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A Can of Bull

This case study is designed to teach students at various levels about large biomolecules, nutrition, and product analysis. Students conduct a bioch ...


A Light Lunch?

This case study was developed to engage students by making connections between core concepts in chemistry and obesity related factors. The case is ...


A Rainbow of Sepia

This flipped case study examines the selective pressures that have affected the evolution of diverse human skin pigmentations. To prepare for the c ...


A Tragic Finding

This interrupted case study utilizes real patient data and provides students an opportunity to apply knowledge of human metabolism and hormonal con ...


A Yellow-Bellied Lawyer?

This interrupted case study tells the story of Michael, a Harvard law graduate with a stressful job and a seemingly heavy drinking problem. Student ...


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 ...


Another Can of Bull?

This case is a “clicker” adaptation of a similarly titled case by Merle Heidemann and Gerald Urquhart of Michigan State University, &ld ...


Atkins or Fadkins?

When Mitchell reveals that he is going on a low-carb diet, Janine tries to talk him out of it, telling him that he’s too thin as it is and do ...


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 ...


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 ...


Energy Up, Weight Down?

When Jill’s roommate Nancy starts using a nutritional product to improve her energy and lose weight, Jill goes searching for information abou ...


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 ...


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 ...


From Twiggy to Tubby

This case study explores the topics of diffusion, osmosis, membrane transport, and the physiological significance of glucose and insulin in the hum ...


Giant Pandas, Hormones, and the Evolution of a Lazy Bear

This clicker case study looks at the role of hormone cascades in homeostatic control of metabolism in a charismatic organism, the Giant Panda.  ...


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 ...


Inactive Brains

Two speakers have been invited to a town hall meeting to help decide a hotly contested issue. A grant has been awarded to the school district with ...


Is the Data Dirty or Clean?

This case study challenges students to differentiate between anecdotal evidence and science-based evidence related to human health. The case uses a ...


Just Lose It!

This case study introduces “Rose” and “Michael,” a couple with infertility issues that may be related to Rose’s weigh ...


Keeping to the Straight and Narrow

This case study tells the story of a group of ten men, recently released from federal penitentiaries, who are housed in a residential reentry cente ...


Keeping up with the Joneses

This interrupted case study in cardiovascular physiology focuses on Suzie, a determined young woman who is training hard for the upcoming figure sk ...


Morgan: A Case of Diabetes

This case teaches about the causes and effects of Type 2 diabetes by working through the various options available to a young Native American woman ...


Muscleman

This case is designed to help students develop a deeper understanding of negative feedback regulation. Basic principles of negative feedback system ...


No Longer Living the Sweet Life

In this interrupted case study, students will help “Dr. Gupta” investigate and assess complications arising in one of her long-term pat ...


Osteoporosis

This directed case study focuses on the physiology of bone homeostasis and methods of prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. One of the overall ...


Peanut Butter to the Rescue?

This case study introduces students to ready-to-use therapeutic foods (RUTFs), products that have revolutionized the treatment of undernourished ch ...


Skinny Genes?

This case study introduces Megi, an active teenager who has recovered from anorexia nervosa.  The method of progressive disclosure is used to ...


Sweet Indigestion

These days it seems like everyone is counting carbs. About 24 million Americans report they have cut carbohydrates from their diet, and 44 million ...


Sweet Truth

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


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 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 ...


The Write Weight

Kasey is a busy undergraduate student who is struggling with her body image and wants to lose weight. To aid in this process, Kasey keeps a food an ...


Thiamin Deficiency

In this directed case study developed for a biochemistry class, students read about the differences in the dietary preferences and practices for pr ...


Wake-Up Call

The main character of this case is Denise, who we first meet in the early morning hours as she wakes up in a cold sweat, gasping for breath. But it ...


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 ...