Dr. Washington Publishes Case Study

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Tuesday September 2, 2014

A case study on a genetic disorder commonly found in the Amish and based on a true story was written by Dr. Jacqueline Washington, Chair of the Department of Natural Sciences, was recently published in the book "Science Stories You Can Count On: 51 Case Studies With Quantitative Reasoning in Biology.” The case study also includes detailed teacher preparation notes and answer key.

“Using real stories with quantitative reasoning skills enmeshed in the story line is a powerful and logical way to teach biology and show its relevance to the lives of future citizens, regardless of whether they are science specialists or laypeople.”
—from the “Introduction” to Science Stories You Can Count On.

This book can make you a marvel of classroom multitasking. First, it helps you achieve a serious goal: to blend 12 areas of general biology with quantitative reasoning in ways that will make your students better at evaluating product claims and news reports. Second, its 51 case studies are a great way to get students engaged in science. Who wouldn’t be glad to skip the lecture and instead delve into investigating cases with titles like these: 

  • "A Can of Bull? Do Energy Drinks Really Provide a Source of Energy?” 
  • “ELVIS Meltdown! Microbiology Concepts of Culture, Growth, and Metabolism” 

The book helps to promote scientific and data literacy in ways to prepare students to reason quantitatively and, as the authors write, “to be astute enough to demand to see the evidence.”

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