Below are the topics for the Spring Human Biology Group Project.  Each group will email me (making sure all group members are cc'd on the email) letting me know what number and title topic they want.  Each group should include 3 choices.  I will reply all to the group letting them know which topic they have received.  As each topic is taken, I will highlight it with a yellow color so you can know what still remains to be chosen.  As can be seen, Topic 7 has already been chose by a group. 

I've included a column of Possible Inquiry Direction for each topic.  This is just to give your group some ideas.  If you are thinking of taking it another direction, just let me know.

TOPIC #   TOPICS - BLOOD DONATIONS   POSSIBLE INQUIRY DIRECTION 
1   Science of Blood   -  General background on blood including information about ABO blood types
 - Which blood is rarer and why?
 - Which blood is most in demand and why?
 - Anything else you might want to include such as history of donating blood. 
2   Companies - Blood  - What companies collect blood in South Florida?
 - Are these for-profit or non-profit companies?
 - If they are for-profit, how do they market blood and how successful are they. 
 - Anything else you might want to include such as information about international companies.
3   Blood Donation on FIU property   - Which of the above companies, if any, collect blood on FIU campuses?
 - How are they given permission to come onto FIU campuses?
 - Do they have to pay a fee to FIU?
 - What is the 'cost' (sandwich, shirt, movie ticket, etc?) of acquiring a FIU blood donation compared to what that donation is 'sold' for? 
 - Anything else you might want to include such as interviewing the people who stand outside the van soliciting donations.
4   Collection Procedures for blood  - What happens from the time a person enters the collection van until they leave.
 - What information is given the donor?
 - What training does the technician have?
 -  Anything else you might want to include such as interviewing the people who collect the blood.
5   What happens to blood collected   - How is the blood processed and stored?  If stored, for how long?
 - Does the blood remain in South Florida?  If not, where does it go and where is the blood used in S. Florida hospitals obtained from?
  - Anything else you might want to include such as 'tracking' a single pint of blood.
6   Where else in S. Florida is blood collected   - What other blood collection points are there in S. Florida?
 - How are other donors compensated?
 - Anything else you might want to include such as actually going to other collection points and determining how they obtain blood.
7   Who can and can't donate blood  - What are the guidelines for being able to donate blood?
 - Do these guidelines have a scientific basis?
 - Anything else you might want to include such as determining if the guidelines are the same in all S. Florida donation locations and in all U.S. donation locations.
  TOPICS - BONE MARROW DONATIONS POSSIBLE INQUIRY DIRECTION 
8   Science of Bone Marrow   - Why is bone marrow important?
 - How are the cells in one person's bone marrow different from another person's?
 -  Anything else you might want to include such as history of donating bone marrow. 
9  Initial solicitation for being possible bone marrow donor    - Where is the initial solicitation made?
 - What information is given to the possible donor about the process?
 - What is taken from the possible donor so their marrow profile can be entered in the Marrow database?
 - Anything else you might want to include such as interviewing the technician to determine their level of knowledge about the bone marrow donation procedure.
10  What happens next?   -  How is the blood analyzed so the person can be entered in the Marrow database?
 - What determines a preliminary match?
 -   Anything else you might want to include such as giving the statistics about how long a person seeking a donation usually stays in the database before they have a match to an appropriate donor.  How many people die before having a match?  Which ethnicities have a harder time finding a match and why?
11   Who is seeking a bone marrow donor?   - What diseases can be treated by a bone marrow donation?
 - What are the typical outcomes for those people who are successful in finding a match and receiving a donation?
 -  Anything else you might want to include such as finding some stories about people seeking donors and stories about people who either did or did not find donors. 
12   What happens if you are a bone marrow match?   - How are you contacted and by who?
 - What is the procedure leading up to the determination that you are a complete match?
 - Can you change your mind at any time and if you do change your mind, what happens?
 -  Anything else you might want to include such as any related costs or compensation for participating in the procedure.
13   Bone marrow donation procedure   - Where does the procedure take place?
 - Does the procedure hurt?  Is anesthetic administered?
 - What is removed and how?
 - What is the recovery time?
 - How is material removed from donor given to recipient?
 -  Anything else you might want to include such as including any first-hand accounts from donors who have undergone procedure.
  TOPICS - ORGAN DONOR POSSIBLE INQUIRY DIRECTION 
14  How to indicate willingness to be organ donor   - What are the ways you can indicate your willingness?
 - What are the limitations, such as age and health?
 -  Anything else you might want to include such as any other permission required before harvesting of organs.
15   Requirements for organ donation   - What is the typical medical condition of person who will have organs harvested?
 - What are the numbers for people who agree to be donors and then actually become donors? 
 - Anything else you might want to include such as statistics on how long people wait for certain organs and how many of these people live long enough to receive donation.
16   What can be harvested?   - What organs can be harvested and which are in highest demand?
 - Anything else you might want to include such as is there any truth to statements that organs are being 'stolen' from people in other countries and then sold on the blackmarket or are people willingly selling their organs for money?
17   Organ match requirements?   - What is looked at to determine if a donor's organs are a match for another person?
 - Why are family members looked at first for living donations?
 - What organs can a living person donate?
 - Anything else you might want to include such as which ethnicities have the most difficult time finding a match?
18   Effectiveness of receiving organs?   - How effective is receiving an organ donation in increasing length or quality of life?
 - Which conditions have the best and worst track record in organ donation results?
 - Anything else you might want to include such as the youngest and oldest successful recipient of an organ transplant or stories from families of donors and/or recipients.
19  Ethical questions about blood/marrow/organ donations   - Should there be a national or universal database with all people registered to be potential donors?
 - Is there any justification for a person to refuse to be a post-mortem organ donor?
 - Anything else you might want to include such as cultural taboos against organ donation and their role in a modern society.
  GROUP PROJECT OVERSIGHT POSSIBLE DIRECTION 
20   - Coordinator Group   - Member(s) will compile each of the separate sections within each topic category making a cohesive flow.
 - Member(s) will create site (such as Facebook page or website) where material will be placed for open access.
 - Anything else you might want to include such as visual or audio effects to enhance the viewing experience.