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Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience

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https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618509/how-to-train-a-honey-bee
#1
Byron N Van Nest, Darrell Moore
In the early twentieth century, Karl von Frisch performed seminal work on the organization of social behavior of honey bees. Much of his work involved training individual foragers to distant artificial feeders. Similar training methods have been used in research laboratories for the better part of a century, and these methods lend themselves well to advanced undergraduate biology classes in animal behavior. In recent years, students have used these methods in group projects to study color preference and time-memory...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618508/june-the-journal-of-neuroscience-education
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EDITORIAL
Bruce R Johnson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618507/-understanding-checkpoints-followed-by-self-evaluation-to-assess-students-scientific-literacy-and-mastery-of-content-and-techniques
#3
Jennifer E Schaefer
An Understanding Checkpoint (UC) presents students with previously-unseen figures from published scientific studies accompanied by questions about the study methods, results, and implications. The UCs incorporate content, concepts, and techniques previously discussed in class, although the figures and study from which they are taken are new to students. They are in-class, open-note, time-limited assessments that simultaneously assess course learning goals related to: neurobiology principles and content; process of scientific investigation, including neurobiological research tools and data interpretation; and reading and analyzing primary research literature...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618506/classroom-based-research-experiences-to-support-underserved-stem-student-success-from-introductory-inquiry-to-optogenetics-in-the-embryonic-chicken
#4
Sylvia Fromherz, Jessica R Whitaker-Fornek, Andrew A Sharp
In order to help overcome barriers to success for undergraduate STEM students from disadvantaged backgrounds, we developed two classroom-based research experiences (REs), Connecting Life (CL) and the Summer Research Institute (SRI). These REs were implemented over a two-year period (2014-2015) for regional community college students as part of the Southern Illinois Bridges to the Baccalaureate (SI Bridges) program. CL and SRI, broadly centered in biomedical sciences research, are designed to be offered in tandem...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618505/engaging-entertaining-and-educating-under-served-and-at-risk-youth-with-stem-based-activities
#5
Terence J Bazzett, Zarmeen Zahid, Molly A Brady
In recently constructing a curriculum for our Neuroscience major, a service-learning component was included that requires students to develop and present STEM-based activities to underserved 4th -6th grade children in an afterschool program. Though initially proposed with a primary goal of teaching children specific concepts in the field of neuroscience, efforts have gradually shifted towards simply increasing interest in, and enthusiasm for, STEM through interactive demonstrations. Most of the activities used incorporate neuroscience examples that are inherently intriguing and conceptually accessible to children...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618504/using-a-contrast-illusion-to-teach-principles-of-neural-processing
#6
Ebony M Glover, Olivia Lauzon
Neuroscience is a rapidly growing, multidisciplinary field that is advancing our understanding of the human condition. Therefore, studying key principles in neuroscience is critical for a well-rounded education across a wide range of disciplines. However, neuroscience concepts can be intimidating and challenging for undergraduate students to learn, especially when they lack active learning opportunities. To address this problem, we developed an interactive laboratory exercise to challenge students to use observational measurements of a visual contrast illusion to study neural activity...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618503/the-behavioral-effects-of-oral-psychostimulant-ingestion-on-a-laboratory-rat-sample-an-undergraduate-research-experience
#7
Deanna D Howerter, Jonathan G Larson, Evan M Hill
Presented is a lab exercise designed to augment an upper-level undergraduate class covering the topics of psychopharmacology, biopsychology, physiological psychology, or introductory neuroscience. The exercise was developed as a tool to allow students to investigate behavioral correlates of oral psychomotor stimulant ingestion and observe firsthand the benefits and challenges of using animal models to study behavior. The purpose of the exercise was to observe the unconditioned, natural behaviors of laboratory rats prior to, and following, the oral administration of commonly used, over-the-counter psychomotor stimulants, and for students to experience the process of neuroscience research...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618502/using-ibiology-as-a-tool-for-undergraduate-neuroscience-education
#8
Kanaga Rajan, Rosa A Veguilla
This article presents iBiology, a free website that produces online resources for science education. iBiology develops material that can be used in preparation prior to lecture or as part of the curriculum and includes videos (research talks and technical videos), flipped classroom curriculum, and professional development courses. Neuroscience educators can find videos of leading scientists explaining crucial experiments in their field or demonstrating critical laboratory techniques like fluorescence microscopy...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618501/impact-of-experiential-neuroscience-of-meditation-course-on-attitudes-toward-meditation-and-science
#9
Lisa E Olson
An interdisciplinary, intensive, and experiential course on Neuroscience of Meditation was designed to fulfill a general education science requirement. Class activities included lecture, class discussion of the textbook and scholarly articles, laboratory experimentation, and practicing 15 different forms of meditation. Laboratory investigations included sheep brain dissection, physiological measurements of the autonomic nervous system, electroencephalogram, salivary enzyme assays, attention testing, and psychological questionnaires...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618500/a-report-on-the-qualities-skills-and-characteristics-desired-by-top-neuroscience-graduate-programs
#10
Jessica Boyette-Davis
As neuroscience popularity grows, more and more students are seeking entry into doctorate-granting programs in this field. Currently, the literature lacks clarity regarding which features these programs prioritize when evaluating applications. This study sought to determine the value of specific application components, research skills, and personal characteristics that have historically been desired by graduate schools. Of the 82 top ranked doctorate-granting programs invited to participate, 39 responded. Respondents used a 1 (not at all valued) to 7 (incredibly valued) Likert scale to indicate ratings for 7 common application components (e...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618499/raising-awareness-about-prescription-and-stimulant-abuse-in-college-students-through-on-campus-community-involvement-projects
#11
Susan Kennedy
As prescription stimulants become more common on college campuses, concerns have been raised about the abuse of these drugs by college students. Estimates are that up to 20% of college students abuse prescription stimulants, most often by ingesting medications not prescribed to them. In an effort to raise awareness and disseminate information about the potential harmful effects of abusing prescription stimulants, students enrolled in a Health Psychology course participated in small-group community involvement projects...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618498/teaching-dose-response-relationships-through-aminoglycoside-block-of-mechanotransduction-channels-in-lateral-line-hair-cells-of-larval-zebrafish
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Hannah Payette Peterson, Eileen L Troconis, Alexander J Ordoobadi, Stacey Thibodeau-Beganny, Josef G Trapani
Here we introduce a novel set of laboratory exercises for teaching about hair cell structure and function and dose-response relationships via fluorescence microscopy. Through fluorescent labeling of lateral line hair cells, students assay aminoglycoside block of mechanoelectrical transduction (MET) channels in larval zebrafish. Students acquire and quantify images of hair cells fluorescently labeled with FM 1-43, which enters the hair cell through MET channels. Blocking FM 1-43 uptake with different concentrations of dihydrostreptomycin (DHS) results in dose-dependent reduction in hair-cell fluorescence...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618497/the-neuroscience-classroom-remodeled-with-team-based-learning
#13
Alexia E Pollack
As neuroscience faculty we strive to have students be invested in their learning and be engaged in the process. However, these attributes are difficult to promote using a lecture-based format. Flipping the classroom so that students prepare before coming to class obliges them to take responsibility for their learning. This, combined with having them work in Teams with their classmates - across the entire semester - provides incentive and support. This article describes how I applied a method called Team-Based Learning (TBL) to my Neurobiology course...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618496/mystery-neurotransmitters-an-active-learning-activity-on-synaptic-function-for-undergraduate-students
#14
Katharine M Cammack
A core learning objective of undergraduate neuroscience education is an understanding of synaptic function and neurotransmission. This article presents a critical thinking activity in which students explore and evaluate neurotransmitter function at the synapse. Students analyze fictional datasets to identify fundamental processes involved in synaptic function, first following evoked neurotransmitter release and then in response to two "mystery" drugs. The activity requires students to synthesize information from multiple datasets in order to interpret data and figures, skills crucial to science literacy...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618495/neuroscience-and-sustainability-an-online-module-on-environmental-neuroscience
#15
Uta Wolfe, Hannah Lindeborg
Neuroscience has extensive and vital applications to environmental sustainability that have yet to be fully integrated into undergraduate education: The neurotoxicity of common chemicals and the health dangers of anthropogenic sensory noise are well known. Research on the neural bases for value-based decision making has implications for pro-environmental efforts. Neural and sensory responses to nature exposure show health benefits of such 'green' experiences. Despite these implications, the term "environmental neuroscience", in sharp contrast to "environmental psychology", is virtually unheard of in undergraduate education...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618494/recommendations-for-developing-an-eeg-laboratory-at-a-primarily-undergraduate-institution
#16
Patrick Ledwidge, Jeremy Foust, Adam Ramsey
Given its relatively low cost and minimal required space, an EEG laboratory provides the most feasible human cognitive neuroscience technique to implement at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUI). However, neuroscience programs at PUIs may be deterred from incorporating EEG methods into their research programs and/or classrooms due to limited funds and resources. This article provides recommended guidelines for faculty researchers looking to set up an EEG lab at their host PUIs with an emphasis on feasibility...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30618493/analysis-of-student-attitudes-of-a-neurobiology-themed-inquiry-based-research-experience-in-first-year-biology-labs
#17
Jeffrey L Brabec, Margaret R Vos, Trisha A Staab, Jason P Chan
Inquiry based research experiences are thought to increase learning gains in biology, STEM retention, and confidence in students of diverse backgrounds. Furthermore, such research experiences within the first year of college may foster increased student retention and interest in biology. However, providing first year students in biology labs with inquiry-based experiences is challenging given demands of large student enrollments, restricted lab space, and instructor time. Thus, we aimed to integrate a small neurobiology themed research experience within a three-week modular, first-year biology laboratory setting...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30254549/support-for-undergraduate-neuroscience-at-the-nsf-and-nih
#18
Ellen M Carpenter, Deborah B Henken
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30254548/integrating-addiction-into-the-neuroscience-curriculum
#19
T Celeste Napier
Addiction is a relevant and fascinating topic that can be readily taught within undergraduate neuroscience curricula. Modern research has afforded tremendous insights into the neuroscience of addictions, including substance use disorders, behavioral addictions, and disorders of impulse control and compulsivity. Building on the neuroscience of plasticity associated with learning and memory, we now understand a great deal about the temporal and spatial progression of these disorders in adult and developing brains...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
https://read.qxmd.com/read/30254547/this-is-not-your-grandmother-s-faculty-development-program
#20
Kelly M Mack
For decades, our nation has called upon higher education to create a more competitively-trained and diverse STEM workforce. While recent efforts to improve undergraduate STEM education have been successful, they have largely focused on "fixing" students and been devoid of the kind of effort needed to build institutional change capacity, moderate STEM departmental climate, and/or provide professional development for faculty. As a result, U. S. global preeminence in science and technology remains threatened, and the prevailing systems of oppression that continue to marginalize students from underrepresented groups remain intact...
2018: Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education: JUNE: a Publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
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