Neurobiology Laboratory - BIO365L


January 14, 2011. We are currently updating the site for Spring Semester 2011. Feel free to browse around to get an idea of what the course is like, but keep in mind that some changes and improvements are still in the works.

OLD POSTINGS: Spring 2010

April 10, 2010: The Module 3 lab manual is now updated and posted. Please review it before class on Tuesday because we will be starting our LTP experiments which are more complicated than the experiments we have run so far this semester.

April 5, 2010: The revised, revised class schedule for the remainder of the semester is now posted. Be sure you have the latest copy.

February 28, 2010: The updated Module 2 Lab Manual has been posted. Note that this version is a substantial revision from the manual used in previous semesters. It is imporant that you download and review the updated manual.

February 17, 2010. Due dates for Blog 3 and Lab Report 1 have changed as we discussed yesterday in class. Please download the revised class schedule so that you have the correct due dates for the assignments. The changes are reflected in Week 5 / Feb 23rd.

February 2, 2010: A revised set of lecture handouts for Week 2 is now posted under Documents.

January 24, 2010: Everything is ready now. Website is updated and the blackboard components are all available and updated for the new semester. Feel free to browse around to get an idea of what the semester will be like.

January 22, 2010: The course website is updated for Spring 2010. Current Syllabus, course schedule, and readings are now posted. First class meeting will be on January 26th. The Blackboard site for the course is currently unavailable while we update the Blackboard components of the course.


November 1, 2009: Updated Module 3 materials are now posted, including Lab Manual, Prelab Assignment 3, and Homework 3.

September 1, 2009: The course is ready to go. Website revisions are finished, and the Blackboard site for the course is now available. Our first class meeting is tomorrow, Wed, September 2nd. See you then.

August 24, 2009. The official syllabus for Fall 2009 is now posted. Other areas of the website are still being revised.

August 10 , 2009: Several important announcements:

  1. Our first class meeting will be on Wednesday, September 2nd. Feel free to email me with any questions you have before then.
  2. Website is currently being revised for Fall 2009. You are welcome to browse around to get a feel for the course, but be advised that much of the material currently posted will be revised significantly.
  3. We will use Blackboard extensively in the course. The Blackboard course is currently unavailable while the course is under revision.

OLD POSTINGS: Spring 2009

April 6, 2009. The lab manual for Module 3 is now posted. Sorry for the delay, it was supposed to be available on April 3rd.

March 30, 2009. The lab manual for Module 3 is offline for a few days while I update the manual with some new experiments. It will be back online by the end of the day on April 3rd.

March 10, 2009. More website updates. Homework 2 is posted, as are the lecture notes for Week 7. Also please note the addition of a class discussion board (under Resources or the Quicklinks menu at left. Please register for the discussion board by Friday March 13th. You aren't required to use it, but I want everyone to have access to it.

March 4, 2009. We made a minor update to the web page by adding a Resources section. (notice the spiffy new menu bar at the top of the page!). This is where I will post information about various university and outside resources that will be helpful for your coursework. The first entry provides information about the student computer labs where you can use Igor Pro to work with your experiment data outside of class.

February 17, 2009. Additional readings for Module 1 are now posted under Documents. These readings will help you with your lab work and lab reports by providing additional information about microscopy, patch-clamp technique, and HCN channels. They also are intended to give you an idea of how scientists describe the procedures and phenomena involved in our experiments.

February 9, 2009. Oops. The homework assignment that was supposed to show up here is finally online. Look under Documents for the first assignment that you can download and print. The new due date for the first homework and the final version of Prelab 1 is Tuesday, February 7th.

January 21, 2009 - The web page is now updated for Spring 2009. The lab manuals, syllabus, and class schedules can be found under Documents. The lecture notes for the first week are posted, and I will post lecture notes for later weeks soon.

January 18, 2009 - We will not be meeting during the first week of the semester (January 20th). Our first class meeting will be on Tuesday January 27th at the usual time (1:00). The web page is currently being updated for the Spring 2009 semester.


October 21, 2008 - The lab manual for the third module is now posted under documents. Also, the course schedule has been revised.

October 1, 2008 An updated version of the lab manual for Module 2 is available here. Also the due date for Lab Report 1 is postponed until at least Friday, October 3rd.

September 9, 2008. It seems that a few of you didn't receive my lengthy email providing feedback and clarification on the first prelab assignment (now due Sept 17th). I'm checking with the IT folks to see what happened to the outgoing message. In the meantime, a copy of that email is here.

August 28, 2008: Uploaded the correct syllabus for Fall 08, and some content added to the Lab Reports page. Until yesterday the old Spring 08 syllabus was still on the site. Yesterday's class went extremely well. Good job everyone.

August 25, 2008 - the site is ready to go for the first week of the semester. Syllabus, lab manual, and 1st week's lecture notes are available.

August 22, 2008 - Website is nearly finished. The syllabus and class schedule are finalized. Some additional content will be added before the first day of class.

August 20, 2008 - This site is still undergoing some final changes before class starts on August 27th.

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