bio-sequence

Ross Koning koning at ECSUC.CTSTATEU.EDU
Sat Feb 1 12:06:28 EST 1997


Beth asked me to forward this interesting prospect
to the group.....ross

>From: "Elizabeth Frieders" <fried009 at maroon.tc.umn.edu>
>Reply-To: "Elizabeth Frieders" <fried009 at maroon.tc.umn.edu>
>To: koning at ecsuc.ctstateu.edu
>Subject: Re: bio-sequence
>Date: Thu, 30 Jan 97 12:00:09 -0600
>
>In message <199701271643.IAA03701 at net.bio.net> Ross Koning writes:
>
>> Another thought, does anyone know of a text out there that
>> uses the approach that Jon suggested?  One that deals with
>> science as a web rather than a sequence?  It seems that
>> DNA and evolution do not make much sense separately without
>> understanding of both and so a web-approach seems needed.
>
>
>I am not aware of a text book with these specifications. But I have in my
>hands
>a course supplement (60+ pages) entitled "The Botanical Profile: An
>integrative
>approach to traditional Botany", developed by Robert (Bob) K. Noyd, Dept. of
>Plant Pathology, Univ of Minn, St. Paul. He also developed "The Mycological
>Profile" and "The Biological Profile". They are published by The Biological
>Profiles, Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado. Unfortunately that's all the info
>I
>have at hand on obtaining one, but if anyone is interested, I can find out
>more.
>
> In short, they include:
>A. What is the Botanical Profile?
>A Botanical PRofile is one-page synopsis of the biology of a plant, fungus,
>protist or cyanobacterium. It is the final synthesis of a series of units that
>ask you to build a database of information about an organism that lives in or
>near a pond ecosystem in northern Minnesota. Each unit will guide your study
>of
>the morphological, physiological, genetic, and ecological aspects of an
>organism. You will develop a database and a profile of 2 organisms, a
>relatively
>simple and a more complex organism. This instructional guide provides basic
>instructions, database worksheets, and profile skeletons.
>
>B. Goals and objectives
>Botanical Concept Objectives
>- apply general biological concepts to specific organisms in ecosystems.
>- integrate the morphological, physiological, genetic, and ecological aspects
>of
>an organism.
>- understand the biodiversity of a wetland ecosystem.
>- satisfy natural curiosity about the natural history of pond organisms of
>Minn.
>- organize aspects of organismal biology into a coherent form.
>- compare the biology of different organisms.
>- utilize vocabulary terms in botany, mycology and microbiology.
>
>Scientific Information Search Objectives
>- effectively search for information in course textbook.
>- develop proficiency in locating information using library and computer
>resources.
>- communicate and present scientific information in a concise manner.
>- cite specific references and build a literature base.
>
>These are wonderful workbooks, but do take lots of extra energy on both the
>students' and faculty's part. It provides a good check to see if the students
>understand topics (for example, some students commented that their organism
>had
>membranes but not lipids). The taxa and ecosystem can be adapted for any
>location (deserts of Arizona for example). One of the bonuses of this is that
>students find out how much IS NOT known about organisms around them! A wrap-up
>of the projects includes building a web of the organisms they studied and a
>discussion of community biology and evolution.
>
>And that's my 3 cents worth....
>
>
>
>#######################################
>Elizabeth M. Frieders
>Department of Plant Biology                        We are healthy
>University of Minnesota                          only to the extent
>220 BioSciCenter, 1445 Gortner Avenue         that our ideas are humane.
>St.Paul, MN 55108-1095
>Phone: 612-625-7740                             -- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
>Fax: 612-625-1738
>email: fried009 at maroon.tc.umn.edu
>#######################################
>
>
>

_______________________________________________________________
Ross Koning                 | koning at ecsu.ctstateu.edu
Biology Department          | http://koning.ecsu.ctstateu.edu/
Eastern CT State University | phone: 860-465-5327
Willimantic, CT 06226 USA   | fax: 860-465-4479
____________________________|__________________________________





More information about the Plant-ed mailing list