SUMMER ACADEMY SESSION I
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
Description: 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.
Instructor: Jenn Karson
Additional Lab Fee for Course: $175.00
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.
Instructor: Mark Olofson
Bio: Mark Olofson is pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. He has taught middle and high school science and mathematics in Colorado as well as Los Cabos, Mexico. Mark believes in the importance of student-community interaction and the need for multiple voices when shaping curriculum in order to achieve useful and authentic results. Mark is new to Vermont, and enjoys many outdoor activities such as cycling, hiking, and whitewater paddling.
Description: 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.
Description: 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.
Instructor: Mickey Fearn
Bio: “I believe that every job you have is preparing you for the ultimate contribution you make to the universe,” states Mickey Fearn, former deputy director of the National Park Service and a member of the Rubenstein School’s Advisory Board.
Mickey has logged more than 46 years of local, state, and national public service developing and leading programs in environmental justice and conservation, youth development, civic engagement, conflict resolution, and many other areas. He now sees an “opportunity of emergence” from these years and experiences as he prepares to commit his time and talents to help diversify and unify the conservation movement. More info>>
Description: Study dance technique, improvisation, composition, history, and contemporary performance. Explore a blend of contemporary dance techniques, improvisational approaches to movement, and choreography before participating in a public performance at the end of session 1. The online component includes readings, videos, and writings that review the history of contemporary dance and help contextualize the physical and creative work completed on campus.
Instructors: Paul Besaw and Lynn Ellen Schimoler
Bios: Paul Besaw, associate professor of dance at The University of Vermont, teaches classes in modern dance technique, choreography, and dance history. Paul’s primary interest lies in developing original dance/theatre and his work has been seen throughout the U.S. He is the founder and co-artistic coordinator of The Solo Workshop, a multidisciplinary group of artists exploring the solo mode and premiering new evenings of performance. He is also a founding member of New Agnes Orange (formerly The Misa Table), a performance collective devoted to original, collaboratively devised theatre projects.
He has served as full time dance faculty at California State University, Sacramento, where he coordinated the 2006 American College Dance Festival Association (ACDFA) Southwest Region Conference, and Catawba College in North Carolina, where he coordinated the dance and musical theatre programs. Three of his dances on university dance students have been selected for regional ACDFA conference culminating Gala Concerts. Paul currently serves on the Board of Directors of ACDFA, representing the New England Region.
Description: What is the meaning of life? Examine how various scholars, texts, and traditions have responded to this ongoing question. Topics include: What is human happiness? What makes a good life? How do various thinkers, both philosophic and religious, respond to the problem of human suffering? Discuss these questions through classic, modern, and contemporary texts and film.
Instructor: Richard Sugarman
Bio: Richard Sugarman trained in Philosophy at Yale University and after that at Boston University. He is a professor of Religion at the University of Vermont. He also serves as director of the first-year Integrated Humanities Program. He has taught students in the summer for many years as well as having taught at UVM since 1970. He is the recipient of several teaching awards: the Kroepsch-Maurice for Teaching Excellence 1989, the Deans Lecture Award 2006, and the George V. Kidder Award 2007. Professor Sugarman writes on the subject of time, contemporary philosophy, and Jewish thought. He approaches the study of religion from the standpoint of philosophy. He believes that studying philosophy and religion should be responsive to real questions that students have about their lives and the world around them.