Notes on the Marcus and Fisher Article

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This reading assignment serves as a companion to the article by G.F. Marcus and S.E. Fisher, “FOXP2 in focus: What can genes tell us about speech and language?,” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7 (2003): 257-262. It provides related background information and vocabulary in order to improve student understanding and guide students through reading a scientific article.

Notes on the Kay et al. Article

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This reading assignment serve as a companion to the article J.N. Kay et al., “Trophic effects of androgen: Development and hormonal regulation of neuron number in a sexually dimorphic vocal motor nucleus,” Journal of Neurobiology 40(3) (1999): 375-385. It provides related background information and vocabulary in order to improve student understanding and guide students through reading a scientific article.

Common Terms in Evolutionary Biology and Genetics

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This document provides definitions of common and important terms used in biology and genetics. The glossary may be provided as a resource to students at the beginning of a lecture or unit on biology, genetics, biodiversity, or other related topics.

AMNH Hall of Biodiversity

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This two-page handout, downloaded from the American Museum of Natural History, provides students with suggestions for how to help conserve and protect natural resources.

Can Case Studies Be Used to Teach Critical Thinking?

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This brief article from Journal of College Science Teaching presents an argument in favor of using "interrupted case studies" in teaching science to undergraduates. Such case studies, the author writes, help students develop critical thinking skills and present science as the messy, incomplete, and creative process that it is for those who do research. The author, Clyde Freeman Herreid, directs the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, and is a distinguished professor of biological sciences.