Albert Harris: firstname.lastname@example.org
Office 103 Wilson Hall; phone 919-966-1230
Home phone 919-493-1572 (Durham)
Office Hours: 11:00 to 12:00 Monday and Wednesday, and by appointment
Wed. August 23: Philosophy of Science Assignment: Please read this web page.|
Fri. August 25: Assignment: Read the book "The Double Helix" by James Watson
Mon. August 28: Continue discussing the lessons of Watson's autobiography.
The first page was handed out in class on Monday, but the second page wasn't photocopied.
Please look at this before Wednesday. Other suggestions of topics will be welcome.
Fri. September 1: Osteoporosis; Electric Fields in tissues; Transmembrane voltage functions. Please read these notes before the next class.
Wed. September 6: Wikipedia page on the epiphyseal plate
In particular, look at this image from this page
Fri. September 8: some videos of moving sponge cells and macrophages
Mon. September 11: Please read the following for Wednesday:
There is a somewhat longer version of the notes on autoimmune diseases on my web site for Biology 441 last spring, including some illustrations that you may find useful: http://www.albertkharris.com/2017_immunology.html
Another Wikipedia link on MS that's worth a look: It's long-winded, but tantalizing in some of its details.
Mon. September 18: continuing with multiple sclerosis:
A quote about the "prohibitively expensive" cost of a cancer cure that works. This is also relevant to treatments for MS and other autoimmune diseases.
Mon. September 18: Please read the following for Wednesday:
Cell and Matrix Mechanics, edited by Roland Kaunas and Assaf Zemel.
Mon. October 23:
This contains links to short programs that I wrote in Pascal. We used to be able to run these programs directly on your computer, by clicking on their names, but unfortunately they no longer work. We need someone to translate them into Python, Java or some other web-compatible language, so that students will be able to run these programs again. If you have these skills, please let me know!
The scanning EM image of a HeLa cell rounding up. (A printout of this image was included in the "Dozen Questions" handout but this link will give you the color version.) Sometime when you're thinking about this, Google "pizza slices stringy cheese images".
Wed. November 8:
James Watson mentions that he was stimulated to go into science by reading the book "Microbe Hunters," by Paul De Kruif, when he was a boy. This same book is credited by every scientific biography I have read, and it also stimulated me when I read it at about age 10.
There is a YouTube video called "Paul De Kruif: The Microbe Hunter and Author" presented by John Lehman, who is a Professor and administrator at ECU medical school. This is nearly an hour long, and is not required, but you may find it interesting.
Please do read the article at this URL: http://www.im.microbios.org/01march98/09%20Summers.pdf
From the Wikipedia article about about "Microbe Hunters":
"...Paul de Kruif... 1926 book, Microbe Hunters.. a bestseller for a lengthy period... has remained high on lists of recommended reading for science and ...an inspiration for many aspiring physicians and scientists."
This entire book is posted on the web, but is NOT assigned reading for this course: https://laurieximenez.files.wordpress.com/2011/02/1a_microbehunters_pauldekruif.pdf
Another book worth reading, but not required, is the novel "Arrowsmith" by Sinclair Lewis.
Quotes from the Wikipedia article about the novel "Arrowsmith":
"Arrowsmith is arguably the earliest major novel to deal with the culture of science."
PLEASE NOTICE THE FOLLOWING:
This course requires the equivalent of a term paper, which is due to be turned in no later than the week before Thanksgiving. How to write this paper is described in the link below. You have to find a published research paper, the conclusions of which have turned out to be seriously wrong. That doesn't mean "fraudulent" and it also doesn't just mean that progress has shown the truth to be more complicated. Specific examples of appropriate papers will be discussed in class.
Assigned class reports and participation in class discussion will also be part of the grade.