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  1. Online Adaptation of the Cell Engineer/Detective Lesson

    Online Adaptation of the Cell Engineer/Detective Lesson

    2021-08-29 21:53:35 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Heather Nicole Tinsley | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.34

    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 structure and function of cells in introductory...

  2. Using Images of Foraging Leaf-Cutter Ants to Teach Linear Regression

    Using Images of Foraging Leaf-Cutter Ants to Teach Linear Regression

    2021-08-29 21:47:51 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Ariel Firebaugh, Justin Touchon, Hayley Orndorf, Jeremy Wojdak | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.32

    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 leaf-cutter ants from a rainforest in Panama. Students...

  3. The Comics Project: Synthesizing and Communicating Science with Comics

    The Comics Project: Synthesizing and Communicating Science with Comics

    2021-08-29 21:44:30 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Cara Gormally | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.33

    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 learned about those concepts. The Comics...

  4. Starting Conversations About Discrimination Against Women in STEM

    Starting Conversations About Discrimination Against Women in STEM

    2021-08-29 21:42:05 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Rebecca M. Price* | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.29

    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 women when they experience discrimination....

  5. Life Is Just a Game: An Active Learning Activity to Teach Life History Evolution

    Life Is Just a Game: An Active Learning Activity to Teach Life History Evolution

    2021-08-29 21:39:24 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Clinton T. Laidlaw*, Jamie L. Jensen** | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.31

    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 selection, and 2) a game that introduces life-history...

  6. What is Speciation, How Does It Occur, and Why Is It Important for Conservation?

    What is Speciation, How Does It Occur, and Why Is It Important for Conservation?

    2021-08-29 21:37:00 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Lauren A. Genova, Benjamin B. Johnson, Frank R. Castelli, Lina M. Arcila Hernández, David A. Chang van Oordt, Amelia-Juliette Demery, Nicholas K. Fletcher, Ellie M. Goud, Katherine D. Holmes, Jennifer L. Houtz, Mia M. Howard, Jonathan J. Hughes, Kelsey H. Jensen, Henry D. Kunerth, Eugene P. Law, Elizabeth Lombardi, Anyi Mazo-Vargas, Cait A. McDonald, Cinnamon S. Mittan, Thomas A. Ryan, Allison M. Tracy, Jennifer J. Uehling, Amelia K. Weiss, Michelle K. Smith | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.28

    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 techniques (e.g., clicker questions, small group work,...

  7. Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs) to Help Students Learn Genetics Concepts

    Interactive Video Vignettes (IVVs) to Help Students Learn Genetics Concepts

    2021-08-29 21:32:51 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dina L. Newman*, Jean A. Cardinale, L. Kate Wright | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.27

    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 separately to introduce students to core...

  8. My Dog IS My Homework: Exploring Canine Genetics to Understand Genotype-Phenotype Relationships

    My Dog IS My Homework: Exploring Canine Genetics to Understand Genotype-Phenotype Relationships

    2021-08-29 21:30:23 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Vanessa Muilenburg*, Aaron Best, Leah Chase, Virginia McDonough, Joseph Stukey, Sean Hoey, Stephen Scogin | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.24

    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 explore and answer the question, "How does the...

  9. From Cre/LoxP to Fate Maps: Inclusive and Equitable Approaches for Engaging Developmental Biology Students in Experimental Design

    From Cre/LoxP to Fate Maps: Inclusive and Equitable Approaches for Engaging Developmental Biology Students in Experimental Design

    2021-08-29 21:18:58 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Robert M. Kao* | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.23

    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 critical thinking skills in designing experiments...

  10. Exploring the Broader Impacts of Science and Society in an Active Learning Environment

    Exploring the Broader Impacts of Science and Society in an Active Learning Environment

    2021-08-29 21:14:05 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Sarah Alexander*, Jessica TeSlaa | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.22

    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 information model. A renewed focus on the "broader...

  11. Chilling in the Cold: Using Thermal Acclimation to Demonstrate Phenotypic Plasticity in Animals

    Chilling in the Cold: Using Thermal Acclimation to Demonstrate Phenotypic Plasticity in Animals

    2021-08-29 21:11:51 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Leslie J. Potts*, Mark J. Garcia, Nicholas M. Teets | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.21

    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 design to investigate how animals cope with...

  12. Green Design: How do Leaf Structures Optimize Photosynthesis and Promote Survival?

    Green Design: How do Leaf Structures Optimize Photosynthesis and Promote Survival?

    2021-08-29 21:08:44 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Katelyn J. Butler* | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.17

    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 this question with a focus on leaf...

  13. Using Zebrafish in a Developmental Biology Lab Course to Explore Interactions Between Development and the Environment

    Using Zebrafish in a Developmental Biology Lab Course to Explore Interactions Between Development and the Environment

    2021-08-29 21:06:09 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Robin H. Cresiski, Jenny R. Lenkowski* | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.20

    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 (eco-devo), provides a framework for connecting concepts...

  14. BioVEDA Curriculum: An Approach to Link Conceptual and Quantitative Understanding of Variation During Experimental Design and Data Analysis

    BioVEDA Curriculum: An Approach to Link Conceptual and Quantitative Understanding of Variation During Experimental Design and Data Analysis

    2021-08-29 21:02:22 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Jessica Dewey†, Jenna Hicks†, Maxwell Kramer, Anita Schuchardt* | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.16

    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 and quantitative thinking in biology can be...

  15. Assessing Urban Biodiversity With the eBird Citizen Science Project: A Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Module

    Assessing Urban Biodiversity With the eBird Citizen Science Project: A Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Module

    2021-08-29 20:59:18 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Karin R. Gastreich | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.18

    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...

  16. Data, Distributions, and Hypotheses: Exploring Diversity and Disturbance in the Tallgrass Prairie

    Data, Distributions, and Hypotheses: Exploring Diversity and Disturbance in the Tallgrass Prairie

    2021-08-29 20:55:18 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Aakanksha Angra †, Harmony J. Dalgleish ††, Sally M. Chambers ††, Diana Pita †, Nancy C. Emery* † | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.19

    Proper hypothesis generation, data handling, graphing, and communication are essential skills that undergraduate majors in biology are expected to master. However, students rarely get hands-on practice that helps them to effectively develop these skills. The purpose of this lesson is to...

  17. Investigating Gene Expression and Cell Specialization in Axolotl Embryos

    Investigating Gene Expression and Cell Specialization in Axolotl Embryos

    2021-08-29 20:51:43 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Deborah Eastman* | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.14

    The process of cell specialization is critical to the formation and function of tissues in animals and plants. Although gene expression, including the regulation of transcription, is taught in most introductory cell biology courses, the relationship between differential gene expression and the...

  18. Building student literacy and metacognition through reading science in the news

    Building student literacy and metacognition through reading science in the news

    2021-08-29 20:48:17 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Eleanor V.H. Vandegrift*, Andrew J. Cavanagh | doi:10.24918/cs.2019.37

    Ensuring students' science literacy is essential for preparation for study in science disciplines and is of critical importance given contemporary challenges in determining the legitimacy and accuracy of science in popular media. This lesson describes the effectiveness of an undergraduate...

  19. Tying it All Together: An Activity to Help Students Connect Course Experiences to Posted Learning Outcomes

    Tying it All Together: An Activity to Help Students Connect Course Experiences to Posted Learning Outcomes

    2021-08-29 20:46:41 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): David M. Sovic*, Stephen W. Chordas III | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.15

    Instructors of undergraduate courses in Biology and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines face an ongoing challenge to foster higher-order thinking and learning skills while also developing a sound conceptual understanding of both the course concepts and...

  20. To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

    To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate

    2021-08-29 20:45:23 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Cynthia M. Harley*, Jennifer Edgerton, Anthony Auletta | doi:10.24918/cs.2020.13

    To vaccinate or not to vaccinate, that is the question. Much of the recent trend in society against vaccination is that the general population does not understand 1) how vaccines work and 2) how one's vaccination status can influence others. Further compounding this is rather low...