Mini Courses Offered Spring 2014

BIOMG 7800/7940: Stem Cells and Cancer

Instructors: Tudorita Tumbar (tt252) and Robert Weiss (rsw26)

Brief description: This course will be organized as a journal club involving >5 stem cells laboratories on campus that have expressed interest in participating. Presentations of primary research papers will be done by members of these laboratories, while faculty from these laboratories and all other participants, including enrolled students, will contribute to critique and discussion. This journal club will feature 5 x 1.5 hrs sessions that deal with basic cell and developmental stem cell biology (using all model organisms), cancer, and the connection of stem cells with cancer and aging. Specific papers are chosen by the presenter and are submitted to all participants one week in advance.

Expectations: Presenting a paper is not expected. Students will be required to attend the presentations and actively participate in the discussion. At the end of the course, students will be asked to write a 2-page paper based on the material discussed in class. The 1st page will describe a unifying concept that emerged from at least 3 of the 5 presented papers, identifying the concept and its significance, defining a related question/hypothesis, and placing the proposed hypothesis in the context discussed in class. The second page will contain up to three Specific Aims to experimentally address the hypothesis, with strategy, expected outcomes and interpretation. The first draft is due on May 12 by Midnight. Students will receive feedback from the instructors in the form of a NIH style written review by May 15th. Final revised paper is due on May 19th. Grading is S/U.

The organizational meeting will take place on Thursday January 23 from 11:45-12:00 in Biotech 180 and will precede the first presentation.

The class will meet in Room 180 of the Biotechnology Building, from noon to 1:30 pm on the following Thursday dates:

January 23 - organizational meeting and 1st session; February 20; March 20; April 17 and May 8.

Each student in this course is expected to abide by the Cornell University Code of Academic Integrity. Any work submitted by a student in this course for academic credit will be the student's own work.