"When Development Goes Awry: How Cancer Co-opts Mechanisms of Embryogensis, Fall 2009"
" During this course, we will study the similarities between cancer and normal development to understand how tumors co-opt normal developmental processes to facilitate cancer initiation, maintenance and progression. We will examine critical signaling pathways that govern these processes and, importantly, how some of these pathways hold promise as therapeutic targets for cancer treatment. We will discuss how future treatments might be personalized to target cancer cells in specific patients. We w
"Neuropharmacology, January IAP 2009"
" The neuropharmacology course will discuss the drug-induced changes in functioning of the nervous system. The specific focus of this course will be to provide a description of the cellular and molecular actions of drugs on synaptic transmission. This course will also refer to specific diseases of the nervous system and their treatment in addition to giving an overview of the techniques used for the study of neuropharmacology. This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP)
"Doctoral Seminar in Engineering Systems, Fall 2009"
" In establishing the Engineering Systems Division, MIT has embarked on a bold experiment – bringing together diverse areas of expertise into what is designed to be a new field of study. In many respects, the full scale and scope of Engineering Systems as a field is still emerging. This seminar is simultaneously designed to codify what we presently know and to give direction for future development."
"Special Topics: Computational Camera and Photography, Fall 2008"
" A computational camera attempts to digitally capture the essence of visual information by exploiting the synergistic combination of task-specific optics, illumination, sensors and processing. In this course we will study this emerging multi-disciplinary field at the intersection of signal processing, applied optics, computer graphics and vision, electronics, art, and online sharing through social networks. If novel cameras can be designed to sample light in radically new ways, then rich and us
"Calculus Online Textbook, Spring 2005"
"Published in 1991 and still in print from Wellesley-Cambridge Press, the book is a useful resource for educators and self-learners alike. It is well organized, covers single variable and multivariable calculus in depth, and is rich with applications. There is also an online Instructor's Manual and a student Study Guide. Prof. Strang has also developed a related series of videos, Highlights of Calculus, on the basic ideas of calculus."
"Studies in Women's Life Narratives: Feminist Inquiry, Spring 2009"
" Feminist Inquiry starts with questions: What is feminism? What is feminist scholarship? Is feminist scholarship inherently interdisciplinary? Must feminist work interrogate disciplinarity? Must feminists collaborate? Our aim is to promote the development of feminist theory and methods by providing a forum for sharing, assessing, discussing and debating strategies used by feminist scholars to study topics such as gender and the body; sexualities; color and whiteness; migration, colonialism, and
Triangles from three sides
At least in part, geometry is an exploration of shapes, and the triangle, the simplest of polygons, provides a surprising variety of explorations for the middle school learner. As a geometric figure, it offers opportunities to study fundamental concepts o
Bioinformatics Homework Assignment: Accessing and Analyzing Nucleic Acid Sequence Data from NCBI's D
This undergraduate activity introduces students to bioinformatics. During the guided activity students will access the National Center for Biotechnology Information's (NCBI) genetic sequence database to obtain and study DNA sequence entries relating to the chicken ovalbumin mRNA and genomic sequences.
Invertebrate Anatomy OnLine
This online laboratory manual features original anatomical descriptions of 112 species for use in invertebrate zoology teaching or research laboratories in North America. The collection was prepared over a period of many years to facilitate and encourage the study of invertebrate animals. It is a smorgasbord of species intended to provide a selection suitable for courses taught in most parts of North America. Many species, or their close relatives, also occur in other parts of the world, especia
Tardigrades: Bears of the Moss
This online PowerPoint presentation is dedicated to the phylum Tardigrada. It discusses distinguishing characteristics of Tardigrades (also known as water bears), their relationship to arthropods and nematodes, internal structures, life stages, cryptobiosis, research opportunities, classification, identification, habitat, distribution, ease of study in the lab, and more. Each slide contains illustrations and descriptions of the microscopic animal.
Experimenting with Pressure and Volume
Students will study the relationship between temperature and pressure using a paper-pencil laboratory activity and a laboratory activity involving Vernier software.
Inference by Analogy (Archaeology)
Students will use ethnohistoric sources and an archaeological site map to study ethnohistoric analogy. This unit is based on Lesson 2.11 in "Intrigue of the Past: North Carolina's First Peoples", which is part of a national curriculum-development program called "Project Archaeology":
Dialect Awareness in Literature and Life
"Dovey Coe", a young adolescent novel by Frances O'Roark Dowell of Boone, North Carolina, takes place in the 1930s in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The use of mountain dialect continues to remind the reader of the importance of setting in this novel. The study of a selection from this novel ...
Justice for All? To Kill a Mockingbird and A Time to Kill
Following a study of the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," students will view the courtroom scenes in "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "A Time to Kill" and determine factors which influenced the verdicts in each trial.
Power and Politics: ELP - Lesson 1
This is the first in a series of three lessons. Beginning with an introduction to political ideology, these ELP modules proceed to a study of the American political process and elections.
Power and Politics: ELP - Lesson 3
Students will work in groups to organize a political campaign that they present in class. This is the third in a series of three lessons. Beginning with an introduction to political ideology, the modules proceed to a study of the American political process and elections.
Shadows of North Carolina's Past (Archaeology)
In their study of artifact and lifeway pictures, students will observe and discuss past Native American lifeways and construct a timeline of four major culture periods in Native American Social Sciences. This unit is based on Lesson 4.1
Telling Stories: Larry Reed
Master storyteller Larry Reed is dedicated to the study and practice of the ancient Balinese art of shadow puppetry. This Educator Guide explores the history of Balinese shadowpuppetry, Wayang Kulit and Reed's innovations.
Coastal Clash: Understanding Private Property Rights
"Coastal Clash" is a one-hour documentary focusing on the urbanization of California's coastline. The activities and lesson plans for the film "Coastal Clash" target students at the high school level and align with the California State Standards for Government. Students will study the concept of "private property" and the Fifth Amendment, analyze arguments, and evaluate evidence to develop their own opinions.
Seasonal Migrations: Hummingbird
Students map the remarkable northward journey of these tiny jewels from Central America and Mexico to Canada and Alaska. Through these interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. Guidelines, lessons, activities, reading connections, and interactive maps are included for each study. Spring Only: Weekly updates: Thursdays, February-May.