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Aisles of Confusion

In addition to traditional nutrition facts and ingredients, current food packaging frequently includes a wide variety of additional labels includin ...


All That Glitters May Not Be Gold

In this decision case, a congressional staffer must weigh a number of competing concerns and issues, including popular reactions to genetically mod ...


Banana Split: To Eat or Not to Eat

This case focuses on the banana, the most popular fruit in the world.  In the first part of the case, students are introduced to the history o ...


Better Cheddar

In this case study students assume the role of quality assurance personnel at a small artisan cheese company. They are given a flowchart of the che ...


Certified Cultured Beef

In this case study, students are introduced to concepts and techniques in modern biotechnology, as well as the possible implications of this emergi ...


Concentrating on Whey: The Use of Statistics in Process Control

This interrupted case study follows the progress of Kenny, the head operator for a whey protein processing system, as he works with Cheryl, a quali ...


Cooking Under Pressure

The Clarksons are making dinner for friends and decide to try out their new pressure cooker. As students read the dialogue that ensues, they learn ...


Cool as a Cucumber

In this case study, students are asked to design a new refrigeration system for a company that stores produce. Students will need to consider vario ...


Do You Really Know What You're Eating?

Starting from a fictional “news” report about an apparent allergic reaction to a taco tainted by genetically modified corn, students co ...


Face the Fats

This clicker case introduces students to the biochemistry of lipids through the story of Pete, a college student who begins to consider his nutriti ...


Farming in Space

If you were limited to choosing only three crops to sustainably farm in an arid, inhospitable environment, what would they be and how would you dec ...


Farmville Future?

Life has changed for the rural residents of Farmville County since the arrival of four concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs); the air has ...


Fat Facts

It's Mother's Day and Dolly, a high school senior, is making a Mediterranean salad for her mom, who is a college chemistry major and who likes to t ...


Fishing Midst the Morning Dew

In this case study, “Tatiana,” a college student, introduces psychrometry to her younger brother as she explains the physical phenomeno ...


Flowing Fine: Moving Fluids on an Industrial Scale

In this case study, students assume the role of a process engineer for a pilot plant. Students are tasked with selecting a piping arrangement from ...


Frankenfoods?

This discussion case, in which a university research laboratory is vandalized by environmental activists opposed to genetic engineering, focuses on ...


Gastronomic Gastroenteritis at The Fat Duck

This interrupted case study was inspired by and uses data from one of the largest commercial restaurant associated outbreaks of norovirus reported ...


Golden Rice

In this intimate debate case, students consider whether to support the development and use of Golden Rice as a means to alleviate vitamin A deficie ...


Irradiation

“Leo Altamari,” CEO of Kutztown Meat Packing Corporation, has just come back from his Monday morning staff meeting, where the major age ...


Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Bad for the Apple Industry?

In this interrupted case, students analyze a peer-reviewed article and apply the scientific method to solve an agricultural mystery. A fictional ap ...


One Bad Apple

In this case study, students assume the role of a quality assurance (QA) technician who is working on finding the root cause of customer complaints ...


Organic Food

Currently there is considerable confusion surrounding the use of the term "organic" as applied to food and other consumer products, but within the ...


Out of the Frying Pan and into the Grease Fire

Late on a Saturday night, a fire in the kitchen of a popular restaurant results in almost a million dollars in damages. Fortunately, there is no lo ...


Packing Pickles: Picking and Performing a Statistical Test

Based on a true story, this case study was created to teach students how to perform statistical tests and determine whether a significant differenc ...


Potato Chip Problems

In this case study, students assume the role of a quality assurance team that is in charge of determining potential causes and solutions for potato ...


Seeds of Dissension

A possible act of industrial espionage is the backdrop for this case study, which introduces students to analytical techniques routinely used in mo ...


Snow White Apples?

The protagonist of this two-day flipped case study, “Maria,” has two problems. She doesn’t like it when the apple slices in her l ...


Sweet Truth

This case reviews concepts of monosaccharide, disaccharide, and polysaccharide and contrasts the structures of different pairs of carbohydrates as ...


Tasty and Safe: Heat Transfer in Orange Juice

In this case study, students assume the role of process engineers in an orange juice production facility. They determine modes of heat transfer to ...


The Benign Hamburger

In this dilemma case study, the executives of a popular restaurant chain must decide whether to use irradiated meat, in this case, beef, to protect ...


The Case of the Missing Bees

Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) has claimed approximately one-third of the commercial honeybee population in recent years. A number of causes have b ...


The Chemistry of Curcumin

This case study was developed to engage students by making connections between core concepts in organic chemistry and the health-promoting chemical ...


The Company’s Best Yogurt

In this case study, students assume the roles of research and development personnel in a dairy company that is developing a low-fat yogurt. Guided ...


The Fun in Fermentation

When covering the process of cellular respiration, advanced high school and undergraduate biology classes present fermentation as a means of anaero ...


The Modern Caveman’s Dilemma

During the Paleolithic era, human life expectancy was only 33 years—roughly half of what it is today. We owe our more extended lives in part ...


Through the Grater

In this interrupted case study, students assume the role of a quality assurance intern at a plant that manufactures shredded cheese. As there is no ...


What Are the Odds? A Cupcake Mishap

"Gerri" is the owner of a local bakery that specializes in cupcakes. Her assistant, "Kelsey," is preparing an order for a wedding when she discover ...


Whey Off Balance

In this case study, students assume the role of a process engineer on a whey refinement process.  As the process engineer for the line, studen ...


Which Little Piggy Went to Market?

In this case study, a scientist is contacted by a friend from a meat processing plant who is looking for a test to determine the sex of the animals ...


Would You Supersize My Cancer, Please?

The recent discovery of acrylamide in both fried and baked foods like French fries and potato chips has caused alarm. Acrylamide is both a known ca ...


Yeast Cryptography

This "clicker case" focuses on the use of molecular biology concepts and techniques to protect the property of a fictional bread company. Students ...