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Microwave Solventless Synthesis Of Meso-Tetrakis (Pentafluorophenyl)Poprphyrin (Tppf20) And Tris(Pentafluorophenyl))Corrole [Chemistry], Sunaina Singh Oct 2019

Microwave Solventless Synthesis Of Meso-Tetrakis (Pentafluorophenyl)Poprphyrin (Tppf20) And Tris(Pentafluorophenyl))Corrole [Chemistry], Sunaina Singh

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Organic chemistry is a two-semester course (Organic Chemistry I, SCC 251 and Organic Chemistry II, SCC 252) required for majors in Biology. The SCC 251 course has been designated for the Integrative Learning Core Competency as well the Digital Communication Ability. This course emphasizes the synthesis, structure, reactivity, and mechanisms of reaction of organic compounds. Laboratory stresses various organic synthetic and analytic techniques (distillation, extraction, chromatography and spectroscopy).

This lab provided an opportunity for students to go deeper with the chemistry content by correlating to the concepts they learned in General Chemistry courses such as Valence shell electron pair repulsion ...


Titration Of A Newtown Creek Environmental Water Sample To Determine The Amount Of Chloride Ions [Chemistry], Kevin Mark Oct 2019

Titration Of A Newtown Creek Environmental Water Sample To Determine The Amount Of Chloride Ions [Chemistry], Kevin Mark

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Main Course Learning Objectives:

The General Chemistry 1 (SCC 201) course has multiple course learning objectives, which articulate key introductory chemistry concepts that all STEM students should possess. In particular, the Newtown Creek titration experiment aligns with SCC 201 learning objectives of:

  1. Demonstrate an appreciation of the role of chemistry in various aspects of life
  2. Perform basic laboratory skills such as the proper execution of titration techniques
  3. Describe and explain the fundamental chemistry concept of solution concentration
  4. Analyze and represent experimental data in tables and graphs, interpret experimental results and write laboratory reports

In the SCC 201 laboratory, students are ...


Environmental Cost Vs. Health Benefit Of Radioisotope Usage In Medicine, Nicholas Whiting Sep 2019

Environmental Cost Vs. Health Benefit Of Radioisotope Usage In Medicine, Nicholas Whiting

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This module is developed for implementation in a class that discusses the use of radioisotopes in a biomedical setting. The inspiration is a class I teach (Advanced Biomedical Instrumentation), which covers the use of radioisotopes as tracers in biomedical imaging (scintigraphy, SPECT, PET, etc.). The goal of the module is to go further in depth regarding the environmental impact of the use of radioisotopes (from their generation to their disposal—keeping track of any radioactive byproducts), and compare that to the potential for benefits in the quality and/or quantity of a patient’s life (does using the radioisotopes allow ...


Are Humans Natural? Part 3: Nature Relatedness And The American Dream, Nathan Ruhl, Taylor Dobson Sep 2019

Are Humans Natural? Part 3: Nature Relatedness And The American Dream, Nathan Ruhl, Taylor Dobson

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This learning module is part of a series of activities designed to encourage students to develop relational values with nature. In this activity, students reflect on their relationship with nature and consider the impact of their plans/goals for the future on the environment and the larger goal of sustainability. Students evaluate their relationship with nature through the Nature Relatedness (NR-6) Test (Nisbet and Zelenski, 2013), compare their NR-6 score to others, consider how their goals (“dreams”) are related to the American Dream, and speculate on the attainability of sustainability given our individually driven goals for the future. This activity ...


Are Humans Natural? Part 2: Exploring Human-Nature Relational Values And The Balance Of Nature, Nathan Ruhl Sep 2019

Are Humans Natural? Part 2: Exploring Human-Nature Relational Values And The Balance Of Nature, Nathan Ruhl

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This learning module is part of a series of modules that seeks to help students develop human-nature relational values. Relational values are more readily developed when the methods employed reference species/environments/landscapes/situations that students are familiar with already and may encounter during their everyday lives. In this activity students are asked to consider whether nature is in balance. The idea that nature is in balance extends deep into human history, but modern scientific evidence clearly demonstrates that nature is not in balance. Despite scientific evidence, the perception that nature is stable or in balance persists in human culture ...


Scavenger Hunt Reflection Lab Report, Angela Padilla Aug 2019

Scavenger Hunt Reflection Lab Report, Angela Padilla

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A. Scavenger Hunt Description

❏ This Scavenger Hunt Assignment is designed for the First Year Seminar for Natural Sciences (NSF 101) and the First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts: Math and Science (LMF 101) (STEM majors).

❏ The main objective of this assignment is to familiarize students with their campus and its resources, to encourage students to collaborate with each other, and to be aware that the scientific method is applied to solve any problem, not just scientific issues. It is meant to address the Integrative Learning Core Competency.

❏ Students are given the entire class time (at least two hours) to complete ...


Science, Physiology, And Nutrition For The Nonscientist, Judi S. Morrill Jul 2019

Science, Physiology, And Nutrition For The Nonscientist, Judi S. Morrill

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A wonderful blend of physiology, nutrition, biochemistry, genetics, biology, evolution, chemistry--what we all need to know as informed citizens. A basic knowledge of the life sciences and how our bodies work--to promote our own good health, especially as we're bombarded with misleading advertisements, soundbites, and the like. DNA fingerprinting, calorie requirements, dietary advice, genetic engineering (including gene editing with CRISPR cas9)--all in an easy-to understand book.


Designing Computational Biology Workflows With Perl - Part 1, Esma Yildirim May 2019

Designing Computational Biology Workflows With Perl - Part 1, Esma Yildirim

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This material introduces Linux File System structures and demonstrates how to use commands to communicate with the operating system through a Terminal program. Basic program structures and system() function of Perl are discussed. A brief introduction to gene-sequencing terminology and file formats are given.


Designing Computational Biology Workflows With Perl - Part 2, Esma Yildirim May 2019

Designing Computational Biology Workflows With Perl - Part 2, Esma Yildirim

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This material introduces the AWS console interface, describes how to create an instance on AWS with the VMI provided and connect to that machine instance using the SSH protocol. Once connected, it requires the students to write a script to automate the tasks to create VCF files from two different sample genomes belonging to E.coli microorganisms by using the FASTA and FASTQ files in the input folder of the virtual machine. The same exercise can be applied if the VMI is installed on a local machine using virtualization software (e.g. Oracle VirtualBox). In this case, the Terminal program ...


Designing Computational Biology Workflows With Perl - Part 1 & 2, Esma Yildirim May 2019

Designing Computational Biology Workflows With Perl - Part 1 & 2, Esma Yildirim

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This manual guides the instructor to combine the partial files of the virtual machine image and construct sequencer.ova file. It is accompanied by the partial files of the virtual machine image.


Human Anatomy And Physiology I: Course Map With Expected Learning Outcomes, Carlos Liachovitzky May 2019

Human Anatomy And Physiology I: Course Map With Expected Learning Outcomes, Carlos Liachovitzky

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This document contains a list with all the Anatomy and Physiology I expected learning outcomes organized by topics, and grouped into ten units: 1. Introduction to A&P: body plan & organization; 2. Introduction to A&P: homeostasis; 3. The chemical level of organization; 4. Levels of organization: the cellular level of organization; 5. Levels of organization: the tissue level of organization; 6. Support and movement: integumentary system; 7. Support and movement: skeletal system & articulations; 8. Support and movement: muscular system; 9. Regulation, integration, and control: nervous system; 10. Regulation, integration, and control: special senses

Each learning outcome is referred to a section in the textbook “Anatomy and ...


Designing Computational Biology Workflows With Perl - Part 2, Esma Yildirim May 2019

Designing Computational Biology Workflows With Perl - Part 2, Esma Yildirim

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This material briefly reintroduces the DNA double Helix structure, explains SNP and INDEL mutations in genes and describes FASTA, FASTQ, BAM and VCF file formats. It also explains the index creation, alignment, sorting, marking duplicates and variant calling steps of a simple preprocessing workflow and how to write a Perl script to automate the execution of these steps on a Virtual Machine Image.


Designing Computational Biology Workflows With Perl - Part 1, Esma Yildirim May 2019

Designing Computational Biology Workflows With Perl - Part 1, Esma Yildirim

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This material introduces the AWS console interface, describes how to create an instance on AWS with the VMI provided, connect to that machine instance using the SSH protocol. Once connected, it requires the students to write a script to enter the data folder, which includes gene-sequencing input files and print the first five line of each file remotely. The same exercise can be applied if the VMI is installed on a local machine using virtualization software (e.g. Oracle VirtualBox). In this case, the Terminal program of the VMI can be used to do the exercise.


Biology Ii (Bio1201) Syllabus, Tatiana Voza Oct 2018

Biology Ii (Bio1201) Syllabus, Tatiana Voza

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Digital Storytelling [Natural Sciences], Preethi Radhakrishnan Sep 2018

Digital Storytelling [Natural Sciences], Preethi Radhakrishnan

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A well-crafted and executed storytelling assignment can serve as an efficient and engaging learning activity which targets the three highest levels of Blooms’ taxonomy which are to Create, Evaluate and Analyze. This digital storytelling assignment is part of a signature assignment series (Stage 1) conducted in all courses of the First Year Seminar for Natural Sciences (NSF101). Students begin collecting pictures and videos for their assignment from the 3rd week of the semester on a flash drive. During the fourth week of the semester, the instructor first describes the storytelling process and stages. This is followed by learning around ...


General Biology 1 Lab Manual (Bio1101l), Jeremy Seto Aug 2018

General Biology 1 Lab Manual (Bio1101l), Jeremy Seto

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Choosing Your Career, Janet Gonzalez Aug 2018

Choosing Your Career, Janet Gonzalez

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One of the major components of the First Year Seminar in Natural Sciences (NSF101) is to introduce students to library research. The library orientation session exposes students to library resources such as books, videos, journals, databases. The “Choosing Your Career” assignment reinforces using the library by searching for information on a career, retrieving sources from select databases and evaluating the information found in a written reflection. Reflection questions are added to guide the student in their search and their approach to their career choice.

The goal is to integrate library literacy as part of their developing college learning skills. This ...


Career/Interview Project, Kevin Mark Jul 2018

Career/Interview Project, Kevin Mark

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Two of the core competencies designated for The First Year Seminar Liberal Arts Math and Science (LMF 101) course are Integrative Learning and Global Learning along with oral communication. These abilities are exercised by students in the Career/Interview Presentation project. The main goal of the assignment is to promote student networking within the scientific community through interviews with an expert in the field. Also the FYS students will conduct background research about their career choices and use their findings to determine if they can be realized when interviewing a professional. The assignment is scaffolded whereby students will learn to ...


Introduction To Data Analysis Using Excel And Lab Report Writing Using Lagcc Institution Data, Kevin Mark Jul 2018

Introduction To Data Analysis Using Excel And Lab Report Writing Using Lagcc Institution Data, Kevin Mark

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Objectives

Part 1: An Introduction to Data Analysis Using Excel

  1. To interpret, summarize and present numerical data using the digital tool Microsoft program Excel.
  2. To plot numerical data as a graph and determine an equation of a line. In addition, using the appropriate formatting functions to label your graph and creating a best fit line.

Part 2: Lab Report Writing Using LaGCC Institutional Data

  1. To communicate your interpretations of research data. This is done writing discussions and conclusions (using scientific language) and is often accompanied by data tables and graphs.
  2. To use your Microsoft Excel graphing skills to interpret, inquire ...


Are Humans Natural? Exploring Relational Values In The Human-Nature Relationship In An Evolutionary Context, Nathan Ruhl Jun 2018

Are Humans Natural? Exploring Relational Values In The Human-Nature Relationship In An Evolutionary Context, Nathan Ruhl

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This learning module is a three-part series of learning activities focused around the following themes:

  1. The words “nature” and “natural” mean different things to different people;
  2. Humans and other species both effect and are affected by the environment;
  3. Most “human-traits” are not unique to humans and are adaptive traits shared by other species.

The larger goal of this set of learning activities is to promote a holistic/equalistic view of the human-environment relationship by leveraging humanistic content to support learning goals in both introductory post-secondary courses and general education courses (secondary or post-secondary) in the biological sciences. The learning activities ...


Women In Science: Why So Few? [Liberal Arts: Math And Science], Reem Jaafar, Benjamin J. Taylor Jun 2018

Women In Science: Why So Few? [Liberal Arts: Math And Science], Reem Jaafar, Benjamin J. Taylor

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This assigment was developed in the context of LaGuardia’s Center for Teaching and Learning sponsored Learning Matters mini grant “Connection Between First Year Seminar and Capstone Learning Experiences.” It provides Liberal Arts experience to students across the academic spectrum and is designed for students in LMF 101 (First-Year Seminar for Liberal Arts: Math & Science) and is conducted in conjunction with students from a capstone course, LIB 200 (Science, Technology, and Humanism). The assignment aligns with the Inquiry and Problem-Solving Core Competency and the Written Ability. In this assignment, LMF 101 students research and read several articles centered on the topic of Women in STEM. They then write an essay that integrates the information from these sources to address the history, biases, and potential causes of the underrepresentation of Women in STEM. LIB 200 students peer review these essays, and LMF 101 students, in turn, respond to these peer reviews. The assignment concludes with a combined class discussion on the topic and the process. The overall goals for this assignment which also reflect the dimensions of the Inquiry and Problem Solving Core Competency and the Written Communication Ability rubrics are the following:

  1. Students will utilize the appropriate library search engines to find a resource relevant to a particular topic.
  2. Students will analyze and integrate evidence from multiple sources on a complicated topic, and they will use the evidence they gathered to answer questions and arrive at logical conclusions.
  3. Students will assess the reliability of data and/or claims made in the literature.
  4. Students will cite sources appropriately.
  5. Students will understand the importance of peer review, understand how constructive criticism can help improve scholarly work, and learn how to respond to feedback in ways to improve the outcome of their work.

LaGuardia’s Core Competencies and Communication Abilities

Main Course Learning Objectives:

LMF 101 Course Goals Associated with Assignment:

  • Demonstrate understanding of habits of mind essential to college success (e.g., persistence, flexibility, and metacognition) and foundational knowledge in mathematics and science.
  • Interpret the values and ethics of mathematics and science and discuss how these values and ethics directly influence personal, academic, and professional success in their careers.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure and logic of technical writing; show a basic level of proficiency in the fundamental writing, reading and speaking skills necessary to deliver information in a contextual and coherent manner.
  • Demonstrate the use of skills and knowledge gained from diverse experiences to enhance learning and success.
  • Describe the diversity of LaGuardia Community ...

Bio2450l Genetics Laboratory Manual, Christopher Blair Jan 2018

Bio2450l Genetics Laboratory Manual, Christopher Blair

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Learning About Women In Stem For First-Year Students [Liberal Arts: Math And Science], Reem Jaafar, Ian Alberts Oct 2017

Learning About Women In Stem For First-Year Students [Liberal Arts: Math And Science], Reem Jaafar, Ian Alberts

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This assignment was designed for students in the first year seminar and aligns with the Inquiry and Problem Solving core competency, with a focus on “framing the issues” (identifies and/or addresses questions problems and/or hypothesis informed by knowledge of context) and “evidence gathering” (assembles, reviews and synthesizes evidence from diverse sources of relevant knowledge). Both assignments rely on writing and one may include an oral component. In writing, the focus is on “Content Development and Organization,” as well as “Control of Language, Syntax, and Mechanics.”

LaGuardia’s Core Competencies and Communication Abilities

Main Course Learning Objectives:

  • The LMF ...


Fundamentals Of Biology Research Project [Biology], Ana Lucia Fuentes, Maria Entezari Oct 2017

Fundamentals Of Biology Research Project [Biology], Ana Lucia Fuentes, Maria Entezari

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  1. The goal of this initiative is to improve students’ learning of the subject while developing their Inquiry and Problem-Solving competencies as well as their numeracy, written, digital and oral communication abilities.
  2. A “flipped-class” approach will be taken to present different topics ahead of the practical laboratory experiences. Topics will be presented with PowerPoints and/or videos posted on Blackboard.
  3. Students will be given a “low stakes” quiz at the beginning of each laboratory session to assess their knowledge and understanding of the posted material.
  4. A research project, introduced at the beginning of the semester, will be used as the backbone ...


Muddy Waters, Tallgrass Prairie Center Jan 2017

Muddy Waters, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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With the help of jumps ropes and nerf balls, students explore two ecosystem services provided by prairie roots: nutrient reduction and invasive weed control.


Prairie Roadshow, Tallgrass Prairie Center Jan 2017

Prairie Roadshow, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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Students turn a school hallway into a prairie roadside, while learning about the important services provided by prairie roots.


Root Kerplunk, Tallgrass Prairie Center Jan 2017

Root Kerplunk, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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With the help of jumps ropes and nerf balls, students explore two ecosystem services provided by prairie roots: nutrient reduction and invasive weed control.


Incredible Carbon Journey, Tallgrass Prairie Center Jan 2017

Incredible Carbon Journey, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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Students become a carbon atom and experience the movements of carbon through the environment, including its time sequestered in prairie roots.


Routes For Infiltration, Tallgrass Prairie Center Jan 2017

Routes For Infiltration, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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Students become a carbon atom and experience the movements of carbon through the environment, including its time sequestered in prairie roots.


Roots - Why So Fine?, Tallgrass Prairie Center Jan 2017

Roots - Why So Fine?, Tallgrass Prairie Center

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Using root models made of commonly available materials, students explore how the size of roots affects their ability to exchange materials with soil.