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Online Adaptation of the Cell Engineer/Detective Lesson
One of the most fundamental themes of biology is the relationship between structure and function, which is particularly evident when it comes to cells; however, the traditional cartoon depictions of cells that are often used to help teach the...
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Using Images of Foraging Leaf-Cutter Ants to Teach Linear Regression
This lesson offers students a realistic, open-inquiry research experience, even when lab or field research is not possible. We first introduce students to leaf-cutter ants and how they forage. Then we provide images and videos of foraging...
linear regression experimental design Plant-insect interactions Symbiosis Foraging behavior
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The Comics Project: Synthesizing and Communicating Science with Comics
Students, especially non-science majors, often see science as abstracted from their daily lives. Moreover, students often struggle to translate scientific concepts into everyday language in order to communicate to their communities what they have...
communicating science Science & Society comics
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Starting Conversations About Discrimination Against Women in STEM
Many scientists know about — and experience — discrimination against women. In this professional development lesson, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and other career scientists brainstorm ways to intervene and support...
identity racism Gender discrimination Intersectionality Microagressions Sexism Sexual assault Sexual harassment Trolling
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Life Is Just a Game: An Active Learning Activity to Teach Life History Evolution
A novel activity was designed to introduce students to the concepts of natural selection and life history using an active-learning, constructivist format. It consisted of two parts: 1) a brief introduction to the basic mechanism of natural...

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Evolution life history trade-offs diversity Natural Selection
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What is Speciation, How Does It Occur, and Why Is It Important for Conservation?
Speciation provides a framework for classifying biodiversity on Earth and is a central concept in evolutionary biology. To help undergraduate students learn about speciation, we designed a student-centered lesson that uses active-learning...
Evolution conservation Genetic Drift Speciation Natural Selection Biological species concept gene flow Morphological species concept Phylogenetic species concept
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Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs) to Help Students Learn Genetics Concepts
Many video resources exist to teach Mendelian genetics, but most consist of passive delivery of information rather than active construction of knowledge by users. We have created two interactive video vignettes (IVVs) that can be used together or...
genotype phenotype alleles pedigree dominance Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium Inheritance
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My Dog IS My Homework: Exploring Canine Genetics to Understand Genotype-Phenotype Relationships
To facilitate understanding of the fundamental genetic concept of the genotype-phenotype relationship in our introductory biology students, we designed an engaging multi-week series of related lessons about canine genetics in which students...
gel electrophoresis sequence analysis canine genetics deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) dog coat morphology genotype and phenotype mutations Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP)
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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...
experimental design C. elegans Cre/LoxP Fate map heart development heart regeneration mouse reporter construct zebrafish
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Exploring the Broader Impacts of Science and Society in an Active Learning Environment
Science and society have always been intertwined. Today, scientists are increasingly encouraged to interact with the public by conducting transparent and participatory engaged scholarship, as opposed to the prevailing one-way transfer of...
active learning society Science Communication science Broader impacts Public engagement
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Chilling in the Cold: Using Thermal Acclimation to Demonstrate Phenotypic Plasticity in Animals
The lesson plan described here provides students hands-on, scientific experiences that relate to the globally important issue of climate change and its impacts on animals. Students use the scientific method and basic components of experimental...
scientific method climate change phenotypic plasticity fruit flies accclimation cold tolerance think-pair-share
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Green Design: How do Leaf Structures Optimize Photosynthesis and Promote Survival?
One of the major learning objectives established by the American Society of Plant Biologists and the Botanical Society of America has students answer the question: How do plant structures enable life functions? This lesson helps students answer...
photosynthesis epidermal layer leaf anatomy mesophyll palisade parenchyma plant anatomy plant structure function spongy parenchyma Stomata
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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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BioVEDA Curriculum: An Approach to Link Conceptual and Quantitative Understanding of Variation During Experimental Design and Data Analysis
When performing a biological investigation, experts constantly cycle between conceptual and quantitative modes of thinking, integrating their understanding in both worlds to make decisions about their work. This cycling and mixing of conceptual...
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Assessing Urban Biodiversity With the eBird Citizen Science Project: A Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Module
The eBird citizen science module takes advantage of technology tools and online resources developed by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology (http://ebird.org) to achieve several learning objectives embedded in a semester-long upper-level biology...
data citizen science community Biodiversity Species hypothesis habitat