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Dorothy Schafer

Associate Professor
Associate Chair of Biology
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Biology
Office location and address
210 PLSB
90 Geldard Driv
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
B.S., SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry, 1977
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1983
EGMT 1520: Empirical & Scientific Engagement
Credits: 2
In this class students will learn to analyze claims about the material and social worlds through formulation and testing of new questions and hypotheses based on observation and experience.
BIOL 3030: Biochemistry
Credits: 3
Biochemistry underlies nearly every biological process, from environmental science to medicine. When living systems are in chemical and energetic balance, organisms thrive. When they're out of balance, as in disease or unpredictable environments, life is compromised. This course will explain how simple chemical and physical principles apply to the major classes of biological macromolecules that maintain life. Prerequisite: BIOL 2010 or BIOL 2100 or BME 2104 and BIOL 2020 or BIOL 2040 and either CHEM 2410 or CHEM 1820
BIOL 4350: Metabolism: In Sickness and in Health
Credits: 3
A worldwide obesity epidemic exists. With it comes increased risk of chronic disease, such as Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain cancers. This course will survey the molecular, genetic, physiologic and behavioral paths that lead to obesity and that contribute to prevalent chronic diseases. Through discussions of scientific literature, we will gain an integrated view of the factors that influence our energy homeostasis. Prerequiste: BIOL 3000, 3010.
BIOL 8999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For master's thesis, taken under the supervision of a thesis director.
BIOL 9910: Rotation Research
Credits: 3
An exposure to the working techniques and interactions of the modern Biological Laboratory. Required of all first-year biology graduate students.
BIOL 9995: Topical Research in Biology
Credits: 1–12
Independent research with a member of the Biology faculty in preparation for thesis or dissertation research.
BIOL 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
BIOL 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.