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Volume 46 Issue 1, August 2017



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  • NEWSFEATURES up

  • UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION up

    • Darrell Hoffman, Maja Krzic, Samson Nashon and Margaret Schmidt
      Blending Multimedia and Face-to-Face Teaching to Enhance Learning about the Forest Floor
      Core Ideas
      • Forest floor is essential to forest ecosystems, but classification is difficult.
      • Multimedia and face-to-face learning can teach visual tasks like soil classification.
      • Students identified repeated visualizations and collaboration as important.
      • Combining quantitative and qualitative methods of assessment gives deeper insights.
      doi:10.4195/nse2017.05.0008
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    • Karen L. Vaughan, Robert E. Vaughan and Janel M. Seeley
      Experiential Learning in Soil Science: Use of an Augmented Reality Sandbox
      Core Ideas
      • Greater learning occurs when students are active participants.
      • An augmented reality sandbox belongs in the soil science classroom.
      • Experiential learning increases student engagement.
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    • Nagwan R. Zahry and John C. Besley
      Students’ Perceptions of Agriculture and Natural Resources Majors: Understanding STEM Choice
      Core Ideas
      • Perceptions about college of agriculture as STEM-related college.
      • Factors that predictors students’ interest in college of agriculture.
      • Descriptive norms, warmth, and competence of agricultural professionals are predictors of students’ appeal of agricultural majors.
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    • Ryan Sharp and Adam Ahlers
      Undergraduates’ Understanding of Agricultural Impacts on Wildlife: A Case for Wildlife Conservation Education
      Core Ideas
      • Students’ perceptions of agriculture’s impact on wildlife populations differ from science-based information.
      • Academic major may influence students’ perceptions of agriculture’s impact on wildlife populations.
      • Where students obtain their information influences perceptions of wildlife conservation.
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  • K-12 EDUCATION up

    • Christina Lappa, Nicholas Kyparissos and Stefanos Paraskevopoulos
      Environmental Education at the Special School: Opinions of Special Education Teachers
      Core Ideas
      • Environmental education in special education is feasible.
      • Environmental education requires further training of educators.
      • Environmental education is beneficial to children with disabilities.
      doi:10.4195/nse2017.02.0004
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    • Ahmad N. Aziz, Fisseha Tegegne, Jason de Koff and Roger Wiemers
      Biofuel Training Workshops for Diverse Stakeholders Ranging from Pre-College Students to Educators
      Core Ideas
      • Biofuels workshops positively affected educators, pre-college students, and graduate students.
      • Multidisciplinary trainings were implemented to accommodate diverse knowledge levels while each groups’ needs were assessed to facilitate future adaptations.
      • For continued teaching, all educators were provided biodiesel classroom teaching kits.
      • Training materials are available online for continued accessibility to stakeholders.
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    • Jana Laganis, Kristina Prosen and Gregor Torkar
      Classroom versus Outdoor Biology Education Using a Woody Species Identification Digital Dichotomous Key
      Core Ideas
      • The digital identification key proved to be successful in promoting learning, regardless of the learning scenario.
      • Students who gained better results on the tests also had a better opinion about the app and its usefulness for learning about organisms.
      • No major gender-related differences were found in attitudes toward the use of this app and in knowledge.
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  • STUDENT ESSAYS up

    • Andrew Lindsay
      Organic Carbon Analysis of Charcoal-Enriched Soils at Catoctin Mountain Park, MD
      doi:10.4195/nse2017.01.0101
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    • Sarah Zerger
      Management of Sugarcane Aphid in Sorghum
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    • Kayla Smith
      Elevating Precision Agriculture to New Heights
      doi:10.4195/nse2017.01.0103
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  • GRADUATE EDUCATION up

    • Debolina Chakraborty, Michael Mulvaney, Diane Rowland, Jerry Bennett, George Hochmuth and Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez
      Increasing the Disciplinary Breadth in Graduate Training in Agricultural Science to Meet the Industry Need for Addressing Global Food System Complexity
      Core Ideas
      • Interaction with industry through industry feedback or internship would expose students to practical problems, technologies, management practices, and issues facing modern agriculture.
      • Practical experience is often lacking in current agriculture industry applicants.
      • Certificate programs should be given increased emphasis in agricultural curricula.
      doi:10.4195/nse2016.07.0021
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  • RESEARCH up

    • I. A. Kareem, I. A. Ayinde, A. O. Dipeolu and C. I. Sodiya
      Comparative Gender Efficiency in Cassava Production in Ogun State, Nigeria
      Core Ideas
      • This study described the socioeconomic and production characteristics of cassava producers in the study area.
      • This study determined the production efficiency of cassava farmers.
      • This study found out the effect of gender in production inefficiency of cassava in the study area.
      doi:10.4195/nse2016.03.0006
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    • Alexa J. Lamm and Kevan W. Lamm
      Mapping the Money: A Social Network Analysis of Funding Relationships among Higher Education Biology Opinion Leaders
      Core Ideas
      • Securing grant funding for science education is more important than ever.
      • The National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Institute of General Medical Sciences were central actors in funding networks.
      • Relationships between sources can provide opportunities and gateways for future funding.
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  • UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION up

    • Jason D. Smith and Rupesh R. Kariyat
      Plants are Not Sitting Ducks: Teaching Module on Plant Biochemical Interactions with Insects
      Core Ideas
      • Plant–caterpillar bioassays are ideal, low-cost research tools to investigate plant–herbivore interactions and underlying genetic, chemical, and physical aspects of plant biology.
      • We present methods and results for a caterpillar bioassay that was conducted by students in an introductory biology class.
      • This teaching module illustrates: (1) genetic control of plant defense traits in Arabidopsis thaliana, (2) the importance of chemicals in biological/ecological interactions, and (3) the interplay of plant defenses and herbivore responses.
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    • Marcella A. Windmuller-Campione and David R. Carter
      Active Learning Using Smart Phones in a Flipped Classroom: A Case Study on Developing Final Videos in Silviculture
      Core Ideas
      • The ubiquity of smart devices is changing classroom capabilities in higher education natural resource classes.
      • The final video project extends the active learning environment outside the physical classroom into the forest.
      • The final video assignment is essentially a cumulative, open-book exam where students practice presentation skills and interact with technology.
      • This assignment can be adapted for other subjects and/or larger classes by shifting the focus of the rubric to encompass the goals of the class.
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  • EXCELLENCE AWARDS up


    • Recipients of NSE Editor’s Citation for Excellence, 2016
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