BIT 295: Biotechnology and Sustainability

Overview:

  • Students will evaluate the challenges of sustainable recycling of electronic waste and possible solutions using biotechnology.
  • Students will design and develop approaches that incorporate sustainability and biotechnology to address wicked challenges such as the accumulation of discarded electronics

Topics:

  1. Why is the sustainable disposal of electronic waste a global and challenging problem?
  2. Principles of Sustainability
  3. The Scientific Method
  4. Introduction to Biotechnology
  5. Reading Critically as a Community of Scholars
  6. Experimental Design
  7. Demystifying Big Data & High-throughput Approaches
  8. Communicating Science with the Public

Lab Sessions:

  1. Introduction to genes, genomes, and pangenomes 3 weeks
  2. Studying communities of microbes and their environments 3 weeks
  3. Designing your experiments 2 weeks
  4. Troubleshooting, incorporating feedback, and reevaluating 3 weeks
  5. Analyzing your data 3 weeks
  6. Presenting your case 1 week 

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