SUMMER ACADEMY SESSION I

June 30 – July 11, 2014

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Courses

Linden_100x150
Description: Study the world of molecules and cells and how processes at the microscopic level influence the function of whole animals and plants (including ourselves). Explore how environmental factors influence the function of cells and molecules. Learn about genetics, cell structure and function, and become familiar with the manner in which scientific knowledge is gained and refined, the scientific process.

Instructor:  Linden Higgins

Bio: “One major goal of ecologists is to understand the distribution of organisms across habitats. Many organisms are habitat specialists, found only in particular habitats and often associated with a narrow range of ecological conditions such as temperature regime, soil types, or plant host. The evolution of such habitat specialization has attracted a lot of attention from evolutionary ecologists. However, habitat generalists are also a common, and much less studied, phenomenon. An understanding of how organisms can survive in a variety of environments can also aid our understanding of how local adaptation occurs.” – Linden Higgins

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Liang_100x150Description: Our world faces complex challenges including destruction of food systems, global warming, access to health care, conflicts and wars, poverty, global security, issues of wealth and poverty, and human rights abuses. These challenges require thoughtful and deliberate solutions.  Learn through case studies, lectures, films, company visits, and group projects how world issues are not isolated but in fact interwoven.

Instructor: Kathleen Liang

Bio: Dr. Liang has been a faculty member in CDAE since 1998. Over the past 10 years, she has created innovative, award-winning courses in entrepreneurship taught within CDAE. Her research, teaching, and outreach focus on many perspectives of entrepreneurship and its interactions with people, communities, and organizations. Her learning-in-the-now approach to teaching, and dynamic interactions with students push them from the classroom into learning entrepreneurship as an actual entrepreneur.

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Karsen_100x150Description: Experience the convergence of art and technology in engineering, contemporary art, and the DIY maker movement.  Become familiar with design thinking, ecological thinking, handmade electronics, microcontrollers, physical computing, e-textiles, circuit bending, and how to use Vermont FabLab’s rapid prototyping equipment. An incubator for ideas, the Vermont FabLab provides the opportunity for interaction in developing and testing innovative products and ideas.

Instructor: Jenn Karson

Bio:Jenn Karson is an artist and designer, the founder of Vermont Makers and the principal at Sesamedia New Media, an early sponsor of Champlain Mini Maker Faire. She has a Master of Fine Art in Design and Technology from the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artwork is exhibited nationally.

Additional Lab Fee for Course: $175.00
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Jenn Karson website links:
studiojuju.com
vermontmakers.org
opensesamedia.com

Patten_100x150Description: Learn the art of writing poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.  Participate in intensive writing exercises, read and discuss the work of established authors, and investigate the strategies authors and poets use to craft their work. During the online portion of the course, students will share their revised drafts and complete a portfolio of finished work.

Instructor:  Angela Patten

Bio: Angela Patten is author of two poetry collections, Reliquaries and Still Listening, both published by Salmon Poetry, Ireland. A prose memoir, High Tea at a Low Table, was published by Wind Ridge Books of Vermont in 2013. Her work has appeared in several anthologies including The WRUV Reader: Now in Color, A Vermont Writers’ Anthology; Birchsong: Poetry Centered in Vermont; Cudovista Usta (Marvellous Mouth), Drustvo Apokalipsa (Slovenia); The White Page/An Bhileog Bhan: Twentieth-Century Irish Women Poets; and The Breath of Parted Lips II. Poems and essays have appeared in such literary journals as Nimrod International, Poetry Ireland, Calyx Journal, The Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, and Michigan Quarterly Review.

Recipient of a 2007 Creation grant from the Vermont Arts Council and a 2002 Vermont Arts Endowment grant for Poetry, Patten was visiting poet at The Frost Place Conference on Poetry and Teaching in New Hampshire in 2012. In 2007 she was Poet-in-Residence at Stranmillis University College-Queens in Belfast, N.I.

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Tomkins_100x150Description: Explore how nutrition can influence overall health, disease, fitness and performance. Topics to be covered include: carbohydrate, fat, and protein metabolism during exercise, weight management, as well as the effect nutrition may have in the development of obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and other diseases.

Instructor: Connie Tompkins

Bio: Dr. Connie Tompkins is an assistant professor of exercise physiology with expertise in the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent obesity. She is director of both the multi-disciplinary, pediatric weight management program, REWARD TEENS at UVM, and the before-school, physical activity program at Malletts Bay School in Colchester, VT. As a member of the Physical Activity and Wellness Laboratory, her current research interests include perception of physical activity in healthy weight and obese adolescents, incentives to increase physical activity in obese children and adolescents, and the association of inhibitory control and obesity in adolescents. Dr. Tompkins also currently teaches two courses, Exercise in Health and Disease in the Doctorate of Physical Therapy program and Health Fitness Specialist in the undergraduate Exercise and Movement Science program.

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ashooh-100x150Description: What is the meaning of life? This is supposed to be one of the most important and enduring of philosophical questions. But what exactly is the question asking? Is it even a question that can be meaningfully posed? Philosophers have wondered about this as much as they have wondered about the meaning of life. We will begin the course by trying to get a clearer sense of what the question is asking. We will frame the question in terms of traditional philosophical inquiry and we will model some methods for meaningfully considering the question. We will then consider a range of possible responses, based on a variety of assumptions about “the human condition”. We will consider the question of life’s meaning in terms of theistic and atheistic assumptions, and their related naturalistic and supernatural answers. We will explore both optimistic and pessimistic approaches to the question. We will conclude by considering how we should think about and approach death and dying, a fact about our existence that motivates most of the question: “what is the meaning of life?” We will look at some famous arguments and contemporary debates regarding the Epicurean view that “death is nothing to us”, and so not something we should fear or be anxious about.

Instructor: Michael Ashooh

Bio: I received my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Toronto in the Philosophy of Science. I began teaching courses in medical ethics several years ago, which prompted my interest in end-of-life decision making and other issues related to death and dying. I began to integrate some of the traditional philosophical approaches to the topics of death and dying, particularly the arguments of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers, into my courses. And this ultimately led to questions regarding death and the meaning of life. I was educated in a tradition that mostly held that “the meaning of life” is an incoherent sort of question, like “Is the color red larger than sourness?” I am happy to report that this is no longer a common approach.
I enjoy all areas of philosophy and its history, but am particularly interested in the philosophy of science, ethics, medical ethics, and the work of Immanuel Kant. I have also recently developed an interest in the Stoics and Stoicism. When I am not teaching philosophy, I coach rugby for Saint Michael’s College, play chess, renovate my house, hike and bike with my kids and, in the summer, do a lot of gardening. I also just got a new puppy and puppies are fun!

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