FOOD ANALYSIS LAB
Have you ever wondered how scientists determine what is in your food? And how do we ensure that food is safe to eat? You will explore some of these issues and working in small groups, you will conduct modern food analysis using computer-interfaced instrumentation and graphical analysis. You will also experience our collaboratory, where high tech meets cool science!
USING DATABASES TO EXPLORE MEDICAL TOPICS
Students will use online databases from the National Institute of Health to understand how medical researchers use these libraries to design new medications and to explore possible health issues related to DNA, RNA, genetics, as well as patients’ reactions to prescribed medications.
USING SAMPLING DISTRIBUTIONS TO SEPARATE SIGNAL AND NOISE
Can you tell Coke from Pepsi? How about a person’s sex from their handwriting? Or whether a person is lying or being truthful? Sometimes we think we can tell, but often we just get lucky. How do we know the difference? You’ll participate in some experiments and learn a way to decide whether a person’s “skill” is just luck, or if there is really something going on.
Ever wonder how cheeses and yogurts are produced from milk? The first step in the process is “curdling”, which turns milk into curds and whey. Curdling can be done through various means, but the enzyme “rennin” is typically used. In this experiment, we will study the enzymatic activity of rennin by observing the amount of curds that can be collected under various conditions.
What are our brains doing when we are thinking about a math problem, meditating with our eyes closed or listening to music? In this lab, students will attach electrodes to their head and measure the activity of neurons in the brain. Students will explore the differences in brain activity while performing specific tasks such as mental arithmetic, relaxation exercises, and hyperventilation.
GROSS ANATOMY LAB
Have you dreamed of being a medical doctor (or healthcare professional)? Have you wondered what your first day of gross anatomy will be like?...Making the first incision on your cadaver you will study with your classmates? Well, why wait? Join fellow high school students in Clarke University's medical-school quality cadaver lab for a mini session of human dissection.
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY AND MATH
Have you wondered how conservation biologists know which species are endangered? How do they accurately count animals in the wild? The first step in protecting a species is knowing how large its population is. In this lab you will use the mark and recapture technique to collect biological data and use a simple mathematical model to estimate the population size of crickets; however, this technique can be applied to any species of animal.
IT'S A POLYMER WORLD
Polymers are a large class of compounds encompassing both the natural and synthetic. Biochemists study the chemistry of natural polymers, such as DNA and proteins. Organic chemists make and study synthetic polymers. Balloons, surgical sutures, kayaks, disposable diapers, athletic shirts and cases for electronic devices are just a few examples of useful polymers. In this session, you will analyze polymer films using ATR-IR spectroscopy and make some polymers of your own.