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Spring 2010 Topics Courses Announced

germ cellsSeveral courses will be offered in the upcoming Spring 2010 semester, in addition to those listed in the course catalog, under course number Bio 404 - Topics in Biology. Bio 404 courses include seminar, lecture, lecture/lab and lab-only offerings. For more detailed registration information, see the current course schedule (may require W&M user log-in).

2010 spring semester Bio 404 courses include:

Human Nature - 20141 - BIOL 404 - 01 and- 02 (two sections)
Gregory Cappelli, Instructor
Two sections:
Section 01 2:00 - 3:50 M and 2:00 - 2:50 F
Section 02 1:00 - 2:50 W and 2:00 - 2:50 F

Stem Cell Biology - 22590 - BIOL 404 - 03
Matthew Wawersik, Instructor
12:30 pm - 1:50 pm TR
Stem cells are often held up as the holy grail of modern medicine: Inject stem cells and cure your favorite (or least favorite) disease. But what are these cells, where do they come from, and what can they really do? To answer these questions and provide a broader understanding of stem cell biology in general, we will read and discuss reviews, current literature and essays pertaining to basic principles of stem cell biology, the current status of stem cell research, and potential benefits and ethical issues associated with stem cell therapy. Download a course flier for more information.

Critiquing Biomedical Assumptions - 23350 - BIOL 404 - 04
Paul Heideman, Instructor
5:00 pm - 5:50 pm T
This is an advanced, one-credit course for senior (and a few junior) undergraduate students interested in research in science or mathematics. We review examples of how assumptions and dogma have delayed advances in areas of biology, chemistry or other sciences broadly related to physiology and medicine. Our intent is development of a visceral sense of the importance of questioning assumptions, techniques, and dogma. The course is likely to be of particular interest to students interested in careers that involve research in biomedical fields or medical school. Students from any major in the sciences or mathematics are appropriate for the course, regardless of biology background. Course meeting time is TBA, despite what it says in the catalog.

Ichthyology - 24030 - BIOL 404 - 05
Ashley Haines, Instructor
Class: 11:00 am - 12:20 pm TR
Lab: 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm W

Revolutions in Molecular Biology - 23620 - BIOL 404 - 06
Kurt Williamson, Instructor
9:30 am - 10:50 am TR

Conservation Biology - 24031 - BIOL 404 - 08
Jonathan Micancin, Instructor
9:30 am - 10:50 am TR

Conservation Biology Lab - 26528 - BIOL 404 - 12
Jonathan Micancin, Instructor
1:00 pm - 4:50 pm W

Genomics & Functional Proteomics Lab - 26402 - BIOL 404 - 13
Matthew Wawersik, Instructor
1:00 pm - 3:50 pm W
What is genomics? This field, broadly defined as the study of genes and their function, strives to characterize the complete genetic makeup of a wide array of organisms, and has applications in fields ranging from basic cell and molecular biology, to evolutionary biology, structural biology, pharmacology, human genetics and even forensics. This one credit laboratory course is designed to help students gain a better understanding of this broad field and its applications. Download a course flier for more information.