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The 1st New Disease of the 21st Century
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This case study uses a PowerPoint (~1MB) combined with role-playing to present ...

This case study uses a PowerPoint (~1MB) combined with role-playing to present the epidemiology and pathophysiology of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Students learn about the etiology and pathophysiology of the disease, and then argue different health professionals' perspectives on a plan of action for dealing with its consequences. Developed for a pathophysiology course for undergraduates, the case could also be used in a microbiology course or in a course in public or international health.

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Life Science
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Otto Sanchez
Addressing learning difficulties in Newtons 1st and 3rd Laws through problem based inquiry using Easy Java Simulation
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This paper describes an Easy Java Simulation (EJS) model for students to ...

This paper describes an Easy Java Simulation (EJS) model for students to visualize Newtons 1st and 3rd laws, using frictionless motion and a spring collision during impact. Using Physics by Inquiry instructional (PbI) strategy, the simulation and its problem based inquiry worksheet aim to enhance learning of these two Newtonian concepts. We report results from Experimental (N=62 students) and Control (N=67) Groups in 11 multiple choice questions pre and post tests, conducted by three teachers in the school. Results suggest, at 95 percent confidence level, significant improvement for concept of Newtons 1st Law while not so for Newtons 3rd Law. A Focus Group Discussion revealed students confirming the usefulness of the EJS model in visualizing the 1st Law while not so much for the 3rd Law. We speculate the design ideas for constant velocity motion in the computer model coupled with the PbI worksheet did allow for making sense and experiencing of the 1st Law, where traditional pen-paper representations could not.

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Technology
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Physics
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ComPADRE Digital Library
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Khoon Song Aloysius Goh
Kim Wah Yip
Loo Kang Wee
Ping Yong Jeffrey Toh
Sze Yee Lye
Love Potion #10
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In this case study, students are asked to consider whether there is ...

In this case study, students are asked to consider whether there is evidence to adequately support a series of scientific claims made in an advertisement for pheromones. The case teaches students about the scientific method and the process of science. Designed for use in advanced, average, and below average high school (grades 9-12) biology classes, it could also be used in AP Biology or in an introductory college biology course.

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Life Science
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Susan Holt
Love Potion #10
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This case study asks students to analyze scientific claims made by an ...

This case study asks students to analyze scientific claims made by an advertisement for a product. The class will learn skepticism in evaluating whether scientific evidence supports claims. The lesson could be used in high school or undergraduate coursework, and would be useful in a variety of science classes. The case study and teaching notes may be downloaded in PDF format. The site also includes a section for instructor feedback where general comments may be read and contributed.

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Life Science
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Holt, Susan
Oceanography 101
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This data tip from Bridge, the Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center ...

This data tip from Bridge, the Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center archive, provides links to several educational sites, and refers teachers to the Classroom BATS (Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study) site where they can use the OceanExplorer Excel workbook along with oceanography lesson plans in data activities to examine how changes in temperature and pressure affect the speed of sound in the ocean as well as other problems using real ocean data. BATS scientists sail every month to study the role of the ocean and its creatures in global environmental change.

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Physics
Geoscience
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Pathology Case Study: Osteolytic Lesion of the Tibia in a 12-Year-Old Male
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In this case study from the Department of Pathology at the University ...

In this case study from the Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, a 12-year-old male is presented with "an osteolytic lesion of the proximal left tibia." Gross and microscopic images of the bone are provided, and the diagnosis is relayed in the "Final Diagnosis" section. A discussion of the diagnosis, including the pathogenesis and morphology of the disease, is included in the final section.

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Life Science
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Nine, Jeff S.
Pathology Case Study: 15 Year Old Male With a Left Testicular Mass
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This genitourinary pathology case study, provided by the University of Pittsburgh Department ...

This genitourinary pathology case study, provided by the University of Pittsburgh Department of Pathology, is an excellent resource for students and instructors in the health science fields. A 15-year-old male with a left testicular mass is the focus of this case. The patient˘ď‹ď_s history, gross description, and microscopic description of test results are provided to aid readers in understanding the patient˘ď‹ď_s diagnosis. The official final diagnosis is accompanied by a discussion of the contributing doctor˘ď‹ď_s findings and a list of references. This is an excellent resource for students in the health sciences to familiarize themselves with using patient history and laboratory results to diagnose patient˘ď‹ď_s conditions.

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Education
Life Science
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Bastacky, Sheldon
Ionescu, Diana
Molina, J. Thomas
Girl Pulled Alive from Ruins, 15 Days after Earthquake
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This case examines the integrated physiological response to dehydration and starvation from ...

This case examines the integrated physiological response to dehydration and starvation from the real-life report of a girl discovered 15 days after an earthquake devastated Port Au-Prince, Haiti, in January 2010. From the meager scientifically relevant facts reported by the newspaper accounts of the girl's condition, students are asked to work through the pathways of water loss from dehydration as they examine the multiple systems involved in homeostatic responses, and then are asked to calculate whether it is possible for a human to withstand 15 days without water. The case also gives the instructor the opportunity to differentiate between the general adaptive response to a stressor and the specialized adaptive responses exhibited by well-acclimated natives. The case was designed for an upper division comparative or human physiology course or possibly a graduate level medical physiology course.

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Life Science
Geoscience
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Susan B. Chaplin
Pathology Case Study: A 17-Year-Old Female with Nipple Discharge and Irregular Menses
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The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine presents a case study on ...

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine presents a case study on a turcica tumor as part of its Neuropathology series. Students can look into the girl's symptoms and history in order to produce a diagnosis. Tests describe the problem in two ways: gross description and molecular description. After the student has investigated the evidence and made a diagnosis, the answer is provided, making this site a good reference for teachers and students alike.

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Education
Life Science
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Schubert, Eric
The American Influenza Epidemic of 1918: A Digital Encyclopedia
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Researchers and scholars looking at historical pandemics frequently study the communities that ...

Researchers and scholars looking at historical pandemics frequently study the communities that were strongly affected by these various occurrences. However, this fascinating digital archive from the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School looks at seven communities during the 1918-1920 influenza pandemic that experienced low rates of influenza during this period. Drawing on the expertise of a team of scholars, they decided to focus their efforts on places such as the San Francisco Naval Training Station and Bryn Mawr College. Visitors can click on any of the seven communities to read an extended essay about each location, and they can then look over dozens of primary sources from the period. These sources include internal planning reports, newspaper articles, and other items. Overall, this collection is a tremendous find, and is one that should serve as an inspiration to other institutions with similar interests.

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Education
Life Science
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
Internet Scout Project
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Education for Sustainable Development Toolkit, Version 2
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This toolkit for educators of all levels and communities about sustainable development ...

This toolkit for educators of all levels and communities about sustainable development was developed by Rosalyn McKeown. This is the second version of the resource, completed in 2002, and is based on "the idea that communities and educational systems within communities need to dovetail their sustainability efforts." There is background information, a case study, details of the challenges to ESD education, and exercises which introduce and elaborate upon sustainability for the classroom.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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McKeown, Rosalyn Rae, 1952-
Pathology Case Study: Brainstem Mass in a 2-Year-Old Female
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The Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine ...

The Department of Pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine maintains a website with hundreds of case studies and sample diagnoses. These case studies are great learning tools for those studying medicine and planning on entering a medical field. This specific case involves the diagnosis of a 2-year-old female patient suffering from neck pain. A gross description of an MRI scan, and microscopic images are provided. Using the information provided, students are encouraged to make their own diagnosis and then check it against the official findings in the "Final Diagnosis" section.

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Education
Life Science
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Nine, Jeff S.
Problem-based Learning in Biology with 20 Case Examples
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Problem-based learning (PBL) is an exciting way to learn biology and is ...

Problem-based learning (PBL) is an exciting way to learn biology and is readily incorporated into large classes in a lecture hall environment. PBL engages students in solving authentic biological case problems, stimulating discussion among students and reinforcing learning. The example case studies suggested are mostly from human biology and medicine and are suitable for use in an introductory college biology class, though the method is applicable to any class size and educational level.

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Education
Life Science
Geoscience
Space Science
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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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DLESE Community Collection
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Ommundsen, Peter
Peter Ommundsen
The 2000-Meter Row: A Case Study in Performance Anxiety
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This case study is based on another case in our collection, The ...

This case study is based on another case in our collection, The 2000-Meter Row: A Case in Homeostasis, which emphasizes the metabolic, respiratory, and cardiac responses of a young athlete competing in a championship rowing event. In this modified version, the same event is viewed in a new light to explore the psychological ramifications of the stressful sports competition. The case was developed for a mixed undergraduate-graduate course in sport psychology.

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Life Science
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Doug M. Post
The 2000-Meter Row: A Case in Homeostasis
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The physically demanding sport of competitive rowing is the backdrop for this ...

The physically demanding sport of competitive rowing is the backdrop for this case about homeostasis in which students follow the physiological changes that occur in an athlete competing in a 2000-meter race. The case was developed for use in a second-year anatomy and physiology course. It would also be appropriate in exercise and sports science classes.

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Life Science
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Nathan Strong
Biological Terrorism: The Anthrax Scare of 2001
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In the weeks following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the ...

In the weeks following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, anthrax-laced envelopes were mailed to individuals in government and the news media. Thousands were treated for exposure, and five people were killed. At the same time, scientists solved the last remaining pieces of the anthrax puzzle and the mechanism of infection of the anthrax toxin is now well understood. Developed for a second-semester biochemistry course, this case presents students with a wealth of biochemical, microbiological, and immunological material to analyze. It also explores important societal issues related to national preparedness against bioterrorist attacks, funding for biodefense research, and the use and misuse of antibiotic therapy.

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Life Science
Chemistry
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Kathleen A. Cornely
Special Studies in Urban Studies and Planning - The Cardener River Corridor Workshop, Fall 2001
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This landscape and environmental planning workshop investigates and propose a framework for ...

This landscape and environmental planning workshop investigates and propose a framework for the enhancement, development and preservation of the natural and cultural landscape of the Cardener River Corridor in Catalunya Spain. The workshop is carried out in conjunction with the Polytechnic University of Catalunya, and the Barcelona Provincial Council (DiputaciĚ_ de Barcelona).

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Engineering
Ecology
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M.I.T.
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Ben-Joseph
Ben-Joseph, Eran
Eran
Transportation Flow Systems, Fall 2002
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Design, operation, and management of traffic flows over complex transportation networks. Covers ...

Design, operation, and management of traffic flows over complex transportation networks. Covers two major topics: traffic flow modeling and traffic flow operations. Deterministic and probabilistic models, elements of queueing theory, and traffic assignment. Concepts are illustrated through various applications and case studies.

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Engineering
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
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Chabini, Ismail; Odoni, Armedeo R.
Odoni, Amedeo R.
Environment and Society, Fall 2002
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Examines the environment and social impacts of industrial society with a focus ...

Examines the environment and social impacts of industrial society with a focus on the regulation of pollution, eliminating sweatshops, urbanization, and new risks. Analysis of current and emerging policies and programs that seek to respond to environmental problems, including governmental, private sector, and non-governmental responses through policies, plans, and campaigns. Modern industrial activities - which MIT engineers and scientists play a major role in - have significant environmental and social impacts. Trends towards further industrialization and globalization portend major challenges for society to manage the adverse impacts of our urban and industrial activities. How serious are current environmental and social problems? Why should we care about them? How are governments, corporations, activists, and ordinary citizens responding to these problems. This course examines environmental and social impacts of industrial society and policy responses. We will explore current trends in industrialization, urbanization, and globalization, analyze the impacts these trends have on human health, environmental sustainability, and equity, and then examine a range of policy options available for responding to current problems. The course will present key trends in both domestic and international contexts. We will examine four policy problems in particular during the course: (1) regulating industrial pollution; (2) regulating "sweatshops" and the broader impacts of globalization; (3) protecting ecosystems; and (4) protecting urban environments during development. We delve into specific cases of these challenges, including: chemical safety and toxics; computers, e-commerce, and the environment; biotech and society; sweatshops; and food production and consumption. Through these cases, we will explore underlying processes and drivers of environmental degradation. Finally, we will analyze opportunities and barriers to policy responses taken by governments, international institutions, corporations, non-governmental organizations, consumers, and impacted communities. Objectives and Aims An understanding of the complexity of environmental and social impacts of industry; An ability to critically analyze policy responses; An understanding of the roles of different actors and institutions in environmental and social controversies; Means to evaluate institutional barriers to environmental and social policies; New ideas for better integrating industry, environment, and equity; New strategies for regulation in the global economy; An understanding about personal responsibilities and roles in environmental and social problems.

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Engineering
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
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O'Rourke, Dara
O'Rourke, Dara
Urban Transportation, Land Use, and the Environment, Spring 2002
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This course is aimed at the aspiring planning practitioner, policy-maker, or industry ...

This course is aimed at the aspiring planning practitioner, policy-maker, or industry decision-maker with an interest in urban transportation and environmental issues in Latin America. The course will focus on current transport-related themes confronting many cities in the region, including: rapid motorization and suburbanization and subsequent impacts on transportation infrastructure and quality of life; public sector management and improvement of privately-owned and operated transit systems; and, transportation air pollution problems and potential solutions.The course will be geared towards interactive problem-solving, taking advantage of students' skills and experiences in: institutional analysis, policy analysis, and project and program evaluation and implementation. Detailed knowledge of transportation planning is not required; instead, the course will attempt to place the general practitioner into a specific transportation public policy situation and draw from her skills to devise real solutions. To fulfill this problem-solving orientation, the course will be divided into two parts. Part I of the course will consist of a series of lectures on the principal issues surrounding transportation in the developing world (including motorization, fiscal pressures, urban sprawl), concepts of sustainability as they relate to urban transportation, regional strategic planning approaches, and transportation policy and technology options and examples of successful implementation. After these lectures, Part II of the course will be dedicated to the two case studies, where students will apply the knowledge gained in Part I to develop strategic solutions to the transport-land use-environment challenges in two different cities.

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Education
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Ecology
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M.I.T.
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Zegras, P. Christopher
Zegras, P. Christopher