Recognizing that recent advances in the sciences are extensions of past discoveries, this lab-based course series explores the rich history of the experimental sciences and its impact on contemporary efforts. By combining classic and state-of-the-art techniques to the solution of contemporary questions, students learn new techniques, connect with research-active faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences, and gain a sense of history and an appreciation for their place in the continuum of scientific experimentation.
At least one course in the Experimental Traditions Series (BIO 299L/499L) is offered each quarter and students who have completed the introductory series in biology (BIO 121/L, 122/L, 123/L) and chemistry (CHM 121/L, 122/L, 123/L) are eligible and encouraged to enroll in one or more of these courses (up to 8 units in total). Each course meets for two-3 hour lab periods per week. Foci of individual courses within the series reflect the expertise and research interests of the instructor and vary quarterly as different faculty rotate through the series. Dr. Glenn Kageyama serves as the Coordinator for the Experimental Traditions Series.
Courses developed with support from HHMI as part of the Experimental Traditions Series include:
Viewing the Experimental Traditions course taught by Dr. Len Troncale as a workable model for integrating research into teaching, several students from the Fall 2005 course "Experimental Traditions in Medical Genetics: The Use of Four Model Organisms to Study Human Diseases" shared the results of their experience with others at the Genetics Society of America (GSA) Meeting on Model Organisms held in San Diego, California in January 2006. Their poster presentation entitled, "Education for Research: Can We Teach Undergraduates Use of Model Organisms for Medical Research?" authored by L. Bilbrey, J. Lun, K. Morin, E. Matthews, B. McDowell, C. Menard, D. Ordonez, M. Williams, and L. Troncale was the first ever presented by undergraduate students at a GSA meeting, but probably not the last, given its enthusiastic reception. Congratulations Dr. Len Troncale and students for a job well done!