BioQUEST Library VI, Volume 6

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The BioQUEST Library is a peer-reviewed collection of software modules (simulations, tools, datasets) assembled to help students learn biology in a computer-based laboratory environment. By simulating and solving problems using the same methodologies and reasoning skills that research scientists use, students gain insight into ecology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, developmental biology, botany, and neurobiology. The BioQUEST tools and simulations, while not intended to replace actual laboratory or field experience, can make it possible for students to engage in simulated scientific research. New, powerful, and engaging modules have been added to the sixth volume, as well as new cross-platform versions of earlier BioQUEST modules

* * BioQUEST VI is the premier tool on the market
* * New, powerful, and engaging modules have been added to the sixth volume
* * New cross-platform versions of earlier BioQUEST modules
* * BioQUEST VI is Mac and PC compatible

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BioQUEST Library, Volume V

The BioQUEST Library is an annual peer-reviewed publication of computer-based curricular materials that brings together more than 60 software simulations, tools, datasets, and other support materials, including manuals for most modules, in ecology, evolution, genetics, molecular biology, physiology, developmental biology, botany, and neurobiology. The modules in The BioQUEST Library have been designed to provide a flexible problem-solving space for investigations that can range from the simple to the sophisticated and challenging. In each of the modules, the students are expected to craft a research question, to pursue solutions to their question, and to decide on criteria for closure and publication, just as academic and professional scientists do. The materials included in The BioQUEST Library are designed to provide a robust problem space in which students can pursue multiple hypotheses simultaneously and generate and analyze large datasets. The modules are open-ended and enable students to evaluate their problem-solving endeavors as well as the validity and utility of their solutions.

BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium

The BioQUEST Library is a publication of the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium (bioquest.org), a community of more than 5000 bioscience educators and researchers who are interested in undergraduate science curriculum reform. The BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium offers a framework for thinking about curricular issues in science education from the viewpoint that students learn science most effectively when they are provided with opportunities to solve complex problems using the same methodologies and reasoning skills that research scientists use. The BioQUEST Library provides students with the opportunity to develop the long-term strategies of inquiry that sustain and guide practicing scientists. This philosophical framework has become known as BioQUEST's three Ps of science education: problem posing, problem solving, and peer persuasion.


Site licenses for the BioQUEST Library are available to universities, college libraries and departments, high-school districts, and individual high schools.


For more information about The BioQUEST Library or the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, please see our website at www.academicpress.com/bioquest.


Major funding for the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium has been provided by:

[insert icon] The Annenberg/CPB Project

Additional support has been provided by:

The National Science Foundation's Division of Undergraduate Education
The Foundation for Microbiology
Apple Computer, Inc.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute


General System Requirements for BioQUEST Library, Volume V

For modules that run on Macintosh-compatible platforms (59 of the 67 modules):
· Mac OS 6.0.5 or higher
· 2.5 MB of RAM (4 MB recommended) for most modules; 4 MB (at least 5 MB recommended) if running System 7 or higher
· CD-ROM drive
· math coprocessor for older machines

For modules that run on IBM-compatible platforms (23 of the 67 modules):
· DOS 5.0 or higher or Windows 3.1 or higher (Win32s 1.2 or higher for some modules)
· 4 MB of RAM
· CD-ROM drive
· 80386 processor or faster (80486 or a Pentium recommended)

See specific module descriptions for specific information. Support documents, including manuals, are available on the CD-ROM in both Adobe AcrobatT and MicroSoft WordT formats. Manuals can be edited and adapted for individual classroom purposes. Adobe Acrobat ReaderT has been provided on the CD-ROM.

ISSN 1520-2798

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The BioQUEST Collection

*Introduction to BioQUEST-the three Ps of science education
Biometrics-basic analysis, experimental design, hypothesis testing, and error analysis
BiotaNew features!-a tool for simulation and modeling of species interactions in diverse environments
Data Collection and Organization (DC&O)
Demography 4.1New version!-manipulate values for age-specific mortality rates, fertility rates, and initial population characteristics, and see how population characteristics change through time
*Environmental Decision Making (EDM)-use "connect-the-components" visual programming tools to create and study model ecosystems
Evolve-experimentally control for initial population size, overall population size, intensity of natural selection, pattern of inheritance, and proportion of migration in a hypothetical population without the real-time wait
Genetics Construction Kit (GCK)-a simulation of a classic Mendelian genetics laboratory
Isolated Heart Laboratory (IHL)-explore how a ventricle of the human heart performs as a blood pump and characterize changes that alter its performance
Modeling-explore how to use, analyze, and criticize some important and historically influential models in ecology and population genetics
SequenceIt!-experience the art and logic of protein sequencing

The Collection Candidates

Axon-perform experiments on model squid axons by selecting the environment of the axon, applying stimuli or clamps, and generating one or more action potentials
Fractal Dimension-a powerful and versatile tool for analyzing the fractal dimensions of objects
MacRetinaUpgraded!-record data from retinal ganglion cells, sample neural activity while stimulating neurons with small spots of light, and map the organization of the retinal region that drives each cell
Microbial Genetics Construction Kit (GCK)-investigate many of the characteristics of bacteria using tools similar to those used in a real microbial genetics laboratory: serial dilution, phenotype identification, complementation testing, and conjugation mapping
Modeling Tools (Logistic Growth and Blending Inheritance)-explore mathematically simple models important in ecology and population genetics using a variety of modes of visualization

First Review Folder

?BeeVisitNew!
?BENZERNew!-an interval graphing tool for deletion mapping, restriction mapping, complementation mapping, sequencing, and food web analysis
*BIRDDNew!-Beagle Investigations Return with Darwinian Data
*DNA ElectrophoresisNew version!
*EarthSysNew!-a minimodel of Earth's metabolic processes
EcoBeakerStudent version!
EpidemiologyNew version!
HH-a Hodgkins-Huxley neuron simulation
*Interactive Calculus Problems in BiologyNew! (requires MapleT)
*Investigative Cases and Case-Based Learning in BiologyNew!
?Lateblight
*Metabolic Pathways
?PEACHNew!-a simulation of carbon supply and demand in peach trees
Wading BirdNew manual!
and much more!

Extended Learning Resources

Action Potential Experiments
Taxonomic Features Data Manager
?Winter Twig Key
and much more!

Support Materials

MacClade 2.1Student version!
*DendrogrammaceaeNew!
NIH Image
*Oh Phlox!New version!
and much more!

* IBM and Macintosh compatible; ? IBM compatible only.

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