HPSC-X 100 Human Perspectives on Science: Evolution, Sex, and Culture, from Darwin to Kinsey and Beyond (3 credit hours)
Prof. S. Gliboff
First Eight Weeks
GA1122 (Global & International Studies Building, Room 1122)
An introduction to the history of biology, with a focus on sex, heredity, reproduction, endocrinology, and evolution, and on how biological ideas have both reflected cultural attitudes and influenced them. Emphasis is on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, from Darwin and Mendel through Morgan, Muller, and classical genetics, to early hormone research, and on to Kinsey, the modern evolutionary synthesis, sociobiology, and evolutionary psychology. Questions to be addressed include the origin and evolutionary advantages of sexual reproduction, the nature of biological sex differences, sexual selection and mating behaviors, altruism and cooperation, and human evolutionary history.
The Demas Lab is looking for motivated undergraduates to work in the lab. Please find the details of the position attached here. If you have any questions about the position, please contact lab manager, Jessica Deyoe, at email@example.com.
The primary focus in the Demas laboratory is in the general area of “ecological physiology.” Specifically, we study interactions among the nervous, endocrine and immune systems and behavior in a variety of ecologically-relevant environmental contexts using the Siberian hamster (Phodopus sungorus) as our model system. Currently, we are conducting studies in two major research areas, including: 1) microbiome influences on the neuroendocrine regulation of social behavior, and 2) neuroendocrine mechanisms underlying seasonal aggression.
We are seeking highly-motivated undergraduate students to volunteer as research assistants in our lab. This position will involve aiding with research projects in the lab; learning and practicing proper animal handling and care; and performing basic laboratory techniques involved in reproductive physiology and behavioral endocrinology, such as behavioral scoring, tissue sectioning and processing, and serum hormone analysis. The position will occasionally require working after hours, between approximately 8 p.m. and 12 a.m., for the purpose of recording the behavior of our nocturnal animals. Please note that on those weeks requiring night shifts, students will often have free time to work on schoolwork while in the lab.
Availability to work ~4-8 hours/week, depending on the studies being conducted in lab
Please send the following information to Jessica Deyoe, the Demas Lab manager (firstname.lastname@example.org):
- Resume, including G.P.A.
- Brief description of:
- Your current career goals
- When you would be available to start working in the lab
- How many semesters you would be willing to work in the lab