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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
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Student Guide
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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
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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
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BiosciEdNet (BEN): Digital Library Portal for Teaching and Learning in the Biological Sciences
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American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Association for the Advancement of Science (;)
National Science Foundation
Date Added:
01/01/2005
Atlas of Science Literacy, Volumes 1 and 2
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Atlas of Science Literacy is a two-volume collection of conceptual strand maps--and commentary on those maps--that show how students' understanding of the ideas and skills that lead to literacy in science, mathematics, and technology might develop from kindergarten through 12th grade.Atlas is part of a coordinated set of tools developed by Project 2061 to help educators understand and use specific goals for student learning. The maps in Atlas are built from the K-12 learning goals presented in Project 2061's Benchmarks for Science Literacy. Benchmarks was derived from the recommendations for adult science literacy proposed in Project 2061's landmark report Science for All Americans.

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Computing and Information
Education
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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
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AAAS, Project 2061 (;)
Date Added:
01/01/2007
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
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Textbook
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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:
Delmar Larsen (University of California, Davis;Chemistry)
Dr. Delmar Larsen
Date Added:
03/28/2010
Early movements in science
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Early science was a mix of science, art, and philosophy.

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Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
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Diagram/Illustration
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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:
Olivia Worland (Purdue University;Biological Sciences)
Date Added:
07/07/2008
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.

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Life Science
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Activity/Lab
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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:
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
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.

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Education
Life Science
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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:
Jeanne Ting Chowning (Northwest Association for Biomedical Research;)
Joan Griswold (Northwest Association for Biomedical Research;)
Date Added:
05/05/2008
Science and Technology
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This resource contain various stories both in previous years and to date on Science and technology.

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Technology
Education
Life Science
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Diagram/Illustration
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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:
NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
Science Reports (;)
Date Added:
10/21/2014