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BIOL 378.00 Seminar: The Origin and Early Evolution of Life 6 credits

Closed: Size: 0, Registered: 12, Waitlist: 0

Olin 104


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Synonym: 64190

Rika Anderson

The Earth formed four and a half billion years ago. Evidence suggests that within 700 million years, life had gained a foothold on this planet. We will delve into the primary literature to explore fundamental questions about the origin and evolution of life: How did life arise from non-life on the dynamic young Earth? Where on Earth did life begin? Did life only arise once? What did the first living organisms look like? What was the nature of our last universal common ancestor? How did life alter the planet on which it arose? Could life originate elsewhere in the cosmos?

Prerequisite: Biology 125 and 126 and one additional 200- or 300-level Biology course, or permission of the instructor

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BIOL 399.05 Critical Reading and Analysis of Primary Literature 3 credits, S/CR/NC only

Open: Size: 40, Registered: 3, Waitlist: 0

Synonym: 64183

Rika Anderson

Guided instruction in reading and interpretation of contemporary primary literature in Biology.

Prerequisite: Biology 125, 126 and 3-upper-level Biology courses; concurrent registration in Biology 400

BIOL 400 required.

IDSC 258.00 Consensus or Contentious? Controversies in Science Then and Now 2 credits

Open: Size: 15, Registered: 8, Waitlist: 0

Anderson Hall 323

Synonym: 64027

Antony Adler, Rika Anderson

Almost every global challenge confronting humankind requires some level of engagement with science and technology. However, finding solutions to our most pressing problems also requires an understanding of how science operates within its social, political, and cultural context. This course will explore the relationship between science and society by examining a series of controversies in science from both the past and the present. We will investigate topics such as biological and social concepts of race, the use of unethically obtained scientific results, the ethics of genomics research, legislation over vaccination mandates, “parachute” science, and climate change denial. Examining the role of science in society will help us understand issues related to the use of evidence, expertise, and the relationship between science and politics. By wrestling with current and historic scientific controversies, we will examine the ways in which scientific disagreements are often as much about values as they are about research methods. 

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