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Connecting Viral Pandemics to Ecological Population Growth Models
16 Sep 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Parks Collins1, Paul Strode2
1. Mitchell Community College 2. Howard Hughes Medical Institute
In this activity students use the HHMI Population Growth Models interactive to explore R0 for diseases and discuss the importance of connecting population ecology to current events like the...
Using Linear Regression to Explore Environmental Factors Affecting Vector-borne Diseases
02 Sep 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Andy Adams1, Jessica A Adams1, John J. Bray1, Tami Imbierowicz1, Suzanne Lenhart2, Breonna Martin1
1. Harford Community College 2. University of Tennessee
In this activity students will use linear regression to analyze real data on vector-borne diseases and explore how environmental factors such as climate change or population density influence the...
Examining the Physiology Behind the Symptoms of Lactose Intolerance
28 Aug 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Melissa Haswell
This is a set of extension questions for the HHMI short film The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes Video Activity.
Nature’s Flying Machines: The Evolutionary Relationship of Avian Form & Function
In this series of activities, birds will be used as the model organism. The modules examine the connections between body form and function over time by investigating the relationship between avian...
Mini-Workshop August 14, 2020
By Vinayak Mathur1, Anne Rosenwald2, Gaurav Arora3
1. Cabrini University 2. Georgetown University 3. Gallaudet University
We reviewed the materials available on Genome Solver (other lessons here) and described our new python pipeline for examining horizontal gene transfer and a new synteny lesson in detail.
Let's Talk About COVID-19
26 Aug 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By zeynep teymuroglu1, E Cabral Balreira2, Joanna Wares3
1. Rollins College 2. Trinity University 3. University of Richmond
This exercise asks you to write a short paper reflecting on your personal experiences (or those you have read about) with COVID-19
Peek into Plant Diversity using Herbarium Specimens (Online!)
20 Aug 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Katie Pearson1, Natalie Love2, Susan Mazer2
1. Cal Poly State University 2. University of California, Santa Barbara
This exercise introduces herbarium specimens and how they are used for research. Students contribute to specimen "digitization" using the citizen science platform Notes from Nature, and they work...
Lichens in Diverse Landscapes: EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Project
18 Aug 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Danielle Garneau1, Matthew Joshua Heard2, Mary Beth Kolozsvary
1. SUNY Plattsburgh 2. Winthrop University
This project makes use of publicly-available datasets on lichen presence and abundance and wet deposition, paired with geospatial data on air quality, tree canopy cover, and locally collected field...
Mosquito Surveys Along Anthropogenic Impact Gradients: EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Project
By Allison T Parker
Northern Kentucky University
This project explores the role of human land use and other environmental factors that affect native and invasive mosquito species distributions and the diseases that they can vector.
Backyard Beetles + Pollinators: EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Project
By Kaitlin Stack Whitney
Rochester Institute of Technology
Students observe insect pollinators and other floral visitors in their backyards, or campus, or nearby natural areas to describe plant-pollinator networks and assess how the assemblages from their...
BSL-4: Authorized Personnel Only
17 Aug 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Nicole Anthony
Biological Sciences, Toronto District School Board
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science resource on the 2014 Ebola epidemic. This resource is also included in the NIBLSE Learning Resource Collection
The Hidden Kingdom: Island Biogeography with Fungi
12 Aug 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Erica F Kosal
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
In this activity, students will explore a dataset of fungi dispersal capabilities and colonizing success to test the predictions of island biogeography theory.
Plants We Eat: Learning Form and Function from Fruits and Vegetables
10 Aug 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Katie Pearson
Cal Poly State University
This high school or undergraduate lab consists of four activities that guide students through learning about plant parts from the fruits and vegetables with which they are already familiar....
Introducing PHAGES Students to Primary Literature
By Sean McClory1, Rivka Glaser2, Denise L Monti3, Adam Rudner4
1. La Salle University 2. Stevenson University 3. University of Alabama at Birmingham 4. University of Ottawa
The ‘Introducing PHAGES Students to Primary Literature’ set of teaching resources offers faculty 2 distinct sets of teaching resources for introducing students to scientific literature in the...
Obesity - An Epidemic with Unexpected Causes, Consequences, and Complexity
07 Aug 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Edward Freeman
St. John Fisher College
This dataset was collected from interviews conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. State by state data are provided to explore the interactions of education, income, and...
Exploring Functions for Common Phage Proteins
By Jessica Rocheleau1, Matthew David Mastropaolo2, C. Nicole Sunnen3, Andrea R. Beyer4, Thomas Ndolo5, Daniel Williams, Sanghamitra Saha6, Natasha Dean7
1. University of Massachusetts, Amherst 2. Neumann University 3. University of the Sciences 4. Virginia State University 5. South Texas College 6. University of Houston-Downtown 7. La Sierra University
This resource is designed to help students better understand the functions of common structural and enzymatic phage proteins, and to relate these functions to phage structure using electron...
Student and Faculty Tools for Generating High-Quality Phage Annotations
By Kristen Butela1, Hui-Min Chung2, Lee Hughes3, Denise L Monti4
1. University of Pittsburgh 2. University of West Florida 3. University of North Texas 4. University of Alabama at Birmingham
Phage genome annotation requires collaboration between faculty and their student research team. This set of resources provides tools to assist both students and faculty in the evaluation and...
A Letter to a Young Scientist: Prompting Students To Reflect On And Recognize Their Own Growth As Scientists
06 Aug 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Stephanie Conant1, Tom D'Elia2, Arturo Diaz3, Denise L Monti4, Richard Pollenz5, Vassie Ware6, Kathy Takayama7, Viknesh Sivanathan7
1. University of Detroit Mercy 2. Indian River State College 3. La Sierra University 4. University of Alabama at Birmingham 5. University of South Florida 6. Lehigh University 7. Howard Hughes Medical Institute
This activity is designed to prompt students to reflect on and recognize their own growth as scientists and, consequently, may help develop student self-efficacy and science identity.
Elevator Pitch: An Activity to Help Students Communicate Their Research
In this activity, students and the research mentor co-develop an elevator pitch that students can use to communicate their research.
Pre-lesson: Introduction to BLAST
05 Aug 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Anne Rosenwald1, Gaurav Arora2, Vinayak Mathur3
1. Georgetown University 2. Gallaudet University 3. Cabrini University
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.