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Butcher, Greg Q.; Rodriguez, Juan; Chirhart, Scott; Messina, Troy C. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
In order to increase students' awareness for and comfort with mathematical modeling of biological processes, and increase their understanding of diffusion, the following lab was developed for use in 100-level, majors/non-majors biology and neuroscience courses. The activity begins with generation of a data set that uses coin-flips to replicate…
Descriptors: Biology, Comparative Analysis, Simulation, Questionnaires
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Ryan, Wendy L.; St. Iago-McRae, Ezry – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2016
Experimentation is the foundation of science and an important process for students to understand and experience. However, it can be difficult to teach some aspects of experimentation within the time and resource constraints of an academic semester. Interactive models can be a useful tool in bridging this gap. This freely accessible simulation…
Descriptors: Research Design, Simulation, Animals, Animal Behavior
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Kudish, Philip; Schlag, Erin; Kaplinsky, Nicholas J. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
We developed a multi-week laboratory in which college-level introductory biology students investigate Mendel's stem length phenotype in peas. Students collect, analyze and interpret convergent evidence from molecular and physiological techniques. In weeks 1 and 2, students treat control and experimental plants with Gibberellic Acid (GA) to…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Science Laboratories, Biology, Molecular Structure
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Stanford, Jennifer S.; Duwel, Laura E. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
It has been suggested that research experiences are an important element that should be included in all undergraduate Biology curricula. This is a difficult suggestion to accommodate due to issues with cost, space and time. We addressed this challenge through development of a capstone project in which Biology majors work in groups to develop novel…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Science Instruction, Learner Engagement
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Fingerut, Jonathan; Orbe, Kristina; Flynn, Daniel; Habdas, Piotr – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
As part of a biomechanics course aimed at both upper-division Biology and Physics majors, this laboratory exercise introduces students to the ingenious ways in which organisms vary the composition and form of support and defensive structures such as bone and shell to maximize their strength while minimizing the energetic cost needed to produce…
Descriptors: College Science, Biomechanics, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories