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BIONB 1220 : FWS: Special Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Michael Pardo
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 2220 : Neurobiology and Behavior II: Introduction to Neuroscience
Crosslisted as: BIONB 2220, BIONB 2220 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Shelby Dietz
An introduction to neuroscience: the structure and function of the nervous system of humans and other animals. Topics include the cellular and molecular basis for cell signaling, the functions of neurons in communication and in decision making; neuroanatomy, neurochemistry, sensory systems, motor systems, neural development, learning and memory, and other complex brain functions. The course will emphasize how the nervous system is built during development, how it changes with experiences during life, how it functions in normal behavior, and how it is disrupted by injury and disease. Discussion sections will include a dissection of a preserved sheep brain. BIONB2220 website
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BIONB 3215 : Gender and the Brain
Crosslisted as: FGSS 3210, LGBT 3210 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Shelby Dietz
Why are boys more likely than girls to be diagnosed with autism, and why are women more likely than men to be diagnosed with depression? Are there different "gay" and "straight" brains? And how does brain science interact with gender and sexuality in popular debate? Reading and discussing the original scientific papers and related critical texts, we will delve into the neuroscience of gender.
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BIONB 3690 : Chemical Ecology
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 3690, ENTOM 3690 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Anurag Agrawal
Robert Raguso
Jennifer Thaler
Why are chilies so spicy? This course examines the chemical basis of interactions between species and is intended for students with a basic knowledge of chemistry and biology. Focuses on the ecology and chemistry of plants, animals, and microbes. Stresses chemical signals used in diverse ecosystems, using Darwinian natural selection as a framework. Topics include plant defenses, microbial warfare, communication in marine organisms, and human pheromones.
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BIONB 4140 : Principles of Pharmacology
Crosslisted as: BIOAP 4140, BIOMS 4140 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Maurine Linder
Gregory Weiland
Undergraduate course surveying system- and organ-related aspects of pharmacology. Topics include mechanisms of drug action; drug disposition; pharmacokinetics; autonomic pharmacology; pharmacology of inflammation, allergy and platelet function; and endocrine, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and renal pharmacology. The course is designed for undergraduate life science majors, particularly those interested in medical or veterinary school.
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BIONB 4200 : Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior
Crosslisted as: MUSIC 1212 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ronald Hoy
Annie Lewandowski
Christiane Linster
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 4300 : Experimental Molecular Neurobiology
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
David Deitcher
Experiments include PCR, immunoprecipitations, western blots, RNAi, antibody staining, optogenetics, and behavioral assays. Experiments emphasize how molecular techniques can be applied to studying neurobiological problems and will culminate in designing your own experiments.
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BIONB 4310 : Genes and Behavior
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Joseph Fetcho
Our genes influence how we behave. This lecture course explores the current understanding of how genes influence the behavior of a variety of animals, including humans. Topics include the genetic basis of hearing, movement, learning, memory, intelligence, sexual behavior, aggression, sleep, and diseases of behavior. The focus is on the unprecedented insight that modern molecular and genetic tools are providing into the genetic basis of behavior.
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BIONB 4330 : Topics in Cognitive Science
Crosslisted as: COGST 4310, PSYCH 4320 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Shimon Edelman
A course examining the core disciplines of cognitive science using varied themes from semester to semester.
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BIONB 4350 : Behavior and Social Life of Honey Bees
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Thomas Seeley
Examination of the neural, behavioral, and developmental processes by which the thousands of bees in a honey bee colony function as an integrated unit at the group level.
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BIONB 4370 : Neural Circuits of Motivated Behavior
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Melissa Warden
This class examines the neural circuits of motivated behavior. We will critically read and discuss classic and current papers in this subject. Topics may include the neural substrates of goal-directed behavior, threat avoidance and escape, homeostatic behaviors such as eating and drinking, social behavior, and cost-benefit decision making.
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BIONB 4460 : Plant Behavior and Biotic Interactions, Lecture
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 4460, PLSCI 4460 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Teresa Pawlowska
Robert Raguso
How do plants respond to antagonists, such as herbivores and pathogens? What are the checks and balances that keep mutualist organisms in their tight interactions? How are symbioses organized on molecular, metabolic and ecological levels? What are the molecular, plant hormonal, and metabolic mechanisms mediating plant biotic interactions with other organisms? What ecological and evolutionary consequences do these interactions have for the fitness of the plants and their interactors? This course provides an overview of plants' myriad interactions with antagonists and mutualists, from microbes to multicellular organisms, and explains the underlying ecological and evolutionary concepts. It gives an introduction to the study of induced plant responses in the light of a behavioral biology framework.            
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BIONB 4461 : Plant Behavior and Biotic Interactions, Laboratory
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 4461, PLSCI 4461 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Teresa Pawlowska
Robert Raguso
Laboratory course covering topics presented in BIOEE 4460/BIONB 4460/PLSCI 4460.
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BIONB 4530 : Speciation: Genetics, Ecology, and Behavior
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 4530 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Kerry Shaw
Advanced course in evolutionary biology focusing on the pattern and process of speciation and the nature and origin of behavioral, morphological, physiological, and ecological traits that form the intrinsic barriers to gene exchange. Lecture topics include species concepts and definitions, the history of ideas about speciation, the biological basis of intrinsic barriers to gene exchange, current models for the origin of such barriers, genetic architecture of speciation, rates of speciation. Emphasis is on developing a rigorous conceptual framework for discussing speciation and on detailed analysis of a series of case histories.
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BIONB 4910 : Principles of Neurophysiology
Crosslisted as: BME 4910, ECE 4910 Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Bruce Johnson
Laboratory-oriented course designed to teach the concepts and tools of cellular neurophysiology through hands-on experience with extracellular and intracellular electrophysiological techniques, and computer acquisition and analysis of laboratory results. Students explore signal transmission in the nervous system by examining the cellular basis of resting and action potentials, and synaptic transmission and optogenetic control of behavior and physiology. Lecture time is used to review nervous system physiology, introduce laboratory exercises, discuss lab results and primary research papers, and for presentation of additional experimental preparations and methods. Invertebrate preparations are used as model systems. BIONB4910 website
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BIONB 4980 : Teaching Experience
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Ronald Hoy
Designed to give qualified undergraduate students teaching experience through actual involvement in planning and assisting in biology courses.  This experience may include supervised participation in a discussion group, assisting in a biology laboratory, assisting in field biology, or tutoring.
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BIONB 7200 : Advanced Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Michael Sheehan
Designed to provide several study groups each semester on specialized topics. A group may meet for whatever period is judged adequate to enable coverage of the selected topics. Discussion of current literature is encouraged. See course roster for offerings.
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BIONB 7201 : Research Design in the Study of Animal Social Behavior
Semester offered: Spring 2019 Instructor:
Hudson Reeve
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: Spring 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 7640 : Plant-Insect Interactions Seminar
Crosslisted as: BIOEE 7640, ENTOM 7640 Semester offered: Spring 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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