||BIO260: Teaching Biology: Pedagogy and Practice
This course aims to enhance the professional development of
graduate students by preparing them to teach biological
sciences in academic venues that range from community
colleges to Research I universities. Graduate student
participants will be introduced to issues related to
teaching in both lab and lecture settings and will apply
effective teaching techniques in their own classrooms.
Program participants will learn about pedagogy, gain
practical teaching experience, and receive mentoring and
formal evaluation of their teaching. The course requirements
are designed to be flexible enough to be pursued alongside
full-time disciplinary studies, yet ensure that participants
are rigorously trained in biology-specific pedagogy. Fall Drs. McVey (course coordinator), McLaughlin. 1 graded
credit. Prerequisite: consent/BIO13L Teaching Assistants
||BIO13: Cells and Organisms
An introductory course primarily for prospective biology
majors. This course must be taken WITH the lab. General
biological principles and widely used methods related to
current advances in biochemistry, cell and molecular
biology, genetics, plant and biomedical sciences (i.e.
developmental biology). Co-taught by members of the biology
department; Fall Drs. McLaughlin (course coordinator),
Fuhrman, McVey, Koegel, and Gaudette (Lab coordinator)
||BIO103-01: Developmental Biology
Note: currently taught by S. Ernst
Developmental biology explores the continuity of life
itself. As we gain a deeper understanding of development, we
not only satisfy our curiosity about one of the most
fascinating and exquisite events in nature, but we acquire
additional tools that enable us to explore numerous
biological processes. This course will present an overview
of the mechanisms involved in creating a complex
multicellular organism from a single cell, the fertilized
egg. Lecture topics will focus on many diverse aspects of
development, ranging from the genes and molecular events
that control development to the structural changes that an
organism undergoes as it develops.
||BIO052: Experiments in Cell Biology Laboratory
Course description: Investigation of several laboratory
problems using standard techniques of cell biology. Emphasis
PCR, microscopy, cell signaling, and regeneration. One
laboratory session per week plus one discussion period.
Prerequisites: sophomore standing and Biology 13 or
equivalent. Spring semester.
||BIO-182: Seminar Cell Signaling: Life, Death, and
Note: If you are planning on grad.
school -this class is a MUST ! LIMITED enrollment
BIO 182 Seminar Cell Signaling: Life, Death and Disease
In order to demonstrate the importance of cellular
communication, this course will focus on three areas of
research: life (i.e. cancer, stem cells, teratomas), death
(apoptosis) and disease (syndromes and developmental
anomalies). During the semester students will be expected to
present and read papers from the current literature, design
and write a research proposal, and become familiar with
principal signal transduction pathways. Prerequisites: BIO13
or 14 and BIO41
RESEARCH IN THE MCLAUGHLIN LABORATORY! We conduct
research all year long...but the summer is a great time for
undergraduates to get a feel for life in a lab working
full-time with the team. Lots of interesting real science...
conferences... and much, much more... It's not CSI - it's
||Science and the media: the fact behind
Science and the media, the fact behind the fiction - In this
workshop we will explore some of the science behind the
fiction that has flooded our media in recent years. Can
researchers make dinosaurs like those seen in "Jurassic
Park"? During these seminars we will sort out the facts from
the fiction by examining some of the "science-melodrama"
commonly found on T.V./movies and in published articles. Our
topics will primarily focus on molecular development
(cloning and biotechnology) as we unravel some of the
mysteries of this fascinating and fast-paced area of
research. Week one will focus on the highly publicized topic
of cloning, and in week two we will discuss gene regulation
(biotechnology). In each workshop we will explore specific
subjects via both hands-on activities (laboratory activities
where we will complete several experiments including
isolating DNA from Kiwi fruit using ONLY household
products), selected readings (primary literature and popular
press-type publications), view popular media selections that
encompass these issues (movies and television), and discuss
the truth and implications these topics have on our society.
This is a K-12 educators' workshop run through the Teachers
as Scholars program.
||The Other Side of Science - Life beyond
The Other Side of Science – (summer 2004-present)
This program was designed to help prepare students
(undergraduate/graduate) for "life after leaving the lab".
After years of working with students, it became apparent
that there were some missing instruction in the typical
teaching curriculum. After speaking with colleagues a list
was created of skills that should be taught to students –
with the hope of helping prepare them for life in the "real
world". Some of these activities include: proper
hand-shaking techniques, C.V. and resume writing, restaurant
etiquette (interview-style), writing figure legends,
database searches, editing, writing a layperson summary of a
research project, formal & informal presentations
(scientific and general audience), project budgets, website
design, poster presentations, reading primary literature
effectively (good and bad uses for Google), requesting
reagents (writing a good cover letter and a follow-up thank
you note), scientific ethics (i.e. cheating, fabricated
data, authorship order), the art of "small world/small talk"
conversations in professional settings, and giving back to
the community (judging science fairs, mentoring junior
students, speaking at general public events/high schools).
Participants include postdoctoral fellows, graduate, and
undergraduate students working on research projects in the
McLaughlin laboratory – requires bimonthly meetings of 1-3
hours depending on activity.