Thanks for Case Study Suggestions

Grant R. Cramer cramer at MED.UNR.EDU
Tue Mar 30 12:59:34 EST 1999

I have done just what you suggested. I have been using that text the last
two years! Your suggestion is excellent. Last fall I used the book
exclusively but added my own material on medicinal uses of plants (they are
no good texts on medicinal uses that I am aware of and this is the most
popular part of the course). In changing the course last year (which was
originally taught in the more dry, traditional manner; i.e. life cylces,
etc.), the course went from a mixed rating from the students to a very high
rating. The course really caught all of the  student's interests. Plant
Biotechnology was the important integrator of the subject matter. If anyone
is interested in the course outline, you can find my syllabus on my web page
listed below. Look for the course titled Bio 330. To me, I have found the
key to getting students excited about Plant Biology (at least for today).
Many thanks go out to all those who have answered my questions in the past
couple of years.
Grant R. Cramer
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry
University of Nevada
Reno, NV 89557
phone: (775) 784-4204
fax: (775) 784-1650
email: cramer at
web page: http://BIOCHEM.MED.UNR.EDU/faculty/grant_c/

>From: monroejd at (Jon Monroe)
>To: plant-ed at
>Subject: Re: Thanks for Case Study Suggestions
>Date: Tue, Mar 30, 1999, 7:16 AM

>>The suggestion I am leaning to is a self-sufficiency model.  What if Y2K (or
>>alternate scenario) crashes our economy and you have to rely on your knowledge
>>to grow plants for food, medicine, clothing, etc..
> Not a bad thought but couldn't this (Y2K) fuel unnecessary panic?  Another
> consideration is that in a year this pedagogical model would be outdated.
> I think building a course around real issues that will be with us for a
> long time is more logical.  Here is another example that I didn't see
> posted: plant biotechnology.  One could tie together nearly all aspects of
> plant biology from molecular biology to ecology, and relate them to
> agriculture, economics, human nutrition, etc.  The book "Plants Genes and
> Agriculture" by Chrispeels and Sadava (1994, Jones and Bartlett, ISBN:
> 0-86720-871-6) would be a good one to consider for such a course.
> Jon
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