Weekly journal club in neurobiology. Students read and discuss original research articles in neurobiology, centered around a specific topic each quarter. Credit/no-credit only. Prerequisite: BIOL 220.
This course will focus on primary literature in sensory system neurobiology. The reading list is designed to be broad, covering as many different sensory systems as possible. Papers will represent a variety of analyses and techniques, including, but not limited to: neuroanatomy, in vivo extracellular single-unit physiology, pharmacological manipulations, behavior, molecular biology, functional imaging, genetic linkage analyses, and in vitro single channel physiology. Papers will also range from seminal, early pioneering works to current day research.
Student learning goals
Learn how to effectively read, analyze and critique primary scientific literature
Obtain a better global understanding of sensory system organization and function
Improve written and oral scientific communication skills
General method of instruction
Instructor lecture during the first class. Later classes will consist of student presentations and interactive class discussions
Class assignments and grading
Students will be graded on oral presentations, a final written assignment and class participation. Students are expected to have read and be prepared to discuss and analyze the assigned paper. Active participation in each class is expected.