Below are the final grades for BIO220. Be sure to check them before I post them to the server on Friday evening.
This grade is the lowest your grade can be, with a zero on the talk tomorrow.
CEM131: We will be finishing up the Gases chapter this week and starting on Solutions. The Hardness of Water lab is this week’s lab fun.
BIO220: We will continue with Eukarya pathogens and start Unknowns. I have posted the current grades, please review missing materials.
BIO161: We will finish Protostomes on Tuesday and then the Exam on Thursday. The lab will either be the field hike or dissection, depending on weather.
A local company has just posted an internship for this summer. The company is Transpharm, a local concern that deals with drug testing. This looks like an excellent opportunity to get some experience in the field for students thinking of biological sciences in their future.
General Notes: We are past the last HQV date, so I cannot drop you from the course. However, if you do not participate (as outlined in the syllabus), you will receive a grade of 0.0 (E) for failure to participate if you do not withdraw before the term deadline. Several people have received emails this week alerting them to this eventuality.
CEM131: Exam day today, I know, I love it too (come on, only two problems NEED a calculator). Hopefully it wasn’t too traumatic and I plan on getting them graded by Wednesday. Overall the class is going well and we will start Chapter 7 (Gases) on Wednesday. The lab will be Lab 11 (Molar Mass of Butane) on Wednesday.
On the labs last week I gave you a plus/minus error of one on the hydration number for Copper (II) Sulfate. The actual value was five (5) water molecules for each formula unit of Copper (II) Sulfate, so 4-6 were acceptable. Any value above or below that cost you a point (every group was within two), due to sloppy lab technique (resulting in a poor determination).
BIO220: Exam Day on Tuesday, I hope you worked through the Genetics problems… well if you didn’t, I’ll know soon enough. We also have lab on Tuesday where we will do the second Gram Stain test and the Second Streak Plate Evaluation. Thursday we will start in Chapter 12, please read through the Fungi section.
I’m finishing up the labs right now, and I must say that I am rather unimpressed with the depth of short answer responses and the quality of mathematical calculations (forgetting to calculate original concentrations from diluted values, medians, etc.). When I ask you to do some research and compare the behavior of three different microbes in a system, “they are different so they respond differently” is a pretty crappy answer.
BIO161: You guys don’t have an exam this week, but you do owe me a formal lab. The class will be working on Chapter 34 (Protostomes) this week. You should be at least through the introduction of the chapter by Tuesday. We are on track for the next exam to be on schedule (4/13).
The overall grades have been updated and include all materials to this point (yes, even the lab quiz). Speaking of the lab quiz, the overall median was 17/25 and the high was 22/25, that gave a curve of +2 (took the median to ~74%).
CEM131: We will be finishing Chapter 6 this week. I am pushing the exam back to Monday (4/3) so that we can spend a little more time on the calculations. For lab we will be doing the Stoichiometry of a Hydrate.
BIO220: We will be finishing Chapter 9 and Evolutionary theory on Tuesday and then Chapter 10 on Thursday. I am pushing the test till Tuesday next week (4/4) so that we don’t have to rush tomorrow. For lab we will be collecting the plate data, discussing identifications, and working on the Gram Stain and Streak Competencies. Assignment 1 for the presentation is due this Tuesday (3/28)
BIO161: We have the exam on Tuesday. The exam will be followed by our first dissection lab and a discussion of the formal lab requirements. Thursday we will start Chapter 33.
I will be late to office hours. It is my semiannual rheumatology check up and I won’t be in till probably 11-11:30.
A handful of you are emailing me that the link is dead. It is not dead, you are clicking the wrong link. It is the Heat Effect lab. I have checked it on three computers and a number of your colleagues have already turned it in.
Sorry for the delay. My little disease vector, or as I call him my son, gave me the second bad case of gastroenteritis for the winter.
The closures for the day at North (Maher) and Lenawee DO NOT affect Main campus. We WILL be have class today and both BIO220 and BIO161 DO have their exams today. “I thought campus was closed” will not even be entertained as an excuse.