Courses - Fall 2019

BIONB 1220 FWS: Special Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior

The First-Year Writing Seminar is about introducing concepts in neuroscience and behavior and writing extensively about them. Topics vary by section.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Joseph Welklin (jfw96)
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BIONB 2210 Neurobiology and Behavior I: Introduction to Behavior

General introduction to the field of animal behavior. Topics include evolution and behavior, behavioral ecology, sociobiology, chemical ecology, communication, orientation and navigation.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Shelby Dietz (sbd3)
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BIONB 3220 Hormones and Behavior

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Alexander Ophir (ago25)
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BIONB 3230 Behavioral Ecology, Evolution and Genomics

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Michael Sheehan (ms3246)
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BIONB 3240 Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: David Smith (dms248)
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BIONB 3920 Drugs and the Brain

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

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Ronald Harris-Warrick (rmh4)
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BIONB 4200 Topics in Neurobiology and Behavior

Courses on selected topics in neurobiology and behavior; can include lecture and seminar courses. Topics vary by section; see Class Roster.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Jesse Goldberg (jhg285)
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BIONB 4380 Topics in Computational Methods for Neurobiology & Behavior

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Ian Ellwood (ite2)
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BIONB 4700 Biophysical Methods

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Guillaume Lambert (gl428)
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BIONB 7201 Research Design in the Study of Animal Social Behavior

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Michael Sheehan (ms3246)
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BIONB 7202 Topics in Neural Basis of Behavior

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Joseph Fetcho (jrf49)
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BIONB 7210 Introductory Graduate Survey in Neurobiology and Behavior

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Mike Webster (msw244)
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BIONB 7640 Plant-Insect Interactions Seminar

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.

Academic Career: GR Instructor: Anurag Agrawal (aa337)
Katja Poveda (kap235)
Robert Raguso (rar229)
Jennifer Thaler (jst37)
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