, suggesting that it helped them see the relevance of biology to their everyday lives. This simple activity can enrich an introductory biology course of almost any size.

Primary image: Photos of some of the species chosen by students in Fall 2019.

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"Got Algae?" A Sorting Game for Introducing the Weird and Wonderful Diversity of Algae

Algae are a fascinating and diverse organismal group, with global ecological importance, a storied evolutionary history and deep connections to both contemporary and historical human societies. Yet non-experts who teach algal diversity face a lack of examples in many general biology textbooks and the difficulty of generalizing a group that includes many distantly-related lineages that don't share a single common ancestor. This lesson embraces the complexity of algae using a sorting game and tree-building activity. Students work in groups to decide which organisms from a provided set are eukaryotic algae. The class creates consensus statements about what exactly defines organisms as "algae" and self-discover that exceptions exist for every seemingly definitive algal trait. Students then build simple phylogenetic trees and map their organisms across the phylogenetic Tree of Eukaryotes in order to explore the complex evolutionary relationships between the major eukaryotic algal lineages. Student written responses recorded before and after the sorting game indicate students become more nuanced and expert-like in their descriptions of algae. This lesson is an engaging way to introduce students to algae and can be modified for a variety of courses including high school, non-majors biology courses and introductory biology courses.

Primary image: A photo of the phylogenetic trees made by students during the tree-building activity. Photo taken by the author, B. Clarkston.

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"I Really Enjoy These Annotations:" Examining Primary Biological Literature Using Collaborative Annotation

Critically reading and evaluating claims made in the primary literature are vital skills for the future professional and personal lives of undergraduate students. However, the formal presentation of intricate content in primary research articles presents a challenge to inexperienced readers. During the fall 2020 semester, I introduced a Collaborative Annotation Project (CAP) into my online 400-level developmental neurobiology course to help students critically read eight research papers. During CAP, students used collaborative annotation software asynchronously to add clarifying comments, descriptions of and links to appropriate websites, and pose and answer questions on assigned papers. Student work was guided and assessed using a CAP grading rubric. Responses to anonymous surveys revealed students found CAP helpful for reading the primary literature and the rubric clarified expectations for the project. Here, I describe how I introduced, used, and assessed CAP in my online class, and I share the detailed CAP instructions and rubric.

Primary image: A moment of levity while annotating primary literature. Sample student annotations from the Collaborative Annotation Project. Student #1 compares immunofluorescence data to Christmas lights, an observation appreciated by student #2. Student names have been removed.

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Linear Regression (Excel) and Cellular Respiration for Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics

Students typically find linear regression analysis of data sets in a biology classroom challenging. These activities could be used in a Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Statistics course. The collection provides student activity files with Excel instructions and Instructor Activity files with Excel instructions and solutions to problems. Students will be able to perform linear regression analysis, find correlation coefficient, create a scatter plot and find the r-square using MS Excel 365. Students will be able to interpret data sets, describe the relationship between biological variables, and predict the value of an output variable based on the input of an predictor variable.

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Getting Started with Universal Design for Learning

This is something Haley and Drew published.

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Are you learning R? Suggestions to help you as you learn.

Learning how to code and analyze data in R is an important skill. Olivia Tabares and the Ecological Forecasting Education Working Group created this resource to encourage individuals who are learning R. This infographic provides six suggestions for a mindset that will help you when learning R might get a bit frustrating.

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Applying UDL to Existing Materials

This activity supports instructors in revising materials to incorporate Universal Design for Learning checkpoints.

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Getting Started with Universal Design for Learning

Three resources for faculty interested in an introduction to Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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Visualizing Statistics

This collection contains visualizations and animations to help students grasp statistical concepts.

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Creating a New Normal for STEM Education

How Can STEM Disciplines and STEM Education Work in Concert to Address Systemic Racism and the COVID-19 Pandemic? Creating a New Normal for STEM Education

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CREEDS Workshop Evaluation Report (.pdf)

Evaluation report from the CREEDS workshop, held August 10 and 17, 2021.

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CREEDS Workshop Evaluation Report (.docx)

Evaluation report from the CREEDS workshop, held August 10 and 17, 2021.

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STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series: Fixed vs Growth Mindset and Why the Biggest Challenge May be Faculty (Episode Seven)

This webinar will explore how faculty can teach with a growth mindset and identify some potential areas of fixed mindset that might prove to be obstacles for many students.

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Introduction to the Universal Design for Learning Guidelines

Two activities for introducing Universal Design for Learning to a faculty audience

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Mystery box puzzle for model based reasoning

This is a computer based problem solving activity that I use to engage introductory biology students with discussions about model based reasoning.

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What’s the DEAL – The Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life and Digital Atlas Apps

The Digital Encyclopedia of Ancient Life and Digital Atlas Apps -- identify fossils and explore diversity and history of life on earth.

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2021 July EDSIN Community Call

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Social Justice Driven STEM Learning (STEMJ)

Social Justice Driven STEM Learning (STEMJ): A Curricular Framework for Teaching STEM in a Social Justice Driven, Urban, College Access Program

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Setting Group Expectations and Ground Rules

ALA Public Programs Office: Ground Rules: How to Set Successful Guidelines for Your Conversation Programs

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Inclusion by Design

A worksheet to survey your syllabus and course design.

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STEM OER Accessibility Framework

A Practical Guide for Curators and Authors of STEM Open Educational Resources

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Equity Rubric

Peralta Community College online equity rubric. 

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Get Started with Universal Design for Learning

These two QUBES resources provide an introduction to UDL and a UDL mapping activity for analyzing a material's current alignment with the UDL Guidelines.

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The Happy Blue Baby Hemoglobin

This case, about a specific mutant of hemoglobin, focuses on visualizing and understanding the molecular basis of why an infant turned blue soon after birth and how the cyanosis resolved.

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Nicholas' Story

This 3 part case on sickle cell disease focuses on visualizing and understanding the molecular basis of its cause, symptoms, complications, management, treatment, and possible cures.

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COVID-19: Molecular Basis of Infection

This case was written in Spring 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. It focuses on understanding the structure and interaction of the SARS-Cov-2 viral spike protein that facilitates infection in human cells.

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Nicholas' Story

This 3 part case on sickle cell disease focuses on visualizing and understanding the molecular basis of its cause, symptoms, complications, management, treatment, and possible cures.

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Pre-lesson: Introduction to BLAST

Genome Solver began as a way to teach undergraduate faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics; no coding or scripting is required. This pre-lesson introduces the BLAST tool.

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Bioinformatics: An Interactive Introduction to NCBI

Modules showing how the NCBI database classifies and organizes information on DNA sequences, evolutionary relationships, and scientific publications. And a module working to identify a nucleotide sequence from an insect endosymbiont by using BLAST

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How to Use BLASTP NCBI

A walk through on how to find protein sequences and use BLASTP and PSI-BLAST in NCBI.

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Giving Up Density (GUD) Module

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Population Estimation Module

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Adapting the Squirrel-Net Modules for Remote Instruction

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Introduction to the Squirrel-Net Modules

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Findings from Spring 2021 EDSIN Member Interviews

During May and June 2021, CSCCE staff conducted nine 45-minute interviews with members of the EDSIN community with the goal of ascertaining perceptions about the community and its purpose, and possible next steps for its growth. We carefully selected participants to gain a representative range of perspectives across career stages, organizational affiliations, and current engagement levels within the community. We asked a series of questions regarding their current roles and responsibilities, relationship with EDSIN, current needs, and the value they obtain from EDSIN membership.

Of the nine people we interviewed, four were junior faculty members, one was a postdoc, one was a PhD student, and three were administrators and leaders from a university, a federal agency, and an infrastructure organization. Two had attended the 2019 EDSIN conference. At least four are currently engaged members of the community, meaning that they are active in the EDSIN Slack workspace and/or regularly attend meetings such as the monthly community calls.

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2021 November EDSIN Community Call

Staff from the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement, Lou Woodley and Camille Santistevan presented on their findings from their EDSIN member interviews and provide recommendations on next steps for the community. 

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Ecology Resources

            

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Syllabus and Course Curriculum Self-Assessment and Audit Tool

Faculty play a key role creating a learning environment that is either supportive and affirming or marginalizing and hostile. Accordingly, it is imperative that faculty carefully examine ways their syllabi, assignments, language, and classroom culture may inadvertently raise barriers to students’ success. Faculty must proactively create positive classroom cultures where all students feel valued, respected, and safe.

This tool was developed for faculty to examine their syllabi, teaching practices, and classroom environment. The goal is to support faculty in implementing the ideals of diversity and inclusivity in their classroom.

Questions to Consider:

  • What types of diversity do you anticipate seeing in your student population? (Consider

    race / ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ability, first generation status,

    learning styles, experience (preparation in high school, parenthood, etc.), language, etc.)

  • How does your syllabus and course curriculum support or marginalize these students?

  • How can you vary the course readings, teaching methods, class activities, assignments,

    and assessments to better support the diverse identities and needs in the classroom? This tool includes:

  • A checklist of syllabus basics

  • Rubrics to evaluate syllabus content and classroom culture

  • Guidelines for inclusive language

  • Ground rules for class discussions

  • Glossary of terms

  • List of resources for going deeper

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African Americans in evolutionary science: where we have been, and what’s next

n 2017 National Science Foundation data revealed that in the United States the professional biological workforce was composed of ~ 69.5% “whites”, 21.3% “Asians”, and only 3% “African American or Blacks” (National Science Founda- tion, 2017, https://ncsesdata.nsf.gov/doctoratework/2017/html/sdr2017_dst_03.html). There are problems with the categories themselves but without too deep an investigation of these, these percentages are representative of the demography of biology as a whole over the latter portion of the twentieth and beginning of the twenty-first century. However, evolutionary biologists would argue (and correctly so) that the representation of persons of African descent in our field is probably an order of magnitude lower (0.3%). This commentary focuses on the factors that are associ- ated with underrepresentation of African Americans in evolutionary science careers.

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Applying phylogenetic tree building in MEGA X to forensic applications for identifying unknown specimens

This exercise is designed to guide a learner through the construction of phylogenetic trees as a means of addressing research questions in forensic science such as the identification of previously unidentified species contributing to decomposition.

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Morphological and Molecular Analysis of Plant Phylogeny and Diversity

In this lab, students perform phylogenetic analyses on morphological and molecular data, and compare.

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Earth Analytics in Python Course

Earth analytics is an intermediate, multidisciplinary course that addresses major questions in Earth science and teaches students to use the analytical tools necessary to undertake exploration of heterogeneous ‘big scientific data’.

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Lesson IV - Comparative Genomics

Genome Solver began as a way to teach undergraduate faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics; no coding or scripting is required. Lesson IV, Comparative Genomics, discusses some of the tools available for looking at genes across different genomes.

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2021 September EDSIN Community Call

Alycia Crall provided an overview of the Culturally Responsive Education in Environmental Data Science (CREEDS) workshop that occurred on August 10 and 17. Following, there was a discussion on next steps to support this work among our members. 

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Tree Equity Score

Here is a great website that includes demographic data as well as a score for tree cover. 

There is also a link for Tazo's Tree Corps. 

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Emory Inclusive teaching Resource

Really cool set of ideas...for nclusive teaching

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2021 August EDSIN Community Call

This presentation was from EDSIN's August 2021 community call. Dr. Stephanie Russo Carroll presented on her work surrounding Indigenous data sovereignty and the CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance. 

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Assessing Socioeconomic Trends in Tree Cover and Human Health in Urban Environments

In this exercise, students use a combination of publicly available data and tree cover data that they generate using iTree Canopy to test whether tree cover is equitably distributed within the city of Dallas.

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Integrating Social Justice into your STEM Classroom: Redlining & Health

Workshop about models for introducing social justice issues into classes developed in a Faculty Mentoring Network. Presented at the 2021 BIOME Institute.

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Dei statments examples for syllabi and tenure and promotion links

Contains a few examples from web search

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guides for discussion

Contains a set of links to guidelines and topics about talking about race

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Racial Justice in Education Guidebook

Although aimed at K12...very useful guide

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America needs all of us

Guide to having discussions about race

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New York times learning network

This site has relevent materials for teachers and students on many topics.

An example is this link on talking about race...an on demand webinar

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/11/learning/on-demand-webinar-talking-about-race-and-racism-in-the-classroom-using-the-new-york-times.html

 

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Graphing and mapping patterns of air quality in Los Angeles, California through an environmental justice lens.

Air quality is an environmental issue that impacts everyone in Los Angeles. This activity presents current popular press articles about air pollution and environmental justice and maps and graphs PM pollution in Los Angeles.

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Spiders under the Influence

The curriculum module “Spiders under the Influence” was created by by Chris Hawn and Aaron Curry and is published as part of the Data Nuggets project.

Introduction: People use pharmaceutical drugs, personal care products, and other chemicals on a daily basis. For example, we take medicine when we are sick to feel better, and use perfumes and cologne to make ourselves smell good. After we use these chemicals, where do they go? Often, they get washed down our drains and end up in local waterways. Even our trash can contain these harmful chemicals. For example, when coffee grounds are thrown into the trash, caffeine gets washed into our waterways.

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Phenology Trends and Climate Change in Minnesota

The curriculum module “Phenology Trends and Climate Change in Minnesota” was developed by Pamela Freeman and is published as part of Project Eddie.

Summary: Seasonal events, for example flowering, fruiting, and the return of migrating birds, happen at particular times of the year. Some of these events happen in relation to climate, while others are dependent on other factors. Phenology is the study of these repeating events in the lifecycle of organisms. As the climate changes, the timing of some events may change in some species. This exercise will help students evaluate how climate change has already affected species in Minnesota.

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Graphing and Mapping Patterns of Air Quality in Los Angeles, California Through an Environmental Justice Lens

The curriculum module “Graphing and Mapping Patterns of Air Quality in Los Angeles, California Through an Environmental Justice Lens” was developed by Dr. Adriane Clark Jones as part of the Social Justice and Community Change Faculty Mentoring Network.

Description: This is a three-part student activity that could be done in lecture or lab. Part 1 assigns a series of current popular press articles to read and a series of discussion questions. Students read and complete this section before the in-class activity. Part 2 takes place in class, students will be introduced to ESRI ArcGIS online and guided through a mapping activity using Living Atlas Layers. The students answer questions about their map. Part 3 is assigned as homework students select two Real-Time EPA AirNow Air Quality Monitoring Sites and download a year of data for the two locations from https://www.epa.gov/outdoor-air-quality-data/download-daily-data. The students will use Microsoft Excel to plot the data from each location and then use the graphs to answer questions.

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Quantifying the Drivers and Impacts of Natural Disturbance Events - the 2013 Colorado Floods

The curriculum module “Quantifying the Drivers and Impacts of Natural Disturbance Events - the 2013 Colorado

Floods” was created by Dr. Leah Wasser and Dr. Megan A. Jones as part of the National Ecological Observatory Network.

Description: This lesson focuses on ways that scientists identify and use data to understand ecological disturbance events using data from five public datasets. The main lesson focused on interpretation of figures, while optional coding extensions teach R skills.

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Implementing Demography from Cemetery Module

The curriculum module “Implementing Demography from Cemetery Module” was created by Dr. Alexis Racelis and is built on the TIEE publication:  Cemetery Module.

Abtract: This lab provides a rich and flexible version of widely-used demography exercises that have been previously based on data collected from cemeteries.  This lab teaches life tables and survivorship curves.  Over two lab periods, small student groups develop and answer questions comparing the survival patterns of different groups of humans (e.g., groups that differ in  time period, gender, ethnicity, etc.).  Data on human demography can be gathered from tombstones in local cemeteries that provide ages at death.  Students may also compare survivorship curves on the same groups generated by different data sets.

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Sustainability Metrics

The curriculum module “Sustainability Metrics” was created by Dr. Natalie Hunt and is published as part of Project Eddie. 

Summary: Sustainability is a complex term applied to many different contexts in a variety of ways. As a result, it can be challenging to determine how sustainable something really is. In this module, students will use an analytical framework with publicly available data to formulate questions, analyze data, and report metrics of sustainability.

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About this Collection

This is a collection of materials that we are asking you to review in advance of the CREEDS meeting. We have set up a discussion forum (you will need to be logged in to read and post) where we can share ideas and questions about these readings in advance of the meeting. 

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Episode 2 of “The Crowd and the Cloud” Series, “Citizens + Scientists”

This episode of the Crowd and the Cloud, hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati, highlights four community-led data collection projects. These projects focus on issues of air and water pollution and on how citizens have taken data collection into their own hands to promote awareness and enact change. Though all of these stories are excellent and you are welcome to watch the full episode, we have selected just one project for the pre-workshop preparation (Philly Unleaded), which ends at 21:42.

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Excerpts from the Toolkit for Centering Racial Equity Throughout Data Integration by Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy

This toolkit examines how data sharing and integration by governments can be more equitable and transparent and engage communities. The PDF linked above provides an overview of best practices at each stage of the data science process, from planning through dissemination. About a 15 minute read.

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Table 2 in The development of a model of culturally responsive science and mathematics teaching

In this 2013 paper, Cecilia M. Hernandez, Amanda Morales, and Gail Shroyer outline a model for culturally responsive teaching in STEM. Though you are welcome to read through this paper in its entirety, the model is well-summarized in Table 2. You can refer to this table periodically as you consider various approaches implementing culturally responsive pedagogy. See page 20 of the pdf. About a 5 minute read.

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The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast, Episode 78: Four Misconceptions About Culturally Responsive Teaching

Jennifer Gonzalez, the host of “The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast”, interviews Zaretta Hammond in this episode. Zaretta Hammon is the author of the book “Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Brain”. Jenniver and Zaretta discuss what is and is not culturally responsive teaching, helping to clarify common misconceptions held by faculty that prevent them from effectively implementing this teaching approach. The podcast is available on all major podcast apps or the transcript can be read at the link above. About a 45-minute read or listen.

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Culturally Responsive Teaching: A Reflection Guide

This guide, written by Jenny Muñiz, is based on the framework for culturally responsive teaching that was developed by New America in 2019. The framework consists of eight core competencies for culturally responsive teaching. Jenny Muñiz provides brief descriptions of and reflection questions for each of these competencies. About a 25 minute read.

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HHMI SEA-PHAGES and GENES: Course-based UREs Designed for All

The HHMI Science Education Alliance (SEA) program supports a community of faculty members and institutions embed research as a fundamental component of early undergraduate science curricula.

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Introducing PHAGES Students to Primary Literature

The ‘Introducing PHAGES Students to Primary Literature’ set of teaching resources offers faculty 2 distinct sets of teaching resources for introducing students to scientific literature in the classroom.

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Assessing Socioeconomic Trends in Tree Cover and Human Health in Urban Environments

In this exercise, students use a combination of publicly available data and tree cover data that they generate using iTree Canopy to test whether tree cover is equitably distributed within the city of Dallas.

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A Phenology-focused CURE using Herbarium Specimen Data

from workshop June 2021

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Blackpast - List of Black Individuals who Contributed to Different Aspects of STEM Knowledge and Innovation

This site provides a curated list of Black individuals and their stories who have contributed to different STEM innovations. This list can be used to support scientist spotlights. 

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Decolonising Science Reading List by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

Here is a list of curated readings by Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein that provide different perspectives on how we understand the co-constructing of science and society from a diverse communities. 

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Discrete Math Modeling with Biological Applications (Course Materials)

These are the materials for Math 214 offered at Rhodes College.

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Agent-Based Modeling Course Materials

ABM Erin Bodine

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Black Lives Matter: Revisiting Charles Henry Turner’s experiments on honey bee color vision

This article details the contributions of Charles Henry Turner to the examinations of animal behavior. This information can be used when teaching about contributions to science by Black scholars.  

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BioQUEST / QUBES Community Standards for Events

This is a resource that has more than one version and an adaptation.

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DEI Syllabus Statement (Panvini)

DEI statement for Syllabi - drafted in spring FMN

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Elevator Pitch: An Activity to Help Students Communicate Their Research

In this activity, students and the research mentor co-develop an elevator pitch that students can use to communicate their research.

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Reflective Writing Tools: Building Skills and Habits of Thinking in Becoming a Scientist

Reflective writing tools are intended to help students better connect current learning experiences to prior learning, engage the role of emotion in current and future learning, and assess learning experiences to improve future learning.

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HHMI SEA-PHAGES and GENES: Course-based UREs Designed for All

The HHMI Science Education Alliance (SEA) program supports a community of faculty members and institutions embed research as a fundamental component of early undergraduate science curricula.

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Phage Discovery Videos

A compilation of videos to support teaching the concepts and protocols for discovering and working with phage.

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Introducing PHAGES Students to Primary Literature

The ‘Introducing PHAGES Students to Primary Literature’ set of teaching resources offers faculty 2 distinct sets of teaching resources for introducing students to scientific literature in the classroom.

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Giant tortoise found in Galápagos a species considered extinct a century ago

"Ecuador has confirmed that a giant tortoise found in 2019 in the Galápagos Islands is a species considered extinct a century ago.

The Galápagos national park is preparing an expedition to search for more of the giant tortoises in an attempt to save the species."

 source: Giant tortoise found in Galápagos a species considered extinct a century ago | Galápagos Islands | The Guardian

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Macromolecular math

This worksheet was developed for use in an introductory biology course to review the chemical bonds and structure of biological macromolecules. A nutritional label is provided to illustrate that we consume macromolecules in our foods.

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Exploring Health Inequities and Redlining

For this assignment, students will investigate relationships between historic redlining data and modern statistics of human health.

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Structure Matters: Twenty-One Teaching Strategies to Promote Student Engagement and Cultivate Classroom Equity

Below are 21 simple teaching strategies that biology instructors can use to promote student engagement and cultivate classroom equity. To provide a framework for how these teaching strate- gies might be most useful to instructors, I have organized them into five sections, representing overarching goals instructors may have for their classrooms, including:

  • Giving students opportunities to think and talk about biology

  • Encouraging, demanding, and actively managing the participation of all students

  • Buildinganinclusiveandfairclassroomcommunityforall students

  • Monitoring behavior to cultivate divergent biological thinking  

  • Teaching all of the students in your biology classroom

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A Summary of Inclusive Pedagogies for Science Education

In this paper, we offer a brief review of six pedagogical and theoretical approaches used in education and science education that we grouped as inclusive pedagogies. Though not an exhaustive list, these pedagogies are more commonly used in educational research and have commonalities yet are distinctive in some ways. They collectively contribute to making science teaching and learning more inclusive to a broader population of learners, such as students from diverse cultural, linguistic, and social backgrounds and students with physical and learning differences who have traditionally been marginalized in learning science. Furthermore, these inclusive pedagogies aim to decrease educational inequities and raise the level of academic rigor and access for all students. Finally, we discuss ways these inclusive pedagogies can be extended to address reform efforts in science education.

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Signaling Inclusivity in Undergraduate Biology Courses through Deliberate Framing of Genetics Topics Relevant to Gender Identity, Disability, and Race

The study of genetics centers on how encoded information in DNA underlies similarities and differences between individuals and how traits are inherited. Genetics topics covered in a wide variety of undergraduate biology classrooms can relate to various identities held by students such as gender identity, disability, and race/ethnicity, among others. An in- structor’s sensitive approaches and deliberate language choices regarding these topics has the potential to make the critical difference between welcoming or alienating students and can set a tone that communicates to all students the importance of diversity. Separating the sperm/egg binary from gendered terms in coverage of inheritance patterns, along with inclusion of transgender people in pedigree charts, may make the classroom more wel- coming for students of diverse gender identities. Choosing nonstigmatizing language and acknowledging disability identities in discussions of genetic conditions may help students with visible and invisible disabilities feel validated. Counteracting genetics-based pseudo- scientific racism and the stereotype threat to which it contributes may be facilitated by more thorough integration of quantitative and population genetics topics. Instructors may thus potentially enhance retention of students of diverse backgrounds in biology through careful consideration and crafting of how human differences are described and connected with principles of genetics.

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Understanding what STEM mentoring ecosystems need to thrive: A STEM-ME framework

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Racial and gender disparities persist in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) despite decades of mentoring interventions to improve recruitment and retention. We offer a STEM Mentoring Ecosystems (STEM-ME) framework to better situate, understand, and advance the mentoring systems that are needed to bring about change. We outline a STEM-ME framework, which we argue require shifts in perspective, expanding beyond individual mentees and mentors, as well as specialized mentoring programs, to analyze the mentoring ecosystems within which STEM mentoring operates. Next, we use this framework to examine and critique current mentoring infrastructure and mentor preparation; this includes an inventory of assets and gaps as pertaining to faculty, students, and administrators as mentors. Then, we examine how silos could be more synergistic, which new structures are needed, who and where the ecological stewards are, and implications for systems change. How the STEM-ME framework informs future empirical research and practice is discussed.

 

Reflection: This resource poses specific questions regarding what we should consider as we look to re-envisioning mentoring for Black STEM students at the national, institutional, and local mentoring networks 

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Teacher Leadership - Focusing on Personal and Collective Action Through Book Clubs

This is a curated list of reading materials by Dr. Felicia Mensah that can help foster interpersonal growth and development as a teacher looking to engage in advocacy and activism for racially minoritzed students. 

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SYLLABUS REVIEW GUIDE FOR EQUITY-MINDED PRACTICE

The Syllabus Review Guide is comprised of six parts that provide the conceptual knowledge and practical know-how to conduct equity-minded self-reflection on an essential document in academic life: the syllabus. Throughout the Guide are examples that illustrate the ideas motivating syllabus review, as well opportunities to practice inquiry and to reflect on how to change your syllabi—and your teaching more generally—so are more equity-minded.

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2021 EDSIN February Community Call

Drs. Nate Emery, Drew Hasley, and Ellen Bledsoe presented and led a conversation on their recent publication: Cultivating inclusive instructional and research environments in ecology and evolutionary science. Specifically, they focused on the following:

  • The motivation for and development of the publication
  • Overarching themes of: Empathy, Flexibility, and Growth Mindset
  • Inclusive teaching practices (e.g. group learning, names/pronouns, syllabi and norms, and increased representation)
  • Inclusive lab culture (e.g. recruitment practices, interpersonal interactions, and cultural norms)
  • Inclusive fieldwork (e.g. advance prep, code of conduct, cost barriers, and accessibility)

Recorded on February 4, 2021. 

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2021 EDSIN April Community Call

The Academic Data Science Alliance, an EDSIN network contributor, joined us to present on the work of ADSA's Ethics Working Group. They have been re-imagining the Data Science Lifecycle to incorporate ethical considerations into each stage of the data science workflow. Presentation was recorded on April 1, 2021. 

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Understanding COVID-19 Biology to Design a Vaccine

This multi-part case study introduces the reader to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, replication, and treatment. Additional worksheets introduce students to bioinformatics tools of 3-D protein visualization and BLAST searches.

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Some questions to ask the featured scientists

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Dei statments examples for syllabi and tenure and promotion links

Contains a few examples from web search

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Professor Asmeret Berhe

Professor Asmeret Berhe at the University of California, Merced, 

Professor Berhe works at the intersection of soil, climate change, and political ecology.  

 

Dr. Berhe is an advocate for women in science and renowned in addressing racism in the field of earth science, geoscience, and soil science, etc. Here are a few examples of her advocacy and global impact work: Race and Racism in Soil Science, Women in Soil Science, and Ten Simple Rules to build an antiracist lab. Dr. Berhe received multiple prestigious awards and honors including Joanne Simpson Medal from the American Geophysical Union., 2020; Great Immigrants Award, Carnegie Corporation of New York, 2020; Randolph W. “Bill” and Cecile T. Bromery Award, Geological Society of America, 2019; and New Voices in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, 2018. Her TED Talk (A climate change solution that is right under our feet) has been viewed over 1.9 million times

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Examples of LO before and after

This is a file from a site previously mentioned but clearly illusstrates examples

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Bloom's and LO

Great short article on tips for writing LO and examples

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Towards a clearer understanding of student disadvantage in higher education: problematising deficit thinking

Abstract: The increased diversity in the student body resulting from massification poses particular challenges to higher education. This article engages the uncritical use of the ‘disadvantage’ discourse and its effect on pedagogy. It explores some of the challenges of coping with student diversity, with particular reference to the South African context. Students enter higher education institutions with a variety of educational backgrounds, not all of which are considered to be sufficient preparation for the demands of higher education. The dominant thinking in higher education attempts to understand student difficulty by framing students and their families of origin as lacking some of the academic and cultural resources necessary to succeed in what is presumed to be a fair and open society. This constitutes a deficit thinking model: it focuses on inadequacies of students and aims to ‘fix’ this problem. In the process the impact of structural issues is often ignored or minimised. Employing a deficit mindset to frame student difficulties perpetuates stereotypes, alienates students from higher education and disregards the role of higher education in perpetuating the barriers to student success. In the process, universities replicate the educational stratification of societies. This article suggests that we need to find more suitable responses to diversity in the student body. These require a change in our way of thinking: we need thoughtfully to consider the readiness of higher education institutions to respond to students and to cultivate the will to learn in students. We need to find ways to research the full texture of the student experience and to value the pre-higher education contexts from which students come. In addition, the notion of ‘at risk’ students

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From Deficiency to Strength: Shifting the Mindset about Education Inequality

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The “achievement gap” as a symptom of persistent social inequity has plagued American education and society for decades. The vast chasm in academic achievement has long existed along racial and poverty lines. Children of color and from low-income families have, on average, performed worse on virtually all indicators of academic success: standardized test scores, high school graduation rates, and college matriculation rates. This gap perpetuates the existing inequalities in society. Efforts to close the achievement gap have had little effect. The gap remains and has actually widened. This article argues the gap is symptomatic of the deficit-driven education paradigm. Fixing the traditional paradigm is unlikely to close the gap because the paradigm reinforce and reproduces educational and social inequity by design. To work toward more educational and social equity, we need to adopt a different paradigm of education. The new paradigm should work on cultivating strengths of individual students instead of fixing their deficits.

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Mentoring Through the Transitions: Voices on the Verge

Descriptions of how to support students through critical transitions in which culture changes (e.g., high school to college, community college to four-year institution). Collection of case studies and perspectives:

https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED592380.pdf

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Resources for Scientist Spotlights - ecology, evolution, conservation, organismal biology

A Google Doc I've been assembling with links to research and media for some potential scientist spotlight candidates

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Sample iNaturalist assignment for intro bio

This is my assignment using iNaturalist in an intro bio lab class to characterize biodiversity on Campus. Please feel free to adapt and use as you like :) 

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Bioskills table

I think it's probably posted elsewhere, but here's the bioskills table

 

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New York times learning network

This site has relevent materials for teachers and students on many topics.

An example is this link on talking about race...an on demand webinar

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/02/11/learning/on-demand-webinar-talking-about-race-and-racism-in-the-classroom-using-the-new-york-times.html

 

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America needs all of us

Guide to having discussions about race

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Racial Justice in Education Guidebook

Although aimed at K12...very useful guide

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guides for discussion

Contains a set of links to guidelines and topics about talking about race

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Social media resources

Please add Twitter handles and hashtags to follow to this group Google doc

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Google doc for Link sharing

Please add your links you would like to share - we would like to have a single document of links we have shared for use now and in the future.

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some of our bio candidates may be of interest

See attached PPT

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Resource list for inclusive teaching in STEM (HHMI)

Resource related to DEI and inclusive teaching.

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The Human Microbiome Biodiversity in Health and Disease

The students will analyze the human gut and vaginal microbiomes in healthy and diseased states using diversity of bacteria as determined by 16SrRNA sequence.

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Investigating human impacts on stream ecology: locally and nationally

TIEE Module- How does nutrient pollution impact stream ecosystems locally and nationally? This is an adaptation of the module that includes statistical testing and links sections to a lab report writing.

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This resource contains many resources for quantitative reasoning

Internet Resources for Data Analysis

 

 

There are a variety of excellent resources on the Internet for active learning with data analysis. A sampling of them is included below. Some of these websites include raw data (or previously compiled data); others include user-friendly data analysis tools for extracting data, analyzing data, and/or producing maps, charts, and tables; and still others have combinations of many of these features.

For a list of the statistical sites on the World Wide Web including (1) principal US federal statistical agencies, (2) state labor market information agencies, and (3) national statistical agencies of other countries and international organizations, please see the listing provided by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Several of those agencies are indicated below.

Video of Hans Rosling

"Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport's commentator's style to reveal the story of the world's past, present, and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before - using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of 'The Joy of Stats' he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine." Rosling is also co-founder and chairman of GapMinder.

 

Hans Rosling's 200 countries, 200 years, 4 minutes.

 

Assorted Resources

Amber Waves

Online version of a magazine published 5 times a year by the US Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. Click on data to get data on a variety of topics ranging from animal products to food safety.

Association of Religion Data Archive

Click on QuickStats to get information on dozens of topics and see responses from major national surveys, demographic patterns, and changes over time (e.g., attitudes about moral issues, religious beliefs about God, etc.).

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS)

ABS has data on a variety of topics such as population, key economic indicators, census data, CPI, labor force, etc.

[link http://www.bom.gov.au/?ref=hdr 'Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology']

Web site has information on a variety of weather measures including daily rainfall, climate change, extremes of climate, etc.

Census Explorer

The U.S. Census's interactive map series for analyzing census data.

Census Reporter

Census Reporter "provides useful facts about every place in America. Compare places using tables and maps, download data, and embed charts on your site."

Center for Socio-Political Data (CDSP)

The CDSP "is responsible for archiving and distributing socio-political data." Check out their visualization lab.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Data on a variety of health conditions ranging from birth defects to HIV/AIDS to injuries & violence, and many others. Check outWISQARSTM(Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System) for "an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data."

China National Bureau of Statistics

Check out theChina Statistical Database for information on a variety of topics such as population, birth and death rates, CPI, etc.

Council of European Social Science Data Archives

CESSDA is an umbrella organization for social science data archives across Europe. Many data sets are directly downloadable.

Create a Graph

Create a variety of graphs or charts using your own data.

Czech Statistics

Czech Statistics has information on population, elections, labor and social statistics, foreign trade, etc.

Data and Information Services Center (DISC) at the University of Wisconsin Libraries

DISC "provides quantitative, numeric microdata for researchers and students conducting secondary analysis in the social sciences. For DISC users not familiar with statistical software, we have an array of data products with menu-based interfaces."

Data and Story Library

DASL (pronounced "dazzle") is an online library of datafiles and stories that illustrate the use of basic statistics methods.

DataMarket

Data market allows users to explore datasets, upload data, build reports, and create visualizations.

Dave Manuel

"Dave Manuel" is an "an online repository of financial and political information that is often searched for but is generally hard to find."

Data Planet

Data Planet is the "largest repository of standardized and structured statistical data." It is a SAGE publishing resource.

Death Penalty Information Execution Database

Information on death penalty cases by gender, race/ethnicity, execution technique, etc.

Debt Statistics

There are a variety of internet resources available to get information on different countries' debts, such as theUnited States or numerous other countries in theworld.

Diversity Data Kids

This resource allows you to "explore hundreds of measures of child wellbeing and policy analysis from a unique information source that documents diversity, opportunity, and equity among children."

Esri: Understanding our World

Enter zip codes to get information about areas such as income, types of people living in areas, etc.

Eurostat

A variety of European statistics on topics ranging from population to unemployment to GDP.

Europe's Energy Portal

Data on information related to energy in Europe, including fuel prices.

FedStats

A web site that makes statistics from more than 100 agencies available to citizens everywhere.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Data on a variety of different kinds of information related to crime.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Choose a state and county (or MSA) and get information on regional economic conditions.

Flowing Data

A resource of visualizing data from beginner to advanced development by Nathan Yau.

GapMinder

Information on hundreds of indicators for countries throughout the world including cell phone use, cancer, CO2 emissions, etc.

Germany Destatis

This website provides statistics from Germany on a variety of topics such as demographic indicators, unemployment, etc.

Global Health Observatory of the World Health Organization (WHO)

The Global Health Observatory is WHO's "gateway to health-related statistics for more than 1000 indicators for its 194 member states."

Google Public Data

This is an excellent and extensive data collection from a variety of sources and on a variety of topics. Data from many of the websites featured on this page are included in Google Public Data, which allows for visual representation of such data.

The Guardian's Website for Data Journalism and Data Visualization

The Guardian's website for data journalism and data visualization features articles and primary data. TheGuardian's Datablog features hundreds of data sets, many UK-based.

Harvard Forest Data Archive

The data archive contains datasets from scientific research at the Harvard Forest.

Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Global Health Facts

Health information available on a country basis (e.g., HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, health workforce and capacity, demography and population, etc.).

India Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation

Check out the link for information on population, education, health, labor and employment, etc.

Internal Revenue Tax Statistics

At the IRS Tax Statistics website "you will find a wide range of tables, articles, and data that describe and measure elements of the U.S. tax system."

International Energy Agency

"The IEA works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 30 member countries and beyond. Our mission is guided by four main areas of focus: energy security, economic development, environmental awareness and engagement worldwide."

Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research

ICPSR "offers more than 500,000 digital files containing social science research data. Disciplines represented include political science, sociology, demography, economics, history, gerontology, criminal justice, public health, foreign policy, terrorism, health and medical care, early education, education, racial and ethnic minorities, psychology, law, substance abuse and mental health, and more."

International Telecommunication Union

ITU has data on a variety of topics ranging from cell phone usage to broadband and many more.

Ireland Central Statistics Office

The Ireland Central Statistics Office has data on a variety of topics population; births, deaths and marriages; health and social conditions; education; crime and justice, etc.

Israel Central Bureau of Statistics

The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics provides data on population, households and families, labor and wages, and much more.

Italian National Institute of Statistics (ISTAT)

ISTAT has a number ofdatasets on a variety of topics ranging from protests to income and living conditions to hospitalizations of psychiatric patients.

Kenya Open Data Initiative

The Kenya Open Data Initiative makes key government data (e.g., Kenya Census) available to the public through a single portal. "The 2009 regional census, national and regional expenditures, and information on key public services are some of the first datasets to be released."

Kids Count

"A project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, KIDS COUNT is the premier source for data on child and family well-being in the United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions about children and families."

Mexico National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI)

INEGI provides data on a variety of topics in Mexico including population, occupation and employment, GDP, etc.

Money Geek

Financial tools, calculators, and resources on a variety of topics (e.g., credit cards, mortgages, protecting assets, educational spending).

Mortality Data Analysis

A collection of data sets on mortality.

Mortgage Calculator

This site includes mortgage calculators as well as a variety of different interesting calculators (e.g., what day were you born, etc.).

My Money

My Money "is the U.S. government's website dedicated to teaching all Americans the basics about financial education." As described, the "site organizes financial education help from over 20 different Federal web sites in one place. Content is organized by where you are in life ('Life Events'), who you are ('My Resources'), and by specific hands-on tools ('Tools'). Popular Topics are also highlighted."

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) data sets

A rich repository of earth science resources and data sets (e.g., agriculture, atmosphere, biosphere, cryosphere, etc.).

National Archives Experiences: Docs Teach

A guide for teaching history using engaging exercises. Click oncreate your own fun and engaging activities to create your own interactive learning activity.

National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research

The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research "collects and disseminates death and permanent disability sports injury data that involve brain and/or spinal cord injuries."

National Center for Education Statistics

Click onData and Tools to create customized tables, download NCES survey datasets, or get quick statistics, etc.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

The National Climatic Data Center seeks to "monitor and assess the state of the Earth's climate in near real-time, providing decision-makings at all levels of the public and private sectors with data and information on climate trends and variability including perspectives on how the climate of today compares with the past."

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

NCTM hosts a collection of data sets organized by type, e.g., univariate, bivariate, multivariate, etc.

National Opinion Research Center (NORC)

Click onData Enclave to learn about the rich variety of data sets available from NORC for analysis.

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

Click ondata and statistics to get information on a variety of topics ranging from birth and deaths rates to communicable diseases and smoking.

New Zealand Statistics

Statistics New Zealand has data on a variety of topics such as population (births, deaths, etc.), businesses, economic indicators (e.g., GDP), education and training, government finance, health (abortion, disabilities, etc.), income and work, and industry sector.

OANDA

Click on thecurrency converter to get information on exchange rates for the US dollar as well as trends over time.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentorOECD Stat

The OECD has a vast array of international data on a wide variety of topics ranging from income inequality to job vacancies to physicians per 1,000 population and much more.

Pew Research Center for the People and the Press

A data archive where users can download many of Pew's survey datasets. This page is organized by survey, where each dataset is identified by the name of the survey, and each data set is linked to reports released from that data.

Pew Internet and American Life Project

SelectDatasets to obtain frequently updated information on a wide range of indicators (e.g., demographic data, online activity data, gadget ownership, and internet adoption trends, etc.).

Population Reference Bureau

DataFinder, PRB's hub for national and international data, enables users to select a location to create customized tables and users may select a variety of topics (e.g., demographics, economics, education, environment, health, HIV, reproductive health, family structure, housing, income and poverty, labor force and commuting, scientists and engineers) to compare locations in terms of rankings, maps, trends, etc.

Quandl

Quandl "is a repository of times series data on the internet, tailored for researchers, students, and other data professionals. Quandl currently has over 4 million time-series datasets. Most of the data is in the domains of finance, economics, demography, sociology, energy and the environment. 1000s of new datasets are added to Quandl daily."

Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages

A quarterly count of employment and wages reported by employers covering 98 percent of U.S. jobs, available at the county, MSA, state and national levels by industry.

RAND

Reports and data on a variety of topics including children and families, education and the arts, energy and environment, health and health care, infrastructure and transportation, international affairs, law and business, national security, population and aging, public safety, science and technology, and terrorism and homeland security. After selecting a topic, users may click on resources such as "multimedia" to watch videos, listen to audio, and sometimes engage in interactive maps, etc.

SAGE Stats

"SAGE Stats make research easy by providing, in one place, annual measures dating back to more than two decades. It features statistical data series created from more than 400,000 government and non-government datasets covering popular topics of research interest for U.S. stages, counties, cities, metropolitan ares, and ZIP codes."

The Simple Dollar

The Simple Dollar is a website designed to promote financial literacy, especially for individuals who are fighting debt and have bad spending habits.

Singapore Department of Statistics

The Department of Statistics Singapore has data on a variety of topics including population, the GDP, external trade, manufacturing, employment, price index, etc.

Social Explorer

Interactive maps on a variety of topics (demographics, religion, etc.).

Social Security Administration

SSA has a collection of program statistics and data files by subjects (e.g., disability, economic status, health status, retirement, socioeconomic characteristics, etc.). See also the SSA's data onpopular baby names.

Social Science Data Analysis Network (SSDAN)

SSDAN provides a wealth of print publications as well as online tools and resources to help you explore demographic trends and further quantitative literacy. Check outCensusScope to obtain graphics and exportable trend data andTeaching with Data for a variety of resources (e.g., tables, charts, etc.).

Spain National Institute of Statistics

Check out thestatistical operations for data on a wide range of topics including demography and population, society (e.g., education and culture), etc.

Statista

Statista "consists of an extensive network of information resources and databases, providing an ideal platform to research and analyze facts and quantitative data."

Statistical Calculators

There areone-variable as well astwo-variable statistical calculators. For each, there are existing data sets (e.g., IQ scores of 7th graders, New York Yankees' salaries, tuition at Massachusetts colleges, wine and heart disease, male and female literacy rates, etc.) and/or users can enter their own data.

Statistics Course Data Sets (UCLA)

A "collection of growing data sets that are exclusively from UCLA researchers and exist for a variety of classrooms uses."

Statistics South Africa

This website includes statistical publications, key indicators, population statistics, interactive data and more regarding South Africa. It also allows users to explore statistics by place or by theme (e.g., cause of death, poverty, inflation, etc.).

Stat Labs

A variety of simpledata sets from the bookStat Labs: Mathematical Statistics Through Applications.

StatLib

StatLib is "a system for distributing statistical software, datasets, and information by electronic mail, FTP and WWW."

STATSAmerica

This website provides statistical profiles of each of the states, including information on the economy, education, income & taxes, population & housing, and workshop.

Survey Documentation and Analysis (SDA)

A set of programs for the documentation and web-based analysis of survey data including data sets such as the General Social Survey (GSS).

Teaching with Data

Teaching with Data "is a portal where faculty can find resources and ideas to reduce the challenges of bringing real data into post-secondary classes."

teAch-nology

Resources for teachers with various lesson plans and resources including graphing.

TuVa Labs

A website designed to (a) enable critical thinking and reasoning with data, (b) transition to the common core standards, and (c) bring local and global issues into the classroom. The website includes a variety of resources and datasets.

Understanding Uncertainty 

Understanding Uncertainty is a website "produced by Winton programme for the public understanding of risk based in the Statistical Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The aim is to help improve the way that uncertainty and risk are discussed in society, and show how probability and statistics can be both useful and entertaining!" Look at, for example, the collection ofanimations.

UCLA Statistics Data Sets

This web site provides data sets for teaching, data from books, data from consulting project, data from consulting projects, data from national statistical agencies, social science data archives, and from US governmental agencies.

United Kingdom Office for National Statistics 

Check out thedatasets and tables for information on a variety of topics ranging from age by areas to public and private sector employment to expenditures on mortgages and much in between.

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe has data on a variety of topics including gender, economy, sustainable development, etc.

Bureau of Justice Statistics

BJS includes publications as well as online data tools for primary data analysis.

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Information on a variety of labor-related statistics such as hourly wages, work-related injuries, etc.

United States Census Bureau

Data from the United States Census on a variety of topics (e.g., population by race/ethnicity, age, etc.). Check outAmerican FactFinder for easy access to information on a wide variety of topics. For international data, look at theInternational Programs web site or theInternational Data Base for data on many different countries, including population pyramids, etc. In addition, DataFerrett is a "unique data analysis and extraction tool-with recoding capabilities-to customize federal, state, and local data to suit your requirements."

United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service

the USDA Economic Research Service provides data on a variety of topics such as animal products, crops, farm economy, food markets and prices, etc.

United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Center

Users canquery NASS to get quick tables on a variety of topics (e.g., animals and products, crops, demographics, economic, environmental information, etc.).

United States Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis

A division of the US Department of Commerce. The web site has national (e.g., GDP, etc.), international (e.g., balance of payments), regional (GDP by state), industry, and integrated accounts. Also has interactive data.

United States Department of Transportation

The US Department of Transportation has data on topics such as US aircraft carrier inventory, border crossings/entry data, freight import and exports, and much more!

US Energy Information Administration

US EIA provides statistics "on crude oil, gasoline, diesel, propane, jet fuel, ethanol, and other liquid fuels. Click on the blue bars below for information on petroleum prices, crude reserves and production, refining and processing, imports/exports, stocks, and consumption/sales."

US Environmental Protection Agency

The United States EPA data finder has links to data on a variety of topics ranging from air to water quality and much more.

US Inflation Calculator

Use the US inflation calculator to measure the buying power of the dollar over time. Click oninflation and prices to look at indicators over time, etc.

Vanderbilt University Department of Biostatistics

Provides a collection of data sets on a variety of different topics (e.g., meningitis, cardiac catheterization diagnostic data, hypertension data from the Dominican Republic, German breast cancer, and numerous others).

Vietnam General Statistics Office

The Vietnam General Statistics Office has statistics on a variety of topics including administrative unit, land and climate; population and labor, national accounts, state budget, industry, education, health and many more.

Villanova Nursing Research Dataset Archive

Includes a variety of data sets (e.g., readability and patients with cancer, patients with glaucoma who keep or miss their appointments, etc.). Includes suggestions for analysis.

World Bank Data

The World Bank Data provides "free and open access to global development data."

World Health Organization

The World Health Organization's "Global Health Observatory" portal provides access to data and analyses for monitoring the global health situation. See also theWHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation.

World Resource Institute (WRI)

WRI has data sets on a variety of topics related to world resources, such as green house gas emissions and other climate-relevant indicators.

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Bioskills Guide

This guide provides the validated learning outcomes tied to Vision and Change

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iTree Canopy for Estimating Cover Types from Satellite Images

This a a U.S. Forestry Service tool that can be used to estimate impervious versus vegetated cover in Census Tracts or user defined areas. This tool can also be used to estimate Ecosystem Services provided by the vegetated areas in the defined area or interest. It could be a good tool for comparing these services (air pollution removal for example) between or among areas.

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U.S. Census Academy

This website has various resources (webinars, how to instructions) for learning to access, utilizing and visualize the data available from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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podcasts and vodcasts

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Educator guides: designing the future

Some great examples of authentic products aimed at environmental engineering

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Sample assignments types

Lots of examples EIS statements, websites public service announcements and more

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Internet Resources for Data Analysis

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Yeti or not: Do they exist?

Through this 4-part bioinformatics case study, students will be led through the forensic analysis of putative Yeti artifacts based on published findings.

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Confluence- From Bryan Dewsbury

"Confluence is a seminar video series with the explicit aim of introducing undergraduates to the lives and work of researchers in the field of biology.

We aim not only to introduce students to the latest scientific questions being addressed in the field, but more importantly to talk about when in their lives these men and women decide to pursue questions of how this world works."

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ISKME's open educational practices rubric

"This rubric defines a set of open educational practices that help educators to advance a culture of open education, and to advocate for the potential benefits of open educational resources (OER) in the context of continuous improvement." 2017 by Megan Simons. 

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Universal Design for Learning Theory and Practice

CAST's book on UDL - a deeper look at its history and applications. Online access to the book is free with an account. 

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UDL progression rubric - where are you at now?

Rubric to help you see where you lie along the continuum of UDL best practices. Novak & Rodriguez 2018.

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UDL guidelines from CAST - the canonical source

A graphical organization of Universal Design for Learning guidelines, which you can burrow into to explore each component. 

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UDL Observation Measurement Tool

This article describes an instrument used to measure UDL implementation (instructor fidelity). UDL (and I'd say other frameworks we've looked at) are incredibly difficult to operationalize. Or decide what "counts." It doesn't really touch student success, but operates on the understanding that UDL is based on research that improves student success. 
 

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STEM OER Accessibility Framework and Guidebook

This framework, developed by ISKME in partnership with SERC, provides a practical reference for curators and authors of STEM OER, with 23 accessibility criteria, or elements, to reference as they curate, design and adapt materials to be accessible.

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DO-IT Center Resources

Several links to guides and lists of resources for accessible teaching from the DO-IT Center out of the University of Washington.

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Accessibility Toolkit

The goal of the Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition is to provide resources for each content creator, instructional designer, educational technologist, librarian, administrator, and teaching assistant to create a truly open textbook—one that is free and accessible for all students.

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WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool

WAVE is an accessibility evaluation tool from WebAIM. Just enter a url into the tool and WAVE will provide you with a report of adherence with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and suggest changes for improvement. 

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Designing Accessible OERs with POUR

Links to a Google slide presentation by CAST representatives on designing accessible Open Educational Resources. 

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The growing importance of data literacy in life science education

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How UDL Can Support Your Transition to Online Teaching

Crowd-sourced table of online teaching practices that align to the UDL guidelines specific to the affective network

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Jo Boaler's TEDx Stanford Talk

Jo Boaler discusses mathematical mindsets. Also linked is her website, youcubed with further information and resources

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The Why of UDL

A video that provides an overview of Universal Design for Learning and why it is important. 

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Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19

Blog post with some practical tips focusing on accessibility but that are also connected to UDL

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Education resources on Data Nugget website

On our Data Nugget website we have a Resources page where we collect all of the great education resources that have come to our attention over the years. We'll be sure to update it with all the suggestions you share here! 

The resources are organized by the science or math concepts addressed, and we have a list of other great educational program websites.

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HHMI BioInteractive teacher guide for math and stats

Topics include measures of average (mean, median, and mode), variability (range and standard deviation), uncertainty (standard error and 95% confidence interval), Chi-square analysis, student t-test, Hardy-Weinberg equation, frequency calculations, and more. 

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MathBench

These modules introduce students (and anyone else who's interested) to the mathematical underpinnings of what they learn in introductory biology courses. But unlike a textbook, the modules are not full of equations and proofs. Instead, we try to bring math to life using intuitive approaches, everyday situations, and even humor. The modules contain hundreds of interactive activities, games, and questions. They range from the relatively simple (what to do with division) to the relatively abstruse (discrete diffusion models).

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Settler colonialism and pandemics

Native Americans misrepresented in health data pay a heavy COVID-19 price

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The Science of Mentorship Podcast

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The Science of Mentorship Podcast

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How LGBT+ scientists would like to be included and welcomed in STEM workplaces

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How LGBT+ scientists would like to be included and welcomed in STEM workplaces

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STEM OER Accessibility Framework and Guidebook

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STEM OER Accessibility Framework and Guidebook

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Project BioDiversify

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Decolonizing Science: What is "Parachute Science?"

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Decolonizing Science: What is "Parachute Science?"

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Women Scientists Have the Evidence About Sexism

Centuries of bias have impeded the advance of human knowledge.

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How Can STEM Disciplines and STEM Education Work in Concert to Address Systemic Racism and the COVID-19 Pandemic? Creating a New Normal for STEM Education

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How Can STEM Disciplines and STEM Education Work in Concert to Address Systemic Racism and the COVID-19 Pandemic? Creating a New Normal for STEM Education

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Data Management in Excel and R using National Ecological Observatory Network's (NEON) Small Mammal Data

Students use small mammal data from the National Ecological Observatory Network to understand necessary steps of data management from data collection to data analysis by re-organising excel sheets in an R-compatible format and doing basic analysis in R

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Estimating Tree Heights: Right Triangle Trigonometry

This module introduces basic trigonometry calculations in the context of understanding tree height calculations. It is intended for an introductory biology audience.

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NIQB Curriculum Map

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Gapminder

Gapminder identifies systematic misconceptions about important global trends and proportions and uses reliable data to develop easy to understand teaching materials to rid people of their misconceptions.

Gapminder is an independent Swedish foundation with no political, religious, or economic affiliations.

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Information is Beautiful

Founded by David McCandless, author of two bestselling infographics books, Information is Beautiful is dedicated to helping you make clearer, more informed decisions about the world. All our visualizations are based on facts and data: constantly updated, revised and revisioned.

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Scientist Spotlight Initiative

The Scientist Spotlights Initiative empowers middle/high school, college, and university science educators to implement inclusive curricula that help ALL students see themselves in science. We provide access to easy-to- implement assignments/activities that link course content to the stories of counter-stereotypical scientists. 

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Information is Beautiful

Explore interactive graphs of various issues, including COVID 19.

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Gapminder Videos

Videos and tools to engage students with socially relevant statistics.

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PhET

PhET provides fun, free, interactive, research-based science and mathematics simulations. We extensively test and evaluate each simulation to ensure educational effectiveness. These tests include student interviews and observation of simulation use in classrooms. The simulations are written in Java, Flash or HTML5, and can be run online or downloaded to your computer. All simulations are open source (see our source code). Multiple sponsors support the PhET project, enabling these resources to be free to all students and teachers.

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Molecular Case Net

Mission: To assemble a new network (Molecular CaseNet); for developing molecular case studies at the interface of biology and chemistry, discussed in atomic detail; and engaging educators in using them for undergraduate level biology, chemistry, and biochemistry instruction.

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Enduring Legacies: Native Cases

Our goal is to develop and widely disseminate culturally relevant curriculum and teaching resources in the form of case studies on key issues in Indian Country. 

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National Center for Science Case Study Teaching in Science

This site has limited access without a membership.

Cases can be used not only to teach scientific concepts and content, but also process skills and critical thinking. And since many of the best cases are based on contemporary, and often contentious, science problems that students encounter in the news, the use of cases in the classroom makes science relevant...

 

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Investigative Case Based Learning

Investigative Case-Based Learning (ICBL) is a variant of Problem Based Learning that encourages students to develop questions that can be explored further by reasonable investigative approaches. Students then gather data and information for testing their hypotheses. They produce materials which can be used to persuade others of their findings. Students employ a variety of methods and resources, including traditional laboratory and field techniques, software simulations and models, data sets, internet-based tools and information retrieval methods.

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QB@CC

An NSF funded network of community college biology and math faculty developing  OER quantitative biology modules. Check the website for modules, and join the group for updates about upcoming opportunities.

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Biome Social Justice files

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1RLMTU-aJh7MVi7ujt86PHG_WKcN9NJBy?usp=sharing

on google drive

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Water Quality link

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1DNewL4MBUDGnvG7x_Z4g6AmrCEOmM0ZN

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Air Quality and SJ reading

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/13K0im_qxJyTn7QGKhBY2_6Lzi1gt8LR4

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Data nuggets and What is Sencer

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1N8GTTVpk39TGkv44i2HS5Qfvh9fmqqzR

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Biostatistics using R: A Laboratory Manual

Biostatistics Using R: A Laboratory Manual was created with the goals of providing biological content to lab sessions by using authentic research data and introducing R programming language to biology majors.

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Biostatistics using R: A Laboratory Manual

Biostatistics Using R: A Laboratory Manual was created with the goals of providing biological content to lab sessions by using authentic research data and introducing R programming language to biology majors.

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REMNet Newsletter November 2020

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REMNet Newsletter October 2020

The October edition of our newsletter! :)

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REMNet Newsletter September 2020

The September edition of our newsletter! If you have any news you would like to share with the community let us know at ugmicronet@gmail.com! :)

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Re-Envisioning Culture Network A Syllabus Guide

The Re-Envisioning Culture Network Syllabus aims to honor Black identity and culture while acknowledging the barriers that Black undergraduate students face through definitions, art, storytelling, and poetry. We invite those who read this syllabus to learn more about the terms, research, and experiences around Black racial identity, an intersectional gendered- raced identity and Black culture within the United States. This is not an exhaustive list but hopefully a start to your journey towards consciousness.

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Expanding the Science Capital in K–12 Science Textbooks: A Notable Doctor’s Insights into Biology & Other Accomplishments of African American Scientists (C. Quinlan, 2020)

This article explores the need to include the science capital and cultural capital of African Americans in science teaching and offers practical exemplars for inclusion in the K–12 science curriculum. The author discusses ideas in the evolution of culture that contribute to the science content and perspectives of current textbooks and their supporting educative curriculum materials. The exemplars provided shed light on the scientific concepts and ideas indicated by the scientific accomplishments and narratives of African American scientists and a notable doctor, Charles R. Drew. The practical considerations described have implications for the disciplinary core ideas in the Next Generation Science Standards, and for understanding the cultural, social, and political values inherent in the nature of science.

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Exploring Data to Learn about the Nature of Science (C. Quinlan, 2016)

Biology is often taught as disconnected facts, even though the subject itself provides a holistic approach to the study of life, particularly through the overarching frame of evolution. The Framework for K–12 Science Education and Next Generation Science Standards promote a coherent approach to science that uses a developmental approach to learning. This is consistent with the use of data, reflective strategies, and a research inquiry approach that encourages students to confront their own thinking and reasoning, and thus encourages the engagement of argumentation in the classroom. This article presents narratives and classroom scenarios that might provide insights into learning strategies, with implications for a more cohesive approach to learning both biology concepts and the practices of science.

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An Interdisciplinary Investigation of African Rock Art Images to Learn about Science & Culture: Blending Biology, Geology, History & Ethics (C. Quinlan, 2019)

Image analysis of African rock art creates a unique opportunity to engage in authentic explorations of science and culture using rock art images as data. African rock art and its context provide insights into the intersection of science, scientific research, research ethics, intellectual property, law, government, economy, indigenous people, and crime. This article specifically considers the rock art and other cultural contributions of the San people of Southern Africa, which offer a rich interdisciplinary exploration of biology—including the climate and weather of biomes, plant biology, human physiology, and more. An understanding of the nature of science, crosscutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) is implicated.

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More In Depth Spreadsheet Management Adaptation of Data Management using NEON Small Mammal Data

This adaptation consists of three exercises that introduce students to 1) format spreadsheet data tables, 2) carry out spreadsheet quality control, and 3) count/sort/filter data of interest in order to conduct a pilot analysis on NEON small mammal data.

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Data Management using National Ecological Observatory Network's (NEON) Small Mammal Data with Accompanying Lesson on Mark Recapture Analysis

Students use small mammal data from the National Ecological Observatory Network to understand necessary steps of data management from data collection to data analysis by estimating small mammal population sizes using the Lincoln-Peterson model.

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Investigating Evidence for Climate Change (Project EDDIE)

This multi-part activity allows students to discover the relationships between CO2 and temperature and how these variables have changed over time using real-world data.

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The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance

Abstract

Concerns about secondary use of data and limited opportunities for benefit-sharing have focused attention on the tension that Indigenous communities feel between (1) protecting Indigenous rights and interests in Indigenous data (including traditional knowledges) and (2) supporting open data, machine learning, broad data sharing, and big data initiatives. The International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest Group (within the Research Data Alliance) is a network of nation-state based Indigenous data sovereignty networks and individuals that developed the ‘CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance’ (Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, and Ethics) in consultation with Indigenous Peoples, scholars, non-profit organizations, and governments. The CARE Principles are people– and purpose-oriented, reflecting the crucial role of data in advancing innovation, governance, and self-determination among Indigenous Peoples. The Principles complement the existing data-centric approach represented in the ‘FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship’ (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). The CARE Principles build upon earlier work by the Te Mana Raraunga Maori Data Sovereignty Network, US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network, Maiam nayri Wingara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Sovereignty Collective, and numerous Indigenous Peoples, nations, and communities. The goal is that stewards and other users of Indigenous data will ‘Be FAIR and CARE.’ In this first formal publication of the CARE Principles, we articulate their rationale, describe their relation to the FAIR Principles, and present examples of their application.

Keywords: Indigenous, data sovereignty, data governance, data principles, FAIR principles

How to Cite: Carroll, S.R., Garba, I., Figueroa-Rodríguez, O.L., Holbrook, J., Lovett, R., Materechera, S., Parsons, M., Raseroka, K., Rodriguez-Lonebear, D., Rowe, R., Sara, R., Walker, J.D., Anderson, J. and Hudson, M., 2020. The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance. Data Science Journal, 19(1), p.43. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/dsj-2020-043

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Cultivating inclusive instructional and research environments in ecology and evolutionary science

Proof

Nathan Emery1 , Ellen Bledsoe2 , and Andrew Hasley3

Evolution and Ecology 2020

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The Power of Data Standards

Investigate data standards within the context of the Alpine Chipmunk and the Grinnell Study.

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Plants in the Human-Altered Environment (PHAE): EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Project

A project to compare effects of a continuum of landscape alteration intensities on plant diversity, biomass, and ecosystem services, and to explore human socioeconomic connections to plants in the environment.

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Lichens in Diverse Landscapes: EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Project

Interesting projects to use in the future

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The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance

Abstract

Concerns about secondary use of data and limited opportunities for benefit-sharing have focused attention on the tension that Indigenous communities feel between (1) protecting Indigenous rights and interests in Indigenous data (including traditional knowledges) and (2) supporting open data, machine learning, broad data sharing, and big data initiatives. The International Indigenous Data Sovereignty Interest Group (within the Research Data Alliance) is a network of nation-state based Indigenous data sovereignty networks and individuals that developed the ‘CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance’ (Collective Benefit, Authority to Control, Responsibility, and Ethics) in consultation with Indigenous Peoples, scholars, non-profit organizations, and governments. The CARE Principles are people– and purpose-oriented, reflecting the crucial role of data in advancing innovation, governance, and self-determination among Indigenous Peoples. The Principles complement the existing data-centric approach represented in the ‘FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship’ (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable). The CARE Principles build upon earlier work by the Te Mana Raraunga Maori Data Sovereignty Network, US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network, Maiam nayri Wingara Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Sovereignty Collective, and numerous Indigenous Peoples, nations, and communities. The goal is that stewards and other users of Indigenous data will ‘Be FAIR and CARE.’ In this first formal publication of the CARE Principles, we articulate their rationale, describe their relation to the FAIR Principles, and present examples of their application.

Keywords: Indigenous, data sovereignty, data governance, data principles, FAIR principles

How to Cite: Carroll, S.R., Garba, I., Figueroa-Rodríguez, O.L., Holbrook, J., Lovett, R., Materechera, S., Parsons, M., Raseroka, K., Rodriguez-Lonebear, D., Rowe, R., Sara, R., Walker, J.D., Anderson, J. and Hudson, M., 2020. The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance. Data Science Journal, 19(1), p.43. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/dsj-2020-043

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2020 EDSIN December Community Call

Dr. Christie Bahlai described a project she and some of her colleagues received funding to lead. They will be creating a series of podcasts on "the human sides of data science" that will consist of a long-form interview and accompanying curriculum materials for classroom use. They plan "to showcase diverse people, perspectives and approaches to data and information." The call had members provide feedback on the podcast, using the prompts:

  • Is there anything you feel Christie and her team are overlooking with this project?
  • Any ideas on how curricula materials can be formatted using these data stories?
  • What questions should be asked as part of the interviews? Are there core areas that need to be addressed?
  • Do you have recommendations on individuals to interview or would you be interested in serving as an interviewee?

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The Power of Data Standards

Investigate data standards within the context of the Alpine Chipmunk and the Grinnell Study.

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Cultivating inclusive instructional and research environments in ecology and evolutionary science

Proof

Nathan Emery1 , Ellen Bledsoe2 , and Andrew Hasley3

Evolution and Ecology 2020

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Building Community-Based Approaches to Systemic Reform in Mathematical Biology Education

BMB, Fall 2020

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Plants in the Human-Altered Environment (PHAE): EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Project

A project to compare effects of a continuum of landscape alteration intensities on plant diversity, biomass, and ecosystem services, and to explore human socioeconomic connections to plants in the environment.

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Lichens in Diverse Landscapes: EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Project

This project makes use of publicly-available datasets on lichen presence and abundance and wet deposition, paired with geospatial data on air quality, tree canopy cover, and locally collected field data, to better understand how lichens respond to changes

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Symbulation: An Agent-based Model of Evolving Symbionts

Symbulation is an agent-based model of endosymbionts that can evolve between parasitism and mutualism. It provides a web GUI so students can change environmental settings and watch evolution occur.

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Slide Template

This Google Slide template is available for you to use to create your report-out. The access is set to "View Only" so you will need to make a copy for your group to edit. You can do this by going to "File" and then "Make a Copy."

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Intro to Data Types and Graphing Lab

Look at for modifying 110 ant lab

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BUGSS Build-a-Genome Membership Application

This application is for attendees of the 2020 Build-a-Genome course who want a 6-month BUGSS membership to keep working on the project!

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Every Pixel- Stock Image Search Tool

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Draw Kit Illustrations

LOTS of illustrations, but lots of scrolling.

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All the Free Stock

Compilation site of useful free stock images, videos, and music.

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Pixaby- "Stunning Free Images"

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Lukaszadam Illustrations

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Visual Hunt- Free Stock Photos

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Undraw Illustrations

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Accessible Teaching in the Time of COVID-19

Blog post with some practical tips focusing on accessibility but that are also connected to UDL

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The Why of UDL

A video that provides an overview of Universal Design for Learning and why it is important. 

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