BIOL 270 Introduce yourself Spring 2023

Tell the class the following

Where you are from

What you hope to learn in this class

What you find most interesting about Genetics.

If the following 2 people had children, give one trait that they might have:

If you have taken on-line classes (even if it was just in high school or in the second half of Spring Semester 2020  what has specifically helped you learn on line. What type of activities help you most? Reading? Videos? Interactive activities? Others?

Also list something that you think you can learn in this class that you can not learn simply by googling or by a you tube video.

Finally, Say something about yourself (some hobby or interest for example) without  actually naming the hobby or interest. This is like something that has been going around social media in which someone might say “Tell me you are from Michigan without telling me your are from Michigan” and someone else might respond “If someone asks me where I am from, I point at a place on my hand”. Note that there is a scientific reason to do this: You are giving evidence for something, rather than simply making a conclusion.

Put your answer as a reply.

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12 thoughts on “BIOL 270 Introduce yourself Spring 2023”

  1. Hi, I am Brad. I am from Lansing, Michigan. I do not know a lot about human genetics, but it does interest me. I have taken many online classes in the past, and being able to work ahead is important to my success. I like to complete assignments as soon as possible after they are published, and I prefer reading assignments. In response to the exercise: The child may inherit a nose shape similar to their parents. I think I will learn to think about human genetics in a structured, formal way that I might not learn by studying disjoint information from informal sources. In the pitch dark, I wander into the woods, and wait.

  2. Hi!
    My name is Lydia, I am from Lansing, MI. I learned a little bit about genetics in AP biology in high school. Still, it was never super in-depth, so I hope to learn more about how different traits can affect the phenotypes, specifically when multiple genotypes are contributing to one phenotype! I think genetics in general is very interesting, I think one specific thing I find interesting is the way our genes come from both parents and that some features look more similar to one parent.
    A similar trait I noticed was that both of them have high cheekbones.
    When learning online, I think the most helpful thing was collaborating with other people whether it was a group chat, or messaging on a discussion board it really helped to get other people’s help, and communicate with them.
    I think I can learn about the specific genes and how they affect the physical traits being shown and why they appear more than the other genes.
    As for my hobbies, I like to give people handmade gifts they can wear on their wrist!

  3. Hello! My name is Lauren Mulka and I’m from Haslett Michigan.
    I hope to learn more about trait inheritance in this class as well as different ways gene therapy can be used to fight genetic diseases. I find everything about genetics fascinating! I’ve loved learning about Punnett Squares and how different pairs of alleles can pass down different traits, one of the most interesting things to learn about was the existence of recessive x-linked traits that make it more likely for one sex to inherit a trait than the other, which I find incredibly cool.
    All of my classes switched to online classes in the spring of 2020, and then all the classes I took during the 2020-2021 school year were online, as well as all the LCC classes I took last semester, so I have a bit of experience dealing with online classes, and I’ve always found that video notes and being provided with analogies and examples has helped me to learn best rather than just being expected to read from a textbook to learn information.
    If the two people in the google slide were to have children, I would expect their children to not have a widow’s peak.
    I think in this class I can learn about mutated genes and how variant alleles work to form traits like red hair.
    And one fun fact about me is that I own almost 200 books!

  4. My name is Will Boekeloo and I am from St. Joseph Michigan and I’m taking this class mainly for the biology requirement but I have always had a fascination for genetics and I figured I would at least take that which sparked my interest.

    The two people both have higher cheekbones and dimples. I’d imagine that trait would be seen in their child.

    Aspects of learning on-line has it’s benefits and its drawbacks. The main point being the freedom to choose how you spend your time, which rides the line of being a benefit or a drawback depending on how you use it. All my life I’ve associated screens with video games and cartoons so having the discipline to sit down and do work on a screen was a bit of a hurdle. But I’ve found that reading articles and writing keeps me engaged more than watching a video lecture.

    I don’t think you can really learn much by just googling. Yes you can watch youtube videos and tutorials to learn to play an instrument or how to solve a rubix cube in five minutes. But nobody has the discipline to google every aspect of genetics and study it beyond a ‘fun fact’ level of knowledge. Having a structured lesson plan and a flesh and blood professor to help you truly grasp the complexity of something like genetics is not on google.

    As for a hobby, when people ask me if I’m busy, I usually say no.

  5. Hi there! My name is Melanie and I’m from Lansing 🙂

    I’m hoping to learn.. well, about genetics 🙂 The topic itself is really interesting to me although I’ll be honest with you, I don’t really know a whole lot about genetics. I’m really interested in genetic testing!

    I would say that videos and reading are always really effective learning tools for me w/ online classes.

    If the following 2 people had children– all I know is their kid is going to have a full head of hair 🙂

    Introductory exercise

    I would really like to learn about how eye color and hair color is determined in detail. I suppose I could Google it (you can Google anything it seems) but I want to be able to actually understand it as well!

    As for a hobby– I love to float down the river with a drink in my hand.

  6. Hi my name is Jaden Maus.
    I’m from Taylor, Mi. I’m not sure what I hope to learn from the class, but I’m a big fan of science so I think it’ll be an interesting subject.
    I can’t specifically say what I’m excited to learn as I don’t know the main components of everything, but overall I am excited.
    Intro Activity: I’d say the child would have darker eyes.
    I haven’t taken many online classes, I prefer lectures and textbooks in a traditional setting however this class did not offer that in the evenings.
    I think anything in this class with be more in depth than a google search, or at least that’s what I’m hoping!

    One of my main interests is watching grown men throw a ball up and down a field and hoping they catch it. Sometimes they kick the ball between a weirdly shaped metal pole.

  7. Hello everyone. My name is Danielle. I grew up in Davison, MI (by Flint) and now currently reside in Williamston, MI.

    I mainly just hope to get better overall at genetics. It has never been my strongest point, but I am especially interested in genetic disorders and diseases.

    If those two individuals had children, they would have brown eyes.

    For online classes, the best way to learn is powerpoint lectures. I prefer them to in class lectures because I can pause and re-watch if I missed an important point or need to watch it a few times.

    One thing I think we’ll learn in class is mainly understanding the basics of genetics. We can google “what is this genetic disorder” and it will tell us what it is and what genes may be affected, but this class allows us to understand why those specific genes have interacted in a certain way to produce this disorder.

    For my hobby, I like to move furniture around inside houses to make them look a certain way.

  8. Hello class! My name is Sami. I am from Lansing but grew up in Grand Ledge and also lived in the Southfield area also. As far as this class, I hope to learn more about how traits are passed down from parents and other relatives. I also look forward to seeing what traits may be stronger than others. Genetics always sparked my interest but have not learned about it since HS. What I find interesting about genetics is the way different traits are weighted differently as far as inheritability.

    I would imagine if the two people in the slides had a child, it’s eyes might be darker. If I remember correctly, dark eyes are a stronger trait than blue eyes. But then again it has been some time since I have taken any kind of genetics lessons.

    I have been taking online classes for a few semesters now. I have found that interactive activities help a lot. Also, managing time well is key. I have learned that the hard way unfortunately. Also, I personally learn better with repetition which is probably why the interactive activities work better for me.

    There are many things that I think I will learn from this class that would not be accessible just from Google or YouTube. Looking into how traits are passed and why as well as the way chromosomes can change/mutate.

    Lastly, my hobbies usually keep me hostage in the kitchen but my family doesn’t mind because they benefit from it.

  9. Hello, my name is Bryce Reed.
    I really don’t know really anything about genetics so I hope to learn everything I can. I find it interesting how diseases are passed down for some family members but skip others. And I learn better with a more of a video demonstration or hands on. And I would guess that the child would have brown eyes. And something I think I will learn that I can’t online is how genetics really effects every living thing and not just humans.

    Something I like to do is stare at a screen.

  10. Hi my name is Karley Simmel. I live in holt. Ive always been interested in genetics. One thing I hope to learn from this class that I cant learn anywhere else is how genes interact with each other. Why certain gens get expressed, mutations, and to learn why we turn out the way we turn out. I just think genetics are interesting to see why I or someone turned out the way we are. One thing that has helped me in online class is videos. I think the following people would have a kid that has dark hair and dark eyes and skin. Not as dark as the mom though. One thing I like to do is music. I sing, play the piano and guitar.

  11. Hello! My name is Zena and I live in Lansing. I hope to learn more about anatomy, physiology, and genetics in this class. One thing I find very interesting about genetics is that they can be altered. If those two people had children, one trait that their offspring may have is curly hair. I have taken online classes before, especially since my senior year of high school was all online. I’m very much a visual learner, so taking good notes helped me learn the most in my online classes. I don’t learn well if I try to learn the material straight from the textbook rather than my personal application and interpretation of the text. Hands-on learning activities help me the most. I think I can learn about specific medical cases in this class that I would not be able to learn by doing outside research. A hobby of mine is playing games with a piece of plastic connected to a plastic box connected to a tv through an HDMI cord. I only do it in my free time and I enjoy playing with friends.

  12. My name is Andrew and I’m from Williamston, MI. I’m taking this class through my high school’s dual enrollment program. I would love to learn more about genetic diseases, and more specifically, ways to treat people with those diseases. I find genetics interesting because of how complex it is. The fact that two people can mix their DNA and create another life form is fascinating to me.
    The two people in the pictures could have a child with curly hair.
    I took an online class for LCC last semester, and one thing that really helped me was blocking off my work to make it more manageable. Having all of the work in weekly folders helps a lot. In this class, you could probably learn way more about the genetics of cancer at a higher level than you could on a YouTube video.
    My hobby involves bending strings to make them sound nice.

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