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BIO 3: Frontiers in Marine Biology

An introduction to contemporary research in marine biology, including ecology, conservation biology, environmental toxicology, behavior, biomechanics, evolution, neurobiology, and molecular biology. Emphasis is on new discoveries and the technologies used to make them. Weekly lectures by faculty from the Hopkins Marine Station.
Terms: Aut | Units: 1
Instructors: Thompson, S. (PI)

BIO 3N: Views of a Changing Sea: Literature & Science

The state of a changing world ocean, particularly in the eastern Pacific, will be examined through historical and contemporary fiction, non-fiction and scientific publications. Issues will include harvest and mariculture fisheries, land-sea interactions and oceanic climate change in both surface and deep waters.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-A-II
Instructors: Gilly, W. (PI)

BIO 4N: The Science and Ethics of Personalized Genomic Medicine

We will explore the exciting field of personalized genomic medicine. Personalized medicine is based on the idea that each person's unique genome sequence can be used to predict their risk of developing diseases, and could perhaps even be edited using CRISPR to improve health. We will discuss the science behind these approaches; where they are heading in the future; and the ethical implications such technology presents. Student presentations will be emphasized, and students will also get to explore and analyze a real person's genome.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci
Instructors: Fraser, H. (PI)

BIO 6N: Ocean Conservation: Pathways to Solutions

We will learn how to design pathways to solutions by integrating social sciences and governance into our case studies. We will address both conventional (fisheries management, reducing the impacts of global shipping, marine protected areas) and emerging research and management approaches (marine spatial planning, dynamic ocean management, environmental DNA). Oceans are facing long-term challenges, like overfishing and pollution that we know how to solve, and emerging challenges, like climate change and ocean plastics, for which solutions are more elusive. Ultimately to achieve long-term sustainability, solutions have to work for both people and the planet. These puzzles offer challenging complex systems problems that will require our best interdisciplinary thinking to solve.
Terms: Win | Units: 3
Instructors: Crowder, L. (PI)

BIO 7N: Conservation Photography

Introduction to the field of conservation photography and the strategic use of visual communication in addressing issues concerning the environment and conservation. Students will be introduced to basic digital photography, digital image processing, and the theory and application of photographic techniques. Case studies of conservation issues will be examined through photographs and multimedia platforms including images, video, and audio. Lectures, tutorials, demonstrations, and optional field trips will culminate in the production of individual and group projects.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE

BIO 8N: Human Origins

A survey of the anatomical and behavioral evidence for human evolution and of the increasingly important information from molecular genetics. Emphasis on the split between the human and chimpanzee lines 6-7 million years ago, the appearance of the australopiths by 4.1 million years ago, the emergence of the genus Homo about 2.5 million years ago, the spread of Homo from Africa 1.7-1.6 million years ago, the subsequent divergence of Homo into different species on different continents, and the expansion of fully modern humans (Homo sapiens) from Africa about 50,000 years ago to replace the Neanderthals and other non-modern Eurasians.
Terms: Win | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
Instructors: Klein, R. (PI)

BIO 12N: Sensory Ecology of Marine Animals

Animals living in the oceans experience a highly varied range of environmental stimuli. An aquatic lifestyle requires an equally rich range of sensory adaptations, including some that are totally foreign to us. In this course we will examine sensory system in marine animals from both an environmental and behavioral perspective and from the point of view of neuroscience and information systems engineering.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: WAY-SMA
Instructors: Thompson, S. (PI)

BIO 18S: Biotechnology

This course focuses on key biotechnological advances, with an eye towards understanding how such advances allow scientists to unravel the causes of various diseases and come up with new therapeutics for those diseases. The course will discuss the science behind the first cloning of a protein and how these cloning techniques continue to be used today, and also cover other advances such as sequencing, gene editing, gene therapy, molecular techniques for detection of SARS-CoV-2, and more.
Terms: Sum | Units: 3

BIO 20Q: Partner with Trees

We're surrounded by magnificent trees on the Stanford campus. This course is an invitation to pause, marvel at and learn about trees! We will explore several aspects of these natural wonders. Accompanied by guest lecturers and experts, we will wind our way around campus, using Ron Bracewell's unique Trees of Stanford and its Environs as a guide. Our walks will let you discover, appreciate, and recognize unique tree species on campus and even how to safely climb trees, helping you gain a higher perspective and find your inner child. We will learn the fascinating science and ecology of trees, their importance in sustaining the Earth's environment and how indigenous peoples have protected trees. Alongside, we'll explore how trees have inspired poetry, song, fiction, photography, and painting. The course will introduce you to tree-enthusiasts from around the world. You will develop a short project related to trees, based on your own interests in art/literature, science, or the environment. Ideally, we want you to walk away with an appreciation for the importance and majesty of trees or to agree with Thoreau who wrote - I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3
Instructors: Bhaya, D. (PI)

BIO 25Q: Cystic fibrosis: from medical conundrum to precision medicine success story

The class will explore cystic fibrosis (CF), the most prevalent fatal genetic disease in the US, as a scientific and medical whodunit. Through reading and discussion of medical and scientific literature, we will tackle questions that include: how was life expectancy with CF increased from weeks to decades without understanding the disease mechanism? Why is the disease so prevalent? Is there an advantage to being a carrier? Is CF a single disease or a continuum of physiological variation; or- what is a disease? How did research into CF lead to discovery of the underlying cause of most other genetic diseases as well? Through critical reading of the scientific and medical literature, class discussion, field trips and meetings with genetic counselors, caregivers, patients, physicians and researchers, we will work to build a deep understanding of this disease, from the biochemical basis to the current controversies over pathogenic mechanisms, treatment strategies and the ethics and economics of genetic testing and astronomical drug costs.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3 | UG Reqs: GER: DB-NatSci, WAY-SMA
Instructors: Kopito, R. (PI)
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