Columbia University - Department of Biological Sciences
C2908 - First Year Seminar in Modern Biology - Fall 2014

  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 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 3 No Class
September 10

Dr. John Hunt, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University

  Cystic Fibrosis
September 17 Dr. Christine Denny, Department of Psychiatry, CUMC
  Memory Disorders
September 24 No Class-Holiday
October 1 Dr. Eric Greene, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, CUMC
  DNA/Protein Interactions
October 8 Dr. Rebecca Haeusler, Department of Pathology & Cell Biology, CUMC
  Diabetes & Cholesterol Metabolism
October 15 Dr. Laura Kaufman, Department of Chemistry, Columbia University
  Cancer Cell Migration
October 22 Dr. Jose Moron-Concepcion, Department of Anesthesiology, CUMC
  Pain & Addiction to Opiods
October 29 Dr. Ozgur Sahin, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Alternative "Spore" Energy
November 5 Dr. Vincent Racaniello, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, CUMC
  Viruses are Mostly Good for You!
November 12 Dr. Barclay Morrison, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University

Traumatic Brain Injury

November 19 Dr. Lars Dietrich, Department of Biological Sciences, Columbia University
  Bacteria & Biofilms
November 26 No class - Thanksgiving
December 3 Dr. Frank Costantini, Department of Genetics & Development, CUMC
  Kidney Development

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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Dr. Alice Heicklen Department of Biological Sciences Columbia University