In need of TAs‏

The Zoology graduate secretary has already gone on vacation and we just found out on Thursday that we are short TAs in several courses that could utilize the skill sets of some of your students. All TAships in the Biology program are for 192 hrs -8 hrs for holidays =184 hrs/semester. TAs work an average of 12 hrs/week and no more than 20 hrs per week when marking needs to be done.

I (Jennifer Klenz) need a TA for BIOL 337 Introductory Genetics Lab
In this lab students use C.elegans and Arabidopsis thaliana to perform both classical genetic and molecular-based mapping experiments. There is also a bioinformatics component where the students learn to use a number of databases to complete 3 different assignments. The molecular experiments we perform involve DNA isolation (from C.elegans, A. thaliana and humans), PCR and gel electrophoresis. TAs supervise students in the lab 2 afternoons per week x 3 hrs, lead them through a a quiz at the start of each lab, mark their quizzes (during classtime usually), mark their 4 lab reports and 2-3 bioinformatics assignments. Each TA is responsible for a maximum of 24 students (usually 20). Graduate students with experience in genetics or molecular biology (that would be all your students) would have the knowledge and skills to TA this course.

We (myself and Dr. Craig Berezowsky) also need 2 TAs for BIOL 234 Fundamentals in Genetics
This is a second year lecture course where the TAs lead tutorials of to assist students in solving genetics problems in genetic analysis, linkage analysis (both classical and molecular-based mapping), somatic genetics/cancer and other topics in genetics. TAs mark weekly quizzes that they give students in tutorial. They also hold office hours before exams and mark the midterm and final exams.

Dr. Santokh Singh requires a TA for BIOL 352 Plant Physiology Lab
The TA leads students through a series of physiology and molecular experiments with plants and assists students as they design their own group project and collect data for this project.  (I know fewer details about this because I don’t teach it myself but Dr. Singh could provide details )

Thanks for any help you might be able to provide.

Jennifer Klenz

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