Veterinary Physiology I (VM 513)

This is the first of a two-semester medical physiology course. The initial focus will be on basic mechanisms of cell physiology with an emphasis on control of gene expression and signaling. Next, we will examine how proteins function to carry out their duties as enzymes, receptors, and structural components of the cell. The focus will then shift to how cells communicate among one another. We will learn the diversity of extracellular signals and how they are generated. By necessity, we will venture back into the cell to probe the mechanisms by which cells take extracellularly-derived information and translate it into cellular action. The focus here will be on grasping general principals, major cellular participants, and strategies of regulation. Later in the semester, the topics will shift to more integrative cellular responses to stress and disease. Finally, the semester will end with an introduction to global control systems (nervous and endocrine systems) and the first of the organ systems-respiratory physiology.

 

Earth History and Evolution (GEO 211)

This class covers the evolution of the earth and its life from origin to present configuration, including the role of plate tectonics and major evolutionary patterns in the history of life. At the end of this course, I want students to be able to:

  1. Describe the major groups of life, their traits and evolutionary trends
  2. Summarize the major geological patterns and processes that shaped the planet
  3. Articulate how hypotheses are formed and tested in historical sciences
  4. Demarcate science from pseudoscience, and appreciate how evidence and reason drive science