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Infanti, Lynn M.; Wiles, Jason R. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
This investigation evaluated the effects of exposure to the "Evo in the News" section of the "Understanding Evolution" website on students' attitudes toward biological evolution in undergraduates in a mixed-majors introductory biology course at Syracuse University. Students' attitudes toward evolution and changes therein were…
Descriptors: Evolution, Biology, Science Instruction, Control Groups
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Clark, Jordan M.; Rollins, Adam W.; Smith, Philip – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2014
Journal clubs have been used to advance students' scientific skills beyond basic knowledge and comprehension, but students often view the traditional format of analyzing reported data and experimental design as laborious and intimidating. As such, the traditional approach can diminish student engagement and enthusiasm for the value of scientific…
Descriptors: Clubs, Science Process Skills, Scientific Research, Models
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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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Surasinghe, Thilina; Courter, Jason – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
Encouraging nonprofessionals to participate in ecological research through citizen science programs is a recent innovation and an effective strategy for gathering ecological information across broad geographical areas. In this paper, we demonstrate how reporting field-based observations through eBird, a citizen-based birding and data-recording…
Descriptors: Stakeholders, Ecology, Ornithology, Data Collection
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Janssens, Peter; Waldhuber, Megan – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
This laboratory exercise investigates the phenomenon of cytoplasmic streaming in the fresh water alga "Nitella". Students use the fungal toxin cytochalasin D, an inhibitor of actin polymerization, to investigate the mechanism of streaming. Students use simple statistical methods to analyze their data. Typical student data are provided. (Contains 3…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Education, Laboratories, Data Analysis
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MacLaren, R. David; Schulte, Dianna; Kennedy, Jen – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
This work describes a new field research laboratory in an undergraduate animal behavior course involving the study of whale behavior, ecology and conservation in partnership with a non-profit research organization--the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation (BOS). The project involves two weeks of training and five weekend trips on whale watch…
Descriptors: Animals, Field Studies, Achievement Tests, Animal Behavior
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Shultz, Jeff – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2011
I have devised a method with which a molecular size standard can be readily manufactured using Lambda DNA and PCR. This method allows the production of specific sized DNA fragments and is easily performed in a standard molecular biology laboratory. The material required to create these markers can also be used to provide a highly robust and…
Descriptors: Genetics, Science Laboratories, Molecular Biology, Cost Effectiveness
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Zhu, Lixin – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2011
For the purpose of teaching collegians the fundamentals of biological research, literature explaining the discovery of the gastric proton pump was presented in a 50-min lecture. The presentation included detailed information pertaining to the discovery process. This study was chosen because it demonstrates the importance of having a broad range of…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Lecture Method, College Students, College Science
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Sato, Takumi; Phillips, Bonnie; Latourelle, Sandra M.; Elwess, Nancy L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2010
The 14-base pair hypervariable region in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) of Asian populations, specifically Japanese and Chinese students at Plattsburgh State University, was examined. Previous research on this 14-base pair region showed it to be susceptible to mutations and as a result indicated direct correlation with specific ethnic populations.…
Descriptors: College Science, Genetics, Biology, Information Science
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Honda, Jeffrey Y. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
Forensic entomologists utilize insects (particularly flies) to establish the time interval between death and body discovery. This important piece of information may answer questions as to the circumstances of the individual's death and insects are now routinely utilized and recognized as being important forensic indicators. Of extreme importance…
Descriptors: Identification, Entomology, Genetics, Databases
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Palombi, Peggy Shadduck; Jagger, Kathleen Snell – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
Using cultured fibroblast cells, undergraduate students explore cell division and the responses of cultured cells to a variety of environmental changes. The students learn new research techniques and carry out a self-designed experiment. Through this project, students enhance their creative approach to scientific inquiry, learn time-management and…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Cytology, Inquiry
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McMaster, Robert T. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
Peer-reviewed literature is the single most important forum in which research findings are presented for critical review. College biology students can benefit a great deal from early exposure to this resource, but insufficient background information, technical jargon, and complex statistical analyses often present considerable obstacles to…
Descriptors: Diseases, Biology, Scientific Research, Introductory Courses
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Holmes, Raquell M.; Qureshi, Maryam M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
The project described in this article is less about the content area, computational cell biology, and more about the educational practice of the students and faculty involved. Over the course of the past four years, Dr. Raquell Holmes has worked to create curricular resources that support the integration of modeling methods in biology education.…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Student Research, Figurative Language, Educational Practices
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Elwess, Nancy L.; Edwards, Felecia; Latourelle, Sandra M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
Up until a short time ago the Y chromosome played the role of the juvenile delinquent within human chromosomes. It was considered to be rich in junk, short on genes, and rapidly degenerating. Now the Y chromosome is growing up by providing a means for investigating human migration. Through the use of genetic markers on the Y chromosomes, students…
Descriptors: Genetics, Migration, Males, Biology
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Wollard, Laura; Klein, Benjamin; Carlson, Darby J.; Carlson, Kimberly A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2006
A major challenge in teaching the process of science to students is designing and implementing laboratory activities that emulate what is actually done in a research laboratory. To facilitate this effort, science educators have been encouraged to design exercises that span multiple laboratory periods, encourage independent thinking, promote…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Graduate Students, Research Projects, Distance Education
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