Columbia University - Department of Biological Sciences
C2908 - First Year Seminar in Modern Biology - Fall 2013

  Wednesday  2:40-3:40, 415 Schapiro 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@biology.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 upto a week.  Grading is based on attendance, class participation and timely submission of summaries.

September

October

November

December

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September 4 No Class-Holiday
September 11

Dr. Clark Hung, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

  Joint Repair
September 18 Dr. Richard Mann, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, CUMC
  Hox genes - Differentiating between Arms & Legs
September 25 Dr. Eric Greene, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, CUMC
  Imaging DNA/Protein Interactions
October 2 Dr. Barclay Morrison, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
  Brain trauma - a silent epidemic
October 9 Dr. Carol Troy, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUMC
  Neuronal Cell Death
October 16 Dr. Kimara Targoff, Department of Pediatrics, CUMC
  Heart Development
October 23 Dr. Carol Prives, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  p53 & Cancer
October 30 Dr. David Fidock, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, CUMC
  Malaria
November 6 Dr. Lars Dietrich, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Bacterial Colony Interactions
November 13 Dr. John Hunt, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
 

Cystic Fibrosis

November 20 Dr. Stephen Rayport, Department of Psychiatry, CUMC, and NYSPI, Columbia University
  Schizophrenia
November 27 No class - Thanksgiving
December 4 Dr. James Manley, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Splicing

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 to maintain their grade.


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