This project was prepared as part of a BioQUEST faculty development workshop entitled BioQUEST 2004 Summer Workshop for Undergraduate Faculty: Systems Biology at Beloit College in June 2004. 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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Campus Evolution
Authors          Audiences          Overview           Materials          Resources           Future Directions



John Chiment
Cornell University

Peter Wilkin
Purdue University North Central

David Ely
Champlain Valley Union High School


Possible Audiences:

high school and introductory college classes in biology, geology, paleontology  


Brief Overview:

A discussion of change thru time, using a series of maps of campus, described by metophors from biology. In this PowerPoint presentation maps of the Beloit campus are used, however any series of maps showing development thru time would be appropriate: eg. an urban downtown, a college campus, etc.  


Project Materials:

PowerPoint presentation using data from published maps, gps, digital camera images, and historic archives. Links are possible to website relating to runoff in evolving landscapes.  


Resources and References:
Effigy Mounds Grand Tour,Cultural
Landscape Legacies, Inc., n.d.
Effigy Mounds at Beloit College, n.d. Certain Bluff Mounds of Western Jersey County, Illinois, P.F. Titterington, American Antiquity, 1(1):6-46
The Mississippian Presence and Cahokia Interaction at Trempealeau, Wisconsin, W. Green and R.L. Rodell, 1994, American Antiquity, 59(2):334-359
Investigations in the Cahokia Site Grand Plaza, G.R. Holley, R.A. Dalan, and P.A. Smith, 1993, American antiquity, 58(2):306-319  


Future Directions:

map series from other campuses, towns, etc. vocabulaty list of biologic terms: eg. punctuated equilibrium, mesoderm, vascular, etc.  



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- ICEAGE.html
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