Introductory Seminars for First-Year Students
Hormones in a Performance-Enhanced Society
This seminar will explore how the availability of hormone therapy has affected various aspects of our daily lives. Our topics will include the controversies concerning use of hormones in athletics; cosmetic use of hormones to enhance growth, strength, and libido; use of hormones as anti-aging drugs; and how the hormone system has influenced our notions of gender. You will learn about the biochemistry and physiology of the human endocrine system, how hormones influence behavior, and how to read a scientific paper. We will also combine your presentations of material with class discussions on specific topics. We will discuss how environmental endocrine disruptors may be altering fertility and causing cancer, and debate the relationship between hormones and obesity.