First of a series of six classes that deal with the cellular and molecular basis of life.
Class 1 will deal with some background chemistry that is needed to understand much of how life works. In subsequent meetings we will discuss the major groups of biological molecules and their roles in living systems. Another topic will be to understand the structure and function of various subcellular organelles and other things found in cells. We will deal with how DNA gets replicated and how it is expressed and directs the development and activities of cells/organisms. Finally, we will look at cell reproduction and some basic genetic concepts - including something about acellular genetic systems (i.e. viruses).
Since I have not taught this material in this particular format the schedule of topics will be somewhat flexible. Also, I may ask you to attempt some "homework" to help reinforce some topics. Of course there will not be a grade attached to this or to some quizzes that will help you understand how well you are mastering the information.
The dates will be Feb 17, Feb 24, Mar 3, Mar 10, Mar 31 , and Apr 7 - we are skipping Mar 17 because of Spring Break and Mar 24 because of a Hot Science Cool Talks event at UT.
Parking: parking is available on the west side of the building, but when you enter, you will be on the first level, and the classroom is on the second level. There is a set of stairs about halfway down the building. If you park on the east side, pay attention to the signs so that you don't get ticketed. Coming in from the east you will be on the second level. The classroom is on your left about midway in the building (past the cashier office). The room number is 2405. For those of you who attended previous classes this is NOT the same room we used before - it is on the opposite side of the main hallway and more toward the west end.