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Volume 47 Issue 1, May 2018



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  • UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION up

    • Amanda E. Sorensen, Lucía Corral, Jenny M. Dauer and Joseph J. Fontaine
      Integrating Authentic Scientific Research in a Conservation Course–Based Undergraduate Research Experience
      Core Ideas
      • Field-based conservation CUREs can engage more students in authentic research.
      • Model-based pedagogy in CUREs allows students to grapple with complexity of scientific research.
      • Post CURE, student assessment shows science skill gains and clarity in professional goals.
      • Post CURE, students are more likely to talk with friends, family, or the public about wildlife conservation.
      doi:10.4195/nse2018.02.0004
      Natural Sciences Education 2018 47:180004
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    • Maja Krzic, Julie Wilson and Darrell Hoffman
      Scaffolding Student Learning: Forest Floor Example
      Core Ideas
      • Through instructional scaffolding, students move toward independent learning.
      • The forest floor is an important bridge between aboveground living vegetation and soil.
      • The topic of forest floor is not typically covered in the university curriculum.
      doi:10.4195/nse2017.11.0023
      Natural Sciences Education 2018 47:170023
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    • Elizabeth A. Flaherty, Rachael E. Urbanek, Darren M. Wood, Casey C. Day, Laura E. D’Acunto, Vanessa S. Quinn and Patrick A. Zollner
      A Framework for Mentoring Students Attending Their First Professional Conference
      Core Ideas
      • Undergraduate students benefit by attending conferences and interacting with professionals.
      • Active mentoring and support before, during, and after a conference increases student confidence.
      • Students gained a sense of belonging, social benefits, and career confirmation through the course.
      • Developing professional relationships likely leads to increased retention of professionals.
      • This mentoring course focused on students in natural resource and environmental sciences, but the course structure is easily transferrable to other disciplines.
      doi:10.4195/nse2017.10.0022
      Natural Sciences Education 2018 47:170022
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    • Meghan Sindelar, Martha Mamo and Ana Wingeyer
      Student Developed Knowledge Portfolios from a Soil Fertility Course
      Core Ideas
      • Portfolios are useful for students to organize and reflect upon course content.
      • Portfolios can serve as a knowledge toolbox that students can use in future work.
      • The portfolio assignment used in a soil fertility course is described.
      doi:10.4195/nse2017.07.0014
      Natural Sciences Education 2018 47:170014
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  • EXTENSION up

    • Drew M. Gholson, Diane E. Boellstorff, Scott R. Cummings, Kevin L. Wagner and Monty C. Dozier
      Outreach Preferences for Water Resource Information from Extension and Other Sources
      Core Ideas
      • This study assessed outreach effectiveness and audiences’ preferences for learning about water issues.
      • This study evaluates possible trends in preferences for information sources related to socio-demographic variables.
      • Random sample survey of Texans to evaluate citizen awareness, attitudes, and willingness to act on water issues.
      doi:10.4195/nse2018.01.0001
      Natural Sciences Education 2018 47:180001
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    • E. A. Mikhailova
      Enhancing Soil Science Education with a Graphic Syllabus
      Core Ideas
      • The graphic syllabus can be an addition to the traditional course syllabus.
      • The graphic syllabus enables students to visualize the “big picture” of the course.
      • Most students preferred graphic syllabus in addition to traditional one.
      doi:10.4195/nse2017.12.0025
      Natural Sciences Education 2018 47:170025
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  • STUDENT MANUSCRIPTS up

    • Stella L. Pey
      Impact of Long-Term Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment on Soil Quality
      doi:10.4195/nse2018.01.0101
      Natural Sciences Education 2018 47:180101
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    • Logan Evers
      Sugarcane Aphid in Sorghum
      doi:10.4195/nse2018.01.0102
      Natural Sciences Education 2018 47:180102
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    • Nicole Sudbeck
      The Impacts of the Zika Virus
      doi:10.4195/nse2018.01.0103
      Natural Sciences Education 2018 47:180103
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    • Newsfeatures
      doi:10.4195/nse2018.03.0100
      Natural Sciences Education 2018 47:180100
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  • EXCELLENCE AWARDS up


    • Recipients of NSE Editor’s Citation for Excellence, 2017
      doi:10.4195/nse2018.01.0500
      Natural Sciences Education 2018 47:180500
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