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• ### Your Tax Dollars at Work: A mock grant writing experience centered on scientific process skills

Learning Objectives
Students will be able to:
• Propose a testable, novel question contributing to a biological field of study.
• Formulate a study rationale.
• Describe relevant background information on a topic using the primary literature.
• Choose appropriate scientific, mathematical, and statistical methods to analyze a research question.
• Determine the financial costs of a research project.
• Present a proposal for peer review and compose a constructive peer review.
• Collaborate as a member of a scientific team.
• Articulate the review criteria and process used in NSF-style proposal review.
• ### What do Bone and Silly Putty® have in Common?: A Lesson on Bone Viscoelasticity

Learning Objectives
• Students will be able to explain how the anatomical structure of long bones relates to their function.
• Students will be able to define viscoelasticity, hysteresis, anisotropy, stiffness, strength, ductility, and toughness.
• Students will be able to identify the elastic and plastic regions of a stress-strain curve. They will be able to correlate each phase of the stress-strain curve with physical changes to bone.
• Students will be able to predict how a bone would respond to changes in the magnitude of an applied force, and to variations in the speed or angle at which a force is applied.
• Students will be able to determine the reason(s) why bone injuries occur more frequently during athletic events than during normal everyday use.
• ### Dynamic Daphnia: An inquiry-based research experience in ecology that teaches the scientific process to first-year...

Learning Objectives
Students 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 two-stop 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 t-test, ANOVA, chi-squared test, and linear regression in Microsoft Excel, and be able to correctly interpret their results.
• Construct and present a scientific poster.
• ### Infectious Chocolate Joy with a Side of Poissonian Statistics: An activity connecting life science students with subtle...

Learning Objectives
• Students will define a Poisson distribution.
• Students will generate a data set on the probability of a T cell being infected with a virus(es).
• Students will predict the likelihood of one observing the mean value of viruses occurring.
• Students will evaluate the outcomes of a random process.
• Students will hypothesize whether a process is Poissonian and design a test for that hypothesis.
• Students will collect data and create a histogram from their data.
• ### Modeling the Research Process: Authentic human physiology research in a large non-majors course

Learning Objectives
Students will be able to:
• Formulate testable hypotheses
• Design an experimental procedure to test their hypothesis
• Make scientific observations
• Analyze and interpret data
• Communicate results visually and orally
• ### CURE-all: Large Scale Implementation of Authentic DNA Barcoding Research into First-Year Biology Curriculum

Learning Objectives
Students will be able to: Week 1-4: Fundamentals of Science and Biology
• List the major processes involved in scientific discovery
• List the different types of scientific studies and which types can establish causation
• Design experiments with appropriate controls
• Create and evaluate phylogenetic trees
• Define taxonomy and phylogeny and explain their relationship to each other
• Explain DNA sequence divergence and how it applies to evolutionary relationships and DNA barcoding
Week 5-6: Ecology
• Define and measure biodiversity and explain its importance
• Catalog organisms using the morphospecies concept
• Geographically map organisms using smartphones and an online mapping program
• Calculate metrics of species diversity using spreadsheet software
• Use spreadsheet software to quantify and graph biodiversity at forest edges vs. interiors
• Write a formal lab report
Week 7-11: Cellular and Molecular Biology
• Extract, amplify, visualize and sequence DNA using standard molecular techniques (PCR, gel electrophoresis, Sanger sequencing)
• Explain how DNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, and Sanger sequencing work at the molecular level
Week 12-13: Bioinformatics
• Trim and assemble raw DNA sequence data
• Taxonomically identify DNA sequences isolated from unknown organisms using BLAST
• Visualize sequence data relationships using sequence alignments and gene-based phylogenetic trees
• Map and report data in a publicly available online database
• Share data in a formal scientific poster

Learning Objectives
Students will:
• Articulate testable hypotheses. (Lab 8, final presentation/paper, in-class exercises)
• Analyze data to determine the level of support for articulated hypotheses. (Labs 4-7, final presentation/paper)
• Identify multiple species of plants in the field quickly and accurately. (Labs 2-3, field trip)
• Measure environmental variables and sample vegetation in the field. (Labs 2-3, field trip)
• Analyze soil samples using a variety of low-tech lab techniques. (Open labs after field trip)
• Use multiple statistical techniques to analyze data for patterns. (Labs 4-8, final presentation/paper)
• Interpret statistical analyses to distinguish between strong and weak interactions in a biological system. (Labs 4-7, final presentation/paper)
• Develop and present a conference-style presentation in a public forum. (Lab 8, final presentation/paper)
• Write a publication-ready research paper communicating findings and displaying data. (Lab 8, final presentation/paper)
• ### Why do Some People Inherit a Predisposition to Cancer? A small group activity on cancer genetics

Learning Objectives
At the end of this activity, we expect students will be able to:
1. Use family pedigrees and additional genetic information to determine inheritance patterns for hereditary forms of cancer
2. Explain why a person with or without cancer can pass on a mutant allele to the next generation and how that impacts probability calculations
3. Distinguish between proto-oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes
• ### Using Synthetic Biology and pClone Red for Authentic Research on Promoter Function: Genetics (analyzing mutant...

Learning Objectives
• Describe how cells can produce proteins at the right time and correct amount.
• Diagram a bacterial promoter with −35 and −10 elements and the transcription start site.
• Describe how mutational analysis can be used to study promoter sequence requirements.
• Develop a promoter mutation hypothesis and design an experiment to test it.
• Successfully and safely manipulate DNA and Escherichia coli for ligation and transformation experiments.
• Design an experiment to verify a mutated promoter has been cloned into a destination vector.
• Design an experiment to measure the strength of a promoter.
• Analyze data showing reporter protein produced and use the data to assess promoter strength.
• Define type IIs restriction enzymes.
• Distinguish between type II and type IIs restriction enzymes.
• Explain how Golden Gate Assembly (GGA) works.
• Measure the relative strength of a promoter compared to a standard promoter.
• ### A flexible, multi-week approach to plant biology - How will plants respond to higher levels of CO2?

Learning Objectives
Students will be able to:
• Apply findings from each week's lesson to make predictions and informed hypotheses about the next week's lesson.
• Keep a detailed laboratory notebook.
• Write and peer-edit the sections of a scientific paper, and collaboratively write an entire lab report in the form of a scientific research paper.
• Search for, find, and read scientific research papers.
• Work together as a team to conduct experiments.
• Connect findings and ideas from each week's lesson to get a broader understanding of how plants will respond to higher levels of CO2 (e.g., stomatal density, photosynthetic/respiratory rates, foliar protein concentrations, growth, and resource allocation).
Note: Additional, more specific objectives are included with each of the four lessons (Supporting Files S1-S4)
• ### Exploration of the Human Genome by Investigation of Personalized SNPs

Learning Objectives
Students successfully completing this lesson will be able to:
• Effectively use the bioinformatics databases (SNPedia, the UCSC Genome Browser, and NCBI) to explore SNPs of interest within the human genome.
• Identify three health-related SNPs of personal interest and use the UCSC Genome Browser to define their precise chromosomal locations and determine whether they lie within a gene or are intergenic.
• Establish a list of all genome-wide association studies correlated with a particular health-related SNP.
• Predict which model organism would be most appropriate for conducting further research on a human disease.
• ### Using Synthetic Biology and pClone Red for Authentic Research on Promoter Function: Introductory Biology (identifying...

Learning Objectives
• Describe how cells can produce proteins at the right time and correct amount.
• Diagram how a repressor works to reduce transcription.
• Diagram how an activator works to increase transcription.
• Identify a new promoter from literature and design a method to clone it and test its function.
• Successfully and safely manipulate DNA and Escherichia coli for ligation and transformation experiments.
• Design an experiment to verify a new promoter has been cloned into a destination vector.
• Design an experiment to measure the strength of a promoter.
• Analyze data showing reporter protein produced and use the data to assess promoter strength.
• Define type IIs restriction enzymes.
• Distinguish between type II and type IIs restriction enzymes.
• Explain how Golden Gate Assembly (GGA) works.
• Measure the relative strength of a promoter compared to a standard promoter.
• ### Sex-specific differences in Meiosis: Real-world applications

Learning Objectives
After completion of the lesson students will be able to:
1. Describe the differences between female and male meiosis.
2. Interpret graphical data to make decisions relevant to medical practices.
3. Develop a hypothesis that explains the difference in incidence of aneuploidy in gametes between males and females.