BSC 5952 Sensory Biology: Chemical Senses and Vision

Fall 2022, Tuesdays 9:30 11:00 am

Course Description:
This course is designed for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in 
Biological Sciences and the Program in Neurosciences. The emphasis will be in the 
research areas of Vision and Chemical Senses, but a comparison to all Sensory Systems 
will be employed depending upon the needs and composition of the enrolled students 
and faculty. 
1. To train the incoming graduate student to read, critique, and evaluate 
 scientific research reports.
2. To provide a forum for the discussion of new techniques, cutting edge 
 developments in discovery, and current research publications. 
3. To provide lectures for a specialized topic needed to advance research 
 training immediately in the laboratory.
4. To foster a rich environment for the exchange of laboratory protocols, 
 first hand experience, and constructive critique of ongoing individual 
 research, manuscripts, 
 presentations, or grant submissions.
5. To maintain active reading enrichment for the trained investigator.
Each member of the course will provide one to two lectures to the group, depending 
upon their level of scientific training, former experience, and need for 
development/evaluation. Lectures will either be the presentation of a journal 
article published in the last  year (preferably the last month) or the 
presentation of the member's own unpublished data. Because the primary objective 
of this course is to promote new knowledge development for the student AS the 
discovery is made and published, evaluation will be based not on the strength 
of the member's knowledge of the topic, but rather their leadership skills in 
presenting a new and challenging area that the group can benefit from learning. 
Likewise evaluation of data presentations will be based upon organization of 
data, clarity of approach, and openness to constructive criticism rather than 
depth and intensity of the research employed. This type of evaluation is 
designed to foster thinking and scientific exchange of ideas in a 
non-confrontational but formal setting. Following attendance to international 
meetings, members are expected to provide oral report of the best scientific 
research they uncovered at the conference and how they plan to apply this 
information to their own laboratory experimental goals.
Reading Assignments:
Each member will make the assignment for the reading the week prior to their lecture. 
Articles or chapters will be posted on the web at
or copies will be made available by the group leader on canvas.