Courses - Spring 2021

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: Andrea Roeser (acr245)
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BIONB 2220 Neurobiology and Behavior II: Introduction to Neuroscience

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.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Shelby Dietz (sbd3)
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BIONB 3215 Gender and the Brain

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. In this course, we will delve into the neuroscience of gender difference. Reading the original scientific papers and related critical texts, we will ask whether we can find measurable physical differences in male and female brains, and what these differences might be. Do men and women solve spatial puzzles differently, as measured physiologically? Do nonhuman animals display sex-specific behaviors mediated by brain structure, and can we extrapolate these findings to human behavior? Why are boys three times more likely than girls to be diagnosed as autistic, and is there any connection between the predominantly male phenomenon of autism and other stereotypically male mental traits? Are there physical representations of sexual orientation in the brain, and how are these related to gender identity? And how are scientific studies represented and misrepresented in popular debate?

Distribution: (CA-AG, D-AG, OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS, SCD-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Shelby Dietz (sbd3)
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BIONB 3280 Biopsychology of Learning and Memory

Surveys the approaches that have been or are currently being used in order to understand the biological bases for learning and memory. Topics include invertebrate, "simple system" approaches, avian song learning, hippocampal and cerebellar function, research using MRI in humans. Many of the readings are from primary literature.

Distribution: (PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Tim Devoogd (tjd5)
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BIONB 3690 Chemical Ecology

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.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Georg Jander (gj32)
Andre Kessler (ak357)
Robert Raguso (rar229)
Jennifer Thaler (jst37)
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BIONB 4140 Principles of Pharmacology

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Maurine Linder (mel237)
Gregory Weiland (gaw2)
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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: Joseph Fetcho (jrf49)
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BIONB 4300 Experimental Molecular Neurobiology

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. Labs frequently last to 1 or 2 PM but it is possible to attend one class on Tuesday if it meets after 11 AM as the experiments have incubation steps or other breaks. But plan on returning after class to finish the experiments. A section on Thursday will be scheduled after the course begins. If you have additional questions please contact me at dld14@cornell.edu.

Distribution: (PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: David Deitcher (dld14)
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BIONB 4330 Topics in Cognitive Science

A seminar series examining current and classical ideas in human sciences and the humanities.  Themes vary from semester to semester

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Shimon Edelman (se37)
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BIONB 4370 Neural Circuits of Motivated Behavior

This class examines the neural circuits of motivated behavior and reward, and involves the critical reading and discussion of classic and contemporary papers in this subject. Topics include neural processes related to reward, punishment, risk, effort, appetite, aggression, addiction, and depression.

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Melissa Warden (mrw248)
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BIONB 4460 Plant Behavior and Biotic Interactions, Lecture

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.            

Distribution: (PBS-AS, BIO-AS, SDS-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andre Kessler (ak357)
Robert Raguso (rar229)
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BIONB 4461 Plant Behavior and Biotic Interactions, Laboratory

Laboratory course covering topics presented in BIOEE 4460/BIONB 4460/PLSCI 4460.

Academic Career: UG Instructor: Andre Kessler (ak357)
Robert Raguso (rar229)
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BIONB 4530 Speciation: Genetics, Ecology, and Behavior

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.

Distribution: (PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Kerry Shaw (kls4)
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BIONB 4910 Principles of Neurophysiology

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

Distribution: (OPHLS-AG, PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Academic Career: UG Instructor: Bruce Johnson (brj1)
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BIONB 4980 Teaching Experience

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 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: Mike Webster (msw244)
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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 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)
Andre Kessler (ak357)
Katja Poveda (kap235)
Robert Raguso (rar229)
Jennifer Thaler (jst37)
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