This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled Investigating Interdisciplinary Interactions: The Annual BioQUEST Summer Workshop at Beloit College in June 2005. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium is committed to the reform of undergraduate biology instruction through an emphasis on engaging students in realistic scientific practices. This approach is sometimes characterized as an inquiry driven approach and is captured in BioQUEST's three P's (problem-posing, problem-solving, and peer-persuasion). As part of this workshop groups of faculty were encouraged to initiate innovative curricular projects. We are sharing these works in progress in the hope that they will stimulate further exploration, collaboration and development. Please see the following links for additional information:

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Making Introductory Biology Labs Cooler: Data Acquisition and Analysis
Authors          Audiences          Overview           Materials          Resources           Future Directions



Stacey Kiser
Lane Community College

Anton Weisstein
Truman State University

Jason Miller
Truman State University

Juville Dario-Becker
Central Virginia Community College


Possible Audiences:

Introductory Biology classes, Introductory Mathematics classes , Introduction to Computer Science, Intoduction to Statistics?  


Brief Overview:

We are exploring increasing the mathematics application in Introductory Biology courses and collaborating with colleagues in the Math and Science departments by sharing data sets generated in the Biology labs. Our students can collect sets of data and then quantify these data in various ways. Colleagues from the other departments can use the same data sets and use as needed.  


Project Materials:

Any way to collect a set of data. It could be counting, probes for temperature, etc. Bug Lab (see concept map) Ice Lab (see data sets) Other suggested labs (see description)  


Resources and References:

Modeling the Budding Yeast Cell Cycle

Modeling the Budding Yeast Cell Cycle

Modeling Software How to Use WINPP

Free Statistics and Forecasting Software

Teaching with Models

Mathematical Modeling Process

The Regression Line

Concept Maps on Various Topics

Concept Mapping/Semantic Networking/ Knowledge Representation


Surface Area-Volume Ratio: Cooling Case study reference

Prior work on incorporating mathematics more deeply into the biology curriculum



Future Directions:

We will continue to upload new lab acivities and continuously update and improve posted lab activities.