Columbia University - Department of Biological Sciences
UN1908 - First Year Seminar in Biology - Fall 2023

 
Thursdays  3pm-3:55pm, 601 Fairchild

This course gives you a chance to hear about the latest research being conducted by scientists at Columbia University. Attendance at lectures is required, including the first lecture on 9/14. 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 Chanda Springer at [email protected] by the following Wednesday (6 days later) at 8am. Rewrite the notes you take during class into 1-2 coherent paragraphs.

September

October

November

December

7 14 21 28 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7

September 7

No Class
September 14

Dr. Laura Duvall, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University

  Getting Mosquitoes to Stop Biting
September 21

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

  Smell
September 28 Dr. Oliver Hobert, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Determing which Type of Neuron to Become
October 5 Dr. Lars Dietrich, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  The Good and Bad of Bacteria

October 12

Dr. Samuel Sternberg, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, CUIMC
  Editing the Code of Life with CRISPR
October 19 Dr. Jaewon Min, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUIMC
  Chromosomes Count Time
October 26 Dr. Christine Iok In Chio, Department of Genetics & Development, CUIMC
  Pancreatic Cancer
November 2 Dr. Ishmail Abdus-Saboor, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Perceiving Pain & Pleasure
November 9 Dr. Simon Tavare, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
 

Cancer by the Numbers

November 16 Dr. Jonathan Javitch, Department of Psychiatry, CUIMC & NYSPI
  Opiods & Depression
November 23 Thanksgiving Holiday

November 30

Dr. Rolando Perez-Lorenzo, Department of Dermatology, CUIMC
  Hair Loss in the Age of Skin Cancer
December 7 Dr. John Hunt, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Cystic Fibrosis

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.