ID Topics Schedule

Interdisciplinary discussions are scheduled throughout the semester. They will take place before, during or after the Biology II lectures and each exam will have several questions on the ID topics covered before.

Below is the schedule of ID topics with links to the material used in class. Students are expected to go over the material before coming to class in order to follow and contribute to the in-class discussions.

  ID Topic ID Material
Discussion 1
Slides
History & Scientific Discoveries:

Evolution vs Politics or Religion
Discussion on Linnaeus & Kuhn and paradigmatic shifts; Darwin’s Life
·  Excerpt from The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by T. Kuhn ·  BBC documentary on Darwin’s life and struggles
Discussion 2
Slides
History & Scientific Discoveries:

Beliefs & Proofs
Discussion on the Miasma and Germ Theory of Disease
Discussion 3

Slides

Biology & Industry:

Ethnobotany & Pharmaceutics
Discussion on Patents and Neem Oil

·  Granting Community Theft.” By J. Vidal in The Guardian 9/8/2003

. Major Legal Case: ASSOCIATION FOR MOLECULAR PATHOLOGY v. MYRIAD GENETICS, INC

Discussion 4

Slides

Science & Race, Gender, Social Status:

Women in Science
Discussion on Women in Science:

·  Female Biologists Biographies:

Rosalind Franklin

Rachel Carson.

Barbara McClintock

Discussion 5

Slides

Science & Race, Gender, Social Status:

Race and Research
Discussion on the HeLa cells history

·  Excerpts from The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks by R. Skloots

· Podcast: How HeLa Cells Work 

Discussion 6

Slides

History & Scientific Discoveries:

Failures and Luck
Discussion on Blood Groups

· Blood groups and human migrations

·  Podcast: What’s the deal with Blood Types

Discussion 7

Slides

Diseases Impact & Public Health Policies:

Politics vs Science
Discussion centered on articles on Ebola and Emergency Public Health Policies

·  CDC website visit

· Ebola article from The Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) 

Discussion 8

Slides

Biases in Science and Medecine

Race and Research
Discussion on biases in Experimental Designs and Translational Medicine

·  Articles/docs on biases in translational medicine and care

Discussion 9

Slides

Diseases Impact & Public Health Policies: Lobbies

Politics vs Health
Discussion: Bloomberg & soda ban

· Public Health Law Center doc: Taxing Sugar Drinks: A Tool for Obesity Prevention, Cost Saving & Health Improvement

Discussion 10

 Slides

Biases in Science and Medecine

Race and Research
Discussion: Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments

· Website: U.S. Public Health Service Syphilis Study at Tuskegee