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  1. Harnessing the Power of the Immune System: Influenza Vaccines

    Harnessing the Power of the Immune System: Influenza Vaccines

    2021-08-30 00:15:13 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Jaimy P. Joy*, Rebecca M. Price | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.53

    Because most people have been infected by and/or immunized against influenza, students should know how the immune system responds to the infection and how vaccines protect against disease. Vaccines have played an instrumental role in disease prevention and control since the late 1700s, but the...

  2. Understanding Host-Pathogen Interactions With the Use of <em>Galleria mellonella</em>

    Understanding Host-Pathogen Interactions With the Use of <em>Galleria mellonella</em>

    2021-08-30 00:11:42 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Brendaliz Santiago-Narvaez | doi:10.24918/cs.2021.1

    The Galleria mellonella; the larvae of the Greater Wax Moth, is a safe and effective means to study host-pathogen interactions in the undergraduate setting. The use of animal models in the teaching classroom provides an opportunity to discuss proper animal use and the benefits of...

  3. Mapping a Mutation to its Gene: The "Fly Lab" as a Modern Research Experience

    Mapping a Mutation to its Gene: The "Fly Lab" as a Modern Research Experience

    2021-08-30 00:08:32 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Derek M. Dean*, David L. Deitcher, David W. Loehlin, Lois M. Banta | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.51

    Although genetics is an invaluable part of the undergraduate biology curriculum, it can be intimidating to students as well as instructors: Students must reduce their reliance on memorization and dive deep into quantitative analysis, and instructors must make a long, rich history of genetics...

  4. Data Analysis Recitation Activities Support Better Understanding in SEA-PHAGES CURE

    Data Analysis Recitation Activities Support Better Understanding in SEA-PHAGES CURE

    2021-08-30 00:03:46 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Anna H. Newman-Griffis*†, Emily Sypolt†, Mary Sagatelova†, Lubomira Cubonova, Eric Danhart, Amy E. Kulesza | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.48

    Course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) are widely known to improve student learning outcomes in the sciences. Undergraduate students have a particularly difficult time interpreting the scientific data that they generate in these experiences – especially when...

  5. Doctor in the House: Improving Undergraduate Critical Thinking Skills Through Diagnosing Medical Case Studies

    Doctor in the House: Improving Undergraduate Critical Thinking Skills Through Diagnosing Medical Case Studies

    2021-08-30 00:00:29 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Julia A. Lilly*, Robin M. Forbes-Lorman* | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.50

    Students in undergraduate anatomy and physiology courses are not often exposed to clinical examples of homeostatic imbalances, particularly ones that provide an opportunity to diagnose a medical case. We designed a set of medical cases that require students to integrate their content...

  6. Exploring Species Interactions with "Snapshot Serengeti"

    Exploring Species Interactions with "Snapshot Serengeti"

    2021-08-29 23:56:41 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Meredith S. Palmer*, Charlie Willis, Katherine Barry, Craig Packer, Annika Moe, Deena Wassenberg | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.49

    Authentic learning experiences are a valuable way for students to gain an in-depth understanding of the scientific process. However, implementing such experiences in large enrollment courses can be challenging. Here, we present a community ecology lab module that uses data from a long-term...

  7. Unwrapping Enzyme Kinetics

    Unwrapping Enzyme Kinetics

    2021-08-29 23:53:35 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Christopher E. Berndsen, Ian R. Roy, Nithesh P. Chandrasekharan | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.47

    Enzyme rates and kinetics are key components used by biochemists to understand how enzymes function. However, students often find it difficult to understand how these experiments are performed and how they reflect enzyme behavior in solution. The microscopic behaviors which compose...

  8. Going Remote: An Online Adaptation to Using a Primary Cell Culture Model to Study the Neural Extracellular Matrix

    Going Remote: An Online Adaptation to Using a Primary Cell Culture Model to Study the Neural Extracellular Matrix

    2021-08-29 23:49:36 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Kristin A Giamanco | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.44

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, instructors have modified materials to transition to a remote learning platform. The challenge for science instructors has been to design lab exercises that incorporate both active and experiential learning. In this vein, in this Essay I describe how I...

  9. A CRISPR/Cas Guide RNA Design In Silico Activity

    A CRISPR/Cas Guide RNA Design In Silico Activity

    2021-08-29 23:42:22 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Leigh Ann Samsa*, Linnea Andersen, Adam Groth, Carlos Goller | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.46

    CRISPR biotechnologies inspired by the Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat RNA-guided nuclease adaptive bacterial immune system have revolutionized biology research and become ubiquitous tools for hypothesis and discovery-driven research. Though properly a collection of...

  10. Lateral Transfer Maps as a Metacognitive Tool in First Year STEM Courses

    Lateral Transfer Maps as a Metacognitive Tool in First Year STEM Courses

    2021-08-29 23:38:31 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Elizabeth N. Hane*, Rita Margarida Quiñones de Magalhães, Emilyn Nguyen, Scott V. Franklin | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.45

    We introduce the Lateral Transfer Map (LTM), a tool for students to actively and visually explore the transfer of ideas, skills, and concepts across concurrent coursework. The LTM is an extension of a concept map, replacing interconnected concepts with courses. Just as a concept map represents...

  11. A Remote Introductory Biology Lab Using Backyard Birdwatching to Teach Data Analysis and Communication

    A Remote Introductory Biology Lab Using Backyard Birdwatching to Teach Data Analysis and Communication

    2021-08-29 23:36:19 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Jennifer J. Rahn | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.43

    Asking questions, designing experiments, collecting data and interpreting those data, and communicating the results are some of the most important concepts an undergraduate biology lab can teach students. When the SARS-CoV2 pandemic forced our institution to transition to online learning in...

  12. A Lesson on Matter and Energy at the Organismal Scale: Linking Patterns and Processes Across Diverse Taxa

    A Lesson on Matter and Energy at the Organismal Scale: Linking Patterns and Processes Across Diverse Taxa

    2021-08-29 23:34:14 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Nicole L. Kinlock*, Catherine M. Foley †, Gena C. Sbeglia, Ross H. Nehm | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.42

    Pathways and transformations of energy and matter (PTEM) are a conceptually challenging but essential component of biological literacy. Curricular gaps about PTEM nevertheless remain; although lessons targeting PTEM at small scales (chemical, molecular, cellular) and large scales (ecological,...

  13. A Hybrid Virtual Kinesiology Laboratory Module for Human Anatomy and Physiology

    A Hybrid Virtual Kinesiology Laboratory Module for Human Anatomy and Physiology

    2021-08-29 23:29:08 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Edgar R. Meyer, Julianne Locke, Yvette Langdon* | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.41

    The integration of virtual technology is becoming a common trend in anatomy education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The incorporation of virtual 3D anatomical models into the classroom is beneficial to students, especially if they do not have access to cadavers. This lesson is a...

  14. Expanding the Reach of Crop Plants for Food Security: A Lesson Integrating Non-Majors Students Into the Discussion of Food Diversity and Human Nutrition

    Expanding the Reach of Crop Plants for Food Security: A Lesson Integrating Non-Majors Students Into the Discussion of Food Diversity and Human Nutrition

    2021-08-29 23:17:57 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Cody S. Bekkering, Li Tian* | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.39

    University general education (GE) courses host students with various academic backgrounds, interests, and perspectives. Engaging students in GE classes with agricultural issues can be challenging because of the diverse interests of students and the multifaceted nature of agricultural issues....

  15. Understanding Gastric Acid Secretion: An Active Learning Approach

    Understanding Gastric Acid Secretion: An Active Learning Approach

    2021-08-29 23:14:15 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Jordyn W. Dickey, Kristen H. Kimball, John M. Redden* | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.38

    The human digestive system is a diverse network of cells, tissues, and organs that is regulated by systemic (e.g., nervous and endocrine systems) and local factors (e.g., secretions, pH, and the microbiome). Given the volume of content and the dense physiology involved, this system is...

  16. Modeling Strep Throat Detection, Infection, and Spread Using an SIR Model and the Vensim Simulation Software

    Modeling Strep Throat Detection, Infection, and Spread Using an SIR Model and the Vensim Simulation Software

    2021-08-29 23:10:23 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Robert A. Kurt, Chun Wai Liew | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.36

    The overarching goal of this lesson is to provide students with an opportunity to gain experience making and using biological models. Biological modeling can be used to investigate complex, real-world problems so that predictions can be made about what may occur under a variety of conditions....

  17. Using Musical Instruments to Model Negative Feedback in the Hypothalamo-Pituitary-Target Gland Axes

    Using Musical Instruments to Model Negative Feedback in the Hypothalamo-Pituitary-Target Gland Axes

    2021-08-29 23:07:11 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Kerry Hull | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.40

    Homeostasis and negative feedback are crucial, yet difficult, concepts for undergraduates, particularly in the context of the hypothalamo-pituitary axes. This interactive activity was designed to (1) reveal how negative feedback can restore homeostasis following transient disturbances and (2)...

  18. Integrating Manipulatives and Animations to Visualize Holliday Junctions

    Integrating Manipulatives and Animations to Visualize Holliday Junctions

    2021-08-29 23:01:58 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Karen A. Lewis, Cynthia J. Luxford* | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.37

    The complex molecular architecture of Holliday junctions is often challenging for undergraduate biochemistry students to conceptualize. In particular, they have difficulty translating from two-dimensional, linear representations shown in textbooks to the atomic-resolution DNA structures. This...

  19. Using Student Perceptions and Cooperative Learning to Unpack Primary Literature on Global Change

    Using Student Perceptions and Cooperative Learning to Unpack Primary Literature on Global Change

    2021-08-29 22:53:18 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Jasmine M. Crumsey Forde*, Amanda Rugenski | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.35

    This case describes a three-part assignment in which students discuss key processes that regulate the stability and resilience of the Earth system and our increased risk of generating large-scale abrupt or irreversible environmental changes. Here, we use the planetary boundaries concept as a...

  20. Using the Cell Engineer/Detective Approach to Explore Cell Structure and Function

    Using the Cell Engineer/Detective Approach to Explore Cell Structure and Function

    2021-08-29 22:00:25 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Christine Sestero, Heather Tinsley, Zheng-Hua Ye, Xiaoyu Zhang, Rita Graze, Matthew Kearley | doi:10.24918/cs.2014.7

    As instructors of introductory biology courses for majors and non-majors, we have struggled with teaching the concept of cell structure and function in an engaging way.  However, this is a foundational concept that most biology instructors would agree is vital for all students to know....