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 2020 Offerings

Offered as 1 credit, Satisfactory/Fail.

The “Catch 22’s” of Juggling Family & Work

LAS103C (Section 1)
Instructor: Dr. Kelly Odenweller
Day and Time: Wednesdays, 4:10-5PM (full semester)
Target Student Population: First-year students in any major; Open-option students; Majors in Communication Studies, Speech Communication, Women & Gender Studies, Psychology, or Human Development & Family Studies
Description: This seminar will explore a variety of gender issues surrounding the intersection of our family and work identities. You will learn how gender stereotypes influence our relationship satisfaction, family roles and responsibilities, and career paths. You will learn about the gender inequity, sexism, and discrimination that impede our personal and professional success. We will discuss the ways you can contribute to positive change through your choices, interactions, and activism. You will have an opportunity to share your own experiences, read popular culture articles and communication studies research on these topics, and write a final paper on a gender issue of your choice.

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 learning about stem cells (such as BIOL, GEN, POL S, PSYCH, PHIL, ENGR. BPMI, 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!