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How does increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide disrupt ecological systems? Results from FACE experiments across the globe.
12 Jun 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Courtney Campany
This module synthesizes key findings from forested CO2 enrichment experiments over the last 3 decades. Students should have a basic working knowledge of climate change, ecosystem nutrient cycles...
Understanding COVID-19 Biology to Design a Vaccine
By Keith Johnson1, Didem Vardar-Ulu2, Shuchismita Dutta3
1. Bradley University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 2. Boston University 3. RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University
This multi-part case study introduces the reader to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, replication, and treatment. Additional worksheets introduce students to bioinformatics tools of 3-D protein visualization...
COVID-19: Molecular Basis of Infection
By Didem Vardar-Ulu1, Shuchismita Dutta2
1. Boston University 2. RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University
This case was written in Spring 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. It focuses on understanding the structure and interaction of the SARS-Cov-2 viral spike protein that facilitates infection in...
A Case of Severe Insulin Resistance
By Melanie Lenahan1, Shuchismita Dutta2
1. Raritan Valley Community College 2. RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University
This case focuses on understanding how a mutation in a cell signalling protein (a kinase) can prevent insulin function and lead to diabetes.
Evolution of Caffeine Biosynthesis Enzymes
By Brian Sullivan1, Shuchismita Dutta2
1. University of North Carolina 2. RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University
This case focuses on exploring why plants make secondary metabolites like caffeine and how the enzymes required for making caffeine evolved.
By Laurel Lorenz1, Shuchismita Dutta2
1. Princeton University 2. RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University
This case focuses on understanding structure and function relationships in Piwi, a protein that is critical for germline stem cell function and development of eggs in the fruit fly ovary.
Waking up Anna
11 Jun 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Kate K. O'Toole1, Shuchismita Dutta2
1. Emory University 2. RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University
This case focuses on understanding the molecular basis of Anna's sleeping disorder and its treatment.
Happy Blue Baby
By Shuchismita Dutta
RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University
This case, about a specific mutant of hemoglobin, focuses on visualizing and understanding the molecular basis of why an infant turned blue soon after birth and how the cyanosis resolved on its own...
By Shuchismita Dutta1, Kimberly Linenberger Cortes2, Henry Vincent Jakubowski3, Melanie Lenahan4, David Marcey5, Pat Marsteller6, Cassidy Terrell7
1. RCSB Protein Data Bank, Rutgers University 2. Kennesaw State University 3. College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University 4. Raritan Valley Community College 5. California Lutherian University 6. Emory University 7. University of Minnesota, Rocester
This 3 part case on sickle cell disease focuses on visualizing and understanding the molecular basis of its cause, symptoms, complications, management, treatment, and possible cures.
Vertebrate Clade Race
By David Baum1, Kristin Jenkins2
1. University of Wisconsin 2. BioQUEST
This activity introduces basic tree reading skills for evolutionary phylogenies. It is designed as a short group activity. After completing this activity, students should be familiar with basic...
Remote sensing data processing – NEON airborne data
10 Jun 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Yingying Xie
Concepts of remote sensing and data logistics, and NEON remote sensing data are introduced. Students learn how to apply spatial data processing and visualization skills using R coding program to...
Intro to Data Types and Graphing Lab
09 Jun 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Stephanie Spera
University of Richmond
This is the third lab in an Introductory Physical Geography/Environmental Studies course. It introduces students to different data types (qualitative vs quantitative), basic statistical analyses...
Analyzing Nutrient Simulation Experiments with a one-way ANOVA
By Rebecca North
We discuss what tests are appropriate to analyze the data from nutrient simulation experiments. They will conduct one-way ANOVAs and a post hoc test using a dummy dataset and interpret the results.
Cleaning Data with R and the Tidyverse in Swirl
By Rachel Hartnett
Oklahoma State University
The overall goal is to help students learn common data cleaning procedures on a dataset once they’ve collected measurements and before they are able to start their analysis. This swirl lesson is...
Genome Sequence Data in R using Biostrings (Swirl Lesson)
By Robert E Furrow
University of California, Davis
By the end of this lesson, students should be able to load FASTA files into R as DNAStringSets and use width() and alphabetFrequency(), combined with other functions like sum() and mean(), to...
Cleaning Biodiversity Data: Excel
By Debra Linton1, Molly Phillips2
1. Central Michigan University 2. iDigBio, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida
Access and clean an open source polar bear dataset using Excel.
Social Distancing Simulation in NetLogo
08 Jun 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Anne Elizabeth Yust
The New School
A NetLogo simulation that shows the effects of social distancing on the spread of infectious disease.
Digital Atlas of Ancient Life | Exploring the Diversity and History of Fossil Life
By Jonathan Hendricks
Paleontological Research Institution
The Digital Atlas project include field guides to fossils (including a mobile app), an online paleontology textbook, and a collection of over 500 virtual 3D models of fossil specimens.
Hemoglobin cooperativity and adaptations to high altitude living
05 Jun 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Alida Janmaat
University of the Fraser Valley
This resource accompanies the "How does blood carry oxygen?" chapter in the Integrating Concepts in Biology etext. Students evaluate the cooperativity of hemoglobin and adaptations to high altitude...
NIBLSE Learning Resource Collection
03 Jun 2020 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s):
By Hayley Orndorf
University of Pittsburgh
Collection of bioinformatics hosted at NIBLSE