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Using Gamification to Teach Undergraduate Students about Scientific Writing
Despite its importance, scientific writing is often deprioritized in undergraduate biology classes. Reasons include assumed prior knowledge, lack of class time, tedious grading, and the complexity and challenges associated with quality writing. To...
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It's a bird! It's a plane! It's biomechanics!
Biomechanics is a discipline that draws from physics and engineering principles to understand the movement and structure of living organisms. It is highly interdisciplinary in nature and can be incorporated into general biology and ecology...
Evolution ecology bat physiology Anatomy bird Flight forces insect
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Translating Co-Translational Translocation
Understanding the process of proteins targeting to specific locations within a cell is a fundamental part of cell biology. Synthesis of proteins by co-translational translocation, which also determines the resulting protein topology, is a complex...

Courses: Cell BiologyCell Biology

Topology co-translational translocation endoplasmic reticulum protease protection assay secretory proteins signal sequence transmembrane proteins
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Fruit Fly Genetics in a Day: A Guided Exploration to Help Many Large Sections of Beginning Students Uncover the Secrets of Sex-linked Inheritance
Moving beyond the basic concepts of autosomal Mendelian inheritance to sex-linkage can be difficult for introductory biology students. Although crosses with Drosophila fruit flies have long been a mainstay of genetics units that teach these...

Courses: GeneticsGenetics

Mendelian Genetics fruit fly biology sex-linked inheritance
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The Avocado Lab: An Inquiry-Driven Exploration of an Enzymatic Browning Reaction
Typical biochemistry labs exploring basic enzyme activity rely on costly, time-consuming protein purification and rarely explore enzyme function in situ. Further, complex purification procedures leave little room for novelty in experimental...
enzymes controls enzyme inhibition
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Teaching students to read, interpret, and write about scientific research: A press release assignment in a large, lower-division class
A central skill in any science discipline is the ability to read, understand, and discuss the primary literature of the discipline. However, teaching this skill presents unique challenges within large, lower-division courses. To assess our...
cell biology Science Communication scientific literacy Graduate Teaching Assistant Professional Development Biological Literacy Primary Research Writing Skills
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DNA Detective: Genotype to Phenotype. A Bioinformatics Workshop for Middle School to College.
Advances in high-throughput techniques have resulted in a rising demand for scientists with basic bioinformatics skills as well as workshops and curricula that teach students bioinformatics concepts. DNA Detective is a workshop we designed to...
genetics bioinformatics DNA genotype phenotype gene gene annotation
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Integrating Primary Literature in a Lecture Course Using a Modified Version of the C.R.E.A.T.E. Approach
Reforms in undergraduate science education place an increasing emphasis on teaching the skills of practicing scientists, such as reading and interpreting the primary research literature. Many approaches have been proposed to introduce students to...

Courses: EcologyEcology

primary literature Discussion Modified Jigsaw Peer-based Learning
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Using CRISPR-Cas9 to teach the fundamentals of molecular biology and experimental design
One of the challenges of inquiry-based research experiences is balancing the instruction on skills and techniques with data generation and analysis. This is especially true in technique heavy disciplines such as molecular biology, where emphasis...
experimental design crispr molecular technique
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Visits to the writing center and office hours provide students structured reflection and low-stakes feedback on scientific writing in an Introductory Biology course
Effective written communication of scientific concepts is a critical, but difficult skill for undergraduate STEM majors to acquire. Oftentimes, the grades of lab reports are negatively impacted by sentence structure and the failure to adhere to...
scientific writing water quality analysis of results
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Gotcha! Which fly trap is the best? An introduction to experimental data collection and analysis
Collecting data from experimental observations is an important component of the scientific process; likewise, the analysis of the data is essential to understanding the observed trends and patterns from any experiment. Allowing students to...
data analysis experimental design data collection fruit flies fly traps
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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 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...

Courses: MicrobiologyMicrobiology

microbiome environmental control host response metabolites
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The Science Behind the ACTN3 Polymorphism
A common polymorphism in the alpha-actinin-3 (ACTN3) gene results in the lack of ACTN3 protein expression in fast twitch muscle fibers in ~16% of the human population (1). This genetic change has been linked with muscle performance in humans (2)...
protein structure and function human genetic variation skeletal muscle physiology
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The ACTN3 Polymorphism: Applications in Genetics and Physiology Teaching Laboratories
Inquiry-based undergraduate laboratories provide the opportunity to engage students in a research experience that improves scientific thinking, but such activities can be difficult to develop and implement due to limited time and resources. We...
protein structure and function human genetic variation muscle physiology