Columbia University - Department of Biological Sciences
UN1908 - First Year Seminar in Biology - Fall 2021

 
Thursday  3pm-3:55pm
Instructor: Dr. Alice Heicklen

This course gives you a chance to hear about the latest research being conducted by scientists at Columbia University. Attendance at lectures is required. After each lecture, you should write a summary of the talk (1/2 to 1 page, maximum) and email it (pasted into the body of your message) to my assistant, Chanda Springer, at cs2660@columbia.edu by the following Wednesday (7 days later) at 8am. Rewrite the notes you take during class into 1-2 coherent paragraphs.

September

October

November

December

9 16 23 30 7 14 21 28 4 11 18 25 2 9

September 9

No Class
September 16 No Class
September 23

Dr. Stuart Firestein, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University

  Smell
September 30 Dr. Oliver Hobert, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Neural Fate
October 7 Dr. Laura Duvall, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Mosquitos' Attraction to Humans

October 14

Dr. Liza Pon, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUIMC
  Mitochondrial Aging
October 21 Dr. John Hunt, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Cystic Fibrosis
October 28 Dr. Kenneth Olive, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUIMC
  Pancreatic Cancer
November 4 Dr. Anna-Lena Steckelberg, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, CUIMC
  Crafty Viruses
November 11 Veterans Day
November 18 Dr. Lars Dietrich, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Bacterial Hordes
November 25 Thanksgiving Holiday

December 2

Dr. Marko Jovanovic, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Translational Regulation of Gene Expression
December 9 Dr. Erin Barnhart, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Power Hungry Neurons

Grading
You must attend class, turn in your weekly summary on time and participate in class (ask at least two questions during the semester and participate in class activities) to maintain your grade. If you attend class but do not turn in a summary, this counts as if you missed the class. Everyone begins with an A. Every missed class decreases your grade one step: A to A-, A- to B+, etc. You can check the Grade Book in Canvas to verify that your assignments have been recorded. Recording of the grade in Canvas may take up to a week. Each assignment (attendance and summary) is worth 2 points. 2 points=submitted, 1 point=some issue, and 0 points=not submitted.

Dr. Alice Heicklen Department of Biological Sciences Columbia University