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A Botched Botox Party in the Hamptons

This flipped case study explores how the topics of membrane structure, transport, and signaling via membrane-bound receptors are intimately associa ...


A Question of Responsibility

Most students are aware that asbestos is a health hazard, but don’t know that “asbestos” refers to a variety of minerals with bot ...


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 ...


All or Nothing

In this interrupted case study, students pose as an intern of a neuromuscular/skeletal specialist and discover how sarin and myasthenia gravis infl ...


Baffled by the Baby Bottle

This case is based on an actual article entitled "Baby Alert" that appeared in Consumer Reports (May 1999). The article raises some concer ...


Born for Recovery: The Effects of Maternal Methadone Use on Neonates

This interrupted case study presents the story of "Jane Paul," a 27-year-old pregnant woman excited by the prospect of bringing a new life into the ...


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 ...


Caught Red-Handed

Was the "Brooklyn Butcher" of 1926 a cold-blooded killer or was something less sinister at play? This interrupted case study introduces students to ...


Dolphin Deaths: A Case Study in Environmental Toxicology

This case study examines a variety of biological factors that may have been involved in the 2013 dolphin "unusual mortality event" (UME) on the Eas ...


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 ...


Katrina's Troubled Waters

This case study explores some of the health issues brought to light during the flooding in New Orleans caused by Hurricane Katrina. The case encour ...


Let's Get This Course Started

The first day of class is often a reading of the syllabus, even when active learning approaches are used throughout the rest of the term. This inte ...


Poison Ivy

A longstanding belief that has it roots in Native American folklore is that the crushed leaves of jewelweed (Impatiens capensis) relieve t ...


Snakes in a Storm!

In this interrupted case study, students follow “Joseph Summers” as he attempts to do a late-night relocation of a snake exhibit as a r ...


Streams of Coal or Streams of Death?

Mary Beth was raised in Western Pennsylvania, an area where thousands of abandoned coal mines have led to extensive contamination of streams and a ...


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 Dangers of Deicing

Loss of species richness is often due to anthropogenic activity. The global decline of amphibians is one such example. This case study examines the ...


The Water in Weberville

This case study presents a realistic example of drinking water contamination within a fictional local community and leads students through an abbre ...


Tuna for Lunch?

This case examines mercury bioaccumulation and biomagnification within the context of the human health impacts of ingesting food (specifically, fis ...


When Work Makes You Sick

This case study was inspired by a real-life scenario, and follows the story of Roberto, a migrant farmworker whose health is impacted by the usage ...