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A CURE for Salmonella: A Laboratory Course in Pathogen Microbiology and Genomics
Rapid advances in genomics and bioinformatics, the vast amount of data generated by next-generation sequencing, and the penetration of the ‘-omics’ into many areas of biology have created a need for students with hands-on experience...
epidemiology research bioinformatics genomics public health Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Salmonella DNA sequencing pathogenic bacteria
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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...

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Follow the Sulfur: Using Yeast Mutants to Study a Metabolic Pathway
Students are frequently overwhelmed by the complexity of metabolic pathways and they think they have "learned" the pathway when they have memorized the individual reactions.  This laboratory lesson helps students to understand the...
Selection yeast Metabolism cysteine media methionine mutant Pathway sulfur
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Assessing in vivo Antimicrobial Activity Through the Analysis of Galleria mellonella Kaplan-Meier Plots
Antimicrobials and their use in the treatment of bacterial infections are a fundamental lesson in all microbiology courses. Typically, cultivation-based methods are used to teach students about antimicrobial testing. A complementary approach...

Courses: MicrobiologyMicrobiology

Antimicrobial Testing Antimicrobials Invertebrate animal models
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Exploring the Lytic and Lysogenic Life Cycles of Bacteriophages
The goal of this lesson is to introduce students to the lytic and lysogenic cycles of T4 and lambda bacteriophages, respectively, using student-centered pedagogies. Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria and are either virulent or...

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bacteriophages Lysogenic cycle Lysogeny Lytic cycle
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Understanding Host-Pathogen Interactions With the Use of Galleria mellonella
The Galleria mellonella; the larvae of the Greater Wax Moth, is a safe and effective means to study host-pathogen interactions in the undergraduate setting. The use of animal models in the teaching classroom provides an opportunity to discuss...
innate immunity bacterial pathogenesis Host-pathogen interactions Galleria mellonella Virulence
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Modeling Strep Throat Detection, Infection, and Spread Using an SIR Model and the Vensim Simulation Software
The overarching goal of this lesson is to provide students with an opportunity to gain experience making and using biological models. Biological modeling can be used to investigate complex, real-world problems so that predictions can be made about...
infectious disease biological modeling SIR model
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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...
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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....
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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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The impact of diet and antibiotics on the gut microbiome
The goal of this article is to describe an active learning exercise that can be used in a variety of advanced microbiology courses, including bacterial physiology, ecology, or systems biology. The gut microbiome is a multi-species bacterial...

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microbiome environmental control host response metabolites
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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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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...
bioinformatics PCR phenotyping CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing cloning Genotyping Restriction enzyme
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Mice, Acorns, and Lyme Disease: a Case Study to Teach the Ecology of Emerging Infectious Diseases.
Ebola, Zika, the recall of contaminated lettuce - these are just a few recent outbreaks making headlines. Students should be able to connect what they learn in their biology courses to explain these events happening around them. Unfortunately,...

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epidemiology Ecological change Infectious disease ecology Reservoirs Transmission cycle
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Forensic Phylogenetics: Implementing Tree-thinking in a Court of Law
Here we describe an in-class activity developed for Evolutionary Biology and Biodiversity (BioEE1780) at Cornell University, an introductory course required of all biology majors. This activity offers instructors an engaging and real-life...

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