[MARMAM] Online course @ Duke University: Building a Database for Marine Mammal Molecular Genetics, Anatomy, and Physiology.

Andreas Fahlman afahlman at whoi.edu
Sat May 23 10:05:03 PDT 2020

Building a Database for Marine Mammal Molecular Genetics, Anatomy, and Physiology. Online course @ Duke University

Decades of research in molecular biology and physiology has produced a treasure trove of data that illuminate how different cell types and organ systems respond to environmental stimuli across marine mammal species. Yet, despite this wealth of knowledge, access to this incredible resource is hampered by the lack of a central database in which to access and integrate these data sets. In this problem- and team-based on-line course, we will work with students as a virtual team to create and publish a comparative molecular, anatomical and physiological data base. The students, Teaching Assistant (TA), and instructors (the team) will work together to search for published peer reviewed articles for marine mammals. The information will be extracted and inserted into a central place for searching. We are specifically interested in adaptations from a range of marine species with a focus on integrating marine mammal physiologic and molecular systems and environmental adaptations. 
The class will produce a deliverable in the form of the launch of a web-based platform with a searchable body with different organs and systems in one marine mammal species that includes details about which of these are absent or anatomically different in other species. Another output would be updated information on allometric scaling relationships that include more species and that are phylogenetically corrected. Prerequisites: college introductory biology, introductory chemistry, or consent of the instructor.
·        Andreas Fahlman (afahlman at duke.edu <mailto:afahlman at whoi.edu>)
·        Jason Somarelli (jason.somarelli at duke.edu <mailto:jason.somarelli at duke.edu>)
Undergraduate Registration: ENV 390-02
Tuition: $2,500+fees
Dates: July 7 - July 30, 2020, Weekdays 9-12 EST

To apply: Visit Duke’s Summer Session website: https://summersession.duke.edu/visiting-college-students <https://summersession.duke.edu/visiting-college-students> and complete the online application:https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_22XiGjJTUGVB7lb <https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_22XiGjJTUGVB7lb>
Tuition and fees can be found here: https://summersession.duke.edu/visiting-college-students/u-s-students/tuition-aid <https://summersession.duke.edu/visiting-college-students/u-s-students/tuition-aid>
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