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All That Glitters May Not Be Gold: A Troublesome Case of Transgenic Rice

All That Glitters May Not Be Gold: A Troublesome Case of Transgenic Rice

In this decision case, a congressional staffer must weigh a number of ... (more)

In this decision case, a congressional staffer must weigh a number of competing concerns and issues, including popular reactions to genetically modified organisms, in deciding how to present information to her boss, an influential congressman drafting legislation to support agricultural research. The case explores the social and biological issues surrounding micronutrient malnutrition, including deficiencies of several vitamins and essential minerals, especially iron, iodine, and vitamin A, which affect at least one-third of the world's population, primarily in developing nations. Developed for a graduate-level seminar on "Genomics, Agriculture, Food Systems and Development," the case teaches about the issues surrounding genomic applications in agriculture and their implications to health, environmental stewardship, economic sustainability, and national development. (less)

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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Gerald F. Combs, Jr
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Amanda's Absence: Should Vioxx Be Kept Off the Market?

Amanda's Absence: Should Vioxx Be Kept Off the Market?

When chronic pain forces a top student to withdraw from college, biology ... (more)

When chronic pain forces a top student to withdraw from college, biology instructor Dr. Sharpe learns that medications (in this case, Vioxx) may be removed from the market for many reasons, including safety concerns. As the case unfolds, students learn how the FDA balances drug safety against medical needs. As written, the case is appropriate for a non-majors biology course. It could also be adapted for use in a more advanced course in cell biology, pharmacology, or biochemistry, or modified to explore statistical analysis, specific analytical methods used for risk/benefit analysis, or bioethical issues. (less)

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Science and Technology
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Dan Johnson
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Amber's Secret

Amber's Secret

This problem-based case focuses on the female menstrual cycle and early stages ... (more)

This problem-based case focuses on the female menstrual cycle and early stages of pregnancy of an unwed teenager. Working in small groups, students identify the learning issues for each part of the story and research answers to their questions. They are then given more of the case to evaluate. The cycle of analysis, information seeking, and sharing is repeated for each stage of the case. The case can be used in numerous settings including general health, biology, and sociology classes or in more specialized courses such as physiology, endocrinology, nursing, medicine, human development, social services, or counseling. (less)

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Science and Technology
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Clyde Freeman Herreid
Lisa Marie Rubin
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Anthrax Attack!: A Case on Bioterrorism

Anthrax Attack!: A Case on Bioterrorism

This case study presents a fictitious bio-terrorist plan to release anthrax in ... (more)

This case study presents a fictitious bio-terrorist plan to release anthrax in the United States. Students are assigned character roles and, through research, role-playing, and teamwork, develop a plan to minimize or avert the attack. The case is appropriate for courses designed for health professionals, general biology courses, and social science courses. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Case Study Teaching in Science
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Kari A. Mergenhagen
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Are You Blue? What Can You Do?: A Case Study on Treatment Options for Depression

Are You Blue? What Can You Do?: A Case Study on Treatment Options for Depression

This case study introduces students to treatment alternatives for depression using a ... (more)

This case study introduces students to treatment alternatives for depression using a jigsaw method in which groups of students are divided up so that each member of the "home group" becomes the "resident expert" in one of five possible treatment options. Designed for a course in abnormal psychology, this case could be adapted for courses in physiological psychology, pharmacy, and neurobiology. (less)

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Science and Technology
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Amy Pettigrew
Kathleen Boje
Linda Walsh
Robert W. Grossman
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Artificial Sanity: A Case Study for a Class in Introductory Psychology

Artificial Sanity: A Case Study for a Class in Introductory Psychology

Using the story of death row inmate Charles Singleton, who developed paranoid ... (more)

Using the story of death row inmate Charles Singleton, who developed paranoid schizophrenia while in prison awaiting execution, this case study explores the relationship between a society's concept of mental illness and its treatment of people who are mentally ill. Students are asked to identify the model of mental illness assumed by each of the lawyers in the case and to explain the implications of that model in terms of the defendant's rights and responsibilities. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Sheila O´┐ŻBrien Quinn
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As Light Meets Matter: Art Under Scrutiny

As Light Meets Matter: Art Under Scrutiny

In this dilemma case, the central character, a museum curator, must decide ... (more)

In this dilemma case, the central character, a museum curator, must decide whether or not to show a painting as a hitherto "undiscovered" Cezanne. The stylistic analysis suggests it is for real, but data obtained using different spectroscopic techniques are inconclusive. Students study the data and then make a decision as to whether they believe the painting is authentic or a fake. Written for a general chemistry course for non-majors, the case could be used in a variety of other courses including general chemistry for science majors, introduction to spectroscopy, instrumental analysis, and conservation science. It could also be adapted for use in other non-majors science courses with the focus of discussion on how scientific data can be used to authenticate or de-authenticate a work of art. (less)

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Science and Technology
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Eleonora Del Federico
Monika I. Konaklieva
Richard Ludescher
Steven T. Diver
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As the Worm Turns: Speciation and the Apple Maggot Fly

As the Worm Turns: Speciation and the Apple Maggot Fly

At what point in evolutionary development does a group of individuals become ... (more)

At what point in evolutionary development does a group of individuals become two distinct species? This case addresses that fundamental question by asking students to decide whether apple maggot flies are distinct as a species from hawthorn maggot flies. In making their decision, students examine the different models of speciation and consider the primary forces that effect evolutionary change. Developed for an advanced undergraduate course in evolutionary biology, it would be appropriate for any biology course in which students are taught about the models of speciation. It could also be used in a general ecology course in which students consider the distribution and use of resources leading to niche specialization or in a genetics course if restrictions in gene flow are taught in the context of speciation. (less)

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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Martin Kelly
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Baffled by the Baby Bottle

Baffled by the Baby Bottle

This case is based on an actual article entitled "Baby Alert" that ... (more)

This case is based on an actual article entitled "Baby Alert" that appeared in Consumer Reports (May 1999). The article raises some concerns about the safety of polycarbonate baby bottles, and recommends that parents dispose of them as a precaution. However, the American Plastics Council and the Food and Drug Administration have raised concerns about the experimental methodology used as well as the recommendations made in this article. The case has been used to help develop students' critical thinking skills in an introductory chemistry course for non-majors. It may be used to illustrate applications in polymer chemistry, quantitative chemical analysis, toxicology, endocrine disruption, and risk-benefit analysis. (less)

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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Michael A. Jeannot
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Banana Split: To Eat or Not to Eat

Banana Split: To Eat or Not to Eat

This case focuses on the banana, the most popular fruit in the ... (more)

This case focuses on the banana, the most popular fruit in the world. In the first part of the case, students are introduced to the history of "Banana Republics" and the biological constraints to banana production, including the devastating fungal pathogens that cause black Sigatoka and Panama disease. In the second part, they learn about ethical consumerism, organic and conventional agriculture, and Fair Trade products. The case was developed for an interdisciplinary capstone course, "Global Issues in the Sciences." It could also be used in courses in environmental studies, general biology, agriculture, and plant pathology. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Lorri M. Carris
Nancy L. Jacobson
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The Bear Facts: Grizzly Recovery in the Bitterroot Ecosystem

The Bear Facts: Grizzly Recovery in the Bitterroot Ecosystem

In this decision case, students consider the pros and cons of reintroducing ... (more)

In this decision case, students consider the pros and cons of reintroducing grizzly bears into the northwestern United States as they learn about natural resource policy and the wildlife management decision-making process. Students consider four different approaches to grizzly bear recovery and management in the Bitterroot Ecosystem. As part of this, they assume the viewpoint of a stakeholder group, including environmentalists, government officials, residents, hunters, natural resource managers, ranchers, loggers, American Indians, wildlife biologists, and the tourist/recreation industry. The case was developed for use in an upper-division natural resource policy course. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Grace A. Wang
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The Benign Hamburger

The Benign Hamburger

In this dilemma case study, the executives of a popular restaurant chain ... (more)

In this dilemma case study, the executives of a popular restaurant chain must decide whether to use irradiated meat, in this case, beef, to protect its customers from the bacteria, E. coli. Students learn about food irradiation and discuss issues related to food safety and the public's acceptance of new food technologies. As developed, the case could be used in a variety of introductory science courses in chemistry, physics, biology, environmental science, and agricultural science. (less)

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Science and Technology
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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Graham F. Peaslee
Juliette Lantz
Mary Walczak
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Breathing Easy About New Air Pollution Standards

Breathing Easy About New Air Pollution Standards

A town meeting is the backdrop for a role-playing case about ground-level ... (more)

A town meeting is the backdrop for a role-playing case about ground-level ozone air pollution. The case consists of a flier and scripts drawn from public comment records on the government mandate to reduce ground-level ozone by limiting nitrogen oxide emissions. Students play the parts of stakeholders and develop recommendations for reducing emissions. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Kathryn L. Rowberg
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Bringing Back Baby Jason: To Clone or Not to Clone

Bringing Back Baby Jason: To Clone or Not to Clone

This dilemma case, designed for use in an undergraduate genetics course, explores ... (more)

This dilemma case, designed for use in an undergraduate genetics course, explores the basic genetic concepts underlying the cloning process as well as the ethical, medical, political, economic, and religious issues surrounding human cloning. While the case presents a fictitious scenario, it is based on the story of Charleston attorney and former state delegate Mark Hunt and his wife Tracey, who privately funded human cloning after the death of their infant son Andrew. (less)

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National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Jennifer Hayes-Klosteridis
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But It's Just a Bottle of Water

But It's Just a Bottle of Water

Bottled water, popular among students, is big business even though issues surrounding ... (more)

Bottled water, popular among students, is big business even though issues surrounding it related to health and safety as well as its environmental impact have stirred up controversy. Designed for an introductory non-majors environmental science course, this discussion/dilemma case explores the environmental effects associated with the production, consumption, and recycling of bottled water while touching on health and safety issues. Students also learn about government regulations regarding the extraction of ground water and labeling of bottled water; recycling laws and how states circumvent the recycling process; and the economic and ecological costs of drinking bottled water. (less)

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Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Charles R. Bomar
Jessica Kotke
Lindsey May
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Can Suminoe Oysters Save Chesapeake Bay?

Can Suminoe Oysters Save Chesapeake Bay?

This dilemma case explores the controversy over introducing non-native oysters to the ... (more)

This dilemma case explores the controversy over introducing non-native oysters to the Chesapeake Bay as a means of improving its ecological and economic health. Developed for use in an interdisciplinary doctoral program in energy and environmental studies, it could be adapted for undergraduate courses ranging from ecology and biology to political science and geography. The case introduces students to the various stakeholders and their positions from the point of view of a senator who must cast the deciding vote on whether or not to introduce Suminoe oysters (Crassostrea ariakensis) into the bay. Students read the case, then work in small groups to develop a stakeholder position, which they later role-play in class in a simulated public hearing. (less)

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Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Valerie Nieman
Zhi-Jun Liu
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Can a Genetic Disease Be Cured?: A Mother's Dilemma

Can a Genetic Disease Be Cured?: A Mother's Dilemma

In this discussion case, parents must decide whether or not to enroll ... (more)

In this discussion case, parents must decide whether or not to enroll their sons in an experimental treatment program designed to alleviate the symptoms of muscular dystrophy. The case explores the genetics and physiology of the disease as well as the issues involved with pharmaceutical research. The case has been used in both majors' and non-majors' biology courses, where it is introduced during a unit on the cardiovascular and muscular systems. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Michael S. Hudecki
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Cancel the Cardinals Home Opener?!?: Lessons in Melting and Evaporation

Cancel the Cardinals Home Opener?!?: Lessons in Melting and Evaporation

The St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to play their home opener the ... (more)

The St. Louis Cardinals are scheduled to play their home opener the next day and Megan Riley, a young meteorologist who works for a private weather consulting firm, is responsible for developing the weather forecast. It's starting to look like she may need to change her current forecast for rain to snow. Students work in small groups to analyze information presented in each part of this multi-part dilemma case and, along the way, are asked to update their forecast: keep it as rain, or revise it to snow. The case has been used both in an introductory meteorology course and in a capstone course for seniors in atmospheric science. (less)

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Science and Technology
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Case Study Teaching in Science
Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Patrick S. Market
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Cancer Cure or Conservation: A Question of Health for Humans and the Ecosystem

Cancer Cure or Conservation: A Question of Health for Humans and the Ecosystem

This case is based on the controversy that surrounded harvesting of the ... (more)

This case is based on the controversy that surrounded harvesting of the Pacific yew from 1989 to 1997 to develop paclitaxel (Taxol), a revolutionary anti-cancer drug. The case was designed to expose students to basic conservation biology concepts by examining competing needs among scientists and other stakeholders in a real-life science-and-society scenario. Developed for a undergraduate introductory biology course for non-majors, the case could also be used in an environmental science course or in a course on the impact of science and technology on society. (less)

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Provider:
National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science
Author:
Gretchen E. Knapp
Pauline A. Lizotte
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A Case of Cheating?

A Case of Cheating?

This case is based upon a real experience. It is written as ... (more)

This case is based upon a real experience. It is written as an exercise for faculty to discuss, perhaps in a brown bag seminar at lunch time. In many ways it represents a rather common type of problem, cheating-what to do about it and how to prevent it. What makes the case more interesting is the cultural questions it raises and the issues associated with the use of peer evaluation and cooperative learning strategies in general. (less)

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Clyde Freeman Herreid
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