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Exploring the March to Mars Using 3D Print Models
With the increased availability of 3D printers and open databases containing 3D print files, academic institutions are giving more thought into how such technology can be used in the classroom to further student learning. One way that 3D print...
water Mars microorganisms properties of life
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Discovering Prokaryotic Gene Regulation with Simulations of the trp Operon
The trp operon exemplifies important biological concepts, including the central dogma of molecular biology, feedback inhibition, and gene regulation. For this reason, regulation of the trp operon is a common theme in introductory biology,...
prokaryotes gene regulation attenuation feedback inhibition repressible operon trp operon
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A Team-Based Approach to Course Development Involving Undergraduate Researchers
Development of an undergraduate laboratory course can be a challenge, because of the need to balance both logistical and pedagogical considerations. We piloted a team-based approach to developing this type of course and found it to be advantageous...
student research course development
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Using QIIME to Interpret Environmental Microbial Communities in an Upper Level Metagenomics Course
Metagenomics is rapidly evolving due to advances in sequencing technologies and bioinformatics, but without proper training to interpret these datasets, student understanding remains limited. Aimed at undergraduate juniors and seniors and graduate...
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Antibiotic Resistance Genes Detection in Environmental Samples
Our aim is to provide an authentic research experience for undergraduate students in a variety of biology courses through collaboration between a four-year university and a community college. This lab series teaches transferable and universal...
genetics environment microbiology Undergraduate antibiotic-resistance PCR gel electrophoresis authentic inquiry
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Teaching epidemiology and principles of infectious disease using popular media and the case of Typhoid Mary
Allied health students often struggle to understand how particular content, such as epidemiology, connects to their future careers. This activity uses the case of Typhoid Mary as a foundation for exploring epidemiology and infectious disease...
epidemiology case study infectous disease popular media Typhoid Mary
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Infectious Chocolate Joy with a Side of Poissonian Statistics: An activity connecting life science students with subtle physics concepts
Introductory physics courses are required for many programs in the life sciences, yet traditional curricula fail to help students meaningfully connect physical concepts with biological systems.  In this lesson, we describe an activity taught...
quantitative biology HIV multiplicity of infection Poisson Distribution Physics for biologists
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You and Your Oral Microflora: Introducing non-biology majors to their “forgotten organ”
With limited time available for laboratory activities, introductory science courses for non-science majors typically use the laboratory period to reinforce material that was previously presented during lecture. This practice was true of a human...
bacteria microbiome BLAST microbes DNA replication Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)