In Class Nov. 1: Microscope Images & Depictions of Cells

Test some of your cell biology knowledge with these questions…

1. identify (a) what is shown in the images below and (b) what kind of microscope was used to obtain the images? Although there are many kinds of microscopes, we’ll only be concerned with a handful; light microscopes: bright field and fluorescence, electron microscopes: scanning and transmission.
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In Class Oct. 25th: What Cells Do For Squids

Cells often get attention in the media for the impressive and problematic things they can do. Here’s a nice video by PBS Deep Look that showcases the amazing abilities of a particular kind of cell found in cuttlefish, octopi and squids: chromatophores.

As we watch this video, consider the following questions: What do these cells have that others typically don’t? What must they have that many or all cells usually have?

In Class Sept. 13: Inductive and Deductive Reasoning Examples

As you’re trying to figure out what’s going on in this Fry & Laurie sketch, what kind(s) of reasoning are you using and how?

Based on our knowledge that Augustus Gloop generally loves chocolate, Continue reading In Class Sept. 13: Inductive and Deductive Reasoning Examples

In Class Sept. 13: Phenomenology—observation of the natural world codified

This video by Climate Wisconsin gives us a nice glimpse at the value of phenomenology in our lives and in our society. We’ll springboard off these ideas to work on the Naturalist Perspectives portion of the course.

The Andromeda Strain

astrainposter Today, we’ll start in on the 1971 science fiction film The Andromeda Strain which we’ll watch throughout the semester as a way to consider topics we’ll cover in this course. There’s no need for you to obtain this film (unless you’ve missed part of it in class or would like to review it) but do take note of anything you see in the film that you feel relates to our course.