Investigative Cases

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Description Author(s) Subdiscipline
A Better Yield Increasing the yield of a pharmaceutical utilizing Le Chatelier's principle. Cass Parker
Biochemistry
Chemistry
A Case of Mistaken Identity Ethical issues arise as an adopted sister is unable to donate blood. Olatunde Okediji
Ethics
Genetics
A Friday in September Distinguishing between an infectious diseases and genetic disorder in a student on a field trip. Suzy Sumrall
Angela Wade
Janet Chatraw
Molly Embree
Amy Webb
General Biology
Health Sciences
Physiology
A Multidimensional Study of HIV Ethics, HIV and AIDS, molecular data, clones, phylogenetic trees, and Uganda. Jo Ann Lane
Janice Chen
Molecular Biology
Phylogenetics
Are You Prepared? Emergency preparedness is the topic of this tornado scenario. Rachel Hodge
Health Science
As the Stomach Turns Digestive aids and their impact on both mechanical and chemical digestion. Linda Crow
General Biology
Health Science
Physiology
Bacterial Polygamy Medical personnel investigate differences in response in individuals exposed to staph. Karita Ambrose
Daniel Williams
Microbiology
Health Science
Blood Money Research bioethics scenario involving funding for medical research vs. bioweapons development. Sonya Greene
Brooke Bourdelait-Parks
Ethics
General Biology
Bug Mail Bioterrorism case involving an infectious microbe. Amrita Kumar
Epidemiology
Microbiology
Molecular Biology
Dam It! I'm in Swampeast Missouri! The ecological impact of dams and field sampling in wetlands. Michelle Fisher
Ecology
Decisions Genetic counseling concerning cystic fibrosis, gene therapy, and medical ethics. Donna Maus
Chemistry
Ethics
Physiology
Do You Eat Dirt? Investigating folk medicine and the use of clay as a dietary supplement. Julie Bartley
Chemistry
General Biology
Dooley's After-Effects Discrepancies in alcohol levels lead to investigation of genetic variation and redux chemistry. Tracy Morkin
Chemistry
Physiology
Drugland... Stereochemistry in drug design is critical to human health. Anne Gaquere
Chemistry
General Biology
Physiology
European Starlings and Woodpeckers Increases in feed lots results in niche competition between bird species. Arthur Nonhof
Ecology
Fad Diets and Metabolic Regulation Low carb selections in the menu prompt questions. Richard Nelson
General Biology
Physiology
Faded Memories Students develop lab procedures to test their hypotheses regarding how photos fade. Daphne Norton
Chemistry
Family Trees The spread of citrus canker raises concerns for many different community members. Linda Weinland
Peter B. Woodruff
Margaret Waterman
Ethel Stanley
Ecology
Epidemiology
General Biology
Phylogenetics
Gas Law Using the gas law to predict the outcome of heating beans in the can vs. in the pan. Dan Philen
Chemistry
Glowing Glass Questions about glass including fluorescence arise when vaseline glass is donated to a local charity. Daphne Norton
Chemistry
Goodbye Honeybuckets Alternatives for sewage treatment in the tundra are considered with the help of tribal elders. Lana McNeil
Microbiology
Got Milk? The presence of synthetic hormone in milk raises questions about biotech safety. Marc Albrecht
Roy Mosher
Mary Savage
General Biology
Got Milk? Revisited This inquiry into genetic engineering begins with the consumer point of view, then the biological methodology is introduced. Margaret Waterman
Ethel Stanley
Hair Today Loss of hair leads to an interesting family history discussion. Allen Gathman
Genetics
Phylogenetics
How Did You Spend Your Summer Vacation? Calculations and a knowledge of basic physics enable travelers to survive. Jeff Cramer
Jeffrey Gross
Physics
How Now Mad Cow? A rumor about a health risk leads to investigation of protein structure and function. Stacey Kiser
General Biology
Biochemistry
Java Water The impact of caffeine on river ecology is explored. Stacey Kiser
Ecology
General Biology
Kujira A description of a Japanese wedding leads to forensic testing of whale meat. Margaret Waterman
Ethel Stanley
Bioinformatics
Phylogenetics
Life in the City Exploration of industry, pollution, and public health. Lawrence Blumer
Health Science
Ecology
Low Calcium Tetany Leg cramps lead to diet decisions and understanding of action potential. Brenda Whaley
General Biology
Physiology
Malama Keone'o'io An environmental assessment of the Hawaiian leeward coast investigates introduced plants and conservation strategies. Ann Coopersmith
Theodosia Wade
Botany
Male Resources and Female Adaptive Mating Decisions Human courtship strategies reveal multiple behaviors. Duane Jackson
Behavior
Metal Mania Suspicious fumes engage students as they explore properties of metals and alloys. Tommy Molden
Trion Dubose-Arnold
Leah Hybl
Fatima Kwahja
Chemistry
Mixed Signals Gene therapy and the search for treatment of sickle cell introduces sequence data. J. David Holtzclaw
Genetics
Sequence Alignment
Multiple Births - Multiple Problems The pre-term arrival of triplets results in human health issues. Mahmoud Bishr
Physiology
Microbiology
Murder by Atkins? Forensic chemistry following an early death result in identification of a specific drug. Lance Shipman
Chemistry
Health Sciences
My Twin Sister A letter from a girl awaiting the arrival of a baby sister probes into meiosis, genetic variation and fertilization. Eloise Carter
Cell Biology
Genetics
Outbreaks Two outbreaks of diarrheal illness lead to decisions about infectious disease control methods and public policy. Mark Salata
Physiology
Microbiology
Health Sciences
Plant Sitter Problems with wilting plants lead to understanding concepts of plant water relations. Chad Brommer
Botany
General Biology
Respiratory Assessment Identifying essential components of respiratory assessment in the case of an ER patient. Karen Hahn
Physiology
Health Science
Rio Grande Wildlife Refuge Ecologists use corridors in wildlife management. Mark Storey
Ecology
Signed with a Kiss High schoolers use forensic chromatography to identify unknown lipstick sample. Ken Townsel
Stephanie May
Doris Goodley
Leah Anderson
Muhsinah Holmes
Chemistry
Smelly Fish A fish kill results in an investigation of potential pollutants from a local utility plant and a fertilizer plant. Anh Pham
Chemistry
Ecology
Snake Bite A fatal snake bite leads to snake identification and venom research. Jill Bassham
Vivene Santos
Physiology
Health Science
Zoology
Steroids Steroid use results in infertility. Megan Thomas
Health Science
Physiology
Survivor Ethics Strategies of leadership are probed using different ethical theories and principles. Sonya Greene
Brooke Bourdelait-Parks
Behavior
Terminator Genes in Seeds A farming family discusses the dilemma of terminator genes and seed company policy. Lucinda Swatzell
General Biology
Genetics
The Couple's Cholesterol The cause of cholesterol differences is investigated. Denise Zielinski
Genetics
Physiology
The Enzyme Enterprise Government regulation and ownership of science is explored with patented enzymes. Mindy Jean Deason
Chemistry
Ethics
The Hike Calculations and problem solving help trapped students survive. Deb Schaefer
Sean Mo
Amanda Thompson
Melissa Beam
Chemistry
General Biology
Physics
The Nerve of It All A sciatica sufferer considers routine treatment and alternative therapies. Uma Garimella
Madelyn Wilson
Anatomy
General Biology
Health Sciences
The Park Investigating the role of white oak in a park environment. Suzanne Martin
Botany
Ecology
The Prom, the Party, the Problem Prom goers get perm, go swimming in a chlorinated pool, and have a hair disaster. Trion Dubose-Arnold
Fatima Kwahja
Chemistry
The Sky is Falling Mathematical analysis is required as unknown objects approach earth's orbit. Patti Lawrimore
Daniel Hruschka
Astronomy
Physics
The Uninvited Guest Resistance in bacteria is explored in a study of the enzyme beta-lactamase. Walter Escobar
Microbiology
Physiology
Evolution
The Vitamin A Dilemma This scenario examines dietary preferences based on culture as well as physiological responses. Victoria Finnerty
Physiology
Health Science
The Wingra Marsh Alternatives for control of an invasive population of Purple Loostrife are explored. Francie Rowe
Ecology
Botony
This is Your Brain; This is Your Brain on Drugs Consuming an unknown substance leads to a review of behavior. Kai McCormack
Chemistry
Health Sciences
Physiology
To V... or Not To V ... The Vaccine Dilemma The decision to vaccinate a five year old is complicated when the family travels to China. Tameka Clemons
Esra Toussaint-Smith
Epidemiology
General Biology
Health Sciences
Trouble in Tucson: On the Horns of a Dilemma Bioethics and genetics are explored when sickle cell shows up. Julia Fiello
Jackie Smith
Genetics
Ethics
Tuberculosis Today Antibiotic resistance and the spread of TB are investigated. Julie Bartley
General Biology
Physiology
Turn that Bycatch to Gold New uses for bycatch are proposed by a commercial fishing crew member. Peter Nelson
Ecology
Water Works Freshwater protists pose health risks for a hiker. Suzy Sumrall
Angela Wade
Janet Chatraw
Molly Embree
Amy Webb
General Biology
Health Sciences
What Ails the Ale? (Brewmaster Blues) Fermentation problems lead to an investigation of yeast. Cindy Giver
Rob Pyatt
Microbiology
General Biology
What Happened to Our Friend Ted? The roles of EDTA and other chelating reagents are explored in a case of food poisoning. Paulos Yohannes
Chemistry
Health Science
When Harry Met Sally Students investigate link between tanning and skin cancer and ozone layer depletion. Albert Burchsted
General Biology
Health Sciences
Physiology
Where Have All the Ladies Gone? Ecological sampling and species identification are required before agreeing to a land use proposition. Theodosia Wade
Botany
Ecology
Why are Historic Monuments Deteriorating? Local college chemistry students are asked to explain deteriorating monuments. Subhash Bhatia
Chemistry
Ecology
Why Did Kazami Die Young? Investigating factors affecting health and longevity. Swamy Mruthinti
General Biology
Physiology
Health Science
X Files Genetic counseling follows an amniocentesis showing Fragile X. Jean De Saix
General Biology
Genetics

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