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Scott Freeman received his Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington and was subsequently awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Evolution at Princeton University. His current research focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning and he recently published two papers on his work: (1) how active learning and peer teaching techniques increase student learning and improve performance in introductory biology (Freeman, S., E. O’Connor, J.W. Parks, M. Cunningham, D. Hurley, D. Haak, C. Dirks, and M.P. Wenderoth. 2007. Prescribed active learning increases performance in introductory biology. CBE–Life Sciences Education 6: 132-139.); and (2) how the levels of exam questions vary among introductory biology courses, standardized post-graduate entrance exams, and professional school courses (Zheng, A.Y., J.K. Lawhorn, T. Lumley, and S. Freeman. 2007. Applications of Bloom’s Taxonomy Debunks the “MCAT Myth.” Science 25 January 2008: 414-415).
Illustrator, Kim Quillin, combines expertise in biology and information design to create lucid visual representations of biological principles. She received her B.A. in Biology at Oberlin College and her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from the University of California, Berkeley (as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow), and has taught undergraduate biology at both schools. Students and instructors alike have praised Kim’s illustration programs for Biological Science, as well as Biology: A Guide to the Natural World, by David Krogh, and Biology: Science for Life, by Colleen Belk and Virginia Borden, for their success at the visual communication of biology. Kim is a lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences at Salisbury University.
Table of Contents
1. Biology and the Tree of Life
2. Water and Carbon: The Chemical Basis of Life
3. Protein Structure and Function
4. Nucleic Acids and the RNA World
5. An Introduction to Carbohydrates
6. Lipids, Membranes, and the First Cells
7. Inside the Cell
8. Cell-Cell Interactions
9. Cellular Respiration and Fermentation
11. The Cell Cycle
13. Mendel and the Gene
14. DNA and the Gene: Synthesis and Repair
15. How Genes Work
16. Transcription, RNA Processing, and Translation
17. Control of Gene Expression in Bacteria
18. Control of Gene Expression in Eukaryotes
19. Analyzing and Engineering Genes
21. Principles of Development
22. An Introduction to Animal Development
23. An Introduction to Plant Development