|Instructor Info:||Megan Dobro|
Office Extension x5541
|TA Info:||Erica Lupinacci|
When the HIV virus was first identified as the cause of AIDS, people never imagined there would still be no cure 30 years later. In this seminar, we will read about the milestones of HIV research and discuss why finding a cure or vaccine has proven to be very difficult. Students can expect to learn about the life cycle of the HIV virus, methods of transmission, current tools for research, and social and political issues associated with the epidemic. We will examine different approaches to studying HIV and assess what is still unknown about its biology. At the end of the course, students will use what they have learned to develop their own ideas for curing AIDS.
This is largely a discussion-based course. We will be exploring the history and global issues of HIV/AIDS and talking about our ideas. We will use news articles, primary literature, movies, and books as fuel for our discussion. Everyone's opinions will be valued and if a positive, inclusive atmosphere can be maintained, we'll have fruitful debates. These readings and discussions will lead to a final project in which students will independently write about a plan for a cure or vaccine for HIV/AIDS.
Completing the assignments and participating in all discussions
Having an attitude of inclusion and respect toward peers
Participating in Journal Club presentations
There is no required textbook, but there will be required reading throughout the course. Some readings may cost money to access, but I will try to keep costs down as much as possible.
Skip Course Information