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Engaging Undergraduates in Mechanisms of Tubular Reabsorption and Secretion in the Mammalian Kidney
If students fail to see the connections among physiological systems, they can become overwhelmed with the amount of information they need to learn. Some students have particular difficulty with the renal system for this reason. This lesson was...
Osmosis Active transport Mass flow Renal reabsorption Renal secretion Transport across membranes
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Doctor in the House: Improving Undergraduate Critical Thinking Skills Through Diagnosing Medical Case Studies
Students in undergraduate anatomy and physiology courses are not often exposed to clinical examples of homeostatic imbalances, particularly ones that provide an opportunity to diagnose a medical case. We designed a set of medical cases...
medicine diagnosis cardiovascular deductive reasoning digestive Endocrine homeostatic imbalance hypothetico-deductive model urinary
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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...
kinesiology exercise physiology Anaerobic Respiration Maximum Oxygen Consumption Muscular System Virtual Anatomy Wingate Test
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Understanding Gastric Acid Secretion: An Active Learning Approach
The human digestive system is a diverse network of cells, tissues, and organs that is regulated by systemic (e.g., nervous and endocrine systems) and local factors (e.g., secretions, pH, and the microbiome). Given the volume of content and the...
disease signal transduction Acid Secretion Autonomic Nervous System Endocrine Gastric Physiology GPCR Histology of Gastric Pit
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Using Musical Instruments to Model Negative Feedback in the Hypothalamo-Pituitary-Target Gland Axes
Homeostasis and negative feedback are crucial, yet difficult, concepts for undergraduates, particularly in the context of the hypothalamo-pituitary axes. This interactive activity was designed to (1) reveal how negative feedback can restore...
cell-cell communication homeostasis negative feedback
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Tying it All Together: An Activity to Help Students Connect Course Experiences to Posted Learning Outcomes
Instructors of undergraduate courses in Biology and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines face an ongoing challenge to foster higher-order thinking and learning skills while also developing a sound conceptual...
metacognition reflection goals Outcomes
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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question. Much of the recent trend in society against vaccination is that the general population does not understand 1) how vaccines work and 2) how one's vaccination status can influence others....
pathogen ELISA immunity antibody Antigen
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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...
Equity metacognition inclusivity course structure
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Science Behind the Lesson: It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's Biomechanics!
Active flight is a specialized mode of movement found in insects, birds, and mammals. The anatomy, morphology, physiology, and ecology of flying taxa has changed over evolutionary time. Researchers have proposed several hypotheses about the...
Evolution ecology bat physiology Anatomy biomechanics bird Flight insect
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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's biomechanics!
Biomechanics is a discipline that draws from physics and engineering principles to understand the movement and structure of living organisms. It is highly interdisciplinary in nature and can be incorporated into general biology and ecology...
Evolution ecology bat physiology Anatomy bird Flight forces insect
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The Science Behind the ACTN3 Polymorphism
A common polymorphism in the alpha-actinin-3 (ACTN3) gene results in the lack of ACTN3 protein expression in fast twitch muscle fibers in ~16% of the human population (1). This genetic change has been linked with muscle performance in humans (2)...
protein structure and function human genetic variation skeletal muscle physiology
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The ACTN3 Polymorphism: Applications in Genetics and Physiology Teaching Laboratories
Inquiry-based undergraduate laboratories provide the opportunity to engage students in a research experience that improves scientific thinking, but such activities can be difficult to develop and implement due to limited time and resources. We...
protein structure and function human genetic variation muscle physiology
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Training future faculty in 30 minutes a week: A modular framework to provide just-in-time professional development to graduate teaching assistants
Despite increasing recognition of the need to train the teaching assistants (TAs) teaching the majority of STEM lab sections, very few programs report offering sustained teaching professional development opportunities. Here we present a year-long,...
professional development TA Training Teaching Assistants
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The Inside and Outside the Body
The Inside and Outside the Body activity helps students develop a conceptual understanding of anatomical barriers such as skin and mucus membranes that separate internal cells and fluids from the external environment. This short exercise prepares...
structure Anatomy barriers
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What do Bone and Silly Putty® have in Common?: A Lesson on Bone Viscoelasticity
Without the use of real-life examples and models, actively instructing and engaging students in complex physiology topics related to bone biomechanics can be challenging. In our large-enrollment Human Physiology & Anatomy courses at the...
structure-function injury Anisotropy Hysteresis Skeletal System Viscoelasticity