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A Case in Point: From Active Learning to the Job Market

This case was developed for use in the first weeks of a course in order to show students how participating in active learning exercises in their cl ...


A Case of Cheating?

This case is based upon a real experience. It is written as an exercise for faculty to discuss, perhaps in a brown bag seminar at lunch time. In ma ...


A Recipe for Invention

In this case study, designed to help break down stereotypes about scientists and engineers, students research the personal and professional lives o ...


A Word to the Wise

Freshmen frequently struggle with major decisions both inside and outside of school. Even if they have required advisement sessions, they do n ...


And Now What, Ms. Ranger?

Intelligent Design continues to be a hot political and educational topic in some parts of the country. This discussion case study uses the dramatic ...


Animals Can Run Away, but Plants Must Stay

In this PowerPoint-driven case study, students consider the many challenges faced by plants and discuss which of these might induce a morphological ...


Animals on Treadmills

This group-based, interrupted case study challenges students' perceptions of "useful" scientific research. We present student groups with the metho ...


Antibiotic Resistance in a Russian Prison

In this case study, students will have the opportunity to model the spread of tuberculosis and development of antibiotic resistance in a hypothetic ...


Bad Blood

The ethics of human experimentation are explored in this case about the infamous syphilis studies performed at the Tuskegee Institute from the 1930 ...


Butterflies in the Stomach

Why is the North American population of monarch butterflies declining? In 1999, a study published in the journal Nature suggested that a v ...


Cauldron of Democracy

This case study explores the controversy surrounding Yellowstone bison (Bison bison) and the relationship between wildlife management and ...


Clear Communication

This case was originally designed for training international graduate students who are or will become teaching assistants (TAs); however, the case ...


Could Grazing Be Dangerous? Ask the Cows!

This case study introduces important issues related to invasive species and noxious weeds that have particular ecological and agricultural importan ...


Disease Along the River: A Case Study and Cholera Outbreak Game

This case study centers on an active teaching game that simulates a cholera outbreak among five villages along a river, similar to the Haitian outb ...


Do I Belong in STEM?

The STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields have traditiona ...


Equal Time for Intelligent Design?

Whether Intelligent Design should be taught in a science classroom is a serious problem. This case study tackles the issue head-on by using intimat ...


Everyone Knows Girls Are Bad at Math, Right?!

This case study explores the biology and culture of sex and gender, and focuses on the science and pseudoscience that surrounds this topic, especia ...


Helicobacter pylori and the Bacterial Theory of Ulcers

This case is an account of the events that led Drs. Robin Warren and Barry Marshall to the bacterial theory of ulcers. The two physicians refused t ...


Mathematically Modeling Aircraft Fuel Consumption

The problem studied in this case deals with the identification of potential ways to lower fuel consumption in a 737 aircraft. Students are presente ...


Mutualism

This case explores two-species interactions, especially mutualism, and presents students with a problem, namely, the inconsistent treatment of the ...


Paul Seymour, Assistant Professor

This case study explores two of the major issues that confront new faculty when they experiment with a new method of teaching like case study teach ...


Rising to the Top

This case study was designed for use in teacher-education courses for both graduate student laboratory assistants and lecturers or professors in na ...


The Concept of Slope

This directed case study is designed for an intermediate algebra course, appropriate for high school mathematics and lower division college mathema ...


The Evolution of Creationism

This PBL case on Intelligent Design was written for freshman biology majors at a Christian liberal arts college. Students read about the claims and ...


Tragic Choices: Autism, Measles, and the MMR Vaccine

This case explores the purported connection between vaccines in general, and the MMR vaccine specifically, and autism. Students examine results fro ...


Unintended Consequences of Plant Domestication on Plant-Insect Interactions

This case study investigates how plant domestication sometimes produces unintended consequences for plant-insect interactions. The narrative follow ...


When Harry Met Gabby

This case study addresses several concepts related to water hypoxia including physical laws governing dissolved oxygen levels and impacts to living ...


Why Did the Snake Cross the Road?

Although Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium is a fundamental part of introductory biology classes, students often have difficulty understanding its implica ...


Winning by a Neck

This interrupted case study is designed to introduce beginning biology students to the process of science by exploring a question that is accessibl ...