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The 1st New Disease of the 21st Century
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This case study uses a PowerPoint (~1MB) combined with role-playing to present ...

This case study uses a PowerPoint (~1MB) combined with role-playing to present the epidemiology and pathophysiology of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). Students learn about the etiology and pathophysiology of the disease, and then argue different health professionals' perspectives on a plan of action for dealing with its consequences. Developed for a pathophysiology course for undergraduates, the case could also be used in a microbiology course or in a course in public or international health.

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Life Science
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Author:
Otto Sanchez
Date created
7-محرم-1433
The 2000-Meter Row: A Case Study in Performance Anxiety
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This case study is based on another case in our collection, The ...

This case study is based on another case in our collection, The 2000-Meter Row: A Case in Homeostasis, which emphasizes the metabolic, respiratory, and cardiac responses of a young athlete competing in a championship rowing event. In this modified version, the same event is viewed in a new light to explore the psychological ramifications of the stressful sports competition. The case was developed for a mixed undergraduate-graduate course in sport psychology.

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Life Science
Psychology
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Case Study
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Author:
Doug M. Post
Date created
7-محرم-1433
The 2000-Meter Row: A Case in Homeostasis
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The physically demanding sport of competitive rowing is the backdrop for this ...

The physically demanding sport of competitive rowing is the backdrop for this case about homeostasis in which students follow the physiological changes that occur in an athlete competing in a 2000-meter race. The case was developed for use in a second-year anatomy and physiology course. It would also be appropriate in exercise and sports science classes.

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Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
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Case Study
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Nathan Strong
Date created
7-محرم-1433
AH-CHOO!: A Case Study on Climate Change and Allergies
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As the carbon dioxide concentration of our atmosphere increases and our climate ...

As the carbon dioxide concentration of our atmosphere increases and our climate warms, the hay fever season seems to be getting longer and more severe. In this case study, students assume the a role of a public relations specialist contracted to communicate the link between climate change and pollen allergies. The activity focuses on the importance of scientific skills to careers outside science, and is most suitable for a lower-level introductory biology, human health, or environmental science course.

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Environmental Science
Life Science
Ecology
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Case Study
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Juanita Constible
Luke Sandro
Richard E. Lee, Jr.
Date created
7-محرم-1433
Accidental Drowning or Foul Play?
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This case was developed for use in the first semester of a ...

This case was developed for use in the first semester of a sophomore organic chemistry laboratory to illustrate how a combination of techniques is usually required in the identification of chemical compounds. It involves a murder mystery with a forensic twist. Students are told that two bodies have recently been recovered from two different lakes. Due to a mix-up at the morgue, the coroner's office is unable to determine which body came from which lake. The students' task is to develop a methodology to solve this mystery as well as determine whether the deaths were the result of murder or mishap. The case could also be used in instrumental analysis courses or adapted for a non-majors course in the general education curriculum.

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Life Science
Chemistry
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Author:
Monika I. Konaklieva
Date created
7-محرم-1433
Acids, pH, and Buffers: Some Basic Chemistry for Biological Science
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In this "clicker case," a three-year-old girl gets into the medicine cabinet ...

In this "clicker case," a three-year-old girl gets into the medicine cabinet and ingests an unknown number of aspirin tablets. Her brother calls 911 and the girl is taken to a nearby hospital, where she is treated. The case is used to discuss the Law of Mass Action, chemical equilibrium and equilibrium constants, pH, and weak acids and buffers in the context of medical management of a life-threatening emergency. It is called a "clicker" case because it is designed to be presented in a class that uses personal response systems, or "clickers." The case is presented via a series of PowerPoint slides (~400KB) punctuated by multiple-choice questions, which the students answer using their clickers. It could be adapted for use without these technologies. The case is suitable for use in an introductory biology course where integration with biologically relevant chemistry is an important course objective. It could also be used in a chemistry course.

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Life Science
Chemistry
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Case Study
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Author:
Terry Platt
Date created
7-محرم-1433
An Adventure in Stereochemistry: Alice in Mirror Image Land
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Playfully alluding to Lewis Carroll's tale of Alice Through the Looking Glass, ...

Playfully alluding to Lewis Carroll's tale of Alice Through the Looking Glass, this case study considers the problems that would arise if a person were to cross over into a mirror-image environment. Students read about a drowsy undergraduate studying for a stereochemistry exam who finds herself in a place where spearmint gum tastes like caraway seed. The case emphasizes the lock-and-key theory of enzyme action and stresses the need for molecules to have the proper chirality if they are to be biologically useful. Designed for introductory organic chemistry and biochemistry courses, the case could also be used in biology courses.

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Life Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Case Study
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Frank J. Dinan
Gordon T. Yee
Date created
7-محرم-1433
All That Glitters May Not Be Gold: A Troublesome Case of Transgenic Rice
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In this decision case, a congressional staffer must weigh a number of ...

In this decision case, a congressional staffer must weigh a number of competing concerns and issues, including popular reactions to genetically modified organisms, in deciding how to present information to her boss, an influential congressman drafting legislation to support agricultural research. The case explores the social and biological issues surrounding micronutrient malnutrition, including deficiencies of several vitamins and essential minerals, especially iron, iodine, and vitamin A, which affect at least one-third of the world's population, primarily in developing nations. Developed for a graduate-level seminar on "Genomics, Agriculture, Food Systems and Development," the case teaches about the issues surrounding genomic applications in agriculture and their implications to health, environmental stewardship, economic sustainability, and national development.

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Education
Life Science
Ecology
Nutrition
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Gerald F. Combs, Jr
Date created
7-محرم-1433
Amanda's Absence: Should Vioxx Be Kept Off the Market?
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When chronic pain forces a top student to withdraw from college, biology ...

When chronic pain forces a top student to withdraw from college, biology instructor Dr. Sharpe learns that medications (in this case, Vioxx) may be removed from the market for many reasons, including safety concerns. As the case unfolds, students learn how the FDA balances drug safety against medical needs. As written, the case is appropriate for a non-majors biology course. It could also be adapted for use in a more advanced course in cell biology, pharmacology, or biochemistry, or modified to explore statistical analysis, specific analytical methods used for risk/benefit analysis, or bioethical issues.

Subject:
Life Science
Chemistry
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Dan Johnson
Date created
7-محرم-1433
Andrea: The Death of a Diabetic
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In chronicling the life and death of a woman who developed diabetes ...

In chronicling the life and death of a woman who developed diabetes as a teenager, this case study explores such basic science topics as metabolism, hormones, cell receptors, eye anatomy, and immunology as well as issues in nutrition, exercise, stem cell research, transplantation, drug delivery systems, genetic engineering, and health care. The case has been used in a physiology course as part of a unit on metabolism and hormonal control.

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Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Date created
7-محرم-1433
Another Can of Bull?  Do Energy Drinks Really Provide a Source of Energy?
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This case is a "clicker" adaptation of a similarly titled case by ...

This case is a "clicker" adaptation of a similarly titled case by Merle Heidemann and Gerald Urquhart of Michigan State University, "A Can of Bull?" The story introduces students to basic principles of metabolism and energy through a biochemical analysis of commonly available "energy drinks" that many students purchase at relatively high prices. Students learn to define energy in a biological/nutritional context, identify valid biochemical sources of energy, discuss how foods are metabolized to generate ATP, and critically evaluate marketing claims for various energy drinks. The case can be used in introductory level courses to introduce these principles or as a review of basic biochemistry and nutrition for upper-level students in nutrition, physiology, or biochemistry courses. The case is presented in class using a PowerPoint (~2.3MB) that is punctuated by multiple-choice questions students answer using personal response systems, or "clickers."

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Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Nutrition
Chemistry
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Cheryl D. Davis
Nancy A. Rice
Date created
7-محرم-1433
An Antipodal Mystery
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The discovery of the platypus had the scientific world in an uproar ...

The discovery of the platypus had the scientific world in an uproar and kept it tantalized for decades. Here was the strangest animal ever seen. How was one to classify it? It had fur. So, was it a mammal? But then what to make of its duck-like bill? And how did it produce and suckle its young? Based on the book by Ann Moyal titled Platypus: The Extraordinary Story of How a Curious Creature Baffled the World, the case focuses on classification and evolution and models the scientific process, with scientists arguing, debating, collecting more information, and revising their opinions as more data become available.

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Life Science
Zoology
Material Type:
Case Study
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Date created
7-محرم-1433
Are You Blue? What Can You Do?: A Case Study on Treatment Options for Depression
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This case study introduces students to treatment alternatives for depression using a ...

This case study introduces students to treatment alternatives for depression using a jigsaw method in which groups of students are divided up so that each member of the "home group" becomes the "resident expert" in one of five possible treatment options. Designed for a course in abnormal psychology, this case could be adapted for courses in physiological psychology, pharmacy, and neurobiology.

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Life Science
Psychology
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Amy Pettigrew
Kathleen Boje
Linda Walsh
Robert W. Grossman
Date created
7-محرم-1433
As the Worm Turns: Speciation and the Apple Maggot Fly
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At what point in evolutionary development does a group of individuals become ...

At what point in evolutionary development does a group of individuals become two distinct species? This case addresses that fundamental question by asking students to decide whether apple maggot flies are distinct as a species from hawthorn maggot flies. In making their decision, students examine the different models of speciation and consider the primary forces that effect evolutionary change. Developed for an advanced undergraduate course in evolutionary biology, it would be appropriate for any biology course in which students are taught about the models of speciation. It could also be used in a general ecology course in which students consider the distribution and use of resources leading to niche specialization or in a genetics course if restrictions in gene flow are taught in the context of speciation.

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Life Science
Ecology
Material Type:
Case Study
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Martin Kelly
Date created
7-محرم-1433
Atkins or Fadkins?
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When Mitchell reveals that he is going on a low-carb diet, Janine ...

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 doesn't need to loose any weight. Designed to accompany a nonmajors unit on human anatomy and physiology, this interrupted case study has students applying what they learn about human body systems to Mitchell's fad diet claims and Janine's sharp criticisms. Supplementary links help students explore new discoveries about appetite-controlling hormones, how body image may influence people's dietary decisions, and some of the most common diet myths.

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Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Nutrition
Material Type:
Case Study
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Karen E. Bledsoe
Date created
7-محرم-1433
Avogadro Goes to Court
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This case study was inspired by a successful lawsuit brought by students ...

This case study was inspired by a successful lawsuit brought by students against a professor at Pace University who had assigned them the task of calculating the cost of a single aluminum atom in a roll of aluminum foil. The case deals with the concepts of Avogadro's number and the mole, and so would be relevant to nearly all introductory level science courses including chemistry courses for non-science majors, general science courses, and, perhaps, some introductory level biology courses in addition to general chemistry.

Subject:
Chemistry
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Frank J. Dinan
Joseph Bieron
Date created
7-محرم-1433
Bad Blood: A Case Study of the Tuskegee Syphilis Project
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The ethics of human experimentation are explored in this case about the ...

The ethics of human experimentation are explored in this case about the infamous syphilis studies performed at the Tuskegee Institute from the 1930s to the 1960s. Sponosred by the U.S. Public Health Service, 399 African American men with syphilis were recruited for a research study on the progression of the disease when left untreated. The case examines the science underlying the experiment as well as the ethical and racial issues. One of its goals is to help students understand the evolution in our thinking on issues of science, human experimentation, and race, and how they are conditioned by our culture. The case could be used in any course that explores the ethics of science.

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Education
Life Science
Ethnic Studies
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Ann W. Fourtner
Charles R. Fourtner
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Date created
7-محرم-1433
Bad Fish, Bad Bird: Neurotoxin Poisoning from Fish and Fowl
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This "clicker case" is based on the General Biology edition of James ...

This "clicker case" is based on the General Biology edition of James Hewlett's "Bad Fish" case in our collection. The case follows the story of biologist Dr. Westwood, who is accidentally poisoned, first while traveling in Asia and then in the South Pacific. Students learn about Dr. Westwood's experiences and about nerve cell physiology-focusing especially on the role of ion channels in maintaining and changing electrical gradients across the cell membrane (resting potential and action potentials). They then apply what they learn in each part of the case to determine the mechanism of neurotoxin poisonings described in the case. The case is presented in class via PowerPoint (~2MB). Students use personal response systems, or "clickers," to answer the multiple-choice questions that punctuate the PowerPoint presentation as they explore the underlying mechanism of Dr. Westwood's poisoning.

Subject:
Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Chemistry
Material Type:
Case Study
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
Kristina Hannam
Date created
7-محرم-1433
Bad Fish: Cell and Molecular Biology Edition
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In this version, developed for classes in cell and molecular biology, the ...

In this version, developed for classes in cell and molecular biology, the protagonist of the case, Dr. Westwood, survives an accidental poisoning-not once, but twice. Students read about each incident, applying what they learn in each part of the case to the later sections, and then design a drug to treat the neurotoxin poisoning described in the story. The case comes in three different versions, or editions. This is the Cell & Molecular Biology Edition, which has a different set of questions than the General Biology Edition or the Human Anatomy& Physiology Edition, also in our collection.

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Life Science
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
James A. Hewlett
Date created
7-محرم-1433
Bad Fish: General Biology Edition
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In this version, developed for a course in general biology, the protagonist ...

In this version, developed for a course in general biology, the protagonist of the case, Dr. Westwood, survives an accidental poisoning-not once, but twice. Students read about each incident, applying what they learn in each part of the case to the later sections, and then design a drug to treat the neurotoxin poisoning described in the story. The case comes in three different versions, or editions. The General Biology Edition is designed for an introductory biology course. Its basic storyline and core objectives are carried over into a Human Anatomy& Physiology Edition and a Cell& Molecular Biology Edition, also in our collection, each of which has its own set of questions.

Subject:
Life Science
Anatomy/Physiology
Chemistry
Material Type:
Case Study
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
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Author:
James A. Hewlett
Date created
7-محرم-1433