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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...
By Alexa Clemmons1, Jerry Timbrook2, Jon Herron1, Alison Crowe1
1. University of Washington 2. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The BioSkills Guide comprises program- and course-level learning outcomes that elaborate what general biology majors should be able to do by the time they graduate.
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...
NEON Data in the Classroom: Using the QUBES Platform and Faculty Mentoring Networks to Build, Adapt, and Publish Data-Driven Teaching Resources
13 Aug 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Kusum Naithani1, Megan A. Jones2, Kristine Grayson3
1. University of Arkansas 2. National Ecological Observatory Network 3. University of Richmond
The NEON FMN has been offered for three semesters with 37 faculty participating, resulted in a wide variety of new and adapted modules being publicly available.
DEHPD 17 Steps in the Hiring Process
08 Aug 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Equity & Diversity in Hiring Process Committee
Higher Education Institutions in Puget Sound
A 17 step document created by people from marginalized populations for equity and diversity in hiring.
Selection and the Blond Beach Mouse
By Jay Owen Sandal
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science- this "clicker" case study explores ultimate and proximate explanations for cryptic coloration in animals.
List of resources and support communities dedicated to biology undergraduate education
By Nate Emery
Michigan State University
Ecologists new to teaching and evidence-based teaching practices often feel alone and without support. There are resources and communities that can help them become better instructors and...
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...
Using Synthetic Biology to Teach Data Science
05 Aug 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Margaret S Saha1, Beteel Abu-Ageel1, Sanjana Challa1, Xiangyi Fang1, Chai Hibbert1, Anna Isler1, Elias Nafziger1, Adam Oliver1, Hanqiu Peng1, Julia Urban1, Vivian Zhu1
College of William and Mary
Poster and supplemental materials on using synthetic biology to introduce students to meaningful data mining, analysis, and application to engineering novel biological constructs.
30 Jul 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
NMDS to Study Dead Wood Fungi Communities in Parks of New Jersey
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...
Build-a-Phage Lab Manual
25 Jul 2019 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Lisa Scheifele1, Eric Cooper2, Robert Newman3
1. Loyola University Maryland 2. Hartwick College 3. North Carolina A&T University
This is a lab manual for phage genome synthesis that includes both Building Block synthesis and Semi-synthetic assembly.
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...