Frontiers of the Discipline

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers Frontiers of the Discipline, one-credit seminars that focus on cutting-edge research of faculty members. It’s an opportunity for 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.

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.

Spring 2019 Offerings

Offered as 1 credit, Satisfactory/Fail.

Stem Cells and Cellular Engineering: 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!