Statistics and Microscopy Quiz

You will have a quiz on Wednesday, May 27 on statistics and on microscopy (parts, general use, determining total magnification, etc).  For the statistics part, given a scenario you will have to be able to determine the correct statistical test and choose an appropriate graph.  You will also have to be able to properly interpret the pertinent values for a given statistical test (e.g. p-value, R value).  You will not have to calculate the p-value, just be able to interpret it.

STEM Chapter 1 2014b

Read chapter 1 in the STEM book.  You will use this to start to generate possible ideas for your own research project.  Remember that you will be designing your own research project next year and continue that into your junior year.  This will help you start that process.

Answer the chapter questions on page 11.  For question #3, you should complete the Student Handout #1 on page 14 for each of your top three research ideas.  Therefore, in the end, you will have 3 different possible research ideas and 3 completed Student Handout #1 sheets (pg. 14) – one Student Handout for each idea.  Complete these in your notebook and bring them to class to be checked.

Due: Wednesday, 5/27/15 in class

Neuroscience Tests and Projects

Listed below is our schedule of due dates for the remainder of the year.  If you miss class due to AP exams or other school-related functions, it is your responsibility to get the notes from a classmate and/or see me for help and/or to schedule a date and time to makeup the missed test.

  1. NeuroCurrents article due on Tuesday, 5/5/15.  Make sure you have included appropriate citations in APA format for any text material and for any pictures.  Pictures should be free use (with modification).
  2. Test on Thursday, 5/7/15, on all information covered this year.  Extra emphasis will be on the information since the last test, including notes about the brain and spinal cord, Dr. Edelsohn’s lectures on various disorders, readings from the Brain Facts book, and information about cord level sensory, motor and reflex testing.  The cranial nerves and special senses will not be on this test.
  3. Test on Wednesday, 5/13/15, on the cranial nerves and special senses and any other relevant information.

Heart, Pregnancy and Embryology Test

You will have a test on the heart, pregnancy and embryology case study and notes on Wednesday, 5/13/15 (Tuesday 5/12/15 for D-period).  You were given a list of goals and objectives in class.

A practice test has been put online and can be accessed at

The test is only for practice, although you must put in your name. Please use your real name when you take it so I can see how you are doing. You may take it multiple times.

As a practice test, it does not include all information that may be asked on the actual test. It should, however, be a good indicator the types of questions you will see and the bulk of the content.

You should also read the following pages in the textbook: pages 671(start with sequence of excitation)-675 (up to mechanical events)

In the end, you should know the pathway of the electrical signal through the heart and how to read an ECG/EKG. You should be able to explain what is occurring in the heart during the PQRST waves on the ECG/EKG.

Then read the section on page 677-678 “heart sounds”.

Answer the clinical application questions # 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 on page 689.

You should also know all of the information from the handouts given in class (heart conduction system, blood flow, blood vessels etc…)  You should be able to label the blood vessels (arteries) on the diagram. You should know all the pictured arteries for the test.

Have fun and study, study, study


Friday 4/24/15 Student Work

I will not be in school today.  I have listed below what each class should accomplish.  If you do not finish this material in class, you should complete it for homework.

  1. Anatomy
    1. Take quiz on organ functions.
    2. CompletetheHHMICariology Virtual Lab
      1. This can be found on the laptop under the Anatomy & Neuroscience folder on the ‘desktop’ – it works best in Internet Explorer
      2. This can also be found online here..
        2. You should try the laptop version first
      3. You will need sound for this so make sure your laptop has the sound working
      4. You can work in groups on one laptop
  2. ISR
    1. Complete the ‘Searching for Scientific Studies’ Google Doc
      1. For step 4 remember to input the question I assigned you in class
    2. Finish for homework if you do not complete it in class
  3. Genetics & Epidemiology
    1. Learn about DNA Fingerprinting and Gel Electrophoresis by going to my wiki page and completing the activities listed on that page
    2. You already did the karyotype activity listed in number 5, so you don’t have to repeat that
    3. Finish for homework if you don’t finish during class

Epigenetic Readings

It turns out that not all heritable traits (those that can be passed on to your offspring and beyond) are located within the nucleotide sequence of the DNA.  Experiences during your lifetime that do not mutate the ACTGs of your DNA can still have an effect that can be passed along to your future generations.  These changes are called epigenetic changes and offer fascinating new insights and possibilities in the world of genetics.  Go to my wiki page on epigenetics and follow the links to read several articles on epigenetics, genomic imprinting and new research findings.

Epigenetics wiki page

Analyzing Alien Data

You should complete the analysis of the alien dataset as instructed in the Google document. You can determine the appropriate statistical test and graph to use for each question at home and then come to my room during activity period or your study hall to use the MyStat software.  You may use the Google Sheet I shared entitled Statistical Tests and MyStat Student.  You are assigned to work with one partner – you may not work with anyone else.  Asking other students besides your partner for help/answers will be considered cheating and greatly damage your grade.  If you need help, ask your partner and then ask me.

Due: Wednesday, 4/22/15 by 11:59:59pm

Genetics Test

You will have a genetics test on Wednesday, 4/22/15.  The test will include genetic crosses, pedigrees, karyotypes, inheritance patterns, DNA replication, transcription/translation and any other topics covered in class or assigned readings.

There is a practice test located at

While not all-inclusive, the practice test should give you a good idea of what to expect on the actual test. The test is for practice only and it is your responsibility to check the accuracy of any answers.  The crosses on the real test will be more extensive than on the practice test.