Story telling in the classroom lilly conference presentation 2014 1hr session copy 3
The Call of the Story:
Innovative Approaches in
Karobi Moitra PhD
CBL Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology
Trinity Washington University
Lilly Conference, Bethesda 30th May 2014
Learning is not
a spectator sport!
Students need to get involved in their own learning
What are the instructional
strategies that get students
BIOL 241- Introductory genetics
A Case Study in story telling
USED IN BIOL
USED IN BIOL
The Monk who liked to garden: Introduction to Mendel’s laws of Inheritance.
The students will be introduced to Mendel’s Laws and their application in genetics.
The Search for the Holy Grail: Photo 51 and the double helix I.
The engaging story of the race to the discovery of DNA structure. In this module the students will learn: The principles of X-ray
crystallography, structure and function of DNA, and the scientists involved in elucidating DNA structure. Students will also be introduced to
the flow of genetic information (the central dogma of molecular biology).
Tears of the Cheetah: A story of genetic diversity.
The students will follow the exciting journey of scientists into Africa to understand why the cheetahs are an endangered species and which
facet of their genetic make-up led them to this untimely fate.
DNA detectives: A whale of a tale.
The students become detectives as they follow the story of scientists tracking down the illegal hunting of whales in Japan using modern
molecular biology techniques. In this module students will learn about the biology of whales, PCR technology and DNA sequencing.
The Lion Plague:
Students will be introduced to the genetics of retroviruses, HIV/FIV, evolutionary patterns in FIV (Feline Immunodeficiency Virus), viral
interference, CDV(canine distemper virus) and detection of viral infection with PCR technology.
The Panda Roots
The phylogenic origin of the Panda will be covered in this class. The students will learn the basics of phylogenetic tree building and
molecular evolutionary approaches for solving phylogenetic histories.
The Way We Were
Students will be introduced to the human genome project, SNP’s, genome mapping and its benefits for society.
The students will learn the genetics and epidemiology of the AIDS virus and how measuring genotype frequency & allele frequencies in
patients can uncover genes/mutations associated with disease/ disease resistance (in this case CCR5-delta32 mutation mediating HIV
A Silver Bullet
The students will learn the genetic basis of metabolic disease and the concepts of gene therapy.
The PXE story
Continuing on the theme of metabolic disease the students will be introduced to the genetic/metabolic disease Pseudoxanthoma elasticum
and will learn how to experimentally design a genetic study and the successes and pitfalls associated with scientific research.
The Story of Us
This class will acquaint the students with the epic journey of the human race as we set out to answer long-standing questions of where
humans came from, how we migrated and when we arrived in such places as Europe and North America. We will trace the migration of
human beings from our earliest homes in Africa to the farthest reaches of the globe and in doing so will discover that what makes us
different from each other is mostly cultural and less genetic.
Biology 241: Introductory Genetics Syllabus