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    Biomes lecture with active learning activities and a worksheet set
    Learning Objectives: *Identify the characteristics of each biome *Know the major drivers of global climate patterns *Discern how 2 factors largely determine terrestrial biomes *Evaluate the...

    Keywords: lecture slidesgraphsglobal warmingclimatebiomesConvergent Evolution

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    Between a rock and a hard place. What can turning rocks tell us about land-use change impacts on animals living in a rock outcrop?
    Unique rock outcrops in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot in India provide a setting that challenges students to develop a study to assess the impact of land-use change on threatened animals...

    Keywords: conservationagricultureland useamphibianstropicalbiodiversity losslateritic outcropopen natural ecosystemsreptilesrocks

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    Agents of change: Determining effects of pollution on marine environments through data interpretation
    In this lesson, students discuss the effects of disturbance in marine environments with a focus on pollution. They also evaluate the anthropogenic causes and consequences of pollution on a variety...

    Keywords: fishgraph interpretationfmnmarine ecosystemsmarine ecologymicroplastic pollutionEcological Disturbanceintermediate disturbance hypothesisstudent STEM identitypollutionBioGraphIrepresentation in STEMoil spill

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    Constructing Phylogenies using Herbarium Specimens
    This lab is intended as an introduction to a plant systematics course. Students work in groups of two to apply what they have learned about plant structures to develop a character matrix based on a...

    Keywords: botanyphylogenyherbariumdistance learningPlant systematicscharacter matrix

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    Is everything bigger in Texas? Introduction to Statistics with the Rock Pocket Mouse (Chaetodipus intermedius)
    Natural history museums often contain large collections of the same species and therefore, are a resource for studying intraspecific variation. This module uses 172 images of rock pocket mouse...

    Keywords: statisticsnatural history museumsdistance learningStudy Designintraspecific variation

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    5-026-Evictions-ModelingScenario
    In this project, students develop two SIS models to study eviction trends in a population of non-homeowner households using an actual eviction rate. Students can calculate solutions, sketch the...

    Keywords: carrying capacitycompartmentevictionhomeownerSIS modelhomelessness

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    Observing the Birds of El Paso: Revisiting historical localities online and in the field
    In this set of activities, students are introduced to several features and use cases of museum databases to understand the importance of historical natural history specimens and their data. Using...

    Keywords: databaseBiodiversityOrnithologynatural history museumsspecies distributionsdistance learningField Experiences

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    Introduction to Assessing Biodiversity: Bivalves of the Rio Grande Area
    Learning to identify taxa is a key skill gained in many systematics classes. This module aims to introduce students to concepts and resources for identifying organisms and assessing species...

    Keywords: Biodiversityspecies distributionsdistance learninginvertebrate zoologyMuseum databases data literacyidentification

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    Introduction to Plant Phenology with Museum Specimens of Desert Prickly Pear (Opuntia phaeacantha)
    Students engage in hands-on exploration of phenology by working with digitized herbarium specimens, particularly focusing on prickly pear specimens from the UTEP herbarium. They learn to identify...

    Keywords: botanyclimate changephenologyherbariumcactus

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    Blueprint for Accelerating Change in Social Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in STEM Curricula
    Collaborative community working on projects associated with social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM undergraduate programs.

    Keywords: Equitysocial justicediversityinclusionSTEM Education reform

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    Designing a High Quality and Accessible Scientific Poster
    The aim of this project is to help undergraduates understand the importance of making their research accessible to a wide audience and to practice this idea by deliberately designing a scientific...

    Keywords: Accessibilityscientific poster

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    Writing Microbiology Resource Announcements (MRA)
    This resources provides a framework for students to write a Microbiology Resource Announcement, collaboratively.

    Keywords: phageBioinformatics and GenomicsGenome announcementmanuscriptMRA

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    A Momentum-First Approach to Newton’s Second Law
    Students frequently struggle with seeing the connection between forces and motion in introductory physics. This lesson is part of a combined momentum and kinematics unit that first teaches...

    Keywords: group workMomentumNewton's Laws

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    Genome Solver - A bioinformatics pipeline for community science
    The Genome Solver was an NSF-funded project developed as a way to train undergraduate life science faculty in basic web-based tools for bioinformatics. As part of the project we developed a one-day...

    Keywords: phylogeneticsbacteriophagebacteriaHorizontal Gene transferGenome Analysis

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    Learning Journal Assignment on Biofilms
    This is a learning journal assignment with constructive response questions on Biofilms which undergraduate students can complete with aid of reading a research article and listening to a podcast.

    Keywords: educationPodcastmicrobiologygenomicsUndergraduateAnalysisBioflimsLearning Journal Assignmet

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    Using genomic data and machine learning to predict antibiotic resistance: a tutorial paper
    Antibiotic resistance is a global public health concern. Bacteria have evolved resistance to most antibiotics, which means that for any given bacterial infection, the bacteria may be resistant to...

    Keywords: Tutorialmachine learningantibiotic-resistanceArtificial Intelligence

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    Biochemistry Take Home Exam - Alternative Assessment
    This take-home exam part has several creative activities that students can choose from to demonstrate their mastery of concepts in my one-semester General Biochemistry survey course. In addition...

    Keywords: BiochemistryInclusive teachingAlternative Assessmenttake home exam

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    Bacteria to Brains in Backyard Coyotes: An Interdisciplinary Pedagogical Case Study
    Our interdisciplinary pedagogical case study explores the differences between rural and urban coyotes at the levels of organismal and community ecology. The focus is on how coyotes’ gut...

    Keywords: dietanimal behaviorimmune systemmicrobiomeNervous systemgut-brain axisImmunoReachdysbiosisCoyoteCytokines

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    Bacteria to Brains in Backyard Coyotes: An Interdisciplinary Pedagogical Case Study
    Our interdisciplinary pedagogical case study explores the differences between rural and urban coyotes at the levels of organismal and community ecology. The focus is on how coyotes’ gut microbiomes...

    Keywords: Vision and Changeecologyintroductory biologyImmunologymicrobiologydietanimal behaviormicrobiomecore conceptscoyotesBraingut-brain axisImmunoReachcytokinedysbiosis

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    ELE Calling Bull slides Feb 2024
    These are the slides for a talk given by Dr. Carrie Diaz Eaton about teaching Calling Bull. The talk was hosted by Every Learner Everywhere on February 9, 2024.

    Keywords: RStudioquantitative literacyinformation literacydata literacyScience and societyethicsFigure of the Daycalling bulldata vizracismcritiqueIntersectionalitycolab

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