Columbia University - Department of Biological Sciences
UN1908 - First Year Seminar in Modern Biology - Fall 2016

  Wednesday  2:40-3:40, 601 Fairchild 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@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

7 14 21 28 5 12 19 26 2 9 16 23 30 7
September 7 No Class
September 14

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

  Smell
September 21 Dr. Oliver Hobert, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Determining Neural Cell Fate
September 28 Dr. Steve Kernie, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUMC
  The Role of Neural Stem Cells in Repair

October 5

Dr. Cathy Mendelsohn, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUMC
  Urinary Tract Regeneration & Cancer
October 12 No Class
October 19 Dr. Maxwell Gottesman, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, CUMC
  Bacterial Translation
October 26 Dr. Carol Troy, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUMC
  Molecular Mechanism of Neuronal Death
November 2 Dr. Lars Dietrich, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
 

Bacterial Colony/Biofilm Interactions

November 9 Dr. James Curley, Department of Psychology, Columbia University
  Neurobiology of Complex Social Behavior
November 16 Dr. Laura Johnston, Department of Genetics & Development, CUMC
  Cell Competition & Cancer

November 23

Thanksgiving - no class
November 30 Dr. Kenneth Olive, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUMC
  Pancreatic Cancer
December 7 Dr. Uttiya Basu, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, CUMC
  Non-Coding RNA Transcription

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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