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BIONB 1220 : FWS: Special Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Joseph Welklin
The First-Year Writing Seminar is about introducing concepts in neuroscience and behavior and writing extensively about them. Topics vary by section.
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BIONB 2210 : Neurobiology and Behavior I: Introduction to Behavior
Crosslisted as: BIONB 2210, BIONB 2210 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Shelby Dietz
General introduction to the field of animal behavior. Topics include evolution and behavior, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, chemical ecology, communication, orientation and navigation.
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BIONB 3220 : Hormones and Behavior
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 3220, PSYCH 7220 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Alexander Ophir
Covers comparative and evolutionary approaches to the study of the relationship between reproductive hormones and sexual behavior in vertebrates, including humans. Also hormonal contributions to other social behavior (parental behavior, aggression, mating systems), stress, learning and memory, and biological rhythms.
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BIONB 3230 : Behavioral Ecology, Evolution and Genomics
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Michael Sheehan
This course provides hands-on experience with modern methods for studying animal behavior both in the field and in the laboratory. Class projects will be complemented with a series of workshops and demonstrations of methods. Topics include experimental design, animal tracking, animal color analysis, sound analysis, chemical analysis, capture/marking methods, determining relatedness, measuring social behavior, and behavioral statistics in R.
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BIONB 3240 : Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory
Crosslisted as: PSYCH 3240, PSYCH 6240 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
David Smith
This course is designed to provide an introduction to experimental research on the neural basis of behavior and cognition in animals. Topics will include basic neuroanatomy and neurophysiology, neural and hormonal control of behavior, and learning and memory. Students will gain extensive hands on experience with a variety of laboratory techniques, and animal species, and behaviors.
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BIONB 3920 : Drugs and the Brain
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ronald Harris-Warrick
Introduction to neuropharmacology, with an emphasis on the neural mechanisms of psychoactive drugs. Topics include a brief introduction to neuropharmacology and a discussion of the major neurotransmitter families. The rest of the course covers the major psychoactive drugs, including cocaine, heroin, psychedelics, marijuana, and alcohol, as well as pharmaceuticals for the treatment of anxiety, schizophrenia, and depression. Includes a term paper in the form of a grant proposal to study a current problem in neuropharmacology. The course will use i-Clickers, which the students should have before the first class. BIONB3920 website
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BIONB 4200 : Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Jesse Goldberg
Kerry Shaw
Courses on selected topics in neurobiology and behavior; can include lecture and seminar courses. Topics vary by section; see Class Roster.
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BIONB 4380 : Topics in Computational Methods for Neurobiology & Behavior
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Ian Ellwood
This course is intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students interested in computational methods for analyzing neural and behavioral data. Potential topics include signal processing, spectral analysis, information theory, cluster analysis, fitting parametrized models and maximum entropy models. We will also look at applications of modern machine learning techniques to scoring, analyzing and interpreting data. Although the course will be geared towards students who are new to computational methods, familiarity with calculus is recommended. Students will be asked to give a short oral presentation at the end of the semester on the use of methods from the class to analyze a real dataset.
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BIONB 4700 : Biophysical Methods
Crosslisted as: AEP 4700, BME 5700, VETMM 4700 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Guillaume Lambert
Overview of the diversity of modern biophysical experimental techniques used in the study of biophysical systems at the molecular, cellular, and population level. Emphasis is placed on groundbreaking methods behind recent Nobel Prizes and other techniques likely to be encountered in cutting-edge research and industry. Topics include: 1) super-resolution, multi-photon, and single molecule microscopy, 2) crystallography and structural biology methods used to characterize DNA, RNA, proteins, cells, tissues, 3) microfluidics, "lab-on-a-chip", and single cell culture techniques, 4) molecular dynamcis simulations, stochastic modeling, and physical models of a cell, and 5) next-generation sequencing, protein engineering, synthetic biology, genome editing, and other experimental techniques at the intersection of applied physics and biological engineering.
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BIONB 7201 : Research Design in the Study of Animal Social Behavior
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Michael Sheehan
A weekly journal club-style discussion. Graduate students may be expected to present a summary of their research or a summary of research in the literature related to their thesis once per year.
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BIONB 7202 : Topics in Neural Basis of Behavior
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Joseph Fetcho
A weekly journal club-style discussion. Graduate students may be expected to present a summary of their research or a summary of research in the literature related to their thesis once per year.
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BIONB 7210 : Introductory Graduate Survey in Neurobiology and Behavior
Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Mike Webster
Designed to assist students in mapping their graduate careers and in choosing and pursuing transformative and tractable thesis topics. The core of the course will be open-ended discussions directed by paired neurobiology and behavioral ecology faculty on novel research frontiers in the study of mechanisms and the evolution of behavior (including in the zone of their conceptual intersection). Occasional laboratory experiences may also be included. Professional development topics will include how to: navigate graduate school, allocate time between reading, thinking creatively, and investing in research, design experiments, write grant proposals, give talks, and publish peer-reviewed papers.
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BIONB 7640 : Plant-Insect Interactions Seminar
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 7640, ENTOM 7640 Semester offered: Fall 2019 Instructor:
Anurag Agrawal
Katja Poveda
Robert Raguso
Jennifer Thaler
Group intensive study of current research in plant-insect interactions. Topics vary from semester to semester but include chemical defense, coevolution, insect community structure, population regulation, biocontrol, tritrophic interactions, and mutualism.
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