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Global Polio Eradication -Slides: poliophoto.ppt
-Slides Narrative: polioslidesnarrative.doc
-Student Worksheet: studentwksht.doc
Using the World Health Organization website, students evaluate weekly updates on the actual number of people with polio and the countries in which polio is endemic and imported. Students graph data by week or by year to hypothesize about trends. Students view a PowerPoint presentation of photographs and gain an understanding of the difficulties faced by public health workers in vaccination programs. Laura Blinderman, Associate Professor, Mercer County Community College
Human Genetics and the Dominant Trait Student Directions and Additional Materials Students make predictions and conduct a brief genetic survey analyzing several common dominant / recessive traits and then use archived data collected to determine if dominant traits occur more frequently in a given population. Joshua Koen, Instructional Technology Specialist, Stevens Institute of Technology
Ask the Author (.doc)

Student Directions

Student Works

Students will choose and read a paper written by a biologist in an area of importance to the course. At the conclusion of reading the article the student will contact the author via email Suzanne Butler, Instructor, Miami Dade College
Genetically Modified Food: Future Hope or Frankenfood? (.doc)

Student files (.doc)

US Patent Office

Students learn about GM Food, then look at the most recent patent on this food. They complete a worksheet and post an opinion about GM food to the class website. In part III, students evaluate the pros and cons of eating GM food and again complete a worksheet and post opinions to the class website. Alice Sessions, Professor, Austin Community College
Tracking the common flu and direct effect of flu vaccination (.doc) See Word document Student collect and analyze annual data on Influenza cases reported in the United States. In addition to information about the disease and vaccines, students also learn to correlate data and vaccine efficacy for each season. Henry H. Siu, Assistant Professor, Miami Dade College
Lethal Protein (.doc) Student Worksheet (.doc) Students will use the NCBI databases to discover how a gene mutation causes a lethal disease. Jill Buettner, Faculty-Biology, Richland College
Gene Structure Student materials

Student directions for searching the Human Genome

Instructor directions for searching the Human Genome
This RWLO allows users to use the Human Genome to teach about exons and introns, genes and chromosomes. Dr. Jason Tasch, Professor, Cuyahoga Community College
Overfishing of Southern Bluefin Tuna Student worksheet (.pdf) The purpose of this project is to explore the characteristics and life history of the southern bluefin tuna and examine the effects of fishing practices on the bluefin tuna population and other ecologically related species. Kimberly Royal, Assistant Professor, Cuyahoga Community College
Bogus Weight Loss Claims Student materials Bogus Weight Loss Claims allows students to discover that when it comes to weight loss science is left behind as consumers try to bypass science in their attempts to reverse years of weight gain. They will also see that fraudulent practices are not new as they compare bogus claims for products from 50 decades ago. Students will see the recent actions of Federal Trade Commission to protect consumers and they will be identify indicators that claims are fraudulent. Carol Battles, PhD, RD, CHES, Cuyahoga Community College
Who Grows There? (.doc) See Word document This exercise is an introduction to endangered and threatened plants, invasive plants, and noxious weeds. A searchable database is used to identify the plants that grow in the geographic area in which the students live. Sue A Brade, Professor of Biology, Niagara County Community College
When More Food Is Not Enough (.doc) See Word document Students will read a portion of Thomas Malthusís essay, Principles of Population, then examine archived world population data from the United Nations and world grain production data recorded by the USDA. By comparing population growth and food production trends from the past forty years, students will determine if the data reinforce Malthusís classic position. Obie Pennington, Instructor, Neosho County Community College
Tracking West Nile Virus (.doc) See Word document
Graph (.xls)
Students will investigate the spread of West Nile virus across the US and in specific regions specifically focusing on comparing numbers of human infection cases and infected mosquito populations. Students can investigate and evaluate possible methods for prevention or slowing the spread of the disease. Betsy Morgan, Professor, Kingwood College