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Structural determination of model phospholipid membranes by Raman spectroscopy: Laboratory experiment.

Joseph Giancaspro, Patrick Scollan, Juan Rosario, Elizabeth Miller, Samuel Braziel, Sunghee Lee,

In an upper-division interdisciplinary laboratory experiment, students use Raman spectroscopy to highlight how the overall structure and conformational order of lipid bilayers can be influenced by their individual phospholipid composition. Students prepare a supported lipid bilayer, as a model cell membrane, by spreading liposomes made of various phospholipids on a ... Read more >>

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Knowledge and perception of middle school students regarding COVID-19 disease at the start of the pandemic.

Maria Manuel Azevedo, Elisa Saraiva, Fátima Baltazar,

Facing recent threats of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), an educational strategy was designed and applied to middle school students in order to reinforce related knowledge and behaviors. A group of 65 middle school students (14-18 years old) developed several designed online curricular activities. After the intervention, students answered a questionnaire to assess ... Read more >>

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A Capstone Laboratory theme investigating properties of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and their solubilization by cationic surfactant micelles.

Jimmy D Roach, Areej Nauman, Shamin Mahmud, Ali Chaari, Mandy Bondaruk,

Research experience is becoming an increasingly crucial element of today's undergraduate science curriculum. In recent years, the establishment of the Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience Network (CUREnet) has provided a framework for the development of courses aiming to cultivate students' proficiency in undergraduate research techniques while fostering scientific curiosity in a ... Read more >>

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Introduction of COVID-19 knowledge via film teaching method.

Boying Liang, Jie Shen,

The outbreak of the COVID-19 has provided new challenges and also opportunities for the development of online education. Based on our experience from the online education after the outbreak of the COVID-19, this article proposes to introduce COVID-19 knowledge through film teaching methods. Films can stimulate students' interest in learning ... Read more >>

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Online team based learning in teaching Biochemistry for first year MBBS students during COVID-19 pandemic.

Sumitra Govindarajan, Sujatha Rajaragupathy,

The emergence of Corona Virus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic had unprecedented effects on medical education worldwide. Sustaining student engagement in virtual learning is an arduous task. Team based learning (TBL) is a learner-centered approach that can facilitate better student engagement. Adapting TBL to online platform may address the challenges faced in ... Read more >>

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Exploring the relationship between genotype and phenotype using yeast alcohol dehydrogenase 1.

Amanda Krzysiak, Caroline Doyle, Mary O Huff,

Project-based (research-driven) laboratory courses stimulate student involvement, improve critical thinking and initiate cooperative learning. To this end, a 7-week laboratory project was designed for a sophomore cell biology course to reinforce the fundamental relationship between genotype and phenotype using yeast alcohol dehydrogenase I (ADH1). Working in pairs, students used site-directed ... Read more >>

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An integrated laboratory experiment for the determination of main components in different food samples.

Habiba Khalid, Farrukh Raza Amin, Chang Chen,

An integrated laboratory experiment was designed for introducing biochemistry students to basic static biochemistry to deepen their understanding on the properties and analysis of biomolecules such as total carbohydrates, lipid, protein, and protein-constituent amino acids. Food represents a very important source of biomolecules of technological and functional interest; therefore, 15 ... Read more >>

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A simple spreadsheet-based method for relative quantification using quantitative real-time PCR.

Hien Fuh Ng, Yun Fong Ngeow,

Relative quantification is a popular analysis in gene expression studies using quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR). However, the calculation steps using the major algorithms for this analysis are rather complicated. In this study, we developed an easy-to-use spreadsheet-based method for relative quantification. The inputs from end-users are the efficiencies of both ... Read more >>

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Converting a formerly in-person biochemistry course based undergraduate research experience to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alia Ashkanani, Ghalya Ashkanani, Nuran Bayraktar, Esha Subhash, Ali Chaari,

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on the delivery of undergraduate courses around the world, and this was no different for the Biochemistry Capstone course offered to Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar's second year pre-medical students during the 2021 spring semester. The course, which was previously delivered in-person and offered an ... Read more >>

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The construction and application of a blended teaching model under the strategic background of healthy China.

Jie Ma, Xugan Jiang, Jia Wang, Zhaofeng Liang, Zixuan Sun, Hui Qian, Aihua Gong,

In order to cultivate the ability of independent learning and lifelong learning of medical students, improve the ability of students to analyze and solve problems, improve the competence of medical talents and cultivate high-level and innovative talents, we have constructed the blended teaching model of "Clinical Case Investigation-Online Open Course ... Read more >>

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Made for students, by students: Integrating former-student voices into a de-densified biochemistry laboratory.

Sunnie Kong, Shruti Kumta, Didem Vardar-Ulu,

The COVID-19 pandemic emphasized the importance of peer communication networks for student outcomes. Herein, we describe the use of supplemental instructional videos created by former students and integrated into electronic lab notebooks, to restore the lost community-learning component using student voices in a de-densified upper-division biochemistry laboratory. ... Read more >>

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Synthetic biology as a tool to online teaching undergraduate level molecular biology.

Louise Castro de Jesus, Luiz Mors Cabral,

During the Covid-19 pandemic, all on-campus activities were required to be adapted to a distance-learning format, which was especially challenging for practical courses. Molecular biology is a mandatory course for biology undergraduates at Universidade Federal Fluminense. To overcome the impossibility of practical activities, we proposed problem-solving synthetic biology assignments to ... Read more >>

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An undergraduate laboratory experiment with real-world applications: Utilizing templateless polymerase chain reaction and real-time polymerase chain reaction to test for SARS-CoV-2 RNA.

Julia Crane, Shallee T Page,

We present a course-embedded undergraduate research module that involves real-time polymerase chain reaction testing for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 in environmental samples. A positive control RNA was constructed and two RNA extraction methods were compared and a range of primers were available to compare. Using a combination of published protocols, ... Read more >>

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Electronic teaching resources for university cell biology supports improved student learning outcomes.

Geoffrey N Gobert,

An optional electronic resource (e-resource) that requiring subscription was offered to 2nd year students studying university cell biology. An online survey attitudes identified cost, the relative (lack) ease of use, and a "general preference", as primary reasons for not utilizing the e-resource. The ability to access graphics, videos, and animations, ... Read more >>

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Fragmentation method for assigning oxidation numbers in organic and bioorganic compounds.

Pong Kau Yuen, Cheng Man Diana Lau,

Oxidation number (ON) is taught as an electron-counting concept for redox reactions in chemistry curriculum. The molecular formula method, the Lewis formula method, and the structural formula method have all been used to determine ON. However, the task of assigning ON still poses problems for some teachers and students. This ... Read more >>

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Mobile electrophoresis kit for high school students: Scientific practices with innovation.

Praveen Maurye, Arpita Basu, Chayna Jana, Manoharmayum Shaya Devi, Kavita Kumari, Malay Naskar,

Gel electrophoresis (GE) is the most preferred and adapted technique for the separation and identification of biological molecules like proteins/peptides and nucleic acids from diverse types of organisms. All over the world, researchers, educators, and students aspiring to work in biochemistry and molecular biology disciplines use the polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis ... Read more >>

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Enhancing science literacy and communication among the next generation of scientists in an online learning environment.

Alexa Fitzpatrick, Stavroula Andreopoulos, Leora Freedman,

Many large, undergraduate science courses, which still heavily rely on traditional lecture-based dissemination of content, passive learning, and exam-based assessments, have been forced online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To address the challenges facing students in regards to engagement, self-directed learning, and the development of soft skills, we modified a ... Read more >>

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Demonstrating core molecular biology principles using GST-GFP in a semester-long laboratory course.

Nicole Verity, Brittany Ulm, Katrina Pham, Baggio Evangelista, Robert Borgon,

Undergraduate laboratory courses are essential to teaching core principles in STEM. This course, Quantitative Biological Methods, provides a unique approach to teaching molecular biology research techniques to students, in a laboratory that is delivered in a sequence that parallels standard biomedical research laboratory protocols. Students attend a lecture where they ... Read more >>

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The undergraduate research experience as a vehicle for employability development-The student participants speak.

Lauren Carpenter, Bindi Nguyen, Laura Davis, Susan Rowland,

The employability of science graduates if of key concern. Employers report that STEM graduates lack appropriate employability skills and work experience, and science graduates take longer to find full-time work than graduates from many other programs. Undergraduate research experience (URE) is an important pedagogy that involves student immersion in a ... Read more >>

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Active learning tools improve the learning outcomes, scientific attitude, and critical thinking in higher education: Experiences in an online course during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Izadora Volpato Rossi, Jordana Dinorá de Lima, Bruna Sabatke, Maria Alice Ferreira Nunes, Graciela Evans Ramirez, Marcel Ivan Ramirez,

Active teaching methodologies have been placed as a hope for changing education at different levels, transiting from passive lecture-centered to student-centered learning. With the health measures of social distance, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a strong shift to remote education. With the challenge of delivering quality education through a computer screen, ... Read more >>

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Perceived learning environment and academic motivation: An explanatory mixed methods study in a Molecular Biology and Genetics program.

Nihal Yurtseven, Derin Atay, Gülay Bulut,

Lack of motivation of students is a major concern for the instructors and administration in universities, and it is in their interest to address these issues in the most effective and efficient way. The purpose of this explanatory sequential mixed-method study is to examine the predictive power of the learning ... Read more >>

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Teaching meiosis with the DNA triangle framework: A classroom activity that changes how students think about chromosomes.

Leslie Kate Wright, Paulina Cortez, Margaret A Franzen, Dina L Newman,

Many biology students struggle to learn about the process of meiosis and have particular difficulty understanding the molecular basis of crossing over and the importance of homologous pairing for proper segregation. To help students overcome these challenges, we designed an activity that uses a newly developed Chromosome Connections Kit® from ... Read more >>

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Students authoring molecular case studies as a partial course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) for lab instruction.

Kasandra J Riley, Didem Vardar-Ulu, Elizabeth Pollock, Shuchismita Dutta,

Understanding the relationship between protein structure and function is a core-learning goal in biochemistry. Students often struggle to visualize proteins as three-dimensional objects that interact with other molecules to affect its biochemical consequences. We describe here a partial course-based undergraduate research experiences that has students exploring protein structure and function ... Read more >>

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Connecting research and teaching introductory cell and molecular biology using an Arabidopsis mutant screen.

Jinjie Liu, Ron Cook, Linda Danhof, David Lopatto, Jon R Stoltzfus, Christoph Benning,

A complex research project was translated into a Course-based Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE), which was implemented in sections of an introductory Cell and Molecular Biology laboratory course. The research laboratory generated an engineered plant line producing a growth-inhibiting, lipid-derived plant hormone and mutagenized this line. Students in the CURE cultured ... Read more >>

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Conceptualizing learning about proteins with a molecular viewer in high school based on the integration of two theoretical frameworks.

Ohad Levkovich, Anat Yarden,

The use of a molecular viewer to visualize proteins has become more prevalent in high schools in recent years. We relied on the foundations of two theoretical frameworks to analyze questions in two learning tasks designed for 10th- to 12th-grade biotechnology majors that make use of Jmol. The two theoretical ... Read more >>

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