AIMS modules use fascinating images set in real biological research to help science students learn quantitative skills they need.

Dendroclimatology

Jeremy M Wojdak, R. S. Maxwell

Version: 2.0

Dendroclimatologists can reconstruct climate records further into the past than written records, by examining tree rings. Students "reverse-engineer" this process by considering growth rates of a tree species in response to various...
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09.17.2018

3D breast cancer tissue reconstruction

Jeremy M Wojdak, Kerri-Ann Norton

Version: 2.0

This module allows students to follow a researcher as she discovers new features of breast cancer tissue architecture, using 3D reconstructions of histological specimens.
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09.17.2018

Phenotypic plasticity and predation

Jeremy M Wojdak, Justin Touchon

Version: 2.0

Students predict changes to tadpole morphology and coloration after considering characteristics of the predator species and the prey themselves then test their own hypotheses (typically with t-tests or ANOVA) by collecting novel data via image...
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08.29.2018

Leaf cutter ant foraging

Jeremy M Wojdak, Justin Touchon, Myra Hughey

Version: 1.0

This module introduces students to leaf-cutter ants in the rainforests of Panama. Students derive their own research hypotheses regarding ant foraging or allometric scaling relationships.
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Tools to use with AIMS modules: 

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ImageJ

Image analysis in the modules is performed using  ImageJ.

 

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The statistics portions of the modules can be taught with RStudio