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Brain and Cognitive Sciences

9.911
Spec Top: Brain & Cog Sci
Responsible Conduct in Science
Matt Wilson
Mon Jan 25 thru Fri Jan 29, 02-04:30pm, 46-1015

Selection by departmental lottery. Do not pre-register on WebSIS.
Enter lottery by: 05-Jan-2010
No listeners
Prereq: Limited to BCS Community
Level: H 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

To provide instruction and dialogue on practical ethical issues relating to the responsible conduct of human and animal research in the brain and cognitive sciences. Specific emphasis will be placed on topics relevant to young researchers including data handling, animal and human subjects, misconduct, mentoring, intellectual property, and publication. Preliminary assigned readings, initial faculty lecture followed by discussion groups of four to five students each. A short written summary of the discussions will be submitted at the end of each class.
Contact: Matt Wilson, 46-5233, x3-2046, mwilson@mit.edu

9.93
Independent Activities
A Basic Summary of Experimental Molecular Neuroscience Techniques
Martha Constantine-Paton, Yingxi Lin, Samuel Clark
Mon, Wed, Jan 6, 11, 13, 20, 25, 27, 02-04:00pm, 46-, 46-3002

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F   

For undergraduates taking Course 9 IAP subjects for credit. See IAP Guide for details.
You have just discovered a new gene that you think encodes a novel glutamate receptor. What set of experiments would you design to test it? How do lentiviruses, HSV, and Rabies virus work, and how should you use them in your experiments? What are flourophores and how do they make cells glow? Is td Tomato that red circular thing you will find on your hamburger?

In this class, we will answer questions such as these. We will also explain the basics of neurobiology lab techniques, including but not limited to: several viral vectors, transfections, cell culture, PCR, various flourophores, Southern, Northern and Western Blotting, various types of chromatography, immunohistochemistry, Plasmid design and preparation, and various imaging techniques.
Contact: Samuel Clark, x8-6647, samclark@MIT.EDU

9.95
Independent Activities
Research Topics in Neuroscience
Peter Schiller
Mon-Fri, Jan 21-22, 25-29, 10am-12:00pm, 46-3002

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

For undergraduates taking Course 9 IAP subjects for credit. See IAP Guide for details. May be repeated for credit.
A series of seven, 2-hour lectures will be offered. The lectures will be given by faculty members of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences who carry out research in various fields of neuroscience. In each lecture a specific area of brain research will be examined, delineating the issues, methods and findings pertinent to the topic. Students who are taking the class for credit must take a final exam on the last day of class.
Contact: Peter Schiller, 46-6041, x3-5754, phschill@mit.edu

9.97
Independent Activities
Introduction to Neuroanatomy
Rutledge Ellis-Behnke
Mon Jan 4 thru Fri Jan 8, 10am-12:00pm, 46-3002

Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class.
Limited to 75 participants.
Listeners allowed, space permitting
Prereq:
Level: U 3 units Graded P/D/F Can be repeated for credit   

This subject will be an intensive introduction to neuroanatomy, involving lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on laboratories, including a brain dissection. This course will not assume any prior knowledge of neuroanatomy, though some general knowledge of brain structures will be helpful.
Contact: Susan Lanza, 46-2005R, x3-0482, sdl@mit.edu


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