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Stover, Shawn K.; McArthur, Laurence B.; Mabry, Michelle L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
Although evidence supporting anthropogenic global warming and evolution by natural selection is considerable, the public does not embrace these concepts. The current study explores the hypothesis that individuals will become more receptive to scientific viewpoints if evidence for evolution and implications of global warming are presented as issues…
Descriptors: Climate, Evolution, Public Health, Evidence
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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
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Ross, Karen; Hooten, Mary Ann; Cohen, Glenn – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2013
Recognition of the value of a scientifically literate citizenry has driven American science education reform since the 1950s. We have seen some improvement in the comprehension of science facts in the past 10-20 years, but far less improvement in Americans' understanding of the nature of science. College science courses are ideal venues for…
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Interdisciplinary Approach, College Science, Scientific Principles
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Haave, Neil – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
A complete understanding of life involves how organisms are able to function in their environment and how they arise. Understanding how organisms arise involves both their evolution and development. Thus to completely comprehend living things, biology must study their function, development and evolution. Previous proposals for standardized…
Descriptors: Ecology, Required Courses, Biology, Curriculum Design
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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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Carleton, Renee E. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
Computer-aided learning (CAL) is used increasingly to teach anatomy in post-secondary programs. Studies show that augmentation of traditional cadaver dissection and model examination by CAL can be associated with positive student learning outcomes. In order to reduce costs associated with the purchase of skeletons and models and to encourage study…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computers, Anatomy, Internet
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Daggett, Melissa A. F. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
A number of current reports are challenging educators of undergraduate biology students to increase the role, interactions and approaches of other disciplines. The goal stated in these reports is to produce a college graduate with the skills and competencies to solve pressing global problems such as producing ample food, fuels, and making health…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Biology, Science Education, Science Instruction
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Hartle, R. Todd; Baviskar, Sandhya; Smith, Rosemary – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
This field guide provides four essential criteria for constructivism as well as a guide for using these criteria to identify and assess the level of constructivism being used in an educational experience. The criteria include: 1) prior knowledge, 2) cognitive dissonance, 3) application with feedback, and 4) metacognition. This guide provides…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Psychological Patterns, Criteria, Biology
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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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Gillie, Lynn; Bizub, Anne L. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
The study of evolutionary theory and fieldwork in animal behavior is enriched when students leave the classroom so they may test their abilities to think and act like scientists. This article describes a course on evolutionary theory and animal behavior that blended on campus learning with field experience in the United States and in Ecuador and…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Evolution, Animals, Animal Behavior
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Christensen, David R.; LaRoche, Andrew – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
This paper describes a series of laboratory exercises for upper level biology courses, independent research and/or honors programs. Students sampled fish from a local water body with the assistance of a local fish and wildlife agency. Tissue samples from collected fish were utilized to obtain estimates of the stable isotopes delta[superscript 13]C…
Descriptors: Animals, Honors Curriculum, Ecology, Biology
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Smith, Michael J.; Shaffer, Julie J.; Koupal, Keith D.; Hoback, W. Wyatt – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2012
Many aquatic organisms survive by filter feeding from the surrounding water and capturing food particles. We developed a laboratory exercise that allows students to measure the effects of filtering by fresh water mussels on water turbidity. Mussels were acquired from Wards Scientific and exposed to a solution of baker's yeast. Over a period of one…
Descriptors: Biodiversity, Laboratories, Biology, College Students
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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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