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BIO 12N: Sensory Ecology of Marine Animals

Animals living in the oceans experience a highly varied range of environmental stimuli. An aquatic lifestyle requires an equally rich range of sensory adaptations, including some that are totally foreign to us. In this course we will examine sensory system in marine animals from both an environmental and behavioral perspective and from the point of view of neuroscience and information systems engineering.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-SMA | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Thompson, S. (PI)

BIO 13N: Environmental Problems and Solutions

Preference to freshmen. Students do independent investigations of current environmental problems, analyzing differing views of them and discussing possible solutions. Each student gives seminar presentations and leads seminar discussions. Short, documented position papers are written for policy makers.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

BIO 15N: Environmental Literacy

Preference to freshmen. Lack of public understanding of the details of most environmental problems is cited as a cause of environmental deterioration. Good citizenship requires literacy about the elements of the scientific and decision making processes that accompany most environmental issues: what can happen, what are the odds, how can the credibility of sources of expertise be assessed, which components of environmental debates deal with factual and theoretical issues, and which are political value judgments?
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Root, T. (PI)

BIO 17N: Getting Renewable Energy up to Scale: The Problem of Location

As the climate continues to warm, plants and animals around the globe have a higher risk of going extinct. The Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) Assessment Report 4 said in 2007 that when the global average temperature gets to 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) above the global average temperature in the mid 1700s, 20 to 40% of the species on the plant could be at high risk of extinction. Given that we know about two million species on the planet that means that 400,000 to 800,000 species could be at high risk. The IPCC went on to say that if the global average temperature gets to as much as 4 degrees C (7.2 degrees F) above natural, then as many as half of the species on the plant could be at high risk of extinction. Currently we are on a trajectory of surpassing 2 degrees C well before the end of the 21st Century. The only way to drop to a lower temperature trajectory is to decrease the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere, which can be done by either scrubbing the CO2 out of the atmosphere or decreasing our emission of CO2. Techniques to do the former at the scale needed are not known as of yet, while decreasing our emissions substantially we do understand: it will require increasing substantially the amount of renewable energy used, which in turn will require deployment of renewables to a much greater amount than is planned currently. One of the main reasons holding up deployment of renewables is the debate about where the renewables will be located. This seminar will examine the arguments about the need for renewables, investigate the pros and cons of locating renewable at different sites and try to determine if and where the best locations might be.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Root, T. (PI)

BIO 18Q: Plant Evolutionary Ecology

Plant EcoEvo analyzes the conceptual basis of ecology and evolution from the plants' perspective. After a broad overview of the biomes of the world, it explores population ecology, community ecology and biotic interactions. This is followed by an analysis of biodiversity from the botanical perspective and closes with a discussion of anthropogenic impact on plants. The course is based on lectures and practical activities (discussion of selected papers; analysis of data; laboratory activities, 2 field trips). Emphasis: Latin American ecosystems.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

BIO 20: Introduction to Brain and Behavior (HUMBIO 21)

Evolutionary principles to understand how the brain regulates behavior physiologically, and is also influenced by behavioral interactions. Topics include neuron structure and function, transmission of neural information, anatomy and physiology of sensory and motor systems, regulation of body states, the biological basis of learning and memory, and behavioral abnormalities.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

BIO 20N: Learning Creativity in Biology through Finding a Good Problem and Searching for Innovative Solutions

This course will explore how we can learn to be creative in biology. Examples of interesting problems include energy limitation, food security, species conservation and climate change. Once we agree on a problem to tackle, students will work in groups to find similar problems and solutions in other fields, construct a new solution together and debate positive and negative aspects of the solution to refine it. Students will gain experience in reading primary literature, innovative thinking, speaking and listening skills.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 3 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)

BIO 22Q: Infection, Immunity, and Global Health

Why do infectious diseases continue to challenge us despite advances in medicine? This course will explore the causes and prevention of infectious diseases, focusing on the interplay between pathogens, the immune system, the environment, and societal factors that affect disease occurrence and outcomes. Topics will include: basic elements of microbiology, immunology, and epidemiology; case studies of old diseases (e.g., smallpox, tuberculosis, malaria) and recently-emergent diseases (e.g., Ebola, AIDS, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, Lyme disease, and pandemic influenza) that illustrate the biological, environmental, cultural, political, and economic factors that affect disease emergence, spread, and control; the limitations of modern medical approaches such as antibiotics and vaccines; and strategies for reducing global infectious disease threats. The seminar will feature class discussion, student projects, and faculty and student presentations. Prerequisite: biology background, preferably introductory college courses (e.g., 41, 42, or HUMBIO 2A, 3A).
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Jones, P. (PI)

BIO 23N: FACEBUG: The Social Life of Microbes

Exploration of three crucial aspects of microbial life. First, examine how the unseen microbial majority is responsible for critical but under-appreciated aspects of the biology of the planet. Second, investigate the array of current genomic and imaging tools available to probe microscopic organisms in the environment. Last, we will research the importance of microbial communities and social dynamics in ecological and human health settings.
Terms: not given this year | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

BIO 26N: Maintenance of the Genome

Preference to freshmen. The precious blueprint for life is entrusted to the genomic DNA molecules in all living cells. Multiple strategies have evolved to prevent the deleterious consequences from endogenous DNA alterations and damage from radiation or genotoxic chemicals in the environment. In this seminar you will learn about the remarkable systems that scan cellular DNA for alterations and make repairs to ensure genomic stability. Deficiencies in DNA repair have been implicated in many hereditary diseases involving developmental defects, premature aging, and/or predisposition to cancer. An understanding of DNA repair mechanisms is important for advances in the fields of cancer biology, neurobiology, and gerontology. Background readings, introductory lectures, student presentations, short term paper.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Hanawalt, P. (PI)
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