Ye Olde Email – Emails and Electronic Etiquette

Screen Shot 2015-02-12 at 10.26.33 AMThere was a time when scrolls and parchment were sealed with wax, and hand delivered to their recipient. If the person wasn’t there to receive their message, often the sender had to stick around until they showed up. Fortunately we’ve moved past that form of communication as a society, but even with electronic wizardry there are limitations. In order to prevent further communication mishaps, below are listed the acceptable times to email course staff, and the expected response time for emails. Continue Reading


Welcome to Investigative Biology!


Hello and welcome to the central hub for all things related to the Investigative Biology course at Cornell University! Here you can find timely updates about the course, staff, and relevant pedagogy.

Investigative Biology is a course designed to provide underclassmen (Freshman and Sophomore) students with essential laboratory experience, adding emphasis to the concepts and processes of scientific investigation. It provides a learning community to both biology majors and non-majors alike; striving to promote communication, literacy, and peer collaboration within the field of the biological sciences.

The course has moved away from cookie-cutter lab exercises to encourage modern pedagogical techniques, such as inquiry-based labs, active learning and peer instruction, and finally puts the student in the driver’s seat of their own education. Upholding the value of these techniques and ensuring the scientific success of our students is a duty our staff carry out with pride.

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Tentative Spring 2016 Syllabus PDF – Download