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Bio 201 F11 Lect 1 - Bio 201 in Fall 2011 contact info and office hours are in “Faculty Info” on Bio 201 Blackboard page Instructors Professor

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Unformatted text preview: Bio 201 in Fall 2011 contact info and office hours are in “Faculty Info” on Bio 201 Blackboard page Instructors: Professor True – course director Professor Lowry Graduate TA: Dana Opulente Undergraduate TAs: see below Diane Pauciullo – Course Administrator (exams) LyneNe Giordano ‐ Course Administrator (enrollment) Professor True Professor Lowry • University Rules forbid cell phones in classes. • We enforce these rules. • If your cell phone goes off in class, we will ask you to leave. nonexplosivesblastingdemolition/ demolition_tool_equipment/ jackhammer_demolition_jack_hammer_breaker.html +phone+in+class&um=1&hl=en&client=firefoxa&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:enUS:official&biw=887&bih=468&tbm=isch&tbnid=Ywq GE5Idyv28-M:&imgrefurl= stock-photos/123rf/728761-a-nine-year-old-girl-talkingon-a-cell-phone-stock-photo-classcompimg&docid=DLkQWwX7OT4hJM&w=798&h=12 00&ei=GsgTtnqOOP50gHFrJnyAw&zoom=1&iact=rc&dur=351&p age=2&tbnh=140&tbnw=93&start=9&ndsp=8&ved=1t: 429,r:6,s:9&tx=33&ty=69 MWF 11:45‐12:40 Javits 100 Check Blackboard for • Announcements • SYLLABUS (more on next slide) • Other documents including lecture pdfs, TA bullet pts from each lecture For all registraYon quesYons: LyneNe Giordano ROOM G‐05 Biology Learning Labs For all grading/exam quesYons” Diane Pauciullo ROOM G‐05 Biology Learning Labs Undergraduate TAs (UGTAs) •  •  •  •  Safa Abdelhakim Redwan Ahmed Harrison Dai Alvin Ho •  e‐mails are listed on Staff InformaPon in BB •  office hours will be posted in BB as soon as they are set •  Office hours will be held in Life Sciences 026 For questions about course content •  •  •  Ask Dana and the UGTAs •  they are your MAIN resource for all quesYons about the content of this course •  TA office hours on Faculty InformaYon in BB •  TA E‐mails (see Blackboard) (keep it BRIEF) •  E‐mail a_er 5 PM the day before an exam will not be answered before the exam •  See me or Prof. Lowry a_er class Prof. True’s office hours •  Life Sciences 678 •  W,F 1‐2 Prof. Lowry’s office hours •  Life Sciences 114 •  TBA waiPng list •  Bio 201 for Fall 2011 is currently full with a long waiPng list –  no more than a handful of students ever get off the waitlist •  see LyneWe Giordano in Undergraduate Biology for informaPon on posiPon # in the waiPng list •  also offered in Spring and Summer Textbook: Life: The Science of Biology 9th Edition (e-Version for SBU Bio 201 in Bookstore) Sadava, Heller, Orians, Purves, Hillis OTHER EDITIONS NOT SUPPORTED • Readings for each lecture are in the syllabus – Please try to read them before the lecture – TAs can help with access problems to online content echo videos •  posted to blackboard aYer each lecture •  somePmes system fails – no remedy if this happens •  videos are the property of SBU and the lecturers –  use only by students for class Grading •  Grade breakdown –  3 MID TERMS - lowest grade dropped, average of remaining 2 will be 60% of grade –  1 FINAL EXAM : 40% of grade •  Mid term exams are given during lecture period here in Javits 100 –  Makeups only for MEDICAL EMERGENCY OR BEREAVEMENT WITH DOCUMENTATION (e.g. NOTE FROM MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL) –  No other excuses acceptable •  PPPPPP (prior proper planning prevents poor performance) see BB for enPre syllabus Mid term exams •  Mid term exams are given during lecture period here in Javits 100 –  –  –  –  –  Sep. 28, Oct. 26, Nov. 16 Be on Pme! Doors close 10 minutes aYer exam starts computer graded (scantron) mulPple choice more details later –  two mid terms on one day is not a basis for being allowed to take a makeup exam •  use planning to deal with adversiPes of University schedule more info •  Bio 201 does not use clickers •  Bio 201 does not have assignments on Bioportal –  these are for Bio 204 if you see them weekly pracPce quesPons •  AYer the last lecture of the week, we will post two quesPons from the content of each of that week’s lectures –  same format as on exams –  not meant to be comprehensive review, just some pracPce extra credit •  Each week, undergraduate TAs will ask 4 different thought quesPons in the Forum on BB. •  Full extra credit will be obtained by parPcipaPng thoughbully in at least one discussion in at least nine of the 14 weeks of class (TG week will not have new discussions). –  parPal credit is possible •  parPcipants will be tracked and compiled into a list by the UGTAs –  uncivil and/or non‐producPve parPcipaPon of any kind will be deleted and culpable students will be ineligible to receive extra credit •  A full extra credit score will be worth 10 percentage points on the final exam. University Policy Statements in Your Syllabus (#1) •  UNIVERSITY NOTICE REGARDING PERSONAL CONDUCT: The University at Stony Brook expects students to maintain standards of personal integrity that are in harmony with the educaPonal goals of the insPtuPon; to observe naPonal, state, and local laws and University regulaPons; and to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report disrupPve behavior that interrupts faculty’s ability to teach, the safety of the learning environment, and/or students’ ability to learn to Judicial Affairs. University Policy Statements in Your Syllabus (#2) •  ACADEMIC INTEGRITY SYLLABUS STATEMENT: Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submiWed work. RepresenPng another person's work as your own is always wrong. Any suspected instance of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Academic Judiciary. For more comprehensive informaPon on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at hNp:// academicjudiciary/ University Policy Statements in Your Syllabus (#3,4) •  If you have a physical, psychological, medical, or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services at (631) 632‐6748 or hWp:// They will determine with you what accommodaPons are necessary and appropriate. All informaPon and documentaPon is confidenPal. •  Students who require assistance during emergency evacuaPon are encouraged to discuss their needs with their professors and Disability Support Services. For procedures and informaPon go to the following website: hWp:// Read ‘Biology in the News’ on Bio 201 BB page for Factoids. • One will be given in class each lecture based on these news stories • A few will be on the exam. • Today’s factoid (not based on a news story): The moth below is Epimecis hortaria, the Tulip Tree Beauty • caterpillars feed on magnolia, poplar, aspen, coWonwood, sassafras, tulip tree and other trees and shrubs Sadava Life 9th ediPon •  Ch. 1 secPon 1 (What is life).... common properPes of all life: Fundamental requirements of organisms: •  •  Growth •  ecosystem Survival Reproduction How are species adapted to their environment? How do species interact? AdaptaPon •  e.g. leaves of plants Deciduous tree (Maple) Evergreen tree (Spruce) Aquatic plant (Water lily) Carnivorous plant (pitcher plant) Climbing vine (e.g. squash) Why study this stuff? •  It’s interesPng •  It’s important for everyone –  What is our place in our environment? –  Where do diseases come from? –  Where does our food come from? –  How are we changing our environment? Where do diseases come from? Staph infections Where do diseases come from? <- 3 subtypes How can we understand ecosystems? Light O2 CO2 Sugars H2O How are we changing our environment? What is science? •  Trying to understand the world through observaPon and experimentaPon •  Modern science: the ScienYfic Method –  see next slide The scienPfic method What is science? •  If it’s not testable, it’s not science •  If results are not independently repeatable, they are not accepted •  Natural processes are testable. Supernatural ones are not. –  => Supernatural explanaPons are not part of science. Two types of experiments •  ComparaPve –  Compares an outcome of interest in natural condiPons with differences in measurable variables •  see example on upcoming slide •  Controlled –  One variable is manipulated by invesPgator, all others are controlled –  Tests the effect of the manipulated variable on a variable outcome of interest (the response variable) •  see example on upcoming slide a comparaPve experiment research by Tyrone Hayes and colleagues a controlled experiment research by Tyrone Hayes and colleagues A well designed experiment: •  can potenPally provide support or falsify a hypothesis •  the best experiments provide support for a specific hypothesis in exclusion of most or all other hypotheses –  these are fairly rare –  many experiments provide evidence for or against hypotheses but also indicate that the hypothesis is too simple •  system is more complicated than originally thought falsificaPon •  comparaPve frog atrazine experiment –  atrazine in the environment was associated with feminizaPon of male frogs •  ‘correlaPon’ is not ‘causaPon’ •  controlled laboratory experiment would have “falsified” the hypothesis of atrazine causing the anomalies if there was no difference between treated and control frogs –  a hypothesis is only scienPfic if it has the potenYal of being rejected by observaPon or experiment What is a scienPfic theory? •  It’s not a hunch or speculaPon •  A set of interrelated, well‐tested hypotheses that is supported by a large body of observaPonal and experimental data. –  Theories are not absolute truth ‐ they can always be refined and augmented. –  Important: ScienPfic theories are always open to new tests. –  Hypotheses and theories are accepted and rejected based on weight of evidence What is a theory? Here are some: •  •  •  •  Atomic theory GravitaPonal theory Quantum theory Much of biochemistry and human medicine is based on well established theoreYcal frameworks –  These are always evolving •  EvoluPonary theory •  Solid scienPfic theories lead to: –  Smarter and more expansive hypotheses and research programs (new knowledge) –  Useful and reliable technology (e.g. disease therapies) "Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evoluPon.” ‐Theodosius Dobzhansky (1973) 2/image_pop/l_062_04.html "If evoluPon is a play, then ecology is the stage upon which it is performed." ‐Marston Bates (1960) ...
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This note was uploaded on 09/23/2011 for the course BIO 201 taught by Professor True during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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