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Pre-lesson: Introduction to BLAST
22 Sep 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Sarah Prescott
BioQUEST - Executive Director / UNH - Assoc. Prof.
Genome Solver began as a way to teach undergraduate faculty some basic skills in bioinformatics; no coding or scripting is required. This pre-lesson introduces the BLAST tool.
Reading and Discussing Popular Media to Increase SEA-PHAGES Student Engagement
16 Sep 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Allison A Johnson, Daniel Eric Westholm, Nathan s Reyna1
Ouachita Baptist Univeristy
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 Comparative Genomics Lab Manual
30 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Andrew Kapinos1, Canela Torres2, Amanda Freise2
1. University of California, San Diego 2. University of California, Los Angeles
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...
Applying phylogenetic tree building in MEGA X to forensic applications for identifying unknown specimens
By Nicholas Lorusso1, Denise Gemmellaro2
1. University of North Texas at Dallas 2. Kean University
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...
Nextstrain adaptations for Understanding COVID-19
20 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Keith A. Johnson
Bradley University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
This resource introduces students to the use of Nextstrain and Nextclade to visualize the phylogeny of SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern and variants of interest. Terminology and an introduction to...
09 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Andrea R. Beyer1, Pamela Lucas Connerly2, Christy Fillman3, Nick T. Peters4
1. Virginia State University 2. Indiana University Southeast 3. University of Colorado, Boulder 4. Iowa State University
Explanations and demonstrations on how to use mathematical equations for various laboratory purposes, including those specific to SEA-PHAGES (such as phage titer calculations) and those that are...
Using Linear Regression Adaptation: Exploring Vector-borne diseases in an online classroom
By Darcy Ernst
In this adaptation students in online classrooms will use linear regression at home and in synchronous online time to analyze real data on vector-borne diseases and explore how environmental...
COVID-19 educational module | Department of Mathematics
03 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Glenn Ledder
University of Nebraska Lincoln
This resource is a module you can use to teach your students the basics of epidemic behavior using a model geared specifically to Covid-19. Students can address key questions using pre-designed...
Assessing Socioeconomic Trends in Tree Cover and Human Health in Urban Environments
02 Aug 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Tamara Basham
Collin County Commuity College District
In this exercise, students use a combination of publicly available data and tree cover data that they generate using iTree Canopy to test whether tree cover is equitably distributed within the city...
Exploring Health Inequities and Redlining
30 Jul 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Mary Mulcahy
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
For this assignment, students will investigate relationships between historic redlining data and modern statistics of human health.
Exploring Plant Phenology using Herbarium Specimens: Lab or Workshop
29 Jul 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Katie Pearson1, Tadeo Ramirez Parada2, Susan Mazer2, Natalie Rossington Love1, Jenn Yost1
1. California Polytechnic State University 2. University of California, Santa Barbara
In this workshop or lab exercise, participants will examine the effects of climate on the phenological events of a selected species using herbarium specimen data.
Grassy Narrows and Muskrat Falls Dam: Hypothesis Testing and t-Tests
28 Jul 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Alida Janmaat1, Pete Kaslik2, Randall LaRue Moser Jr, Kevin David Simpson, Heather Susanne Zimbler-DeLorenzo3
1. University of the Fraser Valley 2. Pierce College 3. Alfred University
Students are introduced to concepts of hypothesis testing using elementary hypothesis tests, t-tests, and p-values as they compare a given fish population for methylmercury levels (using real and...
Data on Dead Zones and a Scientist Spotlight Featuring Benjamin Negrete, Jr.
27 Jul 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Suann Yang1, Benjamin Negrete, Jr.2
1. State University of New York College at Geneseo 2. The University of Texas at Austin, Marine Science Institute
In this lesson, students plot data and interpret graphs of the metabolic responses of fish to hypoxic conditions. Then, students view and reflect on an interview with fish ecophysiologist Benjamin...
Using Nanoparticles to Treat Cancer Scientist Spotlight
26 Jul 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jennifer Wade1, Hyeyoun Chang2
1. Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 2. Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Students use published scientific data to determine which types of nanoparticles would be best to use to deliver cytotoxic drugs directly to cancer cells. Then they learn about the scientist who...
Digital Herbarium Lab with RStudio: Are shifting abundances of native species detectable over time?
23 Jul 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Rebecca Penny Humphrey
This 2- to 3-hour lab activity introduces sophomore-level students to digitized herbarium collections, R-coding, and potential reasons for shifting abundances in native and non-native plant species...
Examining Medical and Scientific Racism Using the Story of Henrietta Lacks
22 Jul 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Melissa Haswell
This is a semester-long project in which students read and discuss the story of Henrietta Lacks from multiple ethical perspectives. This project was developed for an undergraduate science ethics...
Urban stream invaders: a scientist spotlight featuring Dr. Piatã Santana Marques
15 Jul 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jennifer Apple
Students read and interpret data from a study which addresses how urbanization affects the invasive attributes of a non-native species. They also reflect on the identity of the lead researcher and...
Using Bioinformatics Activities to understand the Past and Present of SARS-CoV2
30 Jun 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Gaurav Arora
We have designed a Bioinformatics activity that uses tools to identify the origins and mutations in the novel SARS-CoV2 strains.
Human Dimensions in Amphibian Conservation: Addressing Threats
28 Jun 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jennifer Sevin1, Alexa Warwick2, M. Caitlin Fisher-Reid3, Sarah Raisch2
1. University of Richmond 2. Michigan State University 3. Bridgewater State University
This module introduces students to the theme of human dimensions in conservation and provides them with an opportunity to engage in practices related to social science research.