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  1. Reading and Discussing Popular Media to Increase SEA-PHAGES Student Engagement

    Reading and Discussing Popular Media to Increase SEA-PHAGES Student Engagement

    2021-09-16 04:19:06 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Allison A Johnson, Daniel Eric Westholm, Nathan s Reyna | doi:10.25334/J00D-4W57

    This module introduces ways for students to connect their SEA-PHAGES work and real life medical trials with events presented in Arrowsmith, Sinclair Lewis’s 1925 Pulitzer prize winning novel on phage therapy. Here we present ways to incorporate discussion

  2. A CURE for <em>Salmonella</em>: A Laboratory Course in Pathogen Microbiology and Genomics

    A CURE for <em>Salmonella</em>: A Laboratory Course in Pathogen Microbiology and Genomics

    2021-09-15 19:52:34 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Sophie K. Jurgensen, Joseph Harsh, James B. Herrick* | doi:10.25334/GP39-XW96

    Rapid advances in genomics and bioinformatics, the vast amount of data generated by next-generation sequencing, and the penetration of the ‘-omics’ into many areas of biology have created a need for students with hands-on experience with computational and ‘big data’...

  3. Findings from spring 2021 EDSIN community member interviews

    Findings from spring 2021 EDSIN community member interviews

    2021-09-12 21:23:47 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Lou Woodley, Camille Santistevan | doi:10.25334/6AAS-BN78

    During May and June 2021, CSCCE staff conducted nine 45-minute interviews with members of the EDSIN community with the goal of ascertaining perceptions about the community and its purpose, and possible next steps for its growth.

  4. Exploring Marine Primary Productivity with Descriptive Statistics and Graphing in Excel

    Exploring Marine Primary Productivity with Descriptive Statistics and Graphing in Excel

    2021-09-02 20:18:56 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Marina McLeod, Jennifer Olson, Wendy Houston | doi:10.25334/9H0T-9M45

    In this activity, students use real water chemistry data and descriptive statistics in Excel to examine primary productivity in an urban estuary of the Salish Sea. They will consider how actual data do or do not support expected annual trends.

  5. An undergraduate bioinformatics curriculum that teaches eukaryotic gene structure

    An undergraduate bioinformatics curriculum that teaches eukaryotic gene structure

    2021-08-31 15:51:47 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Meg M. Laakso, Leocadia V. Paliulis, Paula Croonquist, Brianna Derr, Elena Gracheva, Charles Hauser, Carina Howell, Christopher Jones, Jacob D. Kagey, Jennifer Kennell, S. Catherine Silver Key, Hemlata Mistry, Srebrenka Robic, Jamie Sanford, Marisol Santisteban, Chiyedza Small, Rebecca Spokony, Joyce Stamm, Melanie Van Stry, Wilson Leung, Sarah C.R. Elgin | doi:10.24918/cs.2017.13

    Gene structure, transcription, translation, and alternative splicing are challenging concepts for many undergraduates studying biology. These topics are typically covered in a traditional lecture environment, but students often fail to master and retain these concepts. To address this problem...

  6. Phage Comparative Genomics Lab Manual

    Phage Comparative Genomics Lab Manual

    2021-08-30 21:06:10 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Andrew Kapinos, Canela Torres, Amanda Freise | doi:10.25334/DXX2-8N65

    A lab manual containing detailed instructions for several bioinformatics tools (dot plots, Phamerator maps, phylogenetic trees, and gene content similarity), all of which enable students to perform comparative genomic analyses on phages.

  7. Applying phylogenetic tree building in MEGA X to forensic applications for identifying unknown specimens

    Applying phylogenetic tree building in MEGA X to forensic applications for identifying unknown specimens

    2021-08-30 19:58:25 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Nicholas Lorusso, Denise Gemmellaro | doi:10.25334/VH6S-8H65

    This exercise is designed to guide a learner through the construction of phylogenetic trees as a means of addressing research questions in forensic science such as the identification of previously unidentified species contributing to decomposition.

  8. STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series: Fixed vs Growth Mindset and Why the Biggest Challenge May be Faculty (Episode Seven)

    STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series: Fixed vs Growth Mindset and Why the Biggest Challenge May be Faculty (Episode Seven)

    2021-08-30 17:45:57 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Brett Woods | doi:10.25334/YKKQ-Q751

    This webinar will explore how faculty can teach with a growth mindset and identify some potential areas of fixed mindset that might prove to be obstacles for many students.

  9. Science and Society: Integrating Historical Science Materials Into an Undergraduate Biology Course

    Science and Society: Integrating Historical Science Materials Into an Undergraduate Biology Course

    2021-08-30 16:24:56 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Shelley D. Copley*, Sean Babbs, Barbara Losoff | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.23

    Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2011) stresses the importance of fostering an understanding of the relationship between science and society. We describe a library-based activity that enables students in an...

  10. Follow the Sulfur: Using Yeast Mutants to Study a Metabolic Pathway

    Follow the Sulfur: Using Yeast Mutants to Study a Metabolic Pathway

    2021-08-30 15:40:00 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Clare M O'Connor | doi:10.24918/cs.2016.23

    Students are frequently overwhelmed by the complexity of metabolic pathways and they think they have "learned" the pathway when they have memorized the individual reactions.  This laboratory lesson helps students to understand the significance of individual reactions in the...

  11. Learning About Protein Localization: A Lesson for Analyzing Figures in a Scientific Publication

    Learning About Protein Localization: A Lesson for Analyzing Figures in a Scientific Publication

    2021-08-30 15:20:57 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Eric de Waal, Annette McGehee | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.5

    In order to function correctly, proteins must be localized to a specific subcellular location. We have designed this lesson to use data from the primary literature to teach students about the mechanisms cells use to direct proteins to the appropriate destinations and about the types of...

  12. Investigating Enzyme Structure and Function Through Model-Building and Peer Teaching in an Introductory Biology Course

    Investigating Enzyme Structure and Function Through Model-Building and Peer Teaching in an Introductory Biology Course

    2021-08-30 15:18:21 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Erin J. Friedman*, Christine H. Terry | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.4

    A foundational knowledge of the relationship between structure and function is critical to understanding how enzymes work. The seemingly invisible nature of these molecular interactions makes it challenging for undergraduate students to conceptualize the dynamic changes that occur during a...

  13. Using Comics to Make Science Come Alive

    Using Comics to Make Science Come Alive

    2021-08-30 15:16:29 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Cara Gormally | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.3

    Students often see science as a fragmented set of facts to be memorized, rather than concepts and processes that are relevant in their everyday lives. This is especially true for non-science majors, who represent the vast majority of all college students. Including long-form comics, such as...

  14. Drawing flowcharts of lab protocols helps students prepare for biology labs

    Drawing flowcharts of lab protocols helps students prepare for biology labs

    2021-08-30 15:13:52 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Katie Anne Szumlanski Burnette | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.2

    With the publishing of the Vision and Change report, we know it is best practice to include authentic research experiences in our undergraduate science lab classes. One big challenge in teaching so-called "wet lab" classes is figuring out a way to make sure students come to lab...

  15. Fly Exercise: A Simple Experiment to Test the Physiological Effects of Exercise on a Model Organism

    Fly Exercise: A Simple Experiment to Test the Physiological Effects of Exercise on a Model Organism

    2021-08-30 15:10:20 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): John P.S. Hick, Michelle G. Eng, Matthew D. Parrotta, Thomas J.S. Merritt* | doi:10.24918/cs.2019.46

    Model organisms are commonly used to study and experimentally explore biological processes in ways that are technically or ethically not possible in humans. For this reason, model organisms are an essential component of scientific research and exposing students to practical applications of...

  16. The Impact of Diet and Antibiotics on the Gut Microbiome: Distance Education Variant

    The Impact of Diet and Antibiotics on the Gut Microbiome: Distance Education Variant

    2021-08-30 15:06:56 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Birgit M. Prüβ | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.25

    The goal of this article is to describe a variation of an active learning exercise that was previously published by the same author under a similar title. The variation describes modifications instructors can use to make the exercise suitable for online course delivery. The exercise is split...

  17. Converting a Face-to-Face Lab to Online: An Example of Process and Outcomes for a CRISPR-Based Molecular Biology Lab

    Converting a Face-to-Face Lab to Online: An Example of Process and Outcomes for a CRISPR-Based Molecular Biology Lab

    2021-08-30 15:02:18 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Lisa M. McDonnell #*, Keefe Reuther #, Andrew Cooper, Christopher Day, Cindy Gustafson-Brown | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.22

    The COVID-19 pandemic created a need to convert in-person laboratory courses into an online format in a short amount of time. For this reason, we converted our face-to-face molecular biology lab course to an online version in Spring 2020. The lab course focuses on using CRISPR-Cas9 editing to...

  18. "Got Algae?" A Sorting Game for Introducing the Weird and Wonderful Diversity of Algae

    "Got Algae?" A Sorting Game for Introducing the Weird and Wonderful Diversity of Algae

    2021-08-30 14:44:36 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Bridgette E. Clarkston | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.21

    Algae are a fascinating and diverse organismal group, with global ecological importance, a storied evolutionary history and deep connections to both contemporary and historical human societies. Yet non-experts who teach algal diversity face a lack of examples in many general biology textbooks...

  19. Assessing <em>in vivo </em> Antimicrobial Activity Through the Analysis of <em>Galleria mellonella </em> Kaplan-Meier Plots

    Assessing <em>in vivo </em> Antimicrobial Activity Through the Analysis of <em>Galleria mellonella </em> Kaplan-Meier Plots

    2021-08-30 14:42:04 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Brendaliz Santiago-Narvaez*, Laurel G. Habgood | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.20

    Antimicrobials and their use in the treatment of bacterial infections are a fundamental lesson in all microbiology courses. Typically, cultivation-based methods are used to teach students about antimicrobial testing. A complementary approach relies on the use of in vivo models to...

  20. A Fun Introductory Command Line Lesson: Next Generation Sequencing Quality Analysis with Emoji!

    A Fun Introductory Command Line Lesson: Next Generation Sequencing Quality Analysis with Emoji!

    2021-08-30 14:39:46 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Rachael M. St. Jacques †, William M. Maza †, Sabrina D. Robertson, Andrew Lonsdale, Caylin S. Murray, Jason J. Williams, Ray A. Enke* | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.17

    Radical innovations in DNA sequencing technology over the past decade have created an increased need for computational bioinformatics analyses in the 21st century STEM workforce. Recent evidence however demonstrates that there are significant barriers to teaching these skills...