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Browning, Samantha; Urschler, Margaret; Meidl, Katherine; Peculis, Brenda; Milanick, Mark – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
We describe a 3-hour session that provides students with the opportunity to review basic lab concepts and important techniques using real life scenarios. We began with two separate student-engaged discussions to remind/reinforce some basic concepts in physiology and review calculations with respect to chemical compounds. This was followed by…
Descriptors: Human Body, Case Studies, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Procedures
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Ryan, Amy B.; Elwess, Nancy L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2017
This investigative laboratory activity engages students in observing, recording, graphing and analyzing pulsation rates in a commonly used laboratory organism, blackworms. This activity stresses how various drugs can impact the pulsation rate in blackworms at varying concentrations. In addition, we have incorporated two new ways to view the…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Science Experiments, Science Activities, Science Laboratories
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Munn, Bethany; Ericson, Brad; Carlson, Darby J.; Carlson, Kimberly A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2015
A single fly RT-PCR protocol has recently been developed to detect the presence of the persistent, horizontally transmitted Nora virus in "Drosophila." Wild-caught flies from Ohio were tested for the presence of the virus, with nearly one-fifth testing positive. The investigation presented can serve as an ideal project for biology…
Descriptors: Microbiology, Entomology, College Science, Science Instruction
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Pearce, Amy R.; Sale, Amanda Lovelace; Srivatsan, Malathi; Beck, Christopher W.; Blumer, Lawrence S.; Grippo, Anne A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
We developed an inquiry-based biology laboratory exercise in which undergraduate students designed experiments addressing whether material from the neem tree ("Azadirachta indica") altered bean beetle ("Callosobruchus maculatus") movements and oviposition. Students were introduced to the bean beetle life cycle, experimental…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Inquiry, Active Learning
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Roy, Nicole M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
RNA interference (RNAi) is a powerful technology used to knock down genes in basic research and medicine. In 2006 RNAi technology using "Caenorhabditis elegans" ("C. elegans") was awarded the Nobel Prize in medicine and thus students graduating in the biological sciences should have experience with this technology. However,…
Descriptors: Biology, College Science, Science Instruction, Science Laboratories
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Hallyburton, Chad L.; Lunsford, Eddie – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
The history of learning biology through distance education is documented. A review of terminology and unique problems associated with biology instruction is presented. Using published research and their own teaching experience, the authors present recommendations and best practices for managing biology in distance-based formats. They offer ideas…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, Distance Education, Educational History
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Shanks, Ryan A.; Southard, E. Megan; Tarnowski, Laura; Bruster, Matthew; Wingate, Stacia W.; Dalman, Nancy; Lloyd, Steven A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2011
This article describes a laboratory experience utilizing videos to engage students in hypothesis-driven experimentation in behavioral neuroscience. It provides students with an opportunity to investigate the effects of chronic methamphetamine exposure on aggression in adult mice using a resident-intruder paradigm. Instructors and students only…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Hands on Science, Laboratories, Internet
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Lassiter, Christopher S. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
Monohybrid crosses are taught in biology labs across the country using peas and corn. Students studying monohybrid crosses using zebrafish ("Danio rerio") would encounter a new model organism, and those interested in human or veterinary medicine would have increased interest. To this end, our college has implemented a laboratory exercise at the…
Descriptors: Animals, Science Activities, Genetics, Biology
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Kowles, Richard V. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
Cell water relationships are important topics to be included in cell biology courses. Differences exist in the control of water relationships in plant cells relative to control in animal cells. One important reason for these differences is that turgor pressure is a consideration in plant cells. Diffusion and osmosis are the underlying factors…
Descriptors: Thermodynamics, Science Activities, Science Laboratories, Cytology
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Smith, Geoffrey R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
Using module-based courses has been suggested to improve undergraduate science courses. A course based around a series of modules focused on major environmental issues might be an effective way to teach non-science majors about ecology and ecology's role in helping to solve environmental problems. I have used such a module-based environmental…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Ecology, Nonmajors, Undergraduate Students
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Naples, Virginia L.; Miller, Jon S. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Understanding homology is fundamental to learning about evolution. The present study shows an exercise that can be varied in complexity, for which students compile research illustrating the fate of homologous fish skull elements, and assemble a mural to serve as a learning aid. The skull of the most primitive living Actinopterygian (bony fish),…
Descriptors: Evolution, Fundamental Concepts, Animals, Anatomy
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Pontelli, Enrico; Pinto, Jorge; Qin, Xiaoxiao; He, Jing; Bevan, David; MacCuish, Norah; MacCuish, John; Chapman, Mitch; Moreland, David – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
One of the difficulties in teaching basic molecular biology concepts to the students with little biological background is the lack of hands-on exercises that combines the challenges of the concepts with visualization and immediate feedback. BIOPS Interactive is a web-based interactive learning environment for molecular biology that complements…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Science Instruction
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Minnerath, Jeanne M.; Roland, Jenna M.; Rossi, Lucas C.; Weishalla, Steven R.; Wolf, Melissa M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Gram staining bacteria is a fundamental technique introduced in general biology and microbiology laboratory courses. Two common problems students encounter when Gram staining bacteria are (1) having a difficult time locating bacterial cells on the microscope slide and (2) over-decolorizing bacterial cells during the staining procedure such that…
Descriptors: Microbiology, Heat, Chemistry, Science Activities
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Francom, Greg; Bybee, David; Wolfersberger, Mark; Mendenhall, Anne; Merrill, M. David – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Many new instructional theories advocate centering instruction around a set of authentic tasks to improve application and transfer of knowledge and help students take more responsibility for their own learning. At BYU-Hawaii, a general education biology course was redesigned to follow this task-centered approach and then taught to two groups of…
Descriptors: Biology, Introductory Courses, College Science, Science Instruction
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Wares, John P. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
Although molecular clock theory is a commonly discussed facet of evolutionary biology, undergraduates are rarely presented with the underlying information of how this theory is examined relative to empirical data. Here a simple contextual exercise is presented that not only provides insight into molecular clocks, but is also a useful exercise for…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, Undergraduate Students, Undergraduate Study
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