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NSB Courses - Fall 2017

NEUROS&B 617 - Behavioral & Cognitive Neuroscience

4 credits • Coordinators: TBD

Provides the background necessary to understand the molecular and cellular processes underlying brain development and neural functioning.  This understanding is becoming increasingly important with the advent of transgenic animals and their use.

NEUROS&B 792A - Proseminar

1 credit

This mandatory pass/fail course is for first-year graduate students in the Neuroscience and Behavior Program. This course provides the opportunity for incoming graduate students to interact regularly with other graduate students and faculty to maintain a sense of community within the Program. Students will learn about available opportunities for extramural funding, the basics of grant-writing, and learn to become active participants in discussions of research in colloquia. Resources that are available on-campus and on-line for research related activities will be highlighted. At the end of the semester each student will prepare and present an academic talk regarding their research or research interests. A series of short seminars will be given by faculty within the Neuroscience and Behavior Program to allow students to become familiar with current research in each of the core areas of the program: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience; Neural and Behavioral Development; Neuroendocrinology; Animal Behavior, Learning and Computational Neuroscience; and, Sensory and Motor Systems.

BIOLOGY 891A, Graduate Program Seminar

Wednesdays 4:00-5:15 PM, section 3

Attendance at the Fall 2017 Neuroscience & Behavior Program Colloquia. Researchers from other institutions present their work to faculty, postdoctoral students, graduate students, and undergraduate students. In this context graduate students learn about the latest developments in a range of fields and receive valuable exposure to different lecturing styles. Students registering for this 1 credit (pass/fail) are encouraged to read in advance the scientific reprint pertaining to the lecture.

NEUROS&B 696, Independent Study (Laboratory Research)

NEUROS&B 796, Independent Study

By Arrangement with Faculty Sponsor

Independent student research in neuroscience and behavior. The work is supervised by a faculty sponsor who determines direction of the project, reports required, grade and credit awarded. The project may consist of laboratory research, library research, or some combination of the two. Credit is variable (1-6 credits) and independent study may be repeated each semester. May be taken for a letter grade or graded Satisfactory (SAT). A SAT is similar to the undergraduate Pass (P) and is defined as passing for graduate credit. The SAT can be used toward graduation but does not calculate into the GPA (grade point average). Students signing up for their first independent study should select NSB 696; for subsequent independent study credits, select NSB 796.

NEUROS&B 699, Master's Thesi

(for NSB fast track master students and terminal master's students only)

Independent research and writing of master's thesis. Research carried out and reported under supervision of students research advisor as partial fulfillment of requirements for a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. No more than 10 credits may be applied towards a M.S. degree in NSB. Minimum credit, 1; maximum, 10.

NEUROS&B 899, Ph.D. Dissertation

Variable Credits 1-9 credits

Contact the department to register. NSB doctoral students may not register for NSB 899 until the doctoral comprehensive examination is passed. At this time the student should have chosen a dissertation topic and the Dissertation Committee should be formed by the student in consultation with his/her advisor. The committee must consist of at least four members of the graduate faculty, from at least two different departments, and including at least three NSB core faculty members. Committee members will be available for advising and consultation throughout the planning, execution, and writing of the dissertation.

GRADSCH 999, Continuous Enrollment

Graduate students not enrolled for any course credits but who are candidates for a degree, must pay a program fee each semester (excluding summer terms) for continuous registration until the degree for which the student has been accepted has been formally awarded. Deadline for enrollment under this option is the end of the add/drop period - February 2. Use SPIRE registration #17767 and the Bursar's Office will bill for the $275.00 Program Fee. This Bursar's bill will be due around mid-October. Any student who does not pay this fee by the deadline date and later seeks readmission or applies for graduation, shall pay the accumulated program fees plus a readmission fee of $125.00.



PSYCH 640, Statistical Inference in Psychology I

Application of statistical procedures to analysis of psychological data and to problems of measurement in psychology and related fields. Prerequisites: Psych 100 and 240 or Statistc 111.

STATISTC 501, Methods of Applied Statistics

3 credits Tuesday & Thursday 11:30-12:45 PM

Department of Mathematics and Statistics Webpage

Instructor: Michael Lavine

Prerequisites: Knowledge of high school algebra, junior standing or higher

Textbook: Statistical Modeling: A Fresh Approach, Author: Daneil T. Kaplan, Publisher: Project Mosaic, Edition: 2nd, Year Published: 2011

Description: MINITAB oriented statistical methods. Exploratory data analysis - population frequency distribution, empirical distribution, dot plots, stem and leaf plots, histogram quantities, interquartile range, box plots, sample mean, sample variance; Bivariate Data - side by side box plots, bivariate data, scatter plots, correlation coefficient, fitting a line to a bivariate data set (least squares method); Probability theory - sample space, events and their probabilities, random sampling, random variables and their distributions, expected value and variance of a random variable (discrete or continuous), the normal distribution; Sampling distribution - simple random sample, central limit theorem, sampling distribution of mean and proportion; Estimation and hypothesis testing for means and proportions - point estimation, interval estimation, testing hypotheses; Analysis of categorical data - multinomial experiments, chi-square goodness - of fit test, contingency tables; Analysis of variance - testing the equality of two or more ppopulation means; Linear and multiple regression - method of least squares, interpreting of computer output; Nonparametric Tests if time permits. Students are required to bring their laptop computers to classes for on site practice.


BIOLOGY 523, Histology

3 credits, MWF 12:20-1:10 PM Lab 1 - Tuesdays 1:00-4:05 PM, schedule #13541 or Lab 2 - Wednesdays 1:25-4:25 PM, schedule #13542

Dr. Elizabeth Connor Office: 353 Morrill Science Center 4 South Wing

Course Website Histology is a study of cell structure and how it relates to the cell and organ function. The fine structor of cells, tissues, and organs is explored at the microscopic level and related to the physiology of the organ system. Tissues (nervous, muscle, connective, and epithelial) are explored in detail and their specializations are discussed in selected organ systems (circulatory, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and other glands, and lymphatic). Lab includes light microscopic identification of cells, tissues, and organs; related electron micrographs, introduction to microtechnique, demonstrations in the Electron Microscopy and Image Analysis facility. Group projects involving sectioning, staining, and immunohistochemistry. Students develop competency with light microscopy and are well prepared for coursework in graduate and medical school. Course assessment is based on exams, quizzes, and lab practicals, attendance and projects.

Textbook: Histology: A Text and Atlas: With Correlated Cell, Author: Ross and Pawlina, Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Edition: 6th, Year Published: 2010

BIOLOGY 550, Animal Behavior

Tuesday & Thursday 11:30-12:45 PM Lab 1: Tuesdays 1:00-4:05 PM, schedule #13559 or Lab 2: Wednesdays 1:25-4:25 PM, schedule #13560

Instructor: Dr. Melinda Novak

Our first goal in this course will be to examine the mechanisms that underlie the expression of behavior. For example, how do predators locate prey, how do animals avoid becoming prey, and how do animals navigate through their worlds? To help answer these questions we will apply neurobiological, hormonal, genetic, and developmental perspectives. Our next goal in the course will be to examine the evolutionary bases of behavior, asking for example why animals move, forage, hide, communicate, and socialize as they do. To address these questions we make use of optimality theory and other behavioral ecological perspectives. Other topics in the course will include sexual selection, human behavior, and the role of behavior in establishing biodiversity. When taken with Biology 494LI, this course satisfies the Integrative Experience requirement for BA-Biol and BS-Biol students. Prerequisite: an introductory biology or psychology course.

BIOLOGY 580, Developmental Biology

3 credits Tuesday & Thursday 2:30-3:45 PM

Instructor: Dr. Madelaine Bartlett

Analysis of organismal development, with special attention to cell-cell interactions, cells fate determination, gene regulation, signal transduction, pattern formation and terminal differentiation. The emphasis will be on molecular approaches to these problems. Prerequisite: Biology 285 or equivalent.

BIOLOGY 892G - Fish & Worm Journal Club

1 credit Location and schedule TBA

Instructor: Dr. Rolf Karlstrom

CHEM 756, Organic Synthesis

3 credits, MWF 11:15-12:05 PM Discussion - Tuesdays 6:00-9:00 PM, schedule #13722

Instructor: Dr. James Chambers

Important synthetic reactions, with emphasis on problems which may arise during organic synthesis. Develops students' ability to propose own syntheses of complex molecules. Prerequisite: CHEM 551 or consent of instructor.

KIN 697W, Current Issues in Neurorehabilitation

3 credits, Fridays 9:05-12:00 PM Instructor: Dr. Julia Choi

Collaborative neuroscience projects - the BRAIN initiative, Human Brain Project - have recently attracted large amounts of funding and media attention globally. The long-term goal of these highly ambitious projects is to gain a better understanding of the neural mechanisms by which we feel, act, learn and remember. The new knowledge will be critical for understanding normal brain processes, and has important implications for the rehabilitation of sensorimotor and cognitive deficits after neurological damage. However, media attention has sometimes outstripped the limits of what current science can really tell us. In this course, we will discuss current and controversial issues regarding several scientific approaches and clinical applications.

KIN 897R, Special Topics: Nonlinear Dynamics - Current Perspectives

3 credits, Wednesdays 2:30-3:45 PM Instructor: Dr. Richard Van Emmerik

This course focuses on concepts and current developments in nonlinear dynamics and complex systems approaches in biology. The aim is to further understanding of the significance of these nonlinear concepts and analysis tools for movement coordination and perception. Topics to be discussed will be basic concepts of nonlinear dynamics, analysis tools related to assessing movement coordination, and linear and nonlinear tools for time series analysis.

NEUROS&B 891BN, Landmark Papers in Behavioral Neuroscience

3 credits, Tuesdays 4:00-6:30 PM Instructor: Dr. Jeffrey Blaustein

This course will introduce graduate students to landmark papers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Each week, a student will discuss a landmark journal article in the field. They will put the paper in historical perspective by answering the following questions: What led to the publication? Was it accepted by the field, or was it rejected, because it contradicted dogma? Did it result in a paradigm shift? What came next? How did it change the development of the discipline? Although there will be no final exam, there will be a term paper.

NEUROS&B 897A - Cognitive Science of Sleep Journal Club

1 credit Location and schedule TBA

Instructor: Dr. Rebecca Spencer

PSYCH 591CP, Critical Periods of Developmental Plasticity

3 credits, Tuesday & Thursday 11:30-12:45 PM Instructor: Dr. Joseph Bergan

The capacity for plasticity in the brain is particularly remarkable early in life. During this developmental period, the surrounding environment profoundly shapes brain function. How does this happen and what are the factors that restrict plasticity later in life? This course will integrate molecular/cellular biology with systems neuroscience to explore canonical critical periods and their influence on brain development. Ultimately, we will use the scientific knowledge of critical periods in the brain to motivate discussions on broader social issues.

PSYCH 891NE, Special Topics: Comparative Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

1 credit, Monday & Wednesday 2:30-3:45 PM Instructor: Dr. Luke Remage-Healey

The focus of this course will be on recent advances in "Comparative Behavioral Neuroendocrinology." We will use primary peer-reviewed literature to explore the wide variety of neural circuits and hormonal modulation of those circuits that have evolved in the vertebrate lineage, including teleosts, amphibians, birds, and mammals. Along the way, students will increase familiarity with the contemporary methods in this field and sharpen critical thinking skills.

PSYCH 891TD, Translational Developmental Neuroscience

3 credits, Tuesday & Thursday 2:30-3:45 PM Instructor: Dr. Jennifer McDermott

Translational Developmental Neuroscience is a rapidly growing field that aims to diminish the burden of mental illness by making connections from "bench to bedside" by examining early developmental periods that set the stage for patterns of behavior later in life. This course will explore multi-disciplinary and multi-modal approaches to broad reaching mental health concerns. Salient work across a range of developmental periods and across species will be incorporated. The primary material will be peer-reviewed journal articles that focus on a sub-set of mental health topics including, but not limited to, stress, anxiety, and ADHD.