19 September 2019 C.E.


19 September 2019 C.E.

To see the comments I left for your laboratory report, download the PDF that I attached to your grade on Canvas.

12 September 2019 C.E.

My history of teaching BIO181:

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12 September 2019 C.E.

Examination 1 Statistics %
Historic Low Mean: 52.5
Historic High Mean: 71.6
Historic Overall Mean: 63.4
Current Term Mean: 60.7

29 August 2019 C.E.

The Course Syllabus has been updated. The current version is dated 29 August 2019 C.E., and the Schedule of Lectures (last page) is what has changed.

20 August 2019 C.E.

I forgot to mention during the first meeting that Estrella has changed its policy, and (unfortunately) they will no longer provide students with Scantron forms for examinations. This means you will need to buy your own from the campus bookstore. You will need at least six forms, but it's probably best to buy a couple extras in case you need to start over. I will not have any extras to provide to students who forget to bring them to examinations, so please don't forget. You should purchase form 882-E, which looks like the image below.


15 August 2019 C.E.

The course syllabus has been updated. I added an optional resource in the Supporting Texts section.

Also, this class has a waitlist, so if you are registered, then be sure to show up on time on Monday to avoid being withdrawn. If you are on the waitlist, be sure to show up on time, and tell me as you walk in that you are on the waitlist.

05 August 2019 C.E.

Some of you might be interested in the job discussed in the following email I received.

Dear Professor,

I’m the Regional Manager for a terrific company called Play-Well TEKnologies and we are currently looking for a few smart, dynamic, and creative students to help us teach our LEGO® Engineering camps and enrichment classes to kids in the Phoenix area. We’re betting that you may know some students who are a good fit for our organization and could use a well-paid, resume-building part-time job that supports their course of study.

In our camps and classes, Play-Well’s part-time instructors teach STEM concepts to children in Kindergarten through 8th grade. That's right--Play-Well instructors get paid to play with children and LEGO®! Our mission is to build curiosity in today’s future engineers, architects, and problem-solvers. Our Play-Well participants today will one day be your college students.

Our instructors expose children to the world of engineering by figuring out how things work while they create and play. They also gain valuable teaching experience building techniques in classroom management and communication, and have a blast doing it.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to colleagues, post to your social media pages, and share with your networks. You can also learn more about our organization and access the job application online at: Link to Phoenix Application

Thank you in advance for helping us find our next great Phoenix instructors!


-- Jennifer Gaona
Play-Well TEKnologies
Regional Manager - Arizona, Texas, Seattle and Oregon

16 April 2019 C.E.

Depending on how you have your Canvas preferences set, you might receive some notifications from Canvas about your scores in BIO181 for the upcoming fall term. Please rest assured that nothing is due before the first meeting on 19 August, and you may safely disregard those automated messages from Canvas. I'll see you on the first day.

29 March 2019 C.E.

Introductory Remarks

Welcome to BIO181. If you've never taken this course before, the most important thing you can do to help you succeed is to realize IMMEDIATELY what you are in for. BIO181 is a very demanding course that will require many hours outside of the classroom to learn the huge amount of information that will be presented. Please do yourself a favor and just believe me on this, regardless of how easy your other courses might have seemed.

Since BIO181 is going to consume so much of your time just to stay afloat, it is worth taking some time right now looking at the various items that are on this website. After the term starts, you will be very busy, and if by then you already know what's available here to help you, you'll be able to work as efficiently as possible.

There are two details you should take care of as soon as possible. Those are the two electronic forms that are available here. The Rules Consent Form is absolutely required. If you do not submit it by the end of the first week of classes, then I will withdraw you from my class. The Bonus Points Form is not strictly required, but it is the only opportunity you'll have for any extra points in this course, so it is foolish not to submit that.

You should also realize that checking the website FREQUENTLY is absolutely required. If you would like to receive automated email notifications of new announcements, then simply join the list.

Even if no announcements are posted for several days, you still need to check for new announcements, because announcements will be official (and therefore binding).

It's also important to be sure that you are enrolled in the correct course. BIO181 is for biology majors, whereas BIO156 (which I also teach and which is very similar to BIO181) is for allied health majors.

If I sound like I'm trying to scare you, that's because I'm trying to scare you. But I only want to scare you into believing me about how demanding this course will be, because I want you to succeed, and I want you to get a lot out of the course. I certainly don't want to imply that you cannot enjoy this course. It'll be a lot of work, but it's also a very good course, and I think you'll learn a lot and have some fun. I'll see you in class.