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Comparative Endocrinology (BIOL 405): Basic principles of comparative and behavioral endocrinology including structure and functions of hormones in vertebrates; hormonal control of behavior, reproduction, and homeostasis; endocrine techniques, and mechanism of hormone action.
I have three goals that I want to achieve as a teacher, as a neurobiologist, and, more generally as a scientist.
1) I want my students to appreciate the “big picture” ideas of what I teach them.
2) I want my students to realize that science is not a collection of esoteric facts but is instead an active discipline full of cutting-edge discoveries to learn about and to which they themselves can contribute – even as undergraduates.
3) I want my students to learn critical thinking skills and the scientific method which can be applied to all aspects of life, not just laboratory science.
In my classroom and lab I make it a priority to create a learning environment that values student differences and experiences, and I strongly believe that anyone, no matter their background, can be a scientist.
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