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Using a Vaccine Proposal Assignment to Help Students Synthesize Topics Covered in an Undergraduate Immunology Course

    Author: Rebecca L. Sparks-Thissen1
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    Affiliations: 1: Department of Biology, University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, IN 47712
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    • Corresponding author. Mailing address: Department of Biology, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Blvd., Evansville, IN 47712. Phone: 812-465-1642. E-mail: rlsparksth@usi.edu.
    • ©2015 Author(s). Published by the American Society for Microbiology.
    Source: J. Microbiol. Biol. Educ. December 2015 vol. 16 no. 2 258-259. doi:10.1128/jmbe.v16i2.896
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    Abstract:

    Undergraduate students often have difficulty keeping track of all the pieces of the immune response and how they relate to each other. To help students synthesize the information in an upper-level, undergraduate immunology course, the students in my course investigate the immune response to pathogen of their choosing and then use that information to design a vaccine to that pathogen.

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2. Williams AH2011A sweet vaccination—the deadly Hershey’s kissJ Microbiol Biol Educ12545510.1128/jmbe.v12i1.256 http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/jmbe.v12i1.256
3. Williams WW, et al2014Noninfluenza vaccination coverage among adults—United States, 2012MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep639510224500288
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Abstract:

Undergraduate students often have difficulty keeping track of all the pieces of the immune response and how they relate to each other. To help students synthesize the information in an upper-level, undergraduate immunology course, the students in my course investigate the immune response to pathogen of their choosing and then use that information to design a vaccine to that pathogen.

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