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The Changing Geographic Distribution of Malaria with Global Climate Warming part of Quantitative Skills:Activity Collection
In this exercise, students analyze climate data to find areas in the southern United States that are now close to having conditions in which the malaria parasite and its mosquito hosts thrive and then attempt to forecast when areas might become climatically suitable.

Genomics of microbial communities in Thermopolis Hot Springs part of Cutting Edge:Develop Program-Wide Abilities:Undergraduate Research:2014 Workshop:Activities
The hot springs (52°C) in Thermopolis, WY contain abundant microbial mats, including mineral-rich filamentous bacteria. While cooler than nearby Yellowstone, Thermopolis contains a number or rare or unique ...

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.

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.

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, ...

Exploring Characteristics of Wetlands part of Earth Exploration Toolbook:Analyzing Wetlands
DATA: Worldwide Wetlands Inventory. TOOL: Ramsar International Wetlands Data Gateway. SUMMARY: Learn about wetlands around the world. Perform a series of searches to identify wetland areas that need protection.

Salt Marshes: estimation techniques using basic algebra and geometry part of SISL:2012 Sustainability in Math Workshop:Activities
The activity allows for learning about salt marshes ecosystem and practicing of basic math in estimations.

Goldenrod Gall Flies: Writing a Lab Report in the Form of a Scientific Paper part of Teaching Resources:Quantitative Writing:Examples
Students collect protein electrophoresis data comparing goldenrod gall flies, analyze class data, and write a lab report in the format of a scientific paper.

Forest Management and the Carbon Cycle part of CLEAN:CLEAN Network:Teaching Materials
This activity is part of the community collection of teaching materials on climate and energy topics. These materials were created by faculty as part of the CLEAN Climate Workshop, held in May, 2012 and are not ...

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.

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.

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 ...