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Lesson VII - Synteny
08 Sep 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Gaurav Arora1, Anne Rosenwald2, Vinayak Mathur3
1. Gallaudet University 2. Georgetown University 3. Cabrini University
The lesson teaches about synteny or the order of genes along a chromosome, which is useful for looking at orthologous genes between two species or strains.
Electrical and chemical communication in the nervous system
31 Aug 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Patrick Cafferty
This activity guides students through an online tutorial to examine the electrical and chemical communication of neurons.
REMNet Tutorial, R Part 5: Normalizing Microbiome Data in R 5.2.19
28 Aug 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jessica Joyner
CUNY Brooklyn College
Video on normalizing microbiome data from the Research Experiences in Microbiomes Network
REMNet Tutorial, R Part 4: Creating Taxa Plots in R 5.2.19
Video on making taxa bar plots in R from the Research Experiences in Microbiomes Network
REMNet Tutorial, R Part 3: Creating Alpha Diversity Plots in R 5.2.19
Video on creating alpha diversity plots in R from the Research Experiences in Microbiomes Network
REMNet Tutorial, Excel Part 4: Focusing on Taxonomy 4.26.19
By Jimiane Ashe
Video on analyzing microbiome data in Excel from the Research Experiences in Microbiomes Network
Ethics in Synthetic Biology
15 Aug 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Lisa Scheifele
Loyola University Maryland
This collection of four activities provide students with an introduction to thinking about ethical concerns in human genome synthesis, gene editing, metabolic engineering, and synthetic genomes.
Should we synthesize a human genome?
Two articles introducing the Human Genome Project-Write and asking questions about the ethics of the project.
Ethics of Metabolic engineering
This is an ethical reflection for students on an issue in metabolic engineering and the potential for "home-brew" morphine. The case study asks students to reflect on material in the linked...
Ethics in synthetic genomics
This is an ethical reflection for students on an issue in genome engineering and the synthesis of potentially infectious viruses. The case study asks students to reflect on material in the linked...
Ethics of Gene Editing
This is an ethical reflection for students on an issue in gene editing. The case study asks students to reflect on material in the two linked articles. Also included is the grading rubric.
Biobyte 4 - The role of data science principles and practices in undergraduate biology
By Sam S Donovan
University of Pittsburgh
This short activity was an effort to launch a community conversation around the interface of data science principles and practices and undergraduate biology education. A variety of resources,...
Summer 2019 Biobytes
14 Aug 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
This series includes the four Biobytes that were piloted at the 2019 BioQUEST / QUBES Summer Workshop titled, “Evolution of Data in the Classroom: From Data to Data Science”.
Biobyte 3 - Lab reports as reproducible research
By Sam S Donovan1, Drew LaMar2
1. University of Pittsburgh 2. College of William and Mary
This short activity introduces a discussion of reproducibility in scientific research and ways that we might address these ideas with undergraduates. There is an opportunity to use a prototype...
Biobyte 2 - Exploratory data analysis
This short activity can be used to introduce the concept of exploratory data analysis and get participants to think about how this data science strategy is complementary to having students...
Biobyte 1 - Where are we in the data science landscape?
06 Aug 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
This short activity can be used to introduce the NAS Data Science For Undergraduates report's definition of data acumen and engage participants in a self assessment of how they connect with those...
NMDS to Study Dead Wood Fungi Communities in Parks of New Jersey
30 Jul 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Maria Shumskaya1, Christopher Zambell1
Students use dead wood (saproxylic) fungi occurrence data from New Jersey, USA collected by students and faculty of Kean University to learn the basics of community ecology. Simple NMDS ordination...
Malawian Aquaculture Pond Ecosystem Challenge
24 Jul 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jessica Coyle
This case study challenges students to design a pond that will provide supplemental food security to a rural Malawian village. In the process they apply concepts of primary and secondary...
Mosquito Invasion! A Lotka-Volterra Competition Case Study
In this instructor-led interrupted case study, students practice interpreting Lotka-Volterra competition model parameters using data on an invasive and native mosquito species.
Aquatic Nutrient Levels and Climate Change
16 Jul 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Elli Bosch1, Kaycee Faunce1, Amanda Thompson
Virginia Commonwealth University
This learning module was designed to introduce students to the aquatic nutrients nitrogen and phosphorus, their roles in ecosystem function and nutrient pollution, and what impacts climate change...