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Student-Driven Design-and-Improve Modules to Explore the Effect of Plant Bioactive Compounds in Three Model Organisms
Engaging and supporting introductory level students in authentic research experiences during required coursework is challenging. Plant bioactive compounds attract students' natural curiosity as they are found in many familiar items such as...
statistics Lab CURE Inquiry research skills caterpillar daphnia drugs science process
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Navigating Proposal Writing and Implementation of an NSF S-STEM Grant Program: Reflections as a First-Time PI
Recruitment and retention issues are an increasing concern to many institutions nationwide, most especially in regard to underrepresented minority (URM) students enrolled in STEM. It is, therefore, incumbent upon colleges and universities to...
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Preparing Student Study Guides through Peer Collaboration in the Technological Era
Incorporating active learning exercises into large lecture courses is particularly challenging, especially when it comes to examination preparation materials. Traditionally, study guides are used as a tool to guide student learning and review...
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Breaking Bricks: A Hands-On Model of Enzyme Kinetics and Inhibition
Enzyme kinetics and the impacts of inhibitors on the enzyme's maximal velocity and ability to bind substrates are important topics in cell biology and biochemistry. However, these topics can be difficult for students to grasp when instructed...
kinetics Enzyme competitive inhibition
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Online Adaptation to "Gotcha! Which fly trap is the best? An introduction to experimental data collection and analysis"
We present here a simple and engaging experiment capitalizing on the universal need to rid our homes of fruit flies to teach experimental design and analysis. In an earlier paper, we described an experiment in which students learn the scientific...
data analysis experimental design olfaction
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Squirreling from Afar: Adapting Squirrel-Net Modules for Remote Teaching and Learning
The shift from face-to-face instruction to remote teaching and learning has proven to be a challenging endeavor for many reasons, including lack of time, resources, and inspiration. Lab courses, the "hands-on" portion of many curricula,...
online learning behavioral ecology CUREs Remote teaching field ecology Squirrel Squirrel-Net
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How Many Squirrels Are in the Shrubs? A Lesson Plan for Comparing Methods for Population Estimation
Estimating the population sizes of animals is a key skill for any student interested in ecology, conservation, or management. However, counting animals in natural habitats is difficult, and the many techniques that exist each rely on assumptions...
population ecology wildlife management population estimation sciuridae Squirrel-Net
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Sorry to Eat and Run: A Lesson Plan for Testing Trade-off in Squirrel Behavior Using Giving Up Densities (GUDs)
All animals need to find and compete for food, shelter, and mates in order to survive and reproduce. They also need to avoid being eaten by predators. Optimal foraging theory provides a framework to examine the trade-offs individuals make while...

Courses: EcologyEcology EvolutionEvolution

ecology animal behavior Animal form and function Animal nutrition Squirrel-Net
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An Introduction to the Squirrel-Net Teaching Modules
Although course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) are gaining popularity in biology, most are designed for benchwork-based laboratory courses while few focus on field-based skills. Many barriers to implementing field CUREs exist,...

Courses: EcologyEcology

ecology behavior trade-offs Scientific Process Squirrel-Net
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Squirrels in Space: Using Radio Telemetry to Explore the Space Use and Movement of Sciurid Rodents
Biotelemetry is used by researchers to track the interactions of animals with each other and the environment. While advancing technology has led to the development of numerous biotelemetry tools, radio telemetry remains the most common method for...

Courses: EcologyEcology

Dispersal Habitat selection Home range Squirrel-Net
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Squirreling Around for Science: Observing Sciurid Rodents to Investigate Animal Behavior
Hands-on research experiences are important opportunities for students to learn about the nature of inquiry and gain confidence in solving problems. Here, we present an inquiry-based lesson plan that investigates the foraging behavior of sciurid...
foraging behavior behavioral ecology Sciurid Squirrel Squirrel-Net Trade-off Vigilance
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Using a Primary Cell Culture Model to Study the Neural Extracellular Matrix
The extracellular matrix (ECM) provides structural support to cells, but also has key roles in mediating cell adhesion, cell signaling, and differentiation. While this topic is discussed in the lecture setting, it is not heavily studied in...
Neural extracellular matrix Perineuronal net Primary neuronal culture
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Using Current Events to Teach Written, Visual, and Oral Science Communication
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals need the skills to communicate with both technical and public audiences, but formal training in these skills is often lacking. In the nine-hour unit presented here, students...
communication scientific writing storytelling audience current events
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Cutthroat trout in Colorado: A case study connecting evolution and conservation
Evaluation of evidence is a key process skill for the core competencies of applying the process of science and using quantitative reasoning. This case study enables upper-division biology students to practice these skills by applying evolutionary...
population genetics phylogenetics Speciation divergence gene flow
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Developing Data Literacy Skills and Connecting the Student Experience in the Classroom to the Community Through Biodiversity Projects
Undergraduate education and long-term science literacy are enhanced by integrating data projects with public datasets and creating analysis summaries. Underutilized public datasets are often generated by community-based or citizen science projects...

Courses: EcologyEcology

species richness Biodiversity disturbance Habitat range Population abundance