Welcome to Honors Biological Principles (BIOL 1511)

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You can link directly to each day’s reading from the course syllabus on Canvas or navigate using the menus across the top of the page.

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Sample Videos

View these videos for ideas on what makes a good video.  As you watch, consider the elements that make each video engaging and how you could use those elements to explain evidence-based concepts (which is the goal of this project after all!)

An example of a highly rated and high-scoring group project video from a previous semester

Fun Science: Light

Vi Hart: Hexaflexagons

Evolution: It’s a Thing – Crash Course Biology #20 (This one is long, but you’ll get the idea after 5 minutes if you are time-limited.)

The Machine is Us/ing Us

Budding yeast research


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Group 13 – Immune Response and Seropositivity, Age, Sex, Genetic Variation

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F18-6 Effects of Climate Change on North American Amphibian Populations

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F18-9 Microbes to Blame for Raising Global Temperatures

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F18-10: Micro-environments and Anaerobic Metabolism


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Group 12 – Child Weight Gain Trajectories Linked to Oral Microbiota Composition

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F18-7: Electricity Producing Gut Bacteria

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F18-1 Evolution of Metazoan Morphological Disparity

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F18-2 “Genome of a Neanderthal-Denisovan hybrid individual” – Team 2

This video explains the intermingling of two groups of early hominids, Denisovans and Neanderthals.

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F18-8. CNN: Coral Bleaching

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F18-5. GT TV: “Climate change and amphibian diversity in Eastern South America”


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