Harvard University, fas   
Fall 2003   


Biophysics 101

Genomics and Computational Biology

George Church, Ph.D. (HMS)






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New! Project presentation schedule.

A list of project ideas with associated class members (and their contact info) is posted here.

An advanced optimization software is now available for use for the final projects. If your project involves the development and solution of large-scale optimization models (for example, flux balance analysis (FBA)), see here for details.

1) The full written project in the form of an article or grant proposal as well as the figures ready for (MS Powerpoint or Word) presentation is due Dec 2 at noon to the bphys101@fas.harvard.edu account. We recommend that you start choosing a topic and team before the end of Oct.

2) The oral presentation will be limited to 6 minutes per person on each project team. This will give us 2 minutes (per person) for questions at the end. The presentations will be loaded on the computer in order of the schedule below, unless special requests are made.

3) Each team must have at least one computational "result". This can be as simple as checking a table in a published article or as complex as a new computational-biology algorithm and associated graphics.

4) There should be critical assessment of at least one previous relevant article.

5) Please cite and link pubmed or web references wherever possible.

6) The role that each member played in the team should be clearly stated in the written version. Each team member should present a substantial contribution orally, not merely introduce the final speaker(s).

7) The overall course grade will be 14% per problem set and 30% for the project.

8) The late policy is 5% (of 100%) off per day after the deadline of Dec 2 at noon. (If you are in the first group, you should get your slides emailed to us and confirm functioning in our hands by 9 AM Dec 2.)

9) The total email disk limit per project is 1 Mbyte for presentation (MS-word or ppt) and text (MSWord). If this is a problem, the figures can typically be reduced to an appropriate size with MSpaint or adobephotoshop and the whole file compressed in zip format. The recommended word limit is 1000 to 3000 words per project (excluding figure legends and references).

10) Good Luck!

Tips for avoiding font problems in presentations

You have two options:

1. On PCs in PowerPoint, you can use the "Pack and Go" option located under the File menu. This will compress your presentation and include all non-standard fonts with the compressed file. E-mail the file (or transfer) and the accompanying expander executable to the destination computer and unpack. You should be set to go.

2. (Slightly more involved but more reliable) Take a screen shot of the text/graphics you wish to display and insert this into your Powerpoint presentation. On PCs, use the PrintScreen button to capture the whole screen or Alt-PrintScreen to capture the active window. On Macs, use Apple-3 (aka clover-3) to capture the screen. In both cases, it is in your best interest to open the image in an image editing program, crop the image, and save as JPG or GIF. Then import/paste the image into your presentation.

Here is the project grading rubric that we will use.

Past projects: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002. Published projects.







Please send comments to bphys101@fas.harvard.edu
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