Evolutionary Medicine

Description: Lecture, two and one half hours; discussion, one hour. Requisite: Life Sciences 1 or 7B. Not open for credit to students with credit for course 120. Designed for departmental majors specializing in environmental and population biology and in medicine. Introduction to mechanics and processes of evolution, with emphasis on natural selection, population genetics, speciation, evolutionary rates, and patterns of adaptation. Coverage of fundamental principles of evolution, with special focus on medicine and human health. P/NP or letter grading.

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Spring 2023 - The thing I like the most about her class is that she let students discuss to solve the in-class questions and present our groups’ ideas. Thanks to this, we can learn how each other uses the information she gave us in the lecture video to answer the questions. Sometimes, I feel a headache because I am scared that I answer the questions incorrectly before my classmates, but Dr. Lozano appreciates all of our ideas, so I do not feel scared anymore. When we do not know how to solve these questions, we can ask the TAs or Dr. Lozano to develop ideas. The process of discussing, presenting our ideas, and listening to our classmates’ ideas help me understand the concepts Dr. Lozano said in the lecture video much longer. I still remember the exaptation, which is the bonus feature of an evolving trait. One example is that scale, whose original function is to cover the body, changed into feathers whose function is to protect the body and fly. I also like the way Dr. Lozano handles questions asked multiple times. Instead of answering these questions time after time, she asked students who just got the answer to explain this answer to the new students when she was nearby. Dr. Lozano said she might not remember how she studied this answer, so the student just getting this answer might explain it to another student better than her. This is creative because she can evaluate how much the former student understands her explanation, and she is nearby, so she can fix any misunderstandings for us. The students explaining things to their peers also understand the concepts more clearly because they can use their own words to make their peers understand the concepts. There are many interesting things about Dr. Lozano’s class such as antibiotics resistance, misconceptions about races, the application of phylogenetic trees in vaccine prediction, and virulence trace-off,... but “too long, no read” Just remember that a high-quality professor requires high-quality students, so the exam is a little bit chill. Nevertheless, Dr. Lozano only keeps 2 highest over 3 exams, and even if you got 75% for each exam, you can still get 90% if you do all other easy activities of the class.
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Winter 2019 - I did very well in this class but this was not because of the professors (Pang, Yeh). The reason for this is that I studied a lot and was mostly lucky that I was able to read the mind of the person who wrote the test and guess the answer on the exam. Yeh only teaches the first three weeks, which is straight forward. Then she will leave and you will never get a chance to ask her any questions about the topic, because she will not have any office hours. After week 3 Benison Pang starts teaching and then hell starts. Pang just reads off the lectures very fast, so fast that the class most of the time ends early. He is unable to explain most of the topics, whenever you ask him a question he is never sure. He even made a mistake during the final review and it was not until five minutes had past that a student who knew the correct answer had to correct him, then he was like oh yeah you are right. Pang does not know enough to teach this class, for instance he was unable to explain some lecture slides, he would say 'oh I am not sure about this' or something similar. You will never find out why you lost points on the exam, exams are complete bullshit. They will test you on questions that you have never seen before. Like the previous person who wrote a review said " Pang never went over a bootstrapping problem during lecture like the one he gave on the final". Pang would not be able able to do the final, he is that useless and uneducated. Pang & Yeh do not care about their students, they seem to just want to pass time during office hours and get paid. You never know if you will be in a class that they decide to make extremely hard just because too many people have gotten As the quarter before you. Never ever take these two professors, save yourself the headache and stress.
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