Have room in your schedule? Looking to learn somthing new? Check out our timely, relevant and exciting courses being offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for the first time this Spring.

Animal Science

ASCI 191 E: One Health: Pollution
T/Th | 1:15 – 2:30 p.m. | Lynn Blevins
In this course we, we’ll study common types of physical, chemical, radiologic and biologic pollution and their effects on human, animals, and environment using a One Health lens. For each Pollution type (e.g., plastics, heavy metals, invasive species), we’ll review case studies and cover methods for pollution and exposure reduction. We will also explore the interrelatedness of pollution sources and practice upstream thinking to maximize prevention efforts. We’ll use One Health (human-animal-environmental health) approach to draw on the expertise of multiple disciplines to solve or reduce impacts from complex problems. Students will work individually and in small groups to practice the collaborative One Health approach. As a final project, students will present a case study of a pollution source of interest to them that affects Humans, animals and the environment.

ASCI 191D: Equine Therapy
4-day course over Spring Break | Dates: 3/14/19 – 3/17/19
9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
This course explores the rapidly growing alternative therapeutic field of Equine Assisted Therapy. It will investigate the following topics:

  • General background and history of the field
  • Theories of philosophy behind the field
  • Types of programs that utilize equine therapy and the variety of populations they serve
  • The science and research behind its efficacy
  • Legal and ethical concerns associated with this field

This course will take in in-depth look at the therapeutic potential of the human-horse relationship and why horses are used as a therapeutic tool for humans. *Students must provide their own transportation and food.

Communications, Media, Design

CDAE 095 Intro to Communications Design
M/W | 8:00 – 9:15 a.m. | Steve Kostell
This course serves an introduction to applied projects in visual communication design with emphasis on the elements and principles of composition. Techniques focus on creating visual designs through the use of contemporary illustrative and photographic software packages for electronic and print production.

CDAE 095 Design:Think Outside the Box
T | 4:35 – 7:35 p.m. | Michael Rosen
This course will introduce broadly applicable approaches to open-ended design projects. Students will learn a few fundamental but powerful methods that provide helpful structure for goal-driven creative ventures. Their activities will primarily be project-based so that students can become familiar with abstract techniques via very specific experience. Course Goal 1: Learn standard conceptual design approaches and apply them in three projects. Course Goal 2: Experience methods for representing ideas via drawings, doodles, diagrams and demo’s. Course Goal 3: Gain comfort and competence working in design teams. Course Goal 4: Achieve facility with concepts and terminology from basic physics and engineering.

CDAE 112 Social Media: Theory 2 Practice
M/W/F | 1:10 - 2:00 p.m. | Matt Dugan
It could be said that social media is the biggest mirror ever created. It reflects the entirety of human behavior—the good, the bad, the ugly, the hopeful. In this course, we’ll take critical, practical, and applied perspectives to understanding and using social media, and we’ll work on a real-world social media marketing project geared toward increasing the happiness of UVM students (yes, you read that right). In that sense, this is a social marketing course, so students will become acquainted with marketing concepts as applied to pro-health, pro-social, and pro-environmental causes. This course is useful for students interested in social marketing, in running social media campaigns, or in understanding modern marketing principles.

CDAE 145 Propaganda, Media, & Cit Respn
M/W/F | 3:30 - 4:20 p.m. |  James McGuffey
In an age where information technology nearly has been seamlessly integrated into many of our lives, propaganda studies has enjoyed a significantly renewed interest. Fake News, Cambridge Analytica, a digi-sphere rife with political memes, and an increased skepticism of traditional news outlets has left many wondering about the reliability of information for which they are exposed. In this course, we address this information reliability gap through historical, theoretical, and critical approaches to propaganda studies. The course begins by tracing the roots of propaganda as a societal phenomenon, and its explosion in the early 20th century. We then track the evolution of the relationship between propaganda, governance, and technology in the first two decades of the 21st century. This course raises questions regarding the ethics, necessity, and dangers of propaganda. Finally, we explore strategies and tactics for resisting propaganda that proliferates unchecked.

CDAE 195: Project Censored! Fake News and Censorship
M/W/F |  12 - 12:50 p.m. | Robert Williams
PROJECT CENSORED explores our 21st century Digital Age's culture of US news, information, and censorship, and explores how independent digital news and social media platforms can be used to challenge corporate commercial control of our news ecosystems.

CDAE 195: Intermediate Comm. Design
T/Th  |  11:40 - 12:55 p.m. |  Steve Kostell
This course serves an intermediate approach to applied projects in visual communication design with emphasis on typography, identity systems, information graphics and 2D animation. Techniques focus on creating visual designs through the use of contemporary illustrative and photographic software packages for electronic and print production.

CDAE 195: Social Enterprise, People, Planet, Profit
M/W/F  |  10:50 - 11:40 a.m.. |  Marian Fritz
This class will examine the impact of social enterprises locally, nationally, and internationally. Through case studies, guest speakers, and research, students will discover companies that are achieving social goals as well as financial profits.  Nationally and internationally, social enterprises are working to bring people out of poverty and benefit the environment, using entrepreneurial approaches while maintaining a profit motive.

CDAE 195: Protect Your Privacy
Ryan Kriger
In an age where every detail about our lives is shared, bought, sold, monetized, and sometimes stolen, is there any way that we can protect our personal privacy? What legal protections exist for us? What protections should exist? How can we protect our privacy with the tools that we know about? This class will discuss the historical and ideological underpinnings of privacy and the harms that can arise when private information is lost; analyze the laws of the United States that protect our privacy (or purport to); and compare them with privacy regimes in other countries. Finally, we will learn practical techniques and tools for protecting our own privacy in the online world.

Global Issues, Community Development, Policy

MMG 296: Bioterrorism and Infectious Agents
T/Th  | 8:30 - 9:45 a.m.  |  Gregory Gilmartin & Elizabeth Colgate
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the history of bioterrorism and the current infectious agents with the highest probability for weaponization, including transmission, infectivity potentials and how these agents may be manipulated for maximum impact. Students will learn how epidemiologists and policy makers assess bioterrorism threats to develop preventive and mitigation measures, as well as discuss the ethical considerations around biodefense and bioterror response. The class will culminate in a live drill exercise simulating a response to detection of a bioterrorism event in the local community.

CDAE 260/PA 260: Smart Resilient Communities
M/W  |  3:30 – 4:45  |  Asim Zia
Focus on social ecological systems integration framework to determine community resilience, enable smart design processes at the nexus of food, energy and water systems and learn practical skills, such as early warning systems, ubiquitous computing and interactive scenario planning techniques. Prerequisite: CDAE 102 or Graduate standing. Cross-listed with: PA 260.

CDAE 295: Leadership in US Cities
T  |  6:00 - 9:00 p.m.  |  Jane Kolodinsky
An American City in the 21st Century – Policy, Politics, and Practical Leadership. This course examines several major challenges facing American cities today, using as an example and an opportunity the contemporary experience of Burlington, VT. The course focuses on (i) the interaction of policy and politics as part of the process to advocate for and implement change at the local level and (ii) the development of practical skills such as negotiation, writing to persuade through policy memos or op-eds, and speaking to persuade through briefings or group presentations. The course will also push students to understand and develop their own style of leadership, since the generation currently enrolled in colleges and universities across the United States will inherit complex, interconnected challenges that will require new leaders, new knowledge, and coordinated, collective action on a massive scale to solve.

CDAE 295: Global Food Policy
T/Th  |  2:50 - 4:05 p.m.  |  Travis Reynolds
Food production systems and food policies have implications for food security, for economic prosperity, and for the environment. This interdisciplinary course examines the emergence and development of global food systems and food policies starting with the earliest agricultural societies and continuing to the present day. We explore the nutritional, economic and environmental justice implications of agriculture over time, and critically analyze the intended and actual outcomes of food policies for high-income countries, low-income countries and agrarian communities. Topics include the past and present roles of food and food policy in meeting human nutritional needs, the impacts of food production on ecological systems, and the social, economic and environmental consequences of food policies.

Health & Nutrition

NFS 020: Vtrim for Undergraduates
W  |  12:00 - 12:50 p.m.  |  Jean Harvey
VTrim is a program designed to help students evaluate their eating and activity patterns and set specific individual goals to learn how to change lifestyle behaviors.  Goals can be focused on weight change, exercise change or simply eating more fruits and vegetables. Weekly lessons structure the conversation and the class meets as a group on-line via video chat. 

NFS 195:  Bite Me: Food Facts and Fallacies
T/Th  |  1:15 - 2:30 p.m.  |  Jean Harvey & Amy Nickerson
This course will be a review of popular nutrition facts and fallacies including (but not limited to) detox diets, prebiotics, GMO's, caffeine, the keto diet and many more! The goal of the class is to help you become more informed consumers of nutrition and health information.  Specifically, students will be more equipped to evaluate fact from fiction when assessing nutrition claims; will understand the basic components of a healthy diet; will learn how to seek out reputable nutrition advice; and will be able to apply basic nutrition principles to their own health and well-being. 

Environment, Agroecology, Plants

ENVS 195: Environment in World Cinema
W  |  4:05 - 7:05 p.m.  |  Adrian Ivakhiv
This course examines cinematic depictions of the relationship between cultural identity and the natural world (environment, place, landscape) from around the world. We will draw on ecocriticism, postcolonial cultural theory, and other forms of cultural analysis to critically assess how filmmakers have depicted their own and others’ cultures in relationship to changing social and ecological themes and challenges. We will focus especially on the ‘aesthetic diversity’ found in traditions of magic realism, poetic and experimental cinema, ethnographic representations in national and international cinema traditions, and first-person essay films, with an emphasis on the theme of nature and/or culture in crisis. The class will examine films from around the world, including East Asia, West Asia, Africa, Australasia, Eastern Europe, and the Americas.

PSS 156/ENVS 156 Permaculture
New instructor: Annie White (multiple sections)
Design of agriculturally productive environments that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of the natural biosphere to harmoniously integrate landscape and people. Prerequisite: PSS 021 or BIOL 002 or NR 103 or BCOR 012 or BCOR 102 or other basic ecology course or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: ENVS 156.

PSS 296: Ecological Frontiers in Agroecology
T/Th  |  11:40 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.  |  Yolanda Chen
PSS 296 is a seminar course that focuses on the ecological frontiers of agroecological research, with an aim towards improving the sustainability of agriculture. We will cover a range of topics including: crop domestication and species interactions, plant-insect interactions, plant-microbe interactions, biogeography, below-ground/above-ground interactions, and epigenetics. The course will guide students in developing their ability to critique the scientific literature as well as develop novel, potentially transformative questions. The class consists of student-led discussions and short writing assignments, culminating in a literature review or grant proposal, depending upon whether the course is taken for undergraduate or graduate credit.

PSS 295: Organic Grain Production
Lectures, laboratories, readings, field projects, surveys, or research designed to provide specialized experience in horticulture, agronomy, soils, entomology, and integrated pest management. Course is taught by Jack Lazor, owner and operator of Butterworks Farm (http://butterworksfarm.com/) and will include time on the farm.

PBIO 295 – Flower Development & Evolution
T/Th  |  8:30 - 9:45 a.m.  |  Jill Preston
The flower is a relatively recent innovation that is implicated in the remarkable rapid diversification of angiosperms from their gymnosperm-like ancestors. In unit 1 of this, primarily discussion-based course, we will define distinct parts of the flower and attempt to understand, at the level of genes and signaling molecules, how each part develops towards an integrated whole. In unit 2, we will discuss how the underlying mechanisms of flower development have evolved, resulting in the tremendous variation of floral forms we see across Earth today.