If anyone is interested to be a Reader or Tutor for my new class, BME18 Scientific Principles of Life, please complete a Reader & Tutor Application for the Fall18 quarter.
More information on the class is listed below.
Course Description: The principles of life as it exists on this planet and how they generalize. Darwinian evolution, genomes, scientific theories of life (mechanistic, thermodynamic, information theoretic). Future of life: Internet, machine learning and adaptation, artificial intelligence, genome editing, fully artificial life. 5-course credit. This course satisfies the 5 unit undergraduate requirement for Scientific Inquiry. The new Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics major will require students take either this course or Bioethics (BME 80G) as part of the curriculum.
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Soc Sci 2 Building, Room 71, 10:40am - 11:45am
Enrollment Requirements and Prerequisites: None
Assignments & Grading: Grades are based 50% on exercises/challenges/games/projects to be done on a laptop connected to the Internet (computer coding ability not required, but students may gain some exposure). In-class multiple choice quizzes and random pop questions will count for 20% and final 30% of the grade.
Part 1. SURVEY OF LIFE
Date Lecturer Topics
Fri., Sept 28 David Haussler General properties of life: how are we different from rocks? Illustrations of abstract properties of life using Conway’s Game of Life.
Mon., Oct 1 David Haussler Where life fits in the grand scheme of the universe: time, place, scale
Wed., Oct 3 David Haussler Evolution by natural selection
Fri., Oct 5 David Deamer (BE) A brief history of life as we know it (lecture 1)
Sun, Oct 7 @11:59pm Assignment 1 Due: Conway's Game of Life
Discussion Blog 1 Due: Conway's Assertion
Discussion Blog 2 Due: The Gosper Glider Gun
Mon., Oct 8 Harry Noller (MCD) A brief history of life as we know it (lecture 2)
Wed., Oct 10 David Haussler A brief history of life as we know it (lecture 3)
Fri., Oct 12 David Haussler The Human Genome Project
Sun., Oct 14 @ 11:59pm Assignment 2 Due: Big Numbers and Fermi Paradox
Mon., Oct 15 David Haussler What we learn from sequencing genomes (lecture 1)
Wed., Oct 17 David Haussler What we learn from sequencing genomes (lecture 2)
Fri., Oct 19 David Haussler What we learn from sequencing genomes (lecture 3)
Sun., Oct 21 @ 11:59pm Assignment 3 Due: Simulation of Evolution
Mon., Oct 22 Beth Shapiro (EEB) What we learn from sequencing genomes: applications of genomics -- ancient DNA, introgression, conservation genomics (what genomes, rather than bits and pieces, can tell us) (lecture 4)
Part 2. THE HISTORY OF SCIENTIFIC FRAMEWORKS OF LIFE
Wed., Oct 24 David Haussler Quiz Day
Fri., Oct 26 David Haussler Élan vital or pure mechanism? Life in a Newtonian universe
Sun., Oct 28 @ 11:59pm Assignment 4 Due: Tree of Life
Mon., Oct 29 David Haussler The steam engine: Boltzmann’s thermodynamics (lecture 1)
Wed., Oct 31 Josh Deutsch The steam engine: Boltzmann’s thermodynamics (lecture 2)
Fri., Nov 2 David Haussler Computing and Life
Mon., Nov 5 David Haussler Quantum mechanics, waves and feedback
Wed., Nov 7 Anthony Aguirre Wheeler’s “it from bit”: is life, the universe and everything really just information? (lecture 2)
Fri., Nov 9 David Haussler Quiz Day
Mon., Nov 12 Holiday – Veteran’s Day
Wed., Nov 14 David Haussler Lab Tours
Part 3. THE FUTURE
Fri., Nov 16 Stuart Russell The rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence (lecture 1)
Sun., Nov 18 @ 11:59pm Assignment 5 Due: Machine Learning and Turing Test
Mon., Nov 19 David Haussler The rise of machine learning and artificial intelligence (lecture 2)
Wed., Nov 21 David Haussler You are never alone on the Internet
Fri., Nov 23 Holiday – Thanksgiving
Mon., Nov 26 Natalie Batalha Life in the Universe
Wed., Nov 28 Drew Endy Can we build artificial life? (lecture 1)
Fri., Nov 30 David Haussler Can we build artificial life? (lecture 2)
Sun., Dec 2 @ 11:59pm Assignment 6 Due: Genome Browser and Future of Life
Mon., Dec 3 David Haussler Editing the genome to make new species: CRISPR changes the rules
Wed., Dec 5 David Haussler Biomaterial hybrids: why just flesh or silicon?
Fri., Dec 7 David Haussler Where are we going, intelligence explosion or self-destruction?
Thurs., Dec 13 David Haussler Final