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Bi1_2009_Lecture1_full - Bi 1 The Biology and Biophysics of...

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Bi 1 “The Biology and Biophysics of Viruses” Lecture 1 Monday March 30, 2009 Organization of the Course
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Why Bi 1? • Biology became part of the Caltech core curriculum in the mid-1990s. • ~220 freshman • ~35 Bio majors take Bi 8/9 (two course intro to molecular and cellular biology) • ~165 freshman take Bi 1
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Topic for Bi 1 since 2007: “The Biology and Biophysics of Viruses” • Goal: Introduce biological concepts from a quantitative, molecular, chemical and biophysical perspective. No memorization (open book problem sets, exams). • Focus on a topic critical to human health: viruses (HIV in particular). • An opportunity to use what you’ve learned to address a real world problem. • Important to ask questions (PJB Office hours Monday after class or by appointment).
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By the end of the course, students will gain a basic understanding of many issues affecting today’s world; e.g., • Evolution • Recombinant DNA technology, biotechnology • Stem Cell Research • Gene therapy • Viral outbreaks (e.g., bird flu) • Why biology needs physics, math, chemistry, computer science, etc. and why these fields needs biology • Possible careers in fields that use biology
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What we will NOT cover • Clinical aspects of AIDS and other viral diseases, social/political issues surrounding HIV/AIDS • Many interesting fields of biology
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Head TA: Damien Soghoian Office Hours: Tuesdays 3pm, 153 Broad
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The Bi 1 homepage: http://www.its.caltech.edu/~bi1 Includes: List of TAs, office hours A glossary Links to relevant websites Lecture notes, problem sets Course information, announcements, policies
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Moodle Weekly homework surveys courses.caltech.edu To join Bi1 class, you’ll need the codeword: *see head TA for codeword*
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Student/faculty conference Monday April 6 http://arc.caltech.edu/sfc2009.php 8:00 - 8:25 - Opening 8:30 - 9:25 - Core Curriculum Task Force 9:30 - 10:25 - Undergraduate Research 10:30 - 11:55 - Student Experience 12:00 - 12:55 - Lunch 1:00 - 1:55 - Honor Code 2:00 - 2:55 - Humanities and Social Sciences 3:15 - 4:25 - Options We will have class as usual on Apr 6, but will post a podcast of the lecture on the course website so you can attend the SFC.
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Clickers • We will use “clickers” (interactive response pads) to assess success in conveying key concepts. • We will NOT use clickers to take attendance. • Your responses are anonymous -- will not affect your grade.
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My major is (or will probably be) 1. Chemistry 2. Math 3. Physics 4. Engineering 5. Geology 6. Computer Science Clicker question:
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I am glad to be taking Bi 1. 1. Agree strongly 2. Agree somewhat 3. Disagree 4. Disagree strongly and am very annoyed to have to take this course Clicker question:
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I have had taken one or more Biology courses in high school. 1. YES, 2 years in high school including AP Biology. 2. YES, 1 year in high school.
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