[Coral-List] Coral Histopathology Course Announcement

Esther Peters estherpeters at verizon.net
Fri Feb 5 21:34:43 EST 2016

The 3-credit graduate-level course, "Corals from the Inside Out: 
Comparative Histopathology," will be presented this summer at Nova 
Southeastern University's (NSU) Oceanographic Center, Dania Beach, 
Florida, May 9-July 29, 2016.

This course presents the microscopic anatomy of scleractinian corals and 
gorgonians (Phylum Cnidaria, Class Anthozoa) to support studies on their 
ecology, physiology, reproduction, biochemistry, systematics, molecular 
biology/genetics, immunology, embryology, and pathology. Topics covered 
include histology; coral diseases; sample collection, preservation, 
processing, and histoslide preparation (lecture and discussion only, no 
laboratory); and slide reading of healthy and diseased specimens using 
light microscopy and virtual microscopy. The course begins with online 
(Blackboard) readings, research, and assignments.

This summer, two options will be available for the face-to-face lecture 
and laboratory portion of the course:

(1) Credit or audit students meet at NSUOC July 11-15 (final exam for 
credit students will be given on July 15 and they must complete 
assignments before the course ends July 29)

(2) Audit students meet in Hawaii for the 13^th International Coral Reef 
Symposium (13ICRS) June 18-24 (this option is being offered for students 
who will be able to attend the meeting but are not able to travel to 
Florida; they will participate in a lecture session on Saturday, June 
18, with Dr. Peters, and the Coral Disease Diagnostics workshop on 
Sunday, June 19; attend the coral disease presentations; and meet in 
discussion groups with Dr. Peters during the meeting)

_Non-NSU students need to contact Melissa Dore (missy at nova.edu)_ to 
learn how to register and complete the paperwork. The cost is $3,588 for 
the 3-credit course or $1,794 to audit the course, plus application 
($50), registration ($25), and lab ($10) fees. Students not living in 
the Dania Beach area can reserve a hotel room at a discounted rate for 
July 11-15 (please contact Corinne Lee, lcorinne at nova.edu, to obtain 
information on lodging). _Students attending the 13ICRS contact Dr. 
Peters for further information (epeters at nova.edu)_. All students will be 
responsible for travel, hotel, and meal expenses. No scholarships are 

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