This manual provides microbiology students with clinically relevant, real-world learning opportunities set within the framework of the microbiology laboratory. Each exercise contains a Focusing on Health section that interweaves material from the laboratory with applications in public health and/or the clinic. These vignettes aim to build student interest and connections, consistent with recommendations from the Vision and Change report. For instructors, this integration creates the opportunity for productive discussion of the impact of microbes on human health throughout the term.
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Derek Weber is a professor of biology and microbiology at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville, NJ. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and a Ph.D. in Biomolecular Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current scholarly work focuses on the intentional integration of instructional technology and the introduction of clinically-relevant material to create an active and engaging learning environment across all methods of course delivery. His work has been recognized with multiple recognitions and awards, including the Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology at the International Teaching and Learning Conference. Derek is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and regularly attends the annual American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE) each summer.