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Using Student Perceptions and Cooperative Learning to Unpack Primary Literature on Global ChangeLearning Objectives
- Students will be able to identify key points and define key terms (e.g., planetary boundary, threshold, Anthropocene) established in the primary literature.
- Students will be able to predict consequences of human activities on key earth system processes relevant to global environmental change.
- Students will be able to identify processes for which human activity has caused changes that exceed the proposed planetary boundary.
- Students will be able to evaluate and summarize evidence used to define thresholds for key earth systems processes and discuss and evaluate variation and uncertainty in data.
Investigating Cell Signaling with Gene Expression DatasetsLearning ObjectivesStudents will be able to:
- Explain the hierarchical organization of signal transduction pathways.
- Explain the role of enzymes in signal propagation and amplification.
- Recognize the centrality of signaling pathways in cellular processes, such as metabolism, cell division, or cell motility.
- Rationalize the etiologic basis of disease in terms of deranged signaling pathways.
- Use software to analyze and interpret gene expression data.
- Use an appropriate statistical method for hypotheses testing.
- Produce reports that are written in scientific style.
Using Undergraduate Molecular Biology Labs to Discover Targets of miRNAs in HumansLearning Objectives
- Use biological databases to generate and compare lists of predicted miR targets, and obtain the mRNA sequence of their selected candidate gene
- Use bioinformatics tools to design and optimize primer sets for qPCR
Biodiversity Show and Tell: An Accessible Activity to Encourage Students to Explore the Tree of LifeLearning ObjectivesStudents will be able to
- describe the ecology and natural history of their chosen species.
- describe human effects on their species and its habitat.
- share interesting facts about a wide variety of species with friends and family outside the class.
- stay engaged during readings and whole-class lectures on the topic of organismal diversity.
Understanding Gastric Acid Secretion: An Active Learning ApproachLearning Objectives
- List the channels, transporters, and receptors found on each membrane face of parietal cells.
- Explain the mechanism through which the proton pump is regulated by gastrin, histamine, somatostatin, and acetylcholine.
- Predict the effects of pharmaceuticals that are active in the stomach and their impact on GI function.
- Justify H. pylori as the cause of gastric ulcers.
The Comics Project: Synthesizing and Communicating Science with ComicsLearning Objectives
- Students will be able to use the CRAAP Test to evaluate the quality of various sources of scientific information.
- Students will be able to discuss the relationship between science and society.
- Students will be able to draw simple comics to communicate scientific information.
The Avocado Lab: An Inquiry-Driven Exploration of an Enzymatic Browning ReactionLearning ObjectivesStudents will be able to:
- develop a testable research question and supportive hypothesis regarding the browning of damaged avocado flesh caused by the activity of avocado polyphenol oxidase (aPPO).
- design and execute a well-controlled experiment to test aPPO hypotheses.
- evaluate qualitative enzyme activity data.
- create a figure and legend to present qualitative data that tests multiple hypotheses and variables.
- search for and correctly cite primary literature to support or refute hypotheses.
- know the role of reducing reagents, pH, chelators, and temperature in reactions catalyzed by aPPO.
- explain why the effects of salt and detergent differ for aPPO experiments conducted in situ
- (in mashed avocado flesh) as compared to in vitro (on purified protein).
- discuss how substrate and cofactor availability affect aPPO reactions.
- describe how endogenous subcellular organization restricts aPPO reactions in a healthy avocado.
- evaluate food handling practices for fruits expressing PPO.
Using Zebrafish in a Developmental Biology Lab Course to Explore Interactions Between Development and the EnvironmentLearning ObjectivesAt the end of this lesson, students will be able to:
- Design, execute, and analyze a novel, controlled experiment to examine how environmental conditions affect developmental outcomes.
- Apply quantitative reasoning skills (e.g. data analysis, serial dilutions, generating data tables and/or graphs, etc.).
- Perform basic morphometric analysis.
- Present experimental findings orally in the form of a scientific meeting presentation.
- Present findings using standard scientific writing conventions.
Teaching Biodiversity with Museum Specimens in an Inquiry-Based LabLearning ObjectivesStudents completing this lab module will:
- Learn how to appropriately handle and measure museum specimens.
- Develop the necessary statistical skills to analyze museum specimen data.
- Become familiar with how to search an online museum database and integrate supplemental data with their own dataset.
- Strengthen scientific communication skills by presenting research to their peers.
- Demonstrate ability to investigate scientific questions and address obstacles that occur during data collection and integration.
- Increase proficiency in managing and using large datasets for scientific research.
- Make connections between natural history knowledge and morphology of organisms in developing and testing hypotheses.