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Rogers, Alexandra; Toledano, Michael; Hubbard, Elizabeth; Macchia, Desiree; Hui, May; Beier, Kevin T. – Advances in Physiology Education, 2022
Sections PDF (924 KB) TOOLS SHARE Abstract Graduate physiology programs strive to provide students with in-depth expertise in a particular academic discipline, often facilitating this process in the form of a departmental seminar course. Within the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of California Irvine (UCI), students are…
Descriptors: Student Centered Learning, Physiology, Biology, Physics
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Cui, Jinyan; Zhan, Wei – Journal of Chemical Education, 2022
Successful demonstration of lipid assembly chemistry to a general audience can be challenging on both physical (nanoscopic dimensions of lipid assemblies) and intellectual (complex, interconnected concepts) accounts. Quite often, an instructor has to leave key concepts out of what is being offered due to time constraints, which unfortunately…
Descriptors: Hands on Science, Science Experiments, Chemistry, Outreach Programs
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Scaletti, Carla; Rickard, Meredith M.; Hebel, Kurt J.; Pogorelov, Taras V.; Taylor, Stephen A.; Gruebele, Martin – Journal of Chemical Education, 2022
The protein folding reaction is one of the most important chemical reactions in the human body. Yet, despite its importance, it is sometimes omitted from undergraduate courses due to the challenging nature of some of the underlying concepts. To help make key concepts of the protein folding reaction accessible to our undergraduate students, we…
Descriptors: Animation, Models, Science Instruction, Chemistry
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Shaw, Olivia R.; Hadden-Perilla, Jodi A. – Journal of Science Education for Students with Disabilities, 2020
Scientific disciplines spanning biology, biochemistry, and biophysics involve the study of proteins and their functions. Visualization of protein structures represents a barrier to education and research in these disciplines for students who are blind or visually impaired. Here, we present a software plugin for readily producing variable-height…
Descriptors: Visualization, Biochemistry, Molecular Structure, Students with Disabilities
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Parthasarathy, Raghuveer – Physics Education, 2015
Improving the scientific literacy of non-scientists is an important aim, both because of the ever-increasing impact of science on our lives and because understanding science enriches our experience of the natural world. One route to improving scientific literacy is via general education undergraduate courses--i.e. courses for students not majoring…
Descriptors: Biophysics, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Science Instruction
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Rodriguez, Idaykis; Goertzen, Renee Michelle; Brewe, Eric; Kramer, Laird H. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2015
We investigate the development of expert identities through the use of the sociocultural perspective of learning as participating in a community of practice. An ethnographic case study of biophysics graduate students focuses on the experiences the students have in their research group meetings. The analysis illustrates how the communities of…
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Communities of Practice, Ethnography, Case Studies
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Hanson, Benjamin S.; Brown, Christa; Dougan, Lorna – Physics Education, 2020
Biological organisms function as the result of a multitude of complex physical systems all interacting with one another at different length scales and over different time scales. At stages of education below university undergraduate level, this complexity often prevents the discussion of physics within a biological context, subtly implying that…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Biomechanics, Biology, Physics
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Petrova, Elena Borisovna; Sabirova, Fairuza Musovna – International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 2016
The article substantiates the necessity of studying the peculiarities of color vision of human in the course "Biophysics" that have been integrated into many types of higher education institutions. It describes the experience of teaching this discipline in a pedagogical higher education institution. The article presents a brief review of…
Descriptors: Color, Biophysics, College Science, Science Instruction
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Kutzner, Mickey D.; Bryson, Michael – Physics Teacher, 2018
There remains a strong movement for Introductory Physics for Life Sciences (IPLS) courses to better integrate physics and biology. Part of the challenge for IPLS educators is to introduce fundamental physical law while simultaneously establishing the relevance of physics to biological science. Life science relevant laboratory experiences are…
Descriptors: Physics, Biological Sciences, Science Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Zhou, Larissa; Nyberg, Kendra; Rowat, Amy C. – Advances in Physiology Education, 2015
Diffusion is critical to physiological processes ranging from gas exchange across alveoli to transport within individual cells. In the classroom, however, it can be challenging to convey the concept of diffusion on the microscopic scale. In this article, we present a series of three exercises that use food and cooking to illustrate diffusion…
Descriptors: Physiology, Scientific Concepts, Food, Science Instruction
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Wall, Kathryn P.; Dillon, Rebecca; Knowles, Michelle K. – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 2015
Fluorescent proteins are commonly used in cell biology to assess where proteins are within a cell as a function of time and provide insight into intracellular protein function. However, the usefulness of a fluorescent protein depends directly on the quantum yield. The quantum yield relates the efficiency at which a fluorescent molecule converts…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Laboratory Experiments, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
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Bernard, P.; Bros, P.; Migdal-Mikuli, A. – Chemistry Education Research and Practice, 2017
The development of the Internet, communication technologies and teaching methods creates new opportunities for the modernisation of academic classes. Many studies on the application of new educational models indicate that they are both more effective and preferred by students over classical approaches. Additionally, combining various education…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, College Science, Longitudinal Studies
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Schlamadinger, Diana E.; Kats, Dina I.; Kim, Judy E. – Journal of Chemical Education, 2010
Laboratory experiments that focus on protein folding provide excellent opportunities for undergraduate students to learn important topics in the expanding interdisciplinary field of biophysics. Here, we describe the use of Stern-Volmer plots to determine the extent of solvent accessibility of the single tryptophan residue (trp-59) in unfolded and…
Descriptors: Thermodynamics, Chemistry, Biophysics, Laboratory Experiments
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Feizabadi, Mitra Shojania – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
The importance of including concepts, examples, and techniques from mathematics and the physical and information sciences in biology courses to fulfill the need of today's undergraduates has been the principle motivation for developing interdisciplinary biology-focused courses. Although this movement started many years ago, developing and offering…
Descriptors: Biophysics, Biology, College Science, Science Instruction
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Buskohl, Philip R.; Gould, Russell A.; Curran, Susan; Archer, Shivaun D.; Butcher, Jonathan T. – American Biology Teacher, 2012
Embryonic development offers a unique perspective on the function of many biological processes because of embryos' heightened sensitivity to environmental factors. This hands-on lesson investigates the effects of elevated vitamin A on the morphogenesis of chicken embryos. The active form of vitamin A (retinoic acid) is applied to shell-less (ex…
Descriptors: Scientific Research, Science Activities, Scientific Methodology, Laboratory Experiments
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