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SAU faculty members credited authors of biology lab manual utilized on campus

Laurinburg, NC - The St. Andrews University Biology department has continued a tradition of excellence with two of the professors contributing to a laboratory manual, Principles of Biology I traditionally used for freshmen biology courses.

Principles of Biology I, published by Hayden McNeil, began at the University of Louisiana Monroe in the 1990s as part of a National Science Foundation grant. Dr. Thomas Sasek and Dr. John Knesel wrote the manual with a goal of reviving and promoting the freshmen laboratory experience.

Sasek and Knesel continued to work together on each edition even after Knesel moved to St. Andrews.

“The continued collaboration with Dr. Knesel is, as always, a pleasure,” said Sasek.

Dennis Bell from the University of Louisiana, Monroe, joined the collaborations as revised editions were created. In the newly published 7th edition, St. Andrews professor Dr. Bonnie Draper becomes the newest contributor.

“I am very pleased to have Dr. Draper as a new co-author,” said Sasek. “She has made a major contribution by revising several of the chapters and experiments.”

The new edition contains several new additions, as students in Biology 201 at SAU will learn.

“The new edition streamlines some of the procedures, adds new microscopy and DNA mapping activities, and emphasizes group collaboration,” Draper said.

Students are also sure to recognize the cover photos of the lab manual are scenic shots from the St. Andrews campus.

“I am especially thrilled that Mr. Rooney Coffman, director of logistics at SAU, has provided the photos which make up the cover art ... they are stunning,” said Sasek.

In addition to weekly lab sessions, the laboratory manual includes data analysis and a semester-long project and presentation of research.

“This year, students will develop their pond in a jar projects in small groups and then form larger teams to compare how samples collected from the same site change with the addition of different organisms or vice versa,” said Draper.

Students will make presentations at the end of the semester, where they will share their research with the St. Andrews community.

“The presentation brings the whole project into perspective, as the students must figure out how to condense weeks’ worth of data and analysis into just a few minutes of conversation with a wide audience,” Draper said.

Senior students will have the opportunity to serve as judges and pose questions that challenge other students to think quickly and give information beyond what they have prepared.

“The students may have entered the course with the idea that they are simply observing pond water, but they will leave with all of the skills necessary to design, conduct, and present original research,” said Draper.


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