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Electrical and chemical communication in the nervous system
04 Mar 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Patrick Cafferty
This activity guides students through an online tutorial to examine the electrical and chemical communication of neurons.
Calculating and Comparing Biodiversity Materials Across Sites Using NEON Herbaceous Vegetation Data - a Tutorial
26 Feb 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Diane M. Styers1, Jennifer L. Schafer2, Mary Beth Kolozsvary3, Kristen M. Brubaker4, Sara E. Scanga5, Laurel J. Anderson6, Jessica J. Mitchell7, David Barnett8
1. Western Carolina University 2. Winthrop University 3. Siena College 4. Hobart and William Smith Colleges 5. Utica College 6. Ohio Wesleyan University 7. University of Montana, Spatial Analysis Lab 8. National Ecological Observatory Network, Battelle Memorial Institute
These materials are intended for use at the undergraduate level. They employ R and Excel software.
Graphing bacterial growth rates: semi-log graphs v linear graphs
By Adam Marschall Jaros1, Adronisha Frazier2, Beth Alford2, Brandy Williams2
1. Lansing Community College 2. Northshore Technical Community College
In this activity, students will explore the concept of binary fission, generation time, and bacterial growth curves, with an emphasis on the log phase. Students will use semi-log graphs and linear...
Biodiversity, Big Data, and the Fossil Record
25 Feb 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Joshua Zimmt1, Lisa White1
University of California Museum of Paleontology
In this lab, we will be making and testing hypotheses about how the biodiversity of groups of organisms may vary through time.
Climate-Induced Shifts in California Butterflies
18 Feb 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Jessica Coyle
A module in which students generate and test hypotheses about butterfly species’ response to climate change in the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California using publicly...
STEM Inclusive Teaching Practices Webinar Series: Socially Relevant Teaching in the Time of COVID-19
By Joanna Wares1, Marcella Torres1, zeynep teymuroglu2, Grace Stadnyk3, Casey Hawthorne3, E Cabral Balreira4
1. University of Richmond 2. Rollins College 3. Furman University 4. Trinity University
Presents various mathematical modeling and data science activities created around analyzing and interpreting COVID-19 data. Much of the instructional guidance provided for the activities and...
The Human Microbiome Biodiversity in Health and Disease
17 Feb 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Angela Peña-Gonzalez1, Emily Weigel1
Georgia Institute of Technology
The students will analyze the human gut and vaginal microbiomes in healthy and diseased states using diversity of bacteria as determined by 16SrRNA sequence.
Big Data, Graphs, and Prediction
By Jennifer Lyon Adler1, David Simon2, Emmanuel des-Bordes3, Joseph Esquibel4, mary miller2, Pradip Raj Aryal5, Vickie Flanders2
1. Maysville Community and Technical College 2. Baton Rouge Community College 3. Blue Ridge Community College 4. University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison College 5. NMSU Carlsbad
In this activity, students are introduced to graphing and modeling data in a step-wise fashion. Real data of covid-19 deaths over time are used to incrementally ask students to fit the data to...
Sizes, Scales, and Specialization: An activity highlighting the diversity in cell types
15 Feb 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Heather Seitz1, Jillian Marie Miller2, Joseph Esquibel3
1. Johnson County Community College 2. Roane State Community College 3. Lansing Community College
This module explores how cell size and shape varies across cell types in the human body by having students calculate relative proportions of numbers in scientific notation.
Lichens in Diverse Landscapes: EREN-NEON Flexible Learning Project
12 Feb 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Leah Dudley
East Central 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...
Why Cells Change Weight: Demonstrating Linear Regression Through an Osmosis Experiment
10 Feb 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Ashley Lamb Galloway1, Stefanie L Holmes1, Ashley Morgan2, Mary Ann Sexton1
1. Roane State Community College 2. Roane State
In this activity, students will perform an experiment utilizing dialysis tubing to create cellular models to demonstrate the linear relationship between cell weight and time in varying tonicities....
The Evolution (and Coevolution) of Flowering Plants Virtual Classroom
05 Feb 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Anna Monfils1, Debra Linton1
Central Michigan University
In this lab, you will explore the diversity of flower and fruit adaptations that have evolved to accomplish pollination and seed dispersal and you will investigate the coevolution of angiosperms...
Riverbird distributions and habitat use
26 Jan 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By John McLaughlin
Western Washington University
Students determine habitat use by birds associated with rivers, using data collected while moving downriver in boats. They use R to calculate resource selection functions for each species. Results...
Biostatistics using R: A Laboratory Manual
22 Jan 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Raisa Hernández-Pacheco1, Alexis A Diaz1
California State University-Long Beach
Biostatistics Using R: A Laboratory Manual was created with the goals of providing biological content to lab sessions by using authentic research data and introducing R programming language to...
Data Management in Excel and R using National Ecological Observatory Network's (NEON) Small Mammal Data
13 Jan 2021 | Datasets | Contributor(s):
By Marguerite Mauritz1, Sarah McCord2
1. University of Texas at El Paso 2. USDA ARS Jornada Experimental Range
Students use small mammal data from the National Ecological Observatory Network to understand necessary steps of data management from data collection to data analysis by re-organising excel sheets...
The Ames Test
08 Jan 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Nathan Goodson-Gregg, Elizabeth A. De Stasio
Introduction to the Ames Test, published as GSA Learning Resource
Investigating human impacts on Southeastern US stream ecology using R
01 Jan 2021 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Alicia Caughman1, Emily Weigel1
Adaptation of the "Investigating human impacts on stream ecology: Scaling up from Local to National with a focus on the Southeast" specifically to focus on self-paced R code instruction
Yeti or not: Do they exist?
31 Dec 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Keith Johnson1, Adam Kleinschmit2, Jill Rulfs3, William (Bill) Morgan4
1. Bradley University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 2. University of Dubuque 3. Worcester Polytechnic Institute 4. The College of Wooster
Through this 4-part bioinformatics case study, students will be led through the forensic analysis of putative Yeti artifacts based on published findings.
Reflective Writing Tools: Building Skills and Habits of Thinking in Becoming a Scientist
25 Dec 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Sally Molloy1, William Davis2, Elizabeth Moy3, GC Jernstedt4, Melinda Harrison5, Vinayak Mathur5, Matthew David Mastropaolo6
1. University of Maine 2. Washington State University 3. Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education 4. Dartmouth College 5. Cabrini University 6. Neumann University
Reflective writing tools are intended to help students better connect current learning experiences to prior learning, engage the role of emotion in current and future learning, and assess learning...
Investigating Evidence for Climate Change (Project EDDIE) with CO2 and 13CO2 data: adapted for R
23 Dec 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Marguerite Mauritz
University of Texas at El Paso
This is an adaptation to work in R of Investigating Evidence for Climate Change (Project) by Hage, M. 2020. Students will investigate geologic and modern evidence for global temperature and...