Thinking Scientifically Schedule

CLASSOBJECTIVESREADINGS
TS #1 What is the second greatest idea? Part I: A discussion of the tenets and significance of the scientific method. Students review the essential components of a good experiment and then apply what they have learned by critiquing published experiments and magazine articles. None
TS #2 What is the second greatest idea?/Is science the answer to everything? Part II: A continuation of Thinking Scientifically I with a focus on why humans often cling to non-scientific views such as superstitions. This seminar also includes a discussion of the limitations of the scientific method and a look at whether the scientific method can be applied to day-to-day life. Belkin, "The Odds of That"; Ioannidis, "Why Most Published Research Findings Are False"
TS #3 Science in the popular and scientific press: Students first critique Newsweek's "The Year in Medicine" section for experimental design flaws and then work with the Director of the SRP to critique an article he published in Nature.
Franks and Scovell, "Dominance and reproductive success among slave-making worker ants"
TS #4 How does a scientist look at science?: : Are there flaws in every scientific study? Students learn how to critique and question the assumptions inherent in all studies, with the guidance of Dr. Sanford Simon and Nina Papavasiliou, two of Rockefeller's deepest thinkers. Dr. Simon's talk will use Gunter Blobel's seminal article on signal peptides as its focus, and Dr. Papavasiliou will discuss the proper mind-set when approaching science. Schwartz, "The Importance of Stupidity in Scientific Research"
TS #5 Bioethics and the development of new medical treatments: Dr. Rosamund Rhodes will lead a discussion about the ethics and challenges of testing new medicines on human subjects. None
TS #6 Bioethics and society: Geoff Smith will lead students on an exploration of how scientific research is viewed by philosophers, entrepreneurs, and the legal system to see if there is common ground for the three groups. None
TS #7 and #8 Conclude lab work. No class. None