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20 ATP and how to be an enzyme Where the 'energy' is in ATP, what an enzyme is, and how an ATPase works structure-function, energetics, ATP, enzyme
10 Cytosine, Uracil, Thymine How evolution works: the horrid mistake of Cyt, Ura; the abysmal solution that is Thy evolution, DNA, RNA, coding
2 Blue eyes vs. Lactose intolerance DNA sequences allow deduction that one originated but once; the other, multiply DNA sequence, deduction, literature, human history
5 Honors DNA deductions Extended version of Blue eyes/milk; adds sickle cell multiple origins and short-legged dogs DNA sequence, deduction, literature, building learning
3 The flu! Flu virus is 'trojan horse', gaining entry to cell by phagocytosis, but pH triggers membrane fusion and 'escape' pH, structure-function, virus, organelle, phagocytosis
15 Opsin and Color Vision How did (some) primates 'rediscover' color vision? By adding new information via gene duplication & mutation Mutation, evolution, structure-function, genetic code
24 Roleplaying I: Translation From simple things doing mindless chores, one of the greatest 'discoveries' of evolution: making nucleotide sequences 'mean' proteins [Teaching guide available]
25 Roleplaying II: Lac Operon Learning the lac operon by living it
26 Roleplaying III: Protein Trafficking Helping students understand how traffic is 'directed' by sequence tags and receptors... via taking on roles of proteins
30 Skin color variation: competing selections Look at the trade-offs between vit. D synthesis and UV protection Integrated thinking, mutation, selection, evolution, pathways
1 An eBook/eModule proposal Philosophical + rough outline of how I think a semester of IntroBio should be taught
More recent & detailed version
My attempt to identify content, order, and delivery
65 Readable papers Exposing undergrads to scientific literature is a good goal, but finding ones that beginners can get their heads around is hard 'Interesting' papers with technique, vocab lists that can be managed
60 Great papers I hope the next course I get to create is 'Great Papers in the history of molecular biology/genetics' Big ideas without the distraction of an excess of difficult background, vocabulary and methods
-1 Ideas, problem-solving Studies & tools on creative thinking, multi-tasking, etc. Both logical and creative tools
0 Study/Learning resources A collection of studies, guides, and apps Cornell note-taking, modern flashcards...
70 Wrong ideas Great ideas aren't always right. If we're teaching students about the REAL process, shouldn't we feature thoughtful ideas that didn't pan out? And how they fell? A collection of resources to explore 'good' wrong ideas and (sometimes) their demise