This course will cover the field of biology from its fundamental principles through cutting-edge synthetic biology and drug discovery. No prior knowledge of biology is required.
Each class will have short lectures but will mainly focus on hands-on lab activities using high-quality microscopes, DNA-copying thermocyclers, DNA analysis gels, cell culture supplies, centrifuges, and other professional laboratory equipment.
The course will continue in Spring 2020 if there is enough interest.
When: Mondays 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Instructor: Dr. Todd H. Rider (firstname.lastname@example.org)
It is recommended (though not required) that students buy a biology textbook for supplementary readings during each week. Students can use either Miller & Levine's Biology or Campbell Biology.
See Syllabus for more details.
In order to ensure safety, we require that at least one additional adult remain on site when this program is in session. We will need parents to take turns in this role, which will entail: allowing us to run a CORI check, helping with any emergency situation that may arise, and remaining on site until all children and teens have been picked up. Please plan to sign up for one or two weeks as the designated "chaperone."
About the Instructor
Dr. Todd H. Rider received his Ph.D. from MIT, and his research has been featured in magazines ranging from Science to Time and on TV programs from NBC’s Nightly News to BBC’s Horizon. In biology research, he invented and developed the CANARY sensor, which uses genetically engineered white blood cells to rapidly identify bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens. Dr. Rider also invented the DRACO broad-spectrum antiviral therapeutics and demonstrated that they are safe and effective against 18 different viruses in cells and 4 viruses in mice. In physics research, he discovered fundamental physical limitations on nuclear fusion reactors, analyzed antimatter rocket engines, and demonstrated methods to combine numerous laser beams to form more powerful laser beams. He created the K-12 Science on Saturday program at MIT and has over 25 years of experience teaching biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, engineering, and archaeology courses to students at all levels. He is currently working on his plan for world domination.
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