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A new approach to coursebased research using a hermit crabhydrozoan symbiosis
Learning ObjectivesStudents will be able to: define different types of symbiotic interactions, with specific examples.
 summarize and critically evaluate contemporary primary literature relevant to ecological symbioses, in particular that between hermit crabs and Hydractinia spp.
 articulate a question, based on observations of a natural phenomenon (in this example, the hermit crabHydractinia interaction).
 articulate a testable hypothesis, based on their own observations and read of the literature.
 design appropriate experimental or observational studies to address their hypotheses.
 collect and interpret data in light of their hypotheses.
 problemsolve and troubleshoot issues that arise during their experiment.
 communicate scientific results, both orally and in written form.

The Leaky Neuron: Understanding synaptic integration using an analogy involving leaky cups
Learning ObjectivesStudents will able to: compare and contrast spatial and temporal summation in terms of the number of presynaptic events and the timing of these events
 predict the relative contribution to reaching threshold and firing an action potential as a function of distance from the axon hillock
 predict how the frequency of incoming presynaptic action potentials effects the success of temporal summation of resultant postsynaptic potentials

Dynamic Daphnia: An inquirybased research experience in ecology that teaches the scientific process to firstyear...
Learning ObjectivesStudents will be able to: Construct written predictions about 1 factor experiments.
 Interpret simple (2 variables) figures.
 Construct simple (2 variables) figures from data.
 Design simple 1 factor experiments with appropriate controls.
 Demonstrate proper use of standard laboratory items, including a twostop pipette, stereomicroscope, and laboratory notebook.
 Calculate means and standard deviations.
 Given some scaffolding (instructions), select the correct statistical test for a data set, be able to run a ttest, ANOVA, chisquared test, and linear regression in Microsoft Excel, and be able to correctly interpret their results.
 Construct and present a scientific poster.

Out of Your Seat and on Your Feet! An adaptable coursebased research project in plant ecology for advanced students
Learning ObjectivesStudents will: Articulate testable hypotheses. (Lab 8, final presentation/paper, inclass exercises)
 Analyze data to determine the level of support for articulated hypotheses. (Labs 47, final presentation/paper)
 Identify multiple species of plants in the field quickly and accurately. (Labs 23, field trip)
 Measure environmental variables and sample vegetation in the field. (Labs 23, field trip)
 Analyze soil samples using a variety of lowtech lab techniques. (Open labs after field trip)
 Use multiple statistical techniques to analyze data for patterns. (Labs 48, final presentation/paper)
 Interpret statistical analyses to distinguish between strong and weak interactions in a biological system. (Labs 47, final presentation/paper)
 Develop and present a conferencestyle presentation in a public forum. (Lab 8, final presentation/paper)
 Write a publicationready research paper communicating findings and displaying data. (Lab 8, final presentation/paper)

Promoting Climate Change Literacy for Nonmajors: Implementation of an atmospheric carbon dioxide modeling activity as...
Learning Objectives Students will be able to manipulate and produce data and graphs.
 Students will be able to design a simple mathematical model of atmospheric CO2 that can be used to make predictions.
 Students will be able to conduct simulations, analyze, interpret, and draw conclusions about atmospheric CO2 levels from their own computer generated simulated data.