Journal Club

Astrobiology Journal Club

Astrobiology Journal Club
BIOL 517 (Sections 1 and 2)

This journal club, comprising an interdisciplinary group of Georgetown faculty, students, and outside researchers, focuses on topics of importance in astrobiology and planetary sciences. Weekly seminars provide the opportunity for graduate students to present their original research or critically discuss the methodologies and implications of topical journal articles. Prior topics of review include extreme life in hydrothermal, deep ice or acidic hot spring environments, upcoming missions in the search for life on Mars and Europa, the discovery of exoplanets, and how current astrobiology research is informing and expanding our definition of life in the universe.

EEB Journal Club

Ecology, Evolution and Behavior Journal Club
BIOL 514 (Sections 1 and 2)

Journal Club provides a relaxed environment for graduate students to research and present a journal article of their choosing to an audience of peers and professors. It serves as practice grounds for speaking to a scientific audience.  Learning to critically read, write, and evaluate scientific papers is one of the most important long-term skills required for success in science, both during and after graduate school. Through analysis of published papers, we hope that students will gain an understanding of the different elements of theory, experimental design, analysis, and writing that are essential for scientific communication and successful publication. Above all, journal club should be a forum for learning and for the expansion of scientific knowledge in ecology, evolution, and behavior. 

MCB Journal Club

Molecular and Cell Biology
BIOL 516 (Sections 1 and 2)

This journal club focuses on Molecular Cell Biology literature. (MCB)  stands for Molecular and Cell Biology. This term refers to faculty and students with interests centrally in molecular biology, cellular biology, and neural biology (including biochemical, genetic, Evolutionary developmental biology, computational, applied health, and related approaches)