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Platz, James E. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Field experiments offer the opportunity for hands on experience with the scientific process. While this is true of a wide variety of activities, many have pitfalls both experimental and logistical that reduce the overall rate of success, in turn, influencing student learning outcomes. Relying on small, territorial, diurnal lizards and an array of…
Descriptors: Radiation, Heat, Teaching Methods, Animals
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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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Wolff, Brian G. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Environmental ethicists have focused much attention on the limits of utilitarianism and have generally defined "environmental ethics" in a manner that treats utilitarian environmental ethics as an oxymoron. This is unfortunate because utilitarian ethics can support strong environmental policies, and environmental ethicists have not yet produced a…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Ethics, Public Policy, Educational Principles
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Walton, Kristen L. W.; Baker, Jason C. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Communication of scientific and medical information and collaborative work are important skills for students pursuing careers in health professions and other biomedical sciences. In addition, group work and active learning can increase student engagement and analytical skills. Students in our public health microbiology class were required to work…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Projects, Group Activities, Public Health
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Christensen, Doug – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
An inexpensive and equipment free approach to teaching the technical aspects of DNA sequencing. The activity described requires an instructor with a familiarity of DNA sequencing technology but provides a straight forward method of teaching the technical aspects of sequencing in the absence of expensive sequencing equipment. The final sequence…
Descriptors: Simulation, Genetics, Learning Activities, Teaching Methods
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Benson, David; Atlas, Pierre; Haberski, Raymond; Higgs, Jamie; Kiley, Patrick; Maxwell, Michael, Jr.; Mirola, William; Norton, Jamey – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
As perhaps the most encompassing idea in biology, evolution has impacted not only science, but other academic disciplines as well. The broad, interdisciplinary impact of evolution was the theme of a course taught at Marian College, Indianapolis, Indiana in 2002, 2004, and 2006. Using a strategy that could be readily adopted at other institutions,…
Descriptors: Evolution, Science Instruction, Biology, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Kelley, Scott; Alger, Christianna; Deutschman, Douglas – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
The importance of Bioinformatics tools and methodology in modern biological research underscores the need for robust and effective courses at the college level. This paper describes such a course designed on the principles of cooperative learning based on a computer software industry production model called "Extreme Programming" (EP).…
Descriptors: Biology, Information Science, Science Instruction, College Science
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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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Bonner, Janice M. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2009
Many undergraduate institutions are dealing with less-than-prepared students entering the biology major. When the biology department at College of Notre Dame of Maryland analyzed data from five past cohorts of prospective biology majors, it was evident that there was a significant correlation between their success in the introductory course in the…
Descriptors: Biology, Science Instruction, College Science, Introductory Courses
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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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Wolff, Brian G. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
Environmental ethicists have focused much attention on the limits of utilitarianism and have generally defined "environmental ethics" in a manner that treats utilitarian environmental ethics as an oxymoron. This is unfortunate because utilitarian ethics can support strong environmental policies, and environmental ethicists have not yet produced a…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Ethics, Public Policy, Educational Principles
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Lunsford, Eddie – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
The topic of inquiry is explored in an online freshman level introductory biology course for non-majors. The research took place in a distance learning program at a small community college in the Southeast. Students in the course were required to complete an extended guided inquiry in their homes and to communicate about their work by way of the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Cooperation, Biology, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Darling, Randi A. – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
This field experiment is designed to test for despotic behavior in Mallards ("Anas platyrhynchos"), and to examine how ducks distribute themselves relative to their resources. Students present Mallards with food patches differing in profitability in order to examine whether ducks distribute themselves ideal freely or ideal despotically. Students…
Descriptors: Animals, Animal Behavior, Food, Science Instruction
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Elwess, Nancy L.; Duprey, Stephen L.; Harney, Lindesay A.; Langman, Jessie E.; Marino, Tara C.; Martinez, Carolina; McKeon, Lauren L.; Moss, Chantel I. E.; Myrie, Sasha S.; Taylor, Luke Ryan – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
"Alu"-insertion polymorphisms were used by an undergraduate Bioinformatics class to study how these insertion sites could be the basis for an investigation in human population genetics. Based on the students' investigation, both allele and genotype "Alu" frequencies were determined for African-American and Japanese populations as well as a…
Descriptors: Investigations, Genetics, Biodiversity, Undergraduate Students
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Temple, Glena Gilbert; Toepfer, Conrad – Bioscene: Journal of College Biology Teaching, 2008
The ACUBE Steering Committee and President conducted an online survey of members from November 2007-January 2008. The survey asked members for input on a variety of issues facing ACUBE, ranging from participation in the association to satisfaction with annual meetings, Bioscene, and the webpage. The survey was completed by 34% of the membership…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Strategic Planning, Surveys, Meetings
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