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The Dengue Dilemma

Dengue provides an excellent opportunity to illustrate the interaction between humans and the environment, the impact those actions can have on the health of an entire community, as well as the medical mystery of dengue and the immune response to the different sterotypes.

Ebola Epidemic

This lesson engages students in a series of inquiry-based activities providing information on the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, including: a jigsaw/webquest using resources from the Centers for Disease Control, a simulation based on fluid exchange to model the spread of an outbreak of infectious disease, and a “disease detective”-style mapping activity based on published data outlining

The Pompe Predicament

Pompe disease affords the rare opportunity for students to consider multiple biological concepts and assemble them into a story. Instead of DNA taught separate from protein structure and function, these areas as well as enzymes, genetics and human disease are all taught together through the story of Pompe disease.

Chewing on Change

The activities in this unit require no prerequisites understanding of evolution or vocabulary associated with evolution. We believe that by focusing on concepts and then presenting the information in a more formal way will results in greater student acceptance and understanding of evolution.

Identification of Pathogenic Islands using Comparative Genomics Based Tools

Identification of Pathogenic Islands using Comparative Genomics Based Tools

Drowsy Drosophila: Rapid Evolution in the Face of Climate change

This activity will allow students to identify questions and concepts that guide scientific investigations, learn how to conduct a scientific investigation (including use of appropriate tools and techniques for data collection), how to use scientific technology and mathematics including a basic understanding of statistical testing and analysis.

Ecological Niche Modeling: The Evolution of a Species

This unit was designed to give students the chance to accurately depict the current and future distributions of a species through the use of ecological niche modeling software. Students will observe how a specific population of their choice could evolve over the next 35 years.

Hands-On Human Evolution: A Laboratory-Based Approach

Biology 9-12th

The War of the 21st Century: The Cell Cycle, Cancer, and Clinical Trials