Are you interested in performing original biological research at CSN?

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Get Some Rest

Just a heads-up to the students in my lab:

When the grades for your paper are uploaded (~ 10 days), you will need to come pick your paper up in my office. You cannot turn in the final copy for credit without the first submission.


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Lab Papers

All the students in my lab(s) have their review papers due next week. I'm not going to add any additional iClicker assignments.

Work hard on your papers.

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Research in Evolution at UNLV This Summer

There is a program available for you to apply for to study evolutionary research with UNLV faculty this summer. If chosen it provides a salary of $5,750, but also could open a lot of doors for you and your future.

Definitely something to think about if you are interested in research.

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Exam 2 Next Week

We'll have our second midterm exam next week covering chapters 5,6 and 8. Study well.

The lecture grades have been updated to include the latest iClicker and homework scores. You'll notice that now that we have two sets of iClicker scores, your lowest score is discarded from the grade.

Also, there was a mistake on the last question of the Tuesday section exam 1. You'll notice that your grade has been increased by 2 (this includes the Mon/Wed section also).

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Labs Resume Next Week

There was only one day of lecture notes for this past week. We didn't quite finish chapter six on cells, but you will need to finish the homework on chapter six by Sunday anyway. The casualties of a short week...

We also didn't get the web iClicker (in post below this one), but we will next week.

Biomedical Workshop at CSN This Summer

The application for the INBRE Biomedical Workshop at CSN for summer 2018 is now open. If you are interested you will need your unofficial transcripts (instructions here) and a faculty recommendation.

Everyone in this class will require letters of recommendation a lot over the coming years. Its important to pick the right person(s) for this. You want someone that can say the most (good) about you.

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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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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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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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