James J. Smith

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768 pages. The book presents all the necessary theory for the successful practice of automatic process control. The significance of the theory is explained at all times. Both introductory. Significant advances have been made in the field since the previous classic texts were written. This text brings the available knowledge up to date. * Enables the reader(More)
Biodiversity was originally taught in our Introductory Organismal Biology course at Michigan State University (LB144; freshman/sophomore majors) by rote memorization of isolated facts about organisms. When we moved to an inquiry-based laboratory framework to improve pedagogy, an unfortunate and unforeseen result was the loss of much of our study of(More)
Phylogenetic trees provide visual representations of ancestor-descendant relationships, a core concept of evolutionary theory. We introduced "tree thinking" into our introductory organismal biology course (freshman/sophomore majors) to help teach organismal diversity within an evolutionary framework. Our instructional strategy consisted of designing and(More)
BioOne (www.bioone.org) is a nonprofit, online aggregation of core research in the biological, ecological, and environmental sciences. BioOne provides a sustainable online platform for over 170 journals and books published by nonprofit societies, associations, museums, institutions, and presses. Usage of BioOne content is strictly limited to personal,(More)
Despite evolution being the central concept of biology, many biology students do not understand the core principles of evolutionary theory. Here, we propose that integrating evolution throughout the biology curriculum, and incorporating molecular biology and molecular genetic perspectives, will help students not only to achieve a better understanding of(More)
Enterococcus faecalis is one of the leading causes of nosocomial infections and is a common commensal organism in humans and other animals. In this study, we report a draft genome sequence for the E. faecalis strain PF3, isolated from Adélie penguin feces collected from Warriner Island, Antarctica.
Current university-level evolution instruction often suffers from a disjointed curriculum that separates molecular and ecological processes, at times omitting the former altogether. At the same time, national reform efforts call for the principles of evolution to be taught across the curriculum. We met this challenge by developing four cases (Mouse Fur(More)
Our path seems clear. We have come to understand many things about the unique biology of bacterial biofilms. Biofilms represent microbial societies with their own defense and communication systems. We have an arsenal of microscopic , physical chemical, and molecular techniques available to examine biofilms. There are many basic questions regarding the(More)
Written responses can provide a wealth of data in understanding student reasoning on a topic. Yet they are time-and labor-intensive to score, requiring many instructors to forego them except as limited parts of summative assessments at the end of a unit or course. Recent developments in Machine Learning (ML) have produced computational methods of scoring(More)
We present an inquiry-based curriculum based on the digital evolution platform Avida-ED ( http://avida-ed.msu.edu ). We designed an instructional sequence and lab book consisting of an introduction to Avida-ED and a set of three lessons focused on specific evolutionary concepts. These served to familiarize students with experimental evolution and Avida-ED.(More)