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Life Sciences 1b: An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences: Genetics, Genomics, and Evolution

Total time commitment is 0.4 FTE

Salary for Teaching Fellows: $2,210 – 2,478 per month

Course description:

Life Sciences 1b is a spring-semester course that integrates molecular biology, genetics, genomics and evolution. The course is large (typically about 400 students), with the majority of students being freshmen. This course takes an integrated approach, showing how genetics and evolution are intimately related, together explaining the patterns of genetic variation we see in nature, and how genomics can be used to analyze variation. The focus of this course is on the fundamental features of Mendelian genetics, quantitative genetics, and population genetics.

Dates:  January-May 2023

  • Lectures: M/W/F (contingent on scheduling)
  • Section/Lab: Tue-Fri

Responsibilities:

  • Attend lectures
  • Attend staff meetings (1 hour/week)
  • Prepare and lead one discussion & laboratory section (~3 hours) per week (12 sections/semester; size: ~12-16 students)
  • Grade and return assignments (i.e. problem sets, lab assignments)
  • Hold office hours (1 hour/week/section).
  • Proctor midterms and/or final exam, potentially help pre-run exams.
  • Be available by email to answer student questions throughout the semester.
  • Attend two-three days of TF training in January prior to the beginning of the course.

 To apply:

Please email lsci1b@fas.harvard.edu and include your CV. We will be conducting interviews and hiring primarily in October-December. Final hiring is contingent on student enrollment.


TF/TA positions for Fall 2022

MCB 129: The Brain: Development, Plasticity and Decline 

(Fall semester; Monday and Wednesday, 10:30-11:45 am)

Description

This course deals with how the brain develops, adapts to its environment, and experiences functional decline in aging. Topics include cell birth, death and cortical development, differentiation and cell identity, axon guidance and synapse specificity, adult neurogenesis, memory and cognitive decline. Course assignments emphasize critical evaluation of research articles, creativity in experimental design, and development of scientific writing skill.

Duties

The Teaching Fellow will lead a weekly discussion section, help to create and grade problem sets and other written assignments, attend lectures, and provide students with consultation during weekly office hours.

To Apply 

Contact Sam Kunes  (kunes@fas.harvard.edu)


MCB 60: Cellular Biology and Molecular Medicine
Description
This course provides an introduction to the principles of molecular and cellular biology and their connections to biomedicine. We explore how medical syndromes provide insights into biological processes and how biological mechanisms underlie human disease and physiology. Topics range from DNA repair, protein folding and vesicle transport to metabolism, cell migration and cancer. Lectures focus on the experimental evidence for key concepts, and the weekly sections combine a discovery-based laboratory research project with discussions that emphasize problem solving and primary literature.
Responsibilities:
• Attend the lab training before the start of the semester, end of August (about 3 days long).
• Attend all lectures (approx. 3h/week, Days TBD). Facilitate discussion and encourage participation from students during class.
• Hold weekly open office hour (1h/week).
• Attend weekly staff meeting (1h/week).
• Run a weekly 3-hour lab/discussion section comprising of 15 students.
• Grade weekly lab notebooks and problem sets for the students in their sections.
To apply
We are looking for graduate students or post-docs who are excited about teaching students the principles of molecular and cellular biology.
Please email at becuwe@fas.harvard.edu and and include your CV with references preferably ones that can comment on teaching.


TF POSITION FOR FALL SEMESTER 2022: Neuro 80 (MCB 80) – NEUROBIOLOGY OF BEHAVIOR
Course Description
Neuro/MCB 80 aims to provide an in-depth introduction into the fundamentals of the brain and neuroscience. The teaching staff, lead by Professor Jeff Lichtman, aims to provide a biologically inspired conceptual framework for thinking about how the brain works. The course begins by taking a close look at the nuts and bolts of neurons and signaling and then moves on to explore a few networks including sensory systems and motor systems before finishing with neurodevelopment, and “higher” cognitive topics.
We will be modifying the structure of the course and applying what we have learned the past several years. This year the course will be a hybrid or partially “flipped” format. Students will be responsible to watch 2 asynchronous lectures (or lecture equivalents) each week online. Then throughout the semester, Tuesday in class “lectures” will feature demonstrations, guest lectures and activities that apply the concepts discussed in the video lectures. Thursdays will be optional. The in class “lectures” will be a review and an opportunity for the students to ask questions to the course leaders. The weekly discussion sections will be lead by you the TF, where students  will discuss the material, work in small groups, practice problems, and try small neuroscience labs and demos.
There are no pre-requisites for the class and it is the foundational course for students who plan to concentrate in Neuroscience.
Expectations
  • Watch/review video lectures and understand the material
  • Prepare and lead a weekly 75 min discussion section (in person) on Thursdays or Fridays for ~16 students
  • Grade assignments including problem sets each week
  • Hold weekly or biweekly office hours
  • Attend weekly staff meetings
  • Answer emails, help monitor the online chat boards/answer student questions
  • Help prepare exam questions, monitor/check Canvas
  • Help with the Neuroscience Activity Fair: Tuesday, September
  • Proctor Exams – Midterm 10/18 10:30-11:45, Final TBA
  • Optional: Attend in person guest lectures and review sessions T, Th 10:30-11:45
  • Class runs 9/1 – 12/1. Final will be held during exam period: 12/8-12/17
Total commitment ~10-15 hrs/week
Training
We will hold training sessions in August, featuring: teaching scientific course material, grading, leading group work and a micro-section practice. Training sessions are planned for 8/3 or 8/4. You would only need to attend one of the sessions and alternate arrangements can be made as needed.
To Apply or for questions 
Contact Neuroscience Preceptor: Kathleen Quast (kquast@fas.harvard.edu)

 


Life Sciences 1a: An Integrated Introduction to the Life Sciences: Chemistry, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology

Course description:

Life Sciences 1a is a fall-semester survey course that integrates general chemistry, organic chemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology at the introductory level. The course is large (typically about 350 students), with the majority of students being freshmen. The focus is on the fundamental features of living systems, with topics including intermolecular interactions, thermodynamics, acidity, (first-order) kinetics, the central dogma, cell signaling, enzyme catalysis, and transport across membranes. These concepts are then applied to consider drug design and discovery.

Dates:

  • Lectures: 09/01/2022 – 12/01/2022
  • Section: 09/05/2021 – 12/02/2021

 Responsibilities:

  • Attend lectures
  • Attend staff meetings (1 hour/week)
  • Prepare and lead one discussion & laboratory section (~3 hours) per week (12 sections/semester; size: ~12-16 students)
  • Grade and return assignments (i.e. problem sets, lab assignments, course project)
  • Hold office hours (1 hour/week/section).
  • Proctor midterms and/or final exam, potentially help pre-run exams.
  • Be available by email to answer student questions throughout the semester.
  • Attend two days of TF training in August (8/10 & 8/11, 9-5pm)

Total time commitment is 0.4 FTE

To apply:

Please email lsci1a@fas.harvard.edu and include your CV. We will be conducting interviews and hiring primarily in the months of May and June. Final hiring is contingent on student enrollment.


2022 Summer: Online or In-Person TFs

BIOS S50: Foundations of Neuroscience (Offered online and in-person)

Course Description: This course explores the brain at the level of molecules, cells, circuits, and behavior. Topics include the function of nerve cells (electrical properties, ion channels, synaptic integration, and neural networks), sensory and motor systems, development, learning and memory, emotion, sleep, and mental illness.

Key Details:
– The course starts Weds June 22 and ends Weds Aug 3 (7 weeks) 3:15-6:15 PM
– There are 6 sections (one per week except the final week).

TF responsibilities:
– Attend lecture or watch online; attend weekly 30 min. staff meeting (online; after class on Wednesdays)
– Run one 60 minute pre-planned section (brain dissection, review, paper discussion) on Thurs or Friday.
– One office hour per week per section.
– Answering student emails and grading weekly assignments (lecture questions, 1 Problem Set, 2 reading homeworks, 1 review article).

To Apply for a Position: Please email to Ryan Draft: draft@fas.harvard.edu.

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