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Read more about Introduction to Biosystems Engineering

Introduction to Biosystems Engineering

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Holden, Wolfe, Ogejo, and Cummins

Publishers: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and Virginia Tech Publishing

License: CC BY

The discipline of Biosystems Engineering emerged in the 1990s from the traditional strongholds of agricultural engineering and food engineering. Biosystems engineering integrates engineering science and design with applied biological, environmental, and agricultural sciences. Introduction to Biosystems Engineering is targeted at 1st and 2nd year university-level students with an interest in biosystems engineering but who are not yet familiar with the breadth and depth of the subject. It is designed as a coherent educational resource, also available for download as individual digital chapters. The book can be used as a localized, customizable text for introductory courses in Biosystems Engineering globally. It is written as a series of stand-alone chapters organized under six major topics: Food and Bioprocessing; Environment; Buildings and Infrastructure; Information and Communications Technology and Data; Machinery Systems; and Energy. Each chapter is organized around stated learning outcomes and describes key concepts, applications of the concepts, and worked examples.

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Read more about Coastal Dynamics

Coastal Dynamics

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Bosboom and Stive

Publisher: TU Delft Open

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This textbook on Coastal Dynamics focuses on the interrelation between physical wave, flow and sediment transport phenomena and the resulting morphodynamics of a wide variety of coastal systems. The textbook is unique in that it explicitly connects the dynamics of open coasts and tidal basins; not only is the interaction between open coasts and tidal basins of basic importance for the evolution of most coastal systems, but describing the similarities between their physical processes is highly instructive as well. This textbook emphasizes these similarities to the benefit of understanding shared processes such as nonlinearities in flow and sediment transport. Some prior knowledge with respect to the dynamics of flow, waves and sediment transport is recommended.

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Read more about A Mixed Course-Based Research Approach to Human Physiology

A Mixed Course-Based Research Approach to Human Physiology

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Haen Whitmer

Publisher: Iowa State University

License: CC BY-SA

The Biology 256 Laboratory course was designed to provide students with hands-on access to modern techniques in human physiological analyses using the course-based research pedagogical approach. In this course, students will learn how to perform literature searches; generate research questions and hypotheses; design experiments; collect, analyze, visualize and interpret data; and present scientific findings to others. The Biol 256L curriculum offers a high-impact human physiology experience that fosters the critical thinking skills required to be a successful citizen in a modern world filled with misinformation.

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Read more about Bio-Inspired Sensory Systems

Bio-Inspired Sensory Systems

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Brooks

Publisher: Florida State University

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Using natural sensory system concepts to develop and improve sensory systems will continue to thrive for many years to come. Technology advances rapidly (Moore’s Law) as does our understanding of biological principles and designs. These trends fuel the fertile grounds of bio-inspired sensory systems, a topic that is inherently multidisciplinary. This book will serve well as either an academic text on the subject or an introduction to the variety of proven bio-inspired designs. The focus is on sensory systems that interpret environmental stimuli. It introduces natural photo-, mechano-, and chemo-sensory systems across the animal kingdom and also summarizes various novel engineering ideas that glean ideas from these natural sensory systems.

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Read more about Monitoring Animal Populations and their Habitats: A Practitioner's Guide

Monitoring Animal Populations and their Habitats: A Practitioner's Guide

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: McComb, Zuckerberg, Vesely, and Jordan

Publisher: Oregon State University

License: CC BY-NC-SA

We designed this book to offer a comprehensive overview of the monitoring process, from start to finish. Although there are books that deal with sampling design and the quantitative analysis of population data, there are few that provide practical advice covering the entire evolution of a monitoring plan from incorporating stakeholder input to data collection to data management and analysis to reporting. This book strives to present an overview of this process. We also acknowledge that any such effort tends to reflect the interests and expertise of the authors, and as such, there is a distinct emphasis on monitoring vertebrate populations and upland habitats. Although many of our examples tend to focus on bird populations and forested habitats, we have made an attempt to cover other taxa and habitat types as well, and many of the recommendations and suggestions that we present are applicable to a diversity of monitoring programs.

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Read more about Exploring Physical Phenomena

Exploring Physical Phenomena

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributors: van Zee and Gire

Publisher: Oregon State University

License: CC BY-SA

This course is intended for prospective and practicing elementary and middle school teachers. By exploring physical phenomena in class, you will learn science in ways in which you are expected to teach science in schools or in informal settings such as afterschool programs, youth group meetings, and museum workshops. This course also is appropriate for general science students and others interested in exploring some of the physical phenomena underlying global climate change.

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Read more about All Things Flow: Fluid Mechanics for the Natural Sciences

All Things Flow: Fluid Mechanics for the Natural Sciences

Copyright Year: 2019

Contributor: Smyth

Publisher: Oregon State University

License: CC BY-NC

This book began as lecture notes for an Oregon State University course in fluid mechanics, designed for beginning graduate students in physical oceanography. Because of its fundamental nature, this course is often taken by students outside physical oceanography, e.g., atmospheric science, civil engineering, physics and mathematics.

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Read more about A Guide to the Principles of Animal Nutrition

A Guide to the Principles of Animal Nutrition

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: Cherian

Publisher: Oregon State University

License: CC BY-NC

Based on over 20 years of teaching experience in animal nutrition, this study guide will enhance learning basic food animal nutritional principles.

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Read more about Environmental Toxicology

Environmental Toxicology

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributor: van Gestel

Publisher: Environmental Toxicology

License: CC BY

This open online textbook on Environmental Toxicology aims at covering the field in its full width, including aspects of environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, toxicology and risk assessment. With that, it will contribute to improving the quality, continuity and transparency of the education in environmental toxicology. We also want to make sure that fundamental insights on fate and effects of chemicals gained in the past are combined with recent approaches of effect assessment and molecular analysis of mechanisms causing toxicity.

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Read more about Nutrition: Science and Everyday Application - beta v 0.1

Nutrition: Science and Everyday Application - beta v 0.1

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Callahan, Leonard, and Powell

Publisher: Open Oregon Educational Resources

License: CC BY-NC

This book is designed as an OER text and learning resource for undergraduate students enrolled in FN 225 Nutrition at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. The book covers basic nutrition and metabolism, information literacy, energy balance, nutrition across life stages, dietary supplements, an in-depth look at each of the macronutrients, and major functions of vitamins and minerals.

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