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Abstract Title: Incorporating Research-Based, Biologically-Authentic Physics Problems in IPLS
Abstract: Prior research has shown that when life-science students perceive physics problems as providing authentic insight into biological phenomena, they achieve more expert-like ways of knowing in physics. This work discusses the incorporation of biologically-authentic, research-based physics problems into a reformed introductory physics for the life sciences course (IPLS) that is part of the National Experiment in Undergraduate Education (NEXUS/Physics) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). The problem set combines an ongoing collaborative research project between labs at UMD and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that examines the biophysical properties of collective cell migration with modern biophysical research methods. More specifically, this work focuses on the determination of cellular biomechanical properties during micropipette aspiration and the application of mathematical modeling in the posterior lateral line primordium migration during the embryonic development of danio rerio.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Deborah Hemingway
University of Maryland
1322 Toll Building
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20724
Phone: 2405479601
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eichenlaub, Mark; Losert, Wolfgang; Redish, Edward F