Classes

    Algorithmic Thinking: How you should be thinking about your data

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2019

    The objective of this nanocourse is to encourage students to perform complex bioinformatic and data analysis questions in their own research with a modular and methodical approach. During the first day, students will learn what an algorithm is and be introduced to the concept of algorithmic thinking. Students will learn to take problems relevant to computational biology and craft solutions in the form of flowcharts and general pseudocode. On the second day, students will learn how to transform the flowcharts and general pseudocode into very specific pseudocode. In this second session,...

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    Graduate TA Training in the Biomedical Sciences

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2018

    Instructs graduate student teaching assistants in the pedagogy and course management skills required to be an effective TA. The three two-hour class sessions focus on the basics of evidence based teaching practice and practical strategies for working with students and faculty. Open to all Longwood area graduate TAs assigned to a course in Fall 2018.

    NOTE: This nanocourse is required for students registering for MedSci 312qc. Those wishing to enroll in that course must discuss this with the course director or a curriculum fellow. Students...

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    From Pipette to Pen: Science Writing for General Audiences

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2018

    In the era of fake news and alternative facts, communicating science clearly and effectively to the general public is more important than ever. From tweets to Facebook posts to news articles, there are countless media through which we can bring science to people from all walks of life. This nanocourse offers the opportunity to learn the basics of science writing for general, non-academic audiences through small group discussions and interactive workshops. Additionally, this course will include a panel of expert science writers from PBS NOVA, STAT, Addgene, and more to answer questions...

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    Graduate TA Training in the Biomedical Sciences

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2019

     

    This course is an introduction to the skills and frameworks necessary for success as a graduate student teaching assistant (TA). After completing this 6 hour introduction, students will be able to:

    - describe core pedagogy concepts including backwards design, formative assessment, active learning, alignment, and inclusive teaching

    - identify ways these core concepts influence their work as graduate student TAs

    - demonstrate the ability to apply these concepts to their expected teaching and course-related responsibilities

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    Graduate TA Training in the Biomedical Sciences

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    This course is an introduction to the skills and frameworks necessary for success as a graduate student teaching assistant (TA). After completing this 6 hour introduction, students will be able to:

    - describe core pedagogy concepts including backwards design, formative assessment, active learning, alignment, and inclusive teaching
    - identify ways these core concepts may influence their work as graduate student TAs
    - demonstrate the ability to apply these concepts to their expected teaching and course-related responsibilities
    - identify classroom management and...

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    Deep Learning for Biomedical Image Analysis

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    Advances in the AI method of deep learning have the potential to transform how biomedical data is analyzed for research, clinical diagnosis and prognosis. This nanocourse will deliver information and allot guided practice so that anyone can apply the principles and algorithms of deep learning to process and analyze their own biomedical images. The purpose of the course is to deliver practical knowledge of deep learning for image analysis including possibilities, current limitations and challenges. Participants with and without programming experience are encouraged to attend!

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    Public Health 101 Series: Introduction to Public Health

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    Course Description:

    This nancourse will introduce students, researchers, and healthcare providers to Public Health as a field of research and as an approach to framing and addressing health challenges. As noted in the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s mission statement, Public Health is an inherently multidisciplinary field, drawing on skills and knowledge across the biological, quantitative, and social sciences. Through...

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    General Quantitative Microscopy and Experimental Design

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2019

    Light Microscopy is currently a widespread tool for scientific discovery. Advances in this field including the development of brighter and better dyes and fluorescent proteins and techniques that go beyond the optical resolution limit have shaped the way scientist do science. Furthermore, the inherent quantitative nature of light microscopy makes it a powerful tool to solve biological problems in both live and fixed samples and really goes beyond a pretty picture.

    SESSION 1: December 3rd 2-5 pm (open to everyone) Cannon Room, Building C

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    Analyzing Genomic Research Data: Keeping the patient in mind

    Semester: 

    Summer

    Offered: 

    2020

    As researchers, it is important to keep in mind the clinical relevance of our work. In these sessions, participants will work together in small groups to analyze genomic research data utilizing publicly available online tools. This nanocourse will give participants a sense of how research is linked with the clinical aspect and how researchers can incoporate patient data into their own research. Throughout the sessions, participants will also learn about research and clinical careers that they may be interested in pursuing. 

    Learning Objectives...

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    Homelessness and Health - Lessons from Health Care, Public Health, and Research (online course; part of the Public Health 101 Series)

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    Course description

    Homelessness in the United States (U.S.) is a complex issue intersecting health, public health, policy as well as other aspects of society. Examine the fundamentals of health and innovative research outcomes among homeless populations. Identify unique health issues, health care responses, social needs, and strategies for incorporating trauma-informed care into practice with respect to...

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    Microscopy Measurements: Considerations for accurate and precise quantitative microscopy

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2020

    Course Description

    Fluorescence microscopy can be a very powerful tool for making quantitative spatial and intensity measurements . However, sources of error and imprecision are inherent in every modality of light microscopy and digital image acquisition, and can lead to inaccurate conclusions if left unaddressed. In this nanocourse, we will discuss common sources of inaccuracy and imprecision in quantitative microscopy, and how to identify and address them. In the virtual laboratory exercises, you will learn how to estimate signal-to-noise ratio and...

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    Graduate TF Training in the Biomedical Sciences

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    This course is an introduction to the skills and frameworks necessary for success as a graduate student teaching fellow (TF). After completing this 6 hour introduction, students will be able to:

    - describe core pedagogy concepts including backwards design, formative assessment, active learning, alignment, and inclusive teaching
    - identify ways these core concepts may influence their work as graduate student TAs
    - demonstrate the ability to apply these concepts to their expected teaching and course-related responsibilities
    - identify classroom management and...

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    Tools & Strategies For Getting Your Manuscript Published

    Semester: 

    Summer

    Offered: 

    2021

     

    In order to get a manuscript published, it’s key to learn the framework of the process, build skills in writing, and find a community of peer editors who can help you catch errors and develop effective ways to articulate the importance of your research. In this Nanocourse, Dr. Marie Bao (BCMP, Harvard Medical School; former Editor-In-Chief of Developmental Cell)...

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    Electronics and Signal Processing for Experimental Rigs

    Semester: 

    Spring

    Offered: 

    2021

    Course Director: John Assad

    Course Instructors: Ofer Mazor, Pavel Gorelik

     

    Course description:

    Biomedical researchers often use, or even building, experimental rigs consisting of several interconnected electronic instruments. These rigs are typically used to make high-quality recordings of weak biological signals. The goal of this course is to demystify the rig: What does each instrument do? How should they be connected? How does one troubleshoot noise, or adjust settings in a principled way...

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