Biol 309, Guided Biological Research
BIOLOGY 309, spring 2017
Show-and Tell for Las Cruces Academy Students, Monday, March 13, 2017
Biol 309 students explain the function of the electric organ of the electric fish Sternopygus macrurus
Biology 309 is a discovery-driven training opportunity for the next generation of biologists. It is a 13.5-week intensive lecture and laboratory course held at Foster Hall in Spring 2017. Tentatively the course will be divided into four cycles, each lasting three weeks. In each cycle, students will participate in a laboratory module. The laboratory modules constitute the largest part of the course. Working in pairs, students gain hands-on experience using experimental equipment and tools, and how to think about the study of neurobiology, regeneration and behavior using modern techniques. Students will carry out their own research projects and prepare formal presentations to disseminate their results to the Las Cruces community. Additionally, students will learn the history, general concepts, important issues, and future directions for research in neurobiology and regeneration.
Biol 309, fall 2015
In the spring 2016 semester the course will be taught by Dr. Angus Dawe and will have an emphasis on expressing proteins in yeast cells to test predictions about their functions. In fall 2016 Dr. Tim Wright will teach a revised version of the the links between genes and behavior in local harvester ants.