Classes

    Governance and Ethics of Biotechnology 3: Neural Interventions

    Semester: 

    Fall

    Offered: 

    2020

    About the series

    This online nanocourse series is part of the curriculum offered by the Scientific Citizenship Initiative (SCI) at Harvard Medical School. SCI aims to make science more socially responsive and responsible by examining the social impact of scientific research and emerging technology, exposing students to the multiple roles and institutions that make up the innovation ecosystem, and teaching practical skills, such as how to communicate across disciplines and perspectives.

    This online course series consists of three...

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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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    Arduino for Biologists: Building scientific instruments using Arduino

    Semester: 

    Summer

    Offered: 

    2020

    Director: John Assad

    Instructors: Ofer Mazor, Pavel Gorelik, Brett Graham

    Course description:

    The Arduino is a powerful and inexpensive digital microcontrollers that can be used to develop custom lab instruments. Many tasks that used to require a PC or expensive hardware can be put together with an Arduino and tens of dollars worth of parts. Developing microcontroller-based tools allows researchers to automate and scale up aspects of their research that were previously unfeasible.

    This nanocourse will cover the basics of programming an...

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    Light-Sheet Microscopy for Neuroscientists

    Semester: 

    Summer

    Offered: 

    2020

    Course Directors: Aurelien Begue, PhD (HMS) and Jason DeBruyne, PhD (MSM)

    Course Description: Fluorescent light-sheet microscopy is a versatile microscopy technique that has diverse applications to neuroscience research and offers many advantages to other imaging methods. This nanocourse, offered as part of the MAHPING collaboration between Harvard Medical School and Morehouse School of Medicine, will introduce neuroscientists who have little or no experience with light-...

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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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    Introduction to Anaerobe Physiology

    Semester: 

    Winter

    Offered: 

    2021

     

    Hosted by the Harvard Microbial Sciences Initiative and co-hosted by the Harvard Infectious Diseases Consortium and Massachusetts Host-Microbiome Center

    Course Overview: Life on planet earth has been dominated by anaerobes, from the earliest forms of life to the complex microbial communities that comprise your internal gut microbiota. This nanocourse will introduce...

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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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