Columbia University - Department of Biological Sciences
C2908 - First Year Seminar in Modern Biology - Fall 2015

  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 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.





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September 9 No Class
September 16

Dr. Liza Pon, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUMC

  Mitochondria & Aging
September 23 No Class
September 30 Dr. Clark Hung, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
  Knee Replacement
October 7 Dr. Eric Greene, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, CUMC
  CRISPR/DNA Protein Interaction
October 14 Dr. Carol Prives, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  p53 & Cancer
October 21 Dr. Kenneth Olive, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUMC
  Pancreatic Cancer
October 28 Dr.Tim Bestor, Department of Genetics & Development, CUMC
  Sperm DNA Methylation
November 4 Dr. Stephen Rayport, Department of Psychiatry, CUMC, and NYSPI
November 11 Dr. Steve Kernie, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUMC
  Traumatic Brain Injury
November 18 Dr. Jonathan Dworkin, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, CUMC

Bacterial Spores & Antibiotics

November 25 No class - Thanksgiving
December 2 Dr. Stuart Firestein, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
December 9 Dr. David Fidock, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, CUMC

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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