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RNA processing and northern blot technique problem part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Coached Problem Solving:Examples
Students are given a figure from a journal article of a northern blot, and are asked to interpret the results, demonstrating an understanding of both the northern blot technique and RNA processing in eukaryotic cells.

Gleevec and the cell cycle problem part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Coached Problem Solving:Examples
Students are given a problem about a relatively new treatment for cancer, Gleevec, and asked to apply and synthesize what they have learned about cell signaling and the eukaryotic cell cycle to explain why this targeted treatment works to prevent cell division with fewer side effects than traditional chemotherapeutic agents.

Gene expression during development: Experimental design problem part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Coached Problem Solving:Examples
This problem challenges students to design experiments using techniques measuring gene expression (reverse transcriptase PCR, microarrays, in situ hybridization).

Phylogenetics problems part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Coached Problem Solving:Examples
Students receive information about cladistics and apply this phylogenetic approach to two problems, collecting data, determining whether traits are ancestral or derived, and using this information to select the most parsimonious tree.

Malnutrition, DNA replication, development, and schizophrenia homework problem part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Coached Problem Solving:Examples
At the beginning of a DNA, DNA replication, and mitosis unit, students are given a short science news article summarizing a recent research paper. This assignment links the article to figures and key techniques from a related journal article, requiring students to apply and transfer the knowledge they gained in the unit.

Universcience-VOD- La plasticité du cerveau part of Pedagogy in Action:Library:Coached Problem Solving:Examples
In this lab exercise, students of intermediate-level French will watch a short video on brain plasticity from the universcience VOD collection online.

Riparian Plant Lab part of Integrate:Workshops:Teaching the Methods of Geoscience:Activities
In this field exercise for an introductory environmental science course, students investigate plant cover and type in a riparian area using transects. The final assignment is a lab report that includes a summary data table, a graph of cover types along their transect and an analysis of riparian health.

The Hobbit: When scientists disagree about the evidence part of Process of Science:Examples
This activity provides an excellent example of an active debate within the scientific community regarding a relatively recent human fossil find, Homo floresiensis.

To Fish or Not to Fish? part of EarthLabs for Educators:Fisheries
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Investigation Summary and Learning Objectives This lab activity introduces students to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). ...

Corals Unit Overview part of EarthLabs for Educators:Corals
The lab activities in this module were created by Erin Bardar and LuAnn Dahlman of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Why Teach about Corals? The bright colors, unique shapes, and variety of exotic life in and around ...

Lab 1: Coral Reefs, The Human View part of EarthLabs for Educators:Corals
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives Students are introduced to coral reef ecosystems and the importance of corals ...

And On His Farm He Had Some Fish part of EarthLabs for Educators:Fisheries
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Investigation Summary and Learning Objectives Aquaculture is the most rapidly growing food-production industry in the ...

Nitrates and Phosphates and Algae, Oh My! part of EarthLabs for Educators:Fisheries
The lab activity described here was created by Erin Bardar of TERC for the EarthLabs project. Activity Summary and Learning Objectives Human-induced nutrient loading of the world's oceans has been linked to ...

Plant People part of Curriculum for the Bioregion:Activities
This integrated outdoor-learning, research and reflection exercise gives students a first-hand familiarity with local native plants and their significance in local native societies.

Nutrition Project part of Workshops:Class Assignments
BIOL 236: Plant Biology Instructor: Susan SingerBiology Spring 2011 Course Description How do plants work? This course is framed in the context of advances in evolution and genomics, which offer insight into ...

Teaching Molecular Evolution and Phylogenetics part of Process of Science:Examples
This activity uses DNA sequences, protein sequence, and chromosome-density maps to re-trace the ancestry of humans and some of their closest relatives.

Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens WA part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
Living with Volcanoes - Mt. Rainier and Mt. Saint Helens, WA Drs. Jenny Thomson and John Buchanan, Department of Geology, 130 Science Building, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 99004 509 359-2286; Drs. ...

Natural History of the Olympic Peninsula part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
Natural History of the Olympic Peninsula Drs. Jenny Thomson and John Buchanan, Department of Geology, 130 Science Building, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 99004 509 359-2286; Drs. Suzanne Schwab and ...

On the Trail of the Yellowstone Hot Spot part of NAGT:Teaching Resources:Teaching in the Field:Field Trip Collection
On the Trail of the Yellowstone Hot Spot - Snake River Plain, Craters of the Moon, and Yellowstone Drs. Jenny Thomson and John Buchanan, Department of Geology, 130 Science Building, Eastern Washington University, ...