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Milestones in Microbiology

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD, Barbara Tharp, MS, Deanne B. Erdmann, MS, Sonia Rahmati Clayton, PhD, and James P. Denk, MA

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Have each student group present its timeline to the rest of the class. Afterward, lead a class discussion about any differences between groups’ timelines. Ask students to explain why and how they chose the order they did, and allow them to present their arguments. As the discussion winds down, try to lead the students toward consensus.

Revisit each set of clues with the class. Lead students to the appropriate conclusions by asking questions, such as, Why did every group place the same article first on the timeline? What is the most logical second event? Have students discuss how each event contributed to the discovery or invention in the subsequent event, and help them understand the importance of each event in historical context. Emphasize the critical nature played by new tools and techniques in advancing scientific research.

Funded by the following grant(s)

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Science Education Partnership Award, NIH

Grant Number: 5R25RR018605