Classes

Introduction to Science Policy: Communicating Your Values to Policymakers

Semester: 

Winter

Offered: 

2023

The Scientific Citizenship Initiative at HMS (SCI) is offering the Introduction to Science Policy: Communicating Your Values to Policymakers nanocourse for Harvard STEM graduate students and postdocs. The course will be held in-person at Harvard Medical School, 4-7 PM on Tuesday January 10 and Thursday January 12, 2023.

This interactive course will provide an understanding of the relationship between science and policy, the role of values in crafting policy recommendations, and the complex ecosystem in which...

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Graduate TF Training in the Biomedical Sciences

Semester: 

Winter

Offered: 

2022

SESSIONS 1 and 2 HAVE BEEN MOVED ONLINE. ZOOM INFORMATION WILL BE PROVIDED TO REGISTERED STUDENTS.

This course is an introduction to the skills and frameworks necessary for success as a graduate student teaching fellow (TF) or 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 TFs/TAs...

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Intro to Anaerobe Physiology

Semester: 

Winter

Offered: 

2022

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 unique aspects of anaerobe physiology, including adaptions to thrive in anaerobic environments.

Course schedule:

Session 1 (Wed Jan 19, 2...

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POSTPONED Childhood Cancers: The path to precision medicine

Semester: 

Winter

Offered: 

2022

Course Description & Assignments
Pediatric cancers are the leading cause of disease related death in childhood. Children that do survive are frequently left with devastating and life-long morbidity from the treatments required to cure them. The last two decades have shed tremendous insights into the drivers of these cancers, providing optimism that precision medicine approaches may lead to more effective treatments. 

In this course, we will review the genetic drivers of childhood cancers and the mechanisms through which they drive tumor formation,...

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From Bench to Bedtime: Entraining Policy to Science

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

Course Description:
Circadian rhythms have a profound impact on our health and well being. Beyond regulating our sleep, they influence cognitive alertness, gastric motility, and cardiovascular health and many other body processes. Yet, our industrialized, 24/7 world often brings us out of sync with these rhythms leading to pervasive but addressable health consequences. Join us to learn the molecular and circuit mechanisms that sync our circadian rhythms to environmental cues like light and food, how our everyday activities and societal issues impact these rhythms, and...

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Finding a Reliable Hit: Optimized tools for reproducible drug screening

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2022

SESSION DATES:

  • Session 1Oct 31, 1-3pm | Assay Automation and Quantification - From Benchtop to High Throughput Screening
  • Session 2Nov 8, 1-3pm | Optimized Experimental and Analytical Tools for Reproducible Drug-Response Studies
  • Session 3 | Nov 14, 1-3pmRobust Methods for Drug Combination Studies

LOCATION: TMEC 106 Learning Studio
*There is no remote option for this course.

REGISTRATION CLOSED

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Introduction to R

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2022

Course Description and Assignments

This 4-session, online, hands-on nanocourse will instruct participants to using R and RStudio. R is a simple programming environment that enables the effective handling of data, while providing excellent graphical support. RStudio is a tool that provides a user-friendly environment for working with R. After this workshop participants can expect to be comfortable with the basics of data wrangling and plotting using R.

Workshop segments will address the following:

  • ...
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Graduate TF Training in the Biomedical Sciences

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2022

 

Course description

This nanocourse provides 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 TFs
  • Demonstrate...
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Arduino for Biologists: Building scientific instruments using Arduino

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

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 Arduino microcontroller and...

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