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Sarah A. Heimovics

Assistant Professor
Degree
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office
Office: 353 Owens; Lab 354 Owens
Phone
(651) 962-5147
Fax
651.926.5201
Mail
OWS 352
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
Saint Paul MN 55105

Professional Interests

  • Seasonal plasticity in the neuroendocrine mechanisms regulating social behavior
  • Effect of social experience and/or social status on neuroendocrine systems regulating behavior
  • Functional significance of neurosteroid synthesis
  • Interaction between steroid hormones and neurotransmitters focusing on catecholamines

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 354 - 01 Neurobiology A M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 210
CRN: 42041 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics An introduction to the study of neuroscience from the cellular, systems, and behavioral perspectives. Topics will include how information is carried by neural tissues, the ionic basis for neuronal potentials, neurotransmitters and synaptic transmission, sensory and motor systems, and the neural mechanisms of learning, memory and behavior. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor

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BIOL 354 - 53 Neurobiology A / Lab - - - R - - - 0800 - 1200 OWS 381
CRN: 42042 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics An introduction to the study of neuroscience from the cellular, systems, and behavioral perspectives. Topics will include how information is carried by neural tissues, the ionic basis for neuronal potentials, neurotransmitters and synaptic transmission, sensory and motor systems, and the neural mechanisms of learning, memory and behavior. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor

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BIOL 354 - 54 Neurobiology A / Lab - - - R - - - 1330 - 1730 OWS 381
CRN: 42043 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics An introduction to the study of neuroscience from the cellular, systems, and behavioral perspectives. Topics will include how information is carried by neural tissues, the ionic basis for neuronal potentials, neurotransmitters and synaptic transmission, sensory and motor systems, and the neural mechanisms of learning, memory and behavior. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor

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BIOL 389 - I4 Research - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43558 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics Original laboratory, field, library or other analytical investigation under the direction of a member of the biology faculty, culminating in either a written research paper or an oral presentation. Upper-class standing not required. Prerequisite: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 and permission of the instructor and the department chair

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 398 - 01 Neurobio of Social Behavior M T W R - - - 0900 - 1200 OWS 275
CRN: 10291 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics In this course, we will examine the neural and hormonal correlates of social behavior. We will consider how hormones influence the development and activation of behavior and, in turn, how behavior regulates neural and endocrine physiology . A comperative approach will be emphasized to facilitate understanding of the adaptive function of molecular and physiological mechanisms of behavior. We will focus on neuroendocrine regulation of sexual behavior, parental behavior, monogamy/social attachment, and diminance/ aggression. The course will be taught as a mixture of lecture, primary literature discussion, and student presentations. In the laboratory component of the course, students will be given the opportunity to design and implement a research project involving songbird behavioral neuroendocrinology. Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor.

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BIOL 398 - 51 Neurobio of Social Beh./ Lab M T W R - - - 1300 - 1600 OWS 381
CRN: 10292 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Online Printable Schedule, View Online Printable Schedule

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NSCI 398 - 01 Neurobio in Social Behavior M T W R - - - 0900 - 1200 OWS 275
CRN: 10293 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics In this course, we will examine the neural and hormonal correlates of social behavior. We will consider how hormones influence the development and activation of behavior and, in turn, how behavior regulates neural and endocrine physiology . A comperative approach will be emphasized to facilitate understanding of the adaptive function of molecular and physiological mechanisms of behavior. We will focus on neuroendocrine regulation of sexual behavior, parental behavior, monogamy/social attachment, and dominance/ agression. This course will be taught as a mixture of lecture, primary literature discussion, and student presentations. In the laboratory component of the course, students will be given the opportunity to design and implement a research project involving songbird behavioral neuroendocrinology. Pre-requisites: A minimum grade of C- in BIOL 209 or permission of instructor.

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NSCI 398 - 51 Neurobio of Social Beh./Lab M T W R - - - 1300 - 1600 OWS 381
CRN: 10294 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics The subject matter of this course will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online.

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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
BIOL 330 - 01 Animal Behavior M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OSS 127
CRN: 21104 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics The study of animal behavior at multiple levels connecting neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms of behavior to an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analysis of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grad of C- in BIOL 209; STAT 220 or MATH 303 recommended.

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BIOL 330 - 51 Animal Behavior/Lab M - - - - - - 1335 - 1735 OWS 268
CRN: 21105 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics The study of animal behavior at multiple levels connecting neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms of behavior to an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analysis of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grad of C- in BIOL 209; STAT 220 or MATH 303 recommended.

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BIOL 330 - 52 Animal Behavior/Lab - T - - - - - 1335 - 1735 OWS 268
CRN: 21106 0 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics The study of animal behavior at multiple levels connecting neural, hormonal, and genetic mechanisms of behavior to an evolutionary perspective. The adaptive value of behaviors such as display, habitat selection, foraging pattern, and mating system is examined. Theoretical analysis of sexual selection and the evolution of cooperation and altruism are considered. Laboratory work emphasizes the measurement and analysis of animal behavior under natural conditions. Four laboratory hours per week. Prerequisite: A minimum grad of C- in BIOL 209; STAT 220 or MATH 303 recommended.

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BIOL 491 - I1 Individual Research - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22854 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Sarah A. Heimovics Same as for BIOL 493 and 494, except that written research paper is not a formal research paper.

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