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First Exam Scores

President's Day and iClickers for Next Week

There are no labs next week, and no lecture on Mon or Tue due to the national holiday and scheduling. We do have lecture the rest of the week.

The gradebook has been updated. For those of you in the Tue/Thu lecture section, double check that your grade on the sheet I handed back in class corresponds to the grade given in the gradebook.

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For iClickers Next Week

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Mitochondrial Replacement

Mitochondrial replacement techniques are used as a mechanism to replace defective mitochondrial DNA during in vitro fertilization from a healthy, third-party donor.

Read this short article from the science section of NPR.

  • What is mitochondrial DNA and how is it different than regular DNA?
  • Which parent has defective DNA that must be replaced?
  • What is the endosymbiont theory and how is it important for this new technique (discussed in your textbook)?
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Read this short article from the science section of NPR.

  • What is mitochondrial DNA and how is it different than regular DNA?
  • Which parent has defective DNA that must be replaced?
  • What is the endosymbiont theory and how is it important for this new technique (discussed in your textbook)?

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First Exam Scores

First Exam Scores

The first exam scores have been uploaded in the grades section.

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Dr. Michelson inspecting photocopies for the rest of the semester...


For my laboratory sections:

When we return to lab you will need to provide a minimum of three sources for the review paper you are working on this semester.

This is probably the most important part of the entire process. Spend time finding good sources, and don't just set them aside and assume you'll read them later. Make sure they will be worthwhile now.

I do not want the actual papers. I want you to provide me the citations of your sources in APA format. Something similar to the example to the right:

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Third Week Finished

The lecture notes for this week are uploaded in the notes section of the website.

We have our first exam on Wed/Thu of next week. It will cover chapters 22, 2-4, and likely a little of chapter 5 (not all of it). You will need to bring a pencil.

For the people in my lab:

You need to finish and bring that worksheet I handed out with you to lab this week for credit. The two papers to print and read are located on the lab page in the dropdown menu titled: "supplementary papers".

Something for iClickers Next Week

Before class next week:

  • Investigate the meaning of vitalism with respect to chemistry.

  • How are some aspects of vitalism still in practice today?

Get out and enjoy the ridiculous weather this weekend.
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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

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Second Week Finished

The second week is over. The lecture notes for this week are uploaded in the notes section of the website.

  • On Sunday the first homework assignments are due. As discussed at length this past week, the homework is performed on the ‘Mylab and Mastering’ site that is accessed through the Canvas shell for your BIOL 196 lecture. Be sure to register by this weekend (instructions). There is also a 14-day free trial.

  • Next week the labs begin. Be sure to visit the laboratory page to print out the first exercise to bring with you to lab. You will need it.

  • We registered the iClickers this week. Not every week, but do check this site on Sundays to see if there is an assignment for iClickers that will usually be at the beginning of class.

Here's some more Nitrogen Triiodide explosions for you...

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First Week

We didn't do any science this week, so there aren't any lecture notes.

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Cathedral Gorge State Park, NV

Next Week

  1. There are no labs next week either. All BIOL 196 labs begin the third week.

  1. We will begin using our iClicker 2 next week. We will be using this for quizzes in the lecture, and you must have it to receive the points.

The iClicker can be purchased in the campus bookstore, as well as many other places.

  1. Get out and enjoy your freedom while it lasts.

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Classes Begin Again August 28th

Welcome to Biology 196

Biology 196 does not require a Biology 189 prerequisite. BIOL 196 is now considered the introductory freshman biology course for science majors at CSN and UNLV.

The 189 course is only required for students in allied health programs.

When classes are in session you will find lecture notes, links to grades, syllabi, schedules, the laboratory manual, etc at this website.

Please check the frequently asked questions page (especially if you are trying to get into this class) and make sure you have the appropriate software. If anything requires a password, ask your instructor in class.

The required textbook is actually just a digital code, and not a paper book.

Required Materials

  1. There is no required paper textbook. In its place there is a required online digital textbook. It should read: “Campbell Biology (Mod MasteringBiology Access Card) Edition: 11th”

It must be purchased from the CSN bookstore in person or online. It must be the “Modified Mastering Biology” version.

If you are at all unsure, you can wait until the first week of class to purchase it. There will be no assignments due until after the first week of class.

  1. An iClicker 2. We will be using this for quizzes in the lecture, and you must have it to receive the points.

The iClicker can be purchased in the campus bookstore, as well as many other places.

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Phone:  +1 702 651 4569
Office:  S221A North Las Vegas Campus
Hours:  Mon/Wed: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
              Tue/Thu: 11:00 - 12:30 p.m.

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