BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences

BiosciEdNet(BEN) is a catalyst for individual undergraduate biology educators to improve their teaching through resources, collaboration, and network building. However, it is also a catalyst for participating biology research-based and education-based organizations to build collaborations in terms of pedagogy, authentic assessment, multidisciplinary resources, and development of their individual digital-library collections. Materials in the digital library are designed primarily for undergraduate biology educators, including those who prepare K-12 faculty members. Also, materials are useful for graduate- and medical-school educators. The BEN Collaborative is spearheaded by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and composed of 11 professional societies and coalitions for biology education. It is developing a revolutionary approach for transforming biology teaching and learning in undergraduate and graduate institutions, as well as in professional schools using digital electronic resources.

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AP Investigative labs: An inquiry-base Approach Lab 3: Comparing DNA Sequences to Understand Evolutionary Relationships with BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool)
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In this lab, students use BLAST (Basic Local Alignment Search Tool) to compare several genes, and then use the information to construct a cladogram (also called a phylogenetic tree) to depict the evolutionary relatedness of species.

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Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Data Set
Student Guide
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
The College Board The College Board (The College Board;)
Date Added:
10/23/2012
Antibiotic Attack (Kinetic City)
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This game is a part of the Tau Pack of the Kinetic City site (see description below). In this simulation, the patient's bodies are filled with bacteria. The object is to cure as many patients as possible. Learning concepts enforced here are that antibiotics are specific for the type of bacteria they treat, their strength, and that the bacteria may also become resistant to the bacteria by mutations.KINETIC CITY DESCRIPTION: "Kinetic City" (www.kineticcity.com) is a fun, Web-based after-school science club for kids, ages 8 through 11. It combines exciting online animations and activities with boxes of hands-on science experiments. Children earn "Kinetic City" power points and collect stickers as they complete missions and learn standards-based science content. Here's how it works: The "Kinetic City" super crew (Keisha, Curtis, Megan and Max) needs the help of Earth kids to save their planet Vearth, from the science-distorting computer virus Deep Delete. Each of Deep Delete's 60 hideous strains attacks a different area of science with disastrous consequences. After each attack, teams of Earth kids fight back by viewing a short online animation describing the situation on Vearth; performing a series of activities to re-learn the lost science and going on a mission to Vearth during which they answer science questions and gobble up Deep Delete viruses. Their scores appear on their own Kinetic City Club Web page. "Kinetic City" is produced by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), with a grant from the National Science Foundation. AAAS writes the "Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy," which forms the basis of most state science standards.

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Engineering
Technology
Education
Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Game
Simulation
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association for the Advancement of Science (;)
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Becoming Human
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Students will experience an interactive documentary that tells the story of our origins and is divided into five sections: Prologue, Evidence, Anatomy, Lineages, and Culture. Students can click on Becoming Human, the Documentary on the left side of the main page. Then they can click on Begin the Program to view the Prologue. In the next four sections, students can click on play the documentary to review each section. The Evidence section reviews how scientists locate, analyze, and interpret fossil evidence. The Anatomy section explores the changing physiology of our ancestors and reviews the unique physical traits that define us as human. The Lineages section takes the user through the evolutionary journeys of our ancestors and reviews how humans are the only surviving branch of a diverse family tree. The last section, Culture, reviews how an advanced culture helps humans understand ourselves, each other, and our place in the natural world.

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Education
Life Science
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Diagram/Illustration
Interactive
Simulation
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Internet Scout Project
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Internet Scout Project
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Institute of Human Origins (Institute of Human Origins;)
Date Added:
01/01/2008
The Biology Project
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Welcome to The Biology Project, an interactive online resource for learning biology developed at The University of Arizona. The Biology Project is fun, richly illustrated, and tested on 1000s of students. It has been designed for biology students at the college level, but is useful for high school students, medical students, physicians, science writers, and all types of interested people. Teachers can assign problems sets for reviews before exams, or may want to assign an activity before students cover that topic in their laboratory. Computers are an excellent means of encouraging cooperative learning, so teachers might even have their students work in small groups. Link to specific Biology Project activities from your course home page, or bookmark The Biology Project on your computer. Students will find that the information covered in The Biology Project is probably just what they've been studying in their introductory biology course, and advanced students will find these materials to be a useful review. All students will benefit from the real-life applications of biology and the inclusion of up-to-date research findings.

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Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Simulation
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Internet Scout Project
Author:
Bill Grimes (University of Arizona;)
Cheryl Ryan (University of Arizona;)
Douglas Starkey (University of Arizona;)
Grimes, Bill.
Joanna K. Norman (University of Arizona;)
Ken Williams (University of Arizona;)
Michael Wagenheim (University of Arizona;)
Rick Hallick (University of Arizona;)
Thomas O. Baldwin (University of Arizona;)
Date Added:
01/01/2000
Butterflies and moths of North America
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A database detailing the distribution records for Lepidoptera of North America searchable by taxonomic group, region (down to county level) species. Species details include identification, life history, caterpillar hosts, habitat, range and conservation status and more. Although a "work in progress" the site is extensive and has a useful links page for Lepidoptera distribution data around the world. Also included is a good glossary page A valuable resource for Lepidoptera enthusiasts and academics alike.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Data Set
Diagram/Illustration
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AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Internet Scout Project
Author:
Opler, Paul A.
Pavulaan, Harry
Stanford, Ray E. (Ray Edmund)
Date Added:
10/21/2014
The ChemWiki
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The ChemWiki project is a new approach toward chemistry education where an Open Access textbook environment is constantly being written and re-written partly by students and partly by faculty members resulting in a free Chemistry textbook to supplement or supplant conventional paper-based books. Anyone can view, although a freely available account is required to edit the site modules. The UCD ChemWiki was created and is currently directed by Prof. Delmar Larsen in the Chemistry department at UC Davis.

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Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
Material Type:
Textbook
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
ComPADRE Digital Library
iLumina
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
iLumina Digital Library
Author:
Delmar Larsen (University of California, Davis;Chemistry)
Dr. Delmar Larsen
Date Added:
03/28/2010
Early movements in science
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No Strings Attached
Not an Old Person's Disease
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The overall goal of this case study is to introduce students to the genetic basis of cancer development. Students are introduced to a fictional 20-year-old female who sunburns easily and has several other melanoma risk factors. One day, she discovers that a mole on her leg has started to itch. The case study follows her actions as she gets the mole checked out by her doctor and learns more about cancer in the process. Teaching notes written by the authors provide answers to questions and exercises as well as suggestions for use.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Provider Set:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Anne Galbraith (University of Wisconsiní˘ŒóŒîLa Crosse;Department of Biology)
Jennifer Miskowski (University of Wisconsiní˘ŒóŒîLa Crosse;Department of Biology)
Date Added:
09/23/2002
Radcliffe퉌Ís IPM World Textbook
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This is the best online textbook teaching IPM for various audiences. The chapters were contributed by internationally recognized experts. The goal for the online textbook is to "eventually have hundreds of chapters relating to integrated pest management in the broad sense (not just insect pest management)."

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Material Type:
Reading
Textbook
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Internet Scout Project
Author:
Hutchison, William D.
Radcliffe, Edward B.
Date Added:
10/21/2014
The Science and Ethics of Stem Cell Research
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This unit, which was designed by teachers in conjunction with scientists, ethicists, and curriculum developers, explores the scientific and ethical issues involved in stem cell research. The unit begins with an exploration of planaria as a model organism for stem cell research. Next, students identify stages in the development of human embryos and compare the types and potency of stem cells. Students learn about a variety of techniques used for obtaining stem cells and the scientific and ethical implications of those techniques. While exploring the ethics of stem cell research, students will develop an awareness of the many shades of gray that exist among positions of stakeholders in the debate. Students will be provided an opportunity to become familiar with policies and regulations for stem cell research that are currently in place in the United States, the issues regarding private and public funding, and the implications for treatment of disease and advancement of scientific knowledge. The unit culminates with students developing a position on embryonic stem cell research through the use of a Decision-Making Framework. Two culminating assessments are offered: In the individual assessment, students write a letter to the President or the Presidents Bioethics Committee describing their position and recommendations; In the group assessment, students develop a proposal for NIH funding to research treatment for a chosen disease using either embryonic or 'adult' stem cells.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Diagram/Illustration
Lecture Notes
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Author:
Jeanne Ting Chowning (Northwest Association for Biomedical Research;)
Joan Griswold (Northwest Association for Biomedical Research;)
Date Added:
05/05/2008
Understanding Disorders at the Cellular Level
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Doctor Daniel Pine discusses the different approaches to understanding disorders and explains that we have a long way to go to understand them on the cellular level.

Subject:
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Internet Scout Project
Provider Set:
AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository
BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
Internet Scout Project
Author:
Caren Gough TITLE
Danielle Sixsmith NOTE;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE
David Micklos (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory;DNA Learning Center X-AUDIENCE)
John Connolly (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory;DNA Learning Center X-AUDIENCE)
Laura Maitland (Mepham High School TITLE)
Mary Colvard TITLE
Date Added:
12/26/2009