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Kathleen A. O'Connor
BIO A 469
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Biocultural Anthropology

Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or a more general area in biocultural anthropology. Offered occasionally by visiting or resident faculty.

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The goal of this interactive seminar is to familiarize social scientists with the theoretical frameworks and methods for using biomarkers in research on human health, life history and behavior. We will ‘unpack biomarker data’ by covering, in the first half of the course, the underlying biology (e.g. of the stress axis), data collection and assay methods, and how to work with and interpret assay data. The second half will focus on selected topics in human behavior, health and ecology that incorporate biomarkers and represent current states of the field and controversies in stress, behavioral endocrinology, aging, and health disparities research. Participants will have opportunities to analyze biomarker data, begin designing their own research with biomarkers, and brainstorm with other course members on theory and methods. Open to graduate students across campus; add code from instructor required for registration.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Kathleen A. O'Connor
Date: 11/26/2013