LB492 S15  (Sec. 008)
Dr. Smith
Evolutionary Medicine

CLASS SCHEDULE

CLASS OUTLINE (updated 4/15/15)

Date

Event

Topics

Activities

Core Readings

Monday January 12

CLASS 1

Course Overview

Engagement

Wednesday January 14

CLASS 2

Is Evolution Relevant to Medicine?

Introduction to Student Presentations and Discussion

Zimmer;
Marcotte et al.

Monday January 19

No Class

Martin Luther King Day

Wednesday January 21

CLASS 3

Some Pop. Gen. Concepts; "Race" and Medicine (An Introduction)

Tishkoff & Williams Exercise

Tishkoff & Williams

Monday January 26

CLASS 4

Myopia, Maladaptation, and the Influences of Environment on Gene Expression

Evolution Mini-Lecture #1 (JS); Outline Paper #1

WWGS Ch. 7

Wednesday January 28

CLASS 5

Legal Culpability and Genetic Predisposition (Dr. S. Valles, guest)

Aggravated Battery Case Study

Tabery 2009; Aspinwall et al. 2012

Monday February 2

CLASS 6

Adaptationism: The Spandrels of San Marco

General Class Discussion

Gould & Lewontin

Wednesday February 4

CLASS 7

Non-adaptive Explanations of Phenotypic Evolution

Student Presentation/Discussion #1
(Student Team #1)

Finn

Monday February 9

CLASS 8

Parent Offspring Conflict (Context)

Evolution Mini-Lecture #2 (JS); Draft Review/ Peer Edit

WWGS, Gluckman et al.

Wednesday February 11

CLASS 9

Parent Offspring Conflict (Theoretical Basis)

Student Presentation/Discussion #2
(Student Team #2)

Haig

Short Paper Due: Monday February 16, in class

Monday February 16

CLASS 10

Molecular Evolutionary Processes in Humans

Evolution Mini-Lecture #3 (JS)

Johnson et al.; Zimmer

Wednesday February 18

CLASS 11

Evolution and Natural History of Skin

Student Presentation/Discussion #3
(Student Team #3)

Jablonski

Monday February 23

CLASS 12

Evolutionary Arms Races

NOVA Evolution DVD - Arms Races

Wednesday February 25

CLASS 13

Evolutionary Arms Races - Discussion of NOVA video scientists' activities since 2001

Evolution Mini-Lecture #4 (JS)

WWGS Ch. 4

Monday March 2

CLASS 14

Evolutionary Arms Races

Student Presentation/Discussion #4
(Student Team #4)

Labrie et al. 2010; Kutateladze & Adamia 2010

Wednesday March 4

CLASS 15

Recap; Mid-semester course evaluation

Discussion of Future Directions; Final Paper Requirements and Topics

Monday March 9

No Class

SPRING BREAK

Wednesday March 11

No Class

SPRING BREAK

Monday March 16

CLASS 17

Evolution of Pain

Evolution Mini-Lecture #5 (JS)

WWGSpp. 35-36, 67-68

Wednesday March 18

CLASS 18

Evolution of Pain

Student Presentation/Discussion #5
(Student Team #5)

TBD

Monday March 23

CLASS 19

Dreams and Sleep; Topic Choice and Format Workshop

Evolution Mini-Lecture #6 (JS)

WWGS pp. 226-230

Wednesday March 25

CLASS 20

Dreams and Sleep

Student Presentation/Discussion #6
(Student Team #6)

TBD

Final Project Proposals Due: Monday March 30, in class

Monday March 30

CLASS 21

Mental Illness; Final Project Proposals Due

Evolution Mini-Lecture #7 (JS)

WWGS Ch. 14

Wednesday April 1

CLASS 22

Mental Illness

Student Presentation/Discussion #7
(Student Team #7)

TBD

Monday April 6

CLASS 23

Addiction and Substance Abuse; Annotated Bibliography Workshop

Evolution Mini-Lecture #8 (JS)

WWGS pp. 102-106, 151-152

Wednesday April 8

CLASS 24

Addiction and Substance Abuse

Student Presentation/Discussion #8
(Student Team #8)

TBD

Monday April 13

CLASS 25

E. coli Long Term Evolution Experiment (Dr. R. Lenski, guest)

How common is parallel evolution?

Lenski & Travisano 1994; Woods et al. 2006

Wednesday April 15

CLASS 26

Parallel mutations as indicators of disease-causing genes (Dr. R. Lenski, guest)

What do parallel mutations tell us about causes of disease?

Lieberman et al. 2011; Lenski 2011

Paper Drafts Due (2 copies): Monday April 20, in class

Monday April 20

CLASS 27

Draft and Peer Review Workshop (Class Meets at Espresso Royale)

Wednesday April 22

CLASS 28

Final Project Consultations and Course Evaluation

Monday April 27

CLASS 29

LBC Research Symposium - Oral Presentation Session I and Poster Session

 

Wednesday April 29

CLASS 30

LBC Research Symposium - Oral Presentation Session II

Wednesday May 6

5:45 - 7:45 pm

FINAL EXAM - Final Projects Due


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