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From Cre/LoxP to Fate Maps: Inclusive and Equitable Approaches for Engaging Developmental Biology Students in Experimental Design
Engaging first generation underrepresented minority students in the process of inquiry in developmental biology is important to increase diversity in future graduate STEM education. One important challenge is how we design curricula to foster...
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Using Zebrafish in a Developmental Biology Lab Course to Explore Interactions Between Development and the Environment
Important learning outcomes for biology students include the ability to develop experiments as well as pull together concepts across their coursework. The field of developmental biology, especially environmental influences on development...
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Investigating Gene Expression and Cell Specialization in Axolotl Embryos
The process of cell specialization is critical to the formation and function of tissues in animals and plants. Although gene expression, including the regulation of transcription, is taught in most introductory cell biology courses, the...
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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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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...
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Differential Gene Expression during Xenopus laevis Development
In Developmental Biology classes, students are challenged with understanding how differential gene expression guides embryonic development. It can be difficult for students to realize that genes need to be turned on or off at the right time and...
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The Pipeline CURE: An Iterative Approach to Introduce All Students to Research Throughout a Biology Curriculum
Participation in research provides personal and professional benefits for undergraduates. However, some students face institutional barriers that prevent their entry into research, particularly those from underrepresented groups who may stand to...
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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,...
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Make It Stick: Teaching Gene Targeting with Ribbons and Fasteners
Manipulating gene expression is a commonly used tool to study the effect of a single gene or the hierarchy of gene networks in many different biological disciplines. When working with mice, the most commonly used techniques to manipulate genes...
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Linking Genotype to Phenotype: The Effect of a Mutation in Gibberellic Acid Production on Plant Germination
Basic concepts in genetics and plant development are often taught in lecture courses without a lab component. This approach provides students with the content knowledge, but fails to make connections to research opportunities and real-world...
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Cell Signaling Pathways - a Case Study Approach
Signaling and gene expression are fundamental to cell biology and developmental biology. Although these topics are highly interrelated, they typically appear in separate units in a course. We use a series of short problem-based learning exercises...
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