2023 Kansas City National Conference

October 25-28, 2023

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Vision, Change, and Interactions in General Education Life Science (IGELS) Courses

Friday, October 27 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Research to Practice

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For many students, an undergraduate general education life science (GELS) course may be the only one where they are exposed to scientific reasoning at the collegiate level. In order to contribute to a scientifically literate and informed society, the Interactions in General Education Life Sciences (IGELS) project aims to engage students in reasoning skills around topics that are highly relevant to students. We describe the goals and activities of IGELS and provide preliminary results of our survey of GELS instructors that assesses their current knowledge and implementation of the “Vision and Change” (AAAS, 2009) framework in their courses. These data will inform our future activities to provide faculty development and develop curricular models that support reasoning and relevancy in GELS courses while implementing principles of “Vision and Change.”

TAKEAWAYS:
Attendees will be able to describe the mission of IGELS and envision how future projects can assist educators in increasing reasoning skills in learners in ways that are relevant to their lives.

SPEAKERS:
Heather Rissler (North Iowa Area Community College)

Bringing the Complexities of Virus Structure to Life Through Origami and 3-D Printing

Friday, October 27 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle



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NSTA Poster Presentation 2023 .pptx

STRAND: Students and Sensemaking

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A really fun component of my virology course is virus structure. The first time I taught the class ('21), I gave the students a guided tutorial on how to build a viral capsid using very fancy online software. Students really enjoyed this activity, however, they found difficulty understanding the different axes of symmetry that viruses use to create a capsid shell. Therefore, during the second iteration of the course ('22), I created a paper-based icosahedron (a typical shape that viruses use) folding activity so students could orient themselves with a model before doing the more complex online computational building component. This was such a hit that I am currently working on a case study for publication with a student on this activity in particular. For the third iteration of the course ('23), students printed 3-D models of their viruses that truly enhanced learning for this work. I would present overviews of the activities as well as detail the progression of the course.

TAKEAWAYS:
In an effort to facilitate a complete understanding of viral 3-D structure for the development of antivirals and vaccines, students conduct origami paper-folding activities as well as 3-D printing to complement the more rigorous computational methods used in the classroom.

SPEAKERS:
Lawrence Tartaglia (Teaching Assistant Professor: Bethlehem, PA)

How do cultural factors impact acceptance of evolutionary theories among university biology majors?

Friday, October 27 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: Research to Practice

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Research has shown that student acceptance of evolutionary theories are impacted by cultural factors as well as knowledge of biology and the nature of science. The information technology age is an important change in our culture as Americans in the last 2 decades. The poster will present a comparison of influences on acceptance of evolution in 2000 and 2023. Culturally competent educators must understand and respect multiple cultural ways of knowing in their instruction and assessment.

TAKEAWAYS:
Research has shown that student acceptance of evolutionary theories is impacted by cultural factors, as well as knowledge of biology and the nature of science. Culturally competent educators must understand and respect multiple cultural ways of knowing in their instruction and assessment.

SPEAKERS:
Taylor Alicea (Parkview High School: Springfield, MO), Julie Mayne (Evangel University: Springfield, MO)

Yeti or not: Do they exist?

Saturday, October 28 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: STEM Haven

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Basic bioinformatics tools are becoming increasingly important in biological sciences. Students (and researchers) need to become more comfortable with the use and interpretation of the resulting data. This case study introduces students to basic bioinformatics tools such as BLAST and ClustalOmega to compare and identify 12S rRNA sequences obtained from putative Yeti artifacts. The research is based on work published by Bryan Sykes (Sykes et al., 2014) investigating such artifacts. The story that is provided introduces the bioinformatics tools in the context of a research expedition and the reader acting as the researcher of the data analysis and interpretation. Supplemental materials are provided for a background in DNA sequencing and a basic introduction to the BLAST algorithm using a word search approach. The four-part case study introduces students to the concept of BLAST searches looking at sequence alignments, performing alignments, and interpretation of the resulting data.

TAKEAWAYS:
The worksheets presented direct students through an introduction to DNA sequencing technology and the use of such technology to identify and understand environmental samples. The 4-part worksheets can be used in classroom or laboratory settings, and were generated for an introductory biology course.

SPEAKERS:
Keith Johnson (Bradley University: Peoria, IL)

Teaching Biological Macromolecule Structure and Function Using the “Box of Lessons” Resources

Saturday, October 28 • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Kansas City Convention Center - Exhibit Hall, Poster Session Aisle


STRAND: STEM Haven

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Visualization of biological macromolecules is a powerful educational tool to illustrate and explore the connection between structure and function. However, many educators are unfamiliar with the vast amounts of bioinformatics and 3-D structural data, and the rapidly evolving tools available for exploring them. Learning to use these data and tools, then developing suitable lessons focused on structure-function relationships, can be time-consuming and challenging. The “Box of Lessons” resources were designed to engage students and educators alike in the exploration of biological macromolecules integrating chemical and biological perspectives. Videos and learning materials lead users through the resources while ready-to-use worksheets provide opportunities to assess learning. The modular nature of the resources allows educators to use all or part of the resource to fit the need of their course while providing an avenue for adaptation of the resources to fit the desires of the educator.

TAKEAWAYS:
The materials accessible through the "Box of Lessons" provides educators with ready-made resources to be integrated into the classroom or laboratory. The resources are modular, allowing flexibility, and are editable, allowing customization of the materials -- both allow educators flexibility.

SPEAKERS:
Keith Johnson (Bradley University: Peoria, IL)

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