Frontiers of the Discipline seminars

Are you interested in interacting with a faculty member as part of a small community? Consider enrolling in a one-credit Frontiers of the Discipline seminar that focuses on cutting edge research.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers Frontiers of the Discipline, one-credit seminars that allow students to interact with a faculty member as part of a small community (approximately 20 students) and learn first-hand about her/his current research.

Spring 2018 Offerings

Offered as 1 credit, Satisfactory/Fail.

Stem Cells and Cellular Engineering: Biomedical Applications, Politics and Ethics

LAS103D (Section 1)
Instructor: Dr. Don Sakaguchi
Day and Time: Mondays, 4:10-5PM (full semester)
Target Student Population: Students from any major interested in stem cells (such as BIOL, GEN, POL S, PSYCH, PHIL, etc.)
Description: Are you interested in stem cells? Advances in stem cell research are occurring at a rapid pace. New discoveries may lead to regenerative therapies for diabetes, heart disease, neurodegenerative conditions, and even blindness. Realizing the potential benefits requires continued scientific advances but also negotiation of regulatory issues, ethical considerations, and the political climate. Learn about and discuss important issues surrounding stem cell biology (embryonic, adult and induced stem cells), ethics, and politics. We will discuss all of these topics and methods to harness the power of stem cells using cellular engineering approaches. As a student, you’ll participate in weekly presentations on current events relevant to stem cells (biology, ethics, and politics). Consider joining us for this fun and enlightening class!

Cutting Edge Cancer Treatments

LAS103D (Section 2)
Instructor: Dr. Clark Coffman
Day and Time: Tuesdays, 4:10-5PM (full semester)
Target Student Population: Open Option students; The Sky is the Limit, Biology, and Genetics Learning Communities; other learning community students; and/or STEM majors
Description: Cancers impact us all. According to recent statistics from the American Cancer Society, the odds of developing cancer are 1:2 for males and 1:3 for females. Fortunately, new forms of cancer treatments are resulting in better and better odds for surviving cancer, >95% survival in some cases. In this seminar, we will explore revolutionary new approaches to cancer treatments, some that involve nanotechnology, others, mixtures of ancient and modern medical practices. The topics for each week are determined by student interest. In class, we will work to understand how these treatments lead to the death of cancer cells and possible future treatments for forms of cancer that are currently difficult to treat.

The History of Reproductive Rights in America

LAS103E (Section 1)
Instructor: Dr. Alissa Stoehr
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 4:10-5PM (full semester)
Target Student Population: History, Education, Women’s Studies, Sociology, Political Science
Description: This seminar will examine the history of reproductive rights in America. Students will learn how reproductive rights have impacted different historical periods as well as the life experiences of different people with multiple identities (White women, women of color, men, individuals who identify as LGBT, etc.). Activities will include watching documentaries and discussing readings, keeping a journal, and either writing a final paper or creating a final project.