Prof. Steve Alexander, in collaboration with Professor Mark Hannink (Department of Biochemistry,) teaches Cancer Biology (Biological Sciences 4978/7978 or Biochemistry 4460/7978). This capstone course covers our contemporary understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of cancer based on the exciting research of the past 40 years. The course traces the research developments and explores how they are being used today to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. The course has lectures and discussions based on readings from the original literature. This year’s syllabus and reading list is attached below. Professor Alexander’s past courses have included General Biology, Developmental Biology, Human Genetic Diseases, Basic Cell Biology, and Advanced Cell Biology. He also has given many talks to lay audiences on the topics of cancer and cancer research.
Dr. Hannah Alexander designed and taught for many years the graduate level course Science Outreach: Public Understanding of Science. Students generate a series of lay-language presentations about different science related issues, emphasizing the role of basic scientific research in these issues. After extensive refinements, the presentations are delivered to adult audiences in the community as part of series titled Science and Me. The program was initiated in 2008 at MU as a graduate level course and is currently also offered as an undergraduate course at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. The emphasis of the course is to train students to communicate science to lay adult audiences. The program was featured in the December 2011 issue of ASBMB Today.