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Class Schedule - Fall 2016

EBS 505A / EBS 605A
EBS Reading Group: Microbiomes
Credits: 2
Time: Tuesday 1:10 PM – 3:00 PM
Room: BICC 124

Instructors: Holly Simon & Peter Zuber

We live on a microbial planet. Activities carried out by microbial communities are essential in all global nutrient cycles, including carbon and nitrogen cycles, and provide key ecosystem services in both marine and terrestrial environments. A microbiome comprises all of the microorganisms within a particular environment and their combined genetic material. This class will explore the scientific literature on microbiomes in various ecosystems, from human beings to ocean waters. Recent technological advances for interrogating complex microbial communities have led to exciting developments in the study of microbiomes across different environments. Humans and oceans are only two examples of the many ecosystems that rely on the metabolic properties of their microbiomes for proper functioning.  Through reading and discussion of the scientific literature, students in this class will explore the concept that ecosystem and human health are, at least in part, dependent upon the composition and activities of a healthy microbiome.


EBS 506 / EBS 606
Practice of Environmental & Biomolecular Science
Credits: 4
Times: MW 10:30 AM – 12:20 AM
Room: BICC 124
Instructor: Tawnya Peterson

This course covers fundamental aspects of doing science, including analysis of the scientific method, hypothesis testing, and experimental design and statistics. In addition, practical skills necessary to do science are explored, including principles of scientific writing, evaluation of scientific productivity, ethical issues (attribution of credit and reward), and social issues (women and underrepresented individuals in science). Emphasis is placed on applying concepts to the student’s own graduate research and experiences.


EBS 507A / EBS 607A
EBS Division Seminar
Credits: 0
Time: Friday 10:45AM-11:55AM
Room: Mac Hall 1162
Instructor: Peter Zuber

EBS 515 / 615
Microbes in the Environment
Credits: 4
Times: MW 1:10 PM – 3:00 PM
Room: BICC 124

Instructors: Brad Tebo and Holly Simon

This course explores the origin and evolution of the environment, including physical, chemical and biological contributions and interactions. Topics will be taught along a timeline from the origin of the earth to present day, and will include the biological and chemical evolution of Earth; an introduction to metabolism and microbial energetics; effect of the environment on microbial growth, activity and processes; biogeochemical cycling of elements: microbial interactions (including evolution of higher organisms).


Class Schedule - Spring 2016

EBS 505C / EBS 605C
Reading Group: Metabolic Basis of Cancer & other Diseases
Credits: 2
Time: Wednesday 10:00AM - 11:50AM
Room: Gaines Hall 5
Instructor: Pierre Moënne-Loccoz, Ninian Blackburn
Course Description: This reading group will cover the metabolic basis of cancer and other diseases;and the relationship between biochemical defects and metabolic disorders. Students in the class will read, present and discuss topical journal articles from the literature. 

EBS 507A / EBS 607A
EBS Division Seminar
Credits: 0
Time: Friday 10:45AM - 11:55AM
Mac Hall 1162
Instructor: Peter Zuber

EBS 516 / EBS 616
Metals in Environmental & Human Health
Credits: 4
Times: TTh 2:00PM - 3:50PM
Room: T MacHall 2136; Th BICC 124; 6/16 use MacHall 2136
Instructors: Ninian Blackburn, Brad Tebo
Course Description: This course covers bioinorganic chemistry in environmental systems. Topics will include oxidation-reduction cycles, metal speciation, receptors and uptake systems, micronutrient requirements and utilization, enzymology and distribution of enzymes in the environment.

EBS 517 / EBS 617
Environmental Systems and Human Health
Credits: 4
Times: MW 1:00 PM - 2:50 PM
Room: BICC 124; 6/13 use MacHall 2201; 6/15 use MRB 634
Instructors: Holly Simon, Joe Needoba
Course Description: The course addresses perturbations of Earth's biogeochemical cycles by human activities, and the impacts of resulting environmental hazards on human health and natural ecosystems. Lecture materials provide assessment of molecular to global scale processes in covering the tangible relationships between environmental degradation and human health. Student assignments confront current problems related to nitrogen pollution, climate change, and disease pressures.

Class Schedule - Winter 2016

EBS 505A / EBS 605A
Reading Group: Science Communication: Writing
Credits: 2
Times: Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM
Room: BICC 124
Instructor: Tawnya Peterson
Course Description: This class will cover basic elements of scientific communication in the form of writing. Students will produce written works of various types for review and discussion among classroom peers. These exercises will provide students with opportunities to work on practical skills and to receive critical feedback. Informal and formal writing skills will be covered, including the creation of effective poster presentations.

EBS 507A / EBS 607A
EBS Division Seminar
Credits: 0
Times: Friday 10:45AM - 11:55AM
Room: Mac Hall 1162
Instructor: Peter Zuber

EBS 513 / EBS 613
Biochemistry II: Introduction to Molecular Biology
Credits: 4
Times: MW 10:00AM - 11:40AM
Room: Gaines Hall 5
Instructor: Peter Zuber
Course Description: Introduction to the study of informational macromolecules (DNA, RNA, and Protein) that focuses on processes functioning in the transmission of genetic information. Course is divided into four parts: 1) Introduction to the gene and genomes, and methods to study gene and genome function (including transcriptomics and proteomics). 2) Vertical transmission of genetic information;DNA replication, replicons, cell cycle. 3) Horizontal transmission of genetic information;recombination, transposition, DNA repair. 4) Gene expression;transcription, protein synthesis, regulation. The course is introductory to accommodate the needs of first year masters and predoctoral students, which includes students with background in science but with minimal undergraduate exposure to biochemistry and molecular biology.

EBS 535 / EBS 635
Chemistry of Organic Contaminants
Credits: 4
Times: MW 3:00 PM – 4:40 PM
Room: BICC 123
Instructor: Paul Tratnyek
Course Description: This course provides an overview of the processes that determine the fate of organic substances in the environment. It covers pathways, mechanisms, and kinetics of volatilization, sorption, hydrolysis, oxidation, reduction, elimination, and conjugation;and the application of all these topics to understanding the environmental fate and remediation of organic chemicals. Media represented include reactor fluids, groundwater, surface water, rain, and fog. Both chemical (abiotic) and microbially-mediated (biotic) processes are included.

EBS 568 / 668
Connecting Knowledge: Linking Indigenous and Modern Science
Credits: 1
Times: Thursdays  12:00 - 1:50 PM   (Start Date: January 7th - End Date: February 11th)
Room: BICC 123 
Instructors: Jon Waterhouse & Nievita Bueno Watts
Course Description: In this course we will explore the need and means as well as the cautions for connection between Indigenous and Modern Science. We will attempt to open our thoughts to different ways of knowing. Indigenous Research Protocols and Tribal Consultation Protocols will be discussed. Students will spend time with an Indigenous Knowledge Keeper and discuss Indigenous Gatherings and knowledge interpretation.