Columbia University - Department of Biological Sciences
UN1908 - First Year Seminar in Modern Biology - Fall 2018

  Wednesday  2:40-3:40, 601 Fairchild Instructor: Dr. Alice Heicklen Home Pages

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. The use of computers in class is not permitted. You can check the Grade Book at CourseWorks to verify that your assignments have been recorded. Recording of the grade in CourseWorks may take up to a week.  Grading is based on attendance, class participation and timely submission of summaries.

September

October

November

December

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September 5

No Class
September 12

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

  Smell
September 19 Holiday
September 26 Dr. Gerard Karsenty, Department of Genetics & Development, CUMC
  Bones Do More Than Just Support the Body

October 3

Dr. John Hunt, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Cystic Fibrosis
October 10 Dr. Wayne Frankel, Department of Genetics & Development, CUMC
  Epilepsy
October 17 Dr. Sarah Woolley, Department of Psychology, MBBI
  Social Communication
October 24 Dr. Jonathan Javitch, Department of Psychiatry, CUMC
  Can Understanding How the Brain Processes Rejection Help Treat Depression?
October 31 Dr. Liza Pon, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUMC
 

Mitochondria & Aging

November 7 Dr. Kenneth Olive, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUMC
  Pancreatic Cancer
November 14 Dr. Oliver Hobert, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Studying the Brain Using a Simple Model Organism

November 21

Academic Holiday

November 28

Dr. Kelley Yan, Department of Genetics & Development, CUMC
  Intestiinal Stem Cells
December 5 Dr. Lars Dietrich, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Biofilms

Grading
Everyone begins with an A. Every missed class decreases your grade one step: A to A-, A- to B+, etc. If you attend class but do not turn in a summary, this counts as if you missed the class. In addition, each student must each ask two questions during the semester and participate in end of class activities to maintain your grade.


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