Basic GeneticsInstructor: Sharon Eversman

Dates: Tuesdays; Oct. 20 to Nov. 17

Time: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Aspen Pointe

Course Info: Using basic Mendelian genetics and simple problems, we first will address the question: How do we predict characteristics of offspring from two parents? On a cellular level there are more questions. Why are no two people (dogs, cats, trees…) exactly the same? What happens to cells and chromosomes during cell division? What are chromosomes and genes? What do DNA and RNA do? What are mutations and how are organisms affected? Is DNA technology very useful, very scary, or both? We will observe illustrations of cellular processes and their outcomes. With the old-fashioned tools of paper and pencil, we will address some basic predictions and cell activities. If you spaced out high school biology, newer technology will make the above questions dynamic and the answers clear.

Class Format: Lecture and discussion

Readings: None required but information abounds on the internet, and appropriate references will be given

Instructor Bio:   

eversmanSharon Eversman retired from the Ecology Department at MSU after over 40 years of teaching a variety of courses from freshman cell biology to senior and graduate level courses in botany, ecology, coevolution, and teacher education. Her research area concentrated on the biology of lichens, which involved field studies as well as light and electron microscopy.

Cost: $62.50 - member; $97.50 - nonmember




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