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EBS Course offerings Winter Term 2015

EBS 505A /EBS 605A

Reading Group: Human Microbiome
Credits: 2
Times: Tuesday 2:40 - 4:20 PM
Room BICC 124
Instructor: Holly Simon
Course Description: This class will explore the role of the human microbiome in health and disease. Humans live in a symbiotic relationship with their microbiota. Approximately 90% of the cells in and on the human body are actually microbial cells – with human and microbial cells together comprising functional organs, tissues, and cellular communities. Conceptual frameworks for human health and disease must accommodate the composition and function of human-associated microbiomes. Recent technological advances for interrogating complex microbial communities have led to exciting developments in the study of the human microbiome; students in the class will read, present and discuss topical journal articles from the literature.


EBS 505A /EBS 605A

Reading Group: Science Communication: Writing
Credits: 2
Times: Wednesday 2:40 PM - 4:20 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 9:30AM -11:10AM
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 516/616

Metals in Environmental & Human Health
Credits: 4
Times: TTh 12:30 PM – 2:10 PM
Room: CHH 3171 1A
Instructor: Ninian Blackburn, Margo Haygood & 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 529 /EBS 629

Environmental Toxicology & Risk Assessment 
Credits: 4
Times: MW 12:30 PM – 2:10 PM
Room: CHH 3171 1A
Instructor: Karen Watanabe 

Course Description: This course covers the health effects of chemicals in the environment and regulatory risk assessment.  Methods for both human health and ecological risk assessment will be presented including hazard identification, exposure assessment, dose-response relationships, risk communication, toxicity testing, and computational models in toxicology. Special emphasis will be placed upon ethical risk assessment and communication with regards to sensitive sub-populations.


EBS 535 /EBS 635

Chemistry of Organic Contaminants
Credits: 4
Times: TTh 10:00 AM – 11:40 AM

Room: CHH 3171 1A
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.


Class Schedule - Fall 2014


EBS 505C /EBS 605C
Reading Group: Transgenerational Epigenetics
Credits: 2
Times: Monday 12:30 -  2:10 PM
Room: CHH 3171 1A
Course Description: Presentation and discussion of journal articles from the recent literature in molecular biology, genetics and biochemistry. This course will cover the following topics:
   1. Bacteria and parasites (Malaria) 
   2. NcRNA and the methylation landscape: mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance
   3. Epigenetics in Public Health: Prenatal exposures. Can fear be inherited

EBS 505D /EBS 605D
Reading Group: Environmental Systems & Human Health
Credits: 2
Times: Wednesday 12:30 PM – 2:10 PM
Room: CHH 3171 1A
Instructor: Richard Johnson and Paul Tratnyek
Course Description: We will examine classic scientific papers that have shaped our understanding of the relationship between environmental systems and human health. Most Americans believe there are strong links between the quality of our environment and human health.  Over the last 40+ years, scientific research has shaped that belief and continues to do so in important areas including climate change and chemical exposure. As environmental professionals, it is important for us to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the scientific underpinnings of those links, and in this reading group we will carefully examine a number of important scientific papers.

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

EBS 510 /EBS 610
Aquatic Chemistry
Credits: 4
Times: TTh 9:30 AM – 11:10 AM
Room: CHH 3171 1A
Insturctor: Joseph Needoba and Paul Tratnyek
Course Description: This course covers fundamental concepts of aquatic chemistry including: tableau method for solving equilibrium problems; acids and bases; pH; activity corrections; numerical calculations; titration concepts as applied to natural systems; buffer intensity; dissolved CO2 chemistry; acidity and alkalinity in open CO2 systems; minerals and their role in controlling natural water chemistry; solubility characteristics of oxide and hydroxides; introduction to redox chemistry in natural systems; pe-pH diagrams.

EBS 512 /EBS 612
Biochemistry I: Enzyme Structure & Genetics
Credits: 4
Times: MW 9:00AM -10:40AM
Room: Mac Hall 2136
Instructor: Pierre Moënne-Loccoz
Course Description: Primary, secondary and tertiary structure of proteins; enzyme mechanisms; enzyme kinetics.

EBS 515/615
Environmental & Biomolecular History of the Earth
Credits: 4
Times: TTh 12:30 PM – 2:10 PM
Room: CHH 3171 1A
Instructor: Brad Tebo, Margo Haygood & Holly Simon
Course Description: 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.)

CONJ 650 (Everyone registers at 600 level)
Practice and Ethics of Science
Credits:  1
Times:  Tuesdays, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Room:   Vollum Auditorium, M1441 (Main campus in Portland; teleconferenced to the west campus)
Instructor:   Multiple
Course description:  Required for all incoming graduate students (in EBS, required of all students who matriculated in Fall 2008 or later). This course is designed to provide an introduction to basic principles of scientific conduct and practice for graduate students.

Class Schedule - Summer 2014

No classes offered during summer.

Class Schedule - Spring 2014

EBS 505C/EBS 605C
Reading Group: Metals in Cancer Biology
Credits: 2
Times:  Tu 1:30 PM – 3:10 PM
Building and Room:  Mac Hall 2201 (4/29 meet in BTE 257)
Instructor:   Moënne-Loccoz, Blackburn
Course Description: This reading group is intended to be student-driven, with the instructors providing the general theme of the class along with a few potential focused areas to be covered during the quarter. Exact details on the functioning of the class will vary depending on the number of registered students, but all students will be required to select and present research papers, participate in discussions for all presentations, and contribute to a final review and discussion of the research areas covered during the quarter.

This year, the areas of interest within the general theme of "Metals in Cancer Research" are:
-Metal homeostasis and tumor proliferation
-Cancer risks from exposure to toxic metals
-Metal related cancer therapy

EBS 505D /EBS 605D
Reading Group: Chemical Transport Processes in Environmental Health
Credits: 2
Times: W 1:00 PM – 2:40 PM
Building and Room: MRB 634
Instructor: Johnson
Course Description: Presentation and discussion of journal articles from the recent literature in environmental health pertaining to the toxicokinetics of TTrichloroethene (TCE).

Human health risk is a central driver for most environmental restoration activities involving anthropogenic chemicals.  Trichloroethene (TCE) represents an excellent example of this in that,  due to its apparent risks to humans, billions of dollars a year are spent to remove it from the environment. Much of our understanding of TCE risk comes from toxicological data.  In this reading group we will examine the toxicological literature relating to TCE from five different perspectives: exposure, metabolism, toxicology, pharmacokinetics and risk.  We will use physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modelling as an organizing tool through which to view these perspectives.

EBS 507A/ EBS 607A
EBS Division Seminar
Credits: 0
Times: Friday, 10:45-11:55
Instructors: Whittaker
Room: Mac Hall 1162 or as announced
Course Description: Weekly seminars by invited guests. Public visitors are welcome.

EBS 514 EBS 614
Biochemistry III: Metabolism and Bioenergetics
Credits: 4
Times:  MW 9:00AM -10:40AM
Building and Room:  SJH 4248 (3/31 meet in BRB 403)
Instructor:   Whittaker
Course Description: Introduction to the structure and function of metabolic systems. Course is divided into five parts: 1) Introduction to chemical logic and bioenergetics. 2) Membrane processes: transport and signaling; 3) Core energy metabolism: glycolysis, citric acid cycle, oxidative phosphorylation and photosynthesis. 4) Core biosynthetic pathways: pentose phosphate pathway, glycogen storage, amino acids, nucleotides and lipids. 5) Integration of metabolism and regulation.

EBS 517/EBS 617
Environmental Systems and Human Health
Credits: 4
Times:  MTh 1:00 PM -2:40 PM
Building and Room: BICC 124 (6/19 meet in MRB 634)
Instructor: Simon & 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.

EBS 566/666
Estuary & Ocean Systems II
Credits: 4
Times:  TTh 3:15 PM – 5:00 PM
Building and Room:  MacHall 3198 (4/8 meet in BTE 257; 4/3, 5/1 & 6/5 in MacHall 1162 )
Instructor: Peterson & Haygood
Course Description: Second of two-course sequence. This fast-paced two-course sequence provides an advanced introduction to marine systems. The sequence covers multiple scales, from cells to ocean basins. It is structured in three discipline-centric segments (cross-scale circulation processes, marine biogeochemistry, and marine organisms). This course covers marine organisms and estuary-plume-scale circulation.

Estuary and Ocean Systems II (EOS-II) provides a comprehensive introduction to biological oceanography and marine biology, covering topics such as primary production, food webs, microbial diversity, harmful algal blooms, physical-biological coupling, bioluminescence, and fisheries. Working knowledge of these topics will be tested through class presentations, exams, and an assignment that incorporate the use of oceanographic data sets

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11/27-11/28 Thanksgiving Holiday

12/19 Fall term ends

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1/19 Martin Luther King Holiday

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2/6 last day to drop with a “W”

2/16 Presidents Day Holiday 

3/20 Winter Term Ends

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