May 30, 2024  
Catalogue 2024-2025 
Catalogue 2024-2025
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STS 393 - Special Topics in Biology

Semester Offered: Spring
0.5 to 1 unit(s)
A variety of current and timely topics in Biology is considered by these intensive mentored experiences. Each of these involve close mentored work in small groups of students around a key topic in biology. A variety of formats is used, including field experiences, field trips, different types of media and different approaches. Topics and instructors vary each semester.

(a) Investigating Chronic Disease. (Same as BIOL 393 ) (0.5 units, ungraded). An examination of chronic disease with a focus on ME/CFS, a disease with an unknown cause, no known biomarkers, and no cure. We explore recent research to identify the underlying basis of the disease and find treatments, and the role of viral infection, microbiome alterations, and immune dysfunction. We explore the historical and social factors that underlie the stigmatization and insufficient understanding of the disease. Students develop projects on this or other similar diseases. David Esteban.

(b) Biology in the Community: Public Health. (Same as BIOL 393 ) (0.5 or 1 unit, ungraded) Students partner with staff at the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral & Community Health (or another local public health organization) to identify a current public health issue, design and execute an intervention, and assess its effectiveness. Supplemental readings are required in order to provide a framework to successfully engage with the community and complete the work. In addition, weekly group meetings encourage students to formulate and refine goals and to actively monitor the proposed initiative to help the Department or organization realize its vision. Leroy Cooper.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of the instructor.

Two 75-minute periods.

Course Format: INT

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