Colloquia Offered for Spring 2006
|Name and Registration Information||Description||Instructor Information|
& Climate Change (11:015:401:01)
Meets Th 2:15-5:15 p.m.
Index # 65939
|Exploration of the potential direct and indirect impact of global climate change on human health, using a multidisciplinary approach. Environmental, agricultural, social, economic and political factors affecting the distribution of emerging infectious diseases are examined.||Instructor:
Meets Th 2:15-5:15 p.m.
Index # 71300
|An interdisciplinary approach to the investigation of the causes and consequences of global atmospheric change such as global warming and ozone depletion. Team projects focus primarily on impacts on New Jersey and the northeast and on developing and evaluating potential solutions.||Instructor:
Phone: 732-932-6555 X545
Meets W 12:35-3:35 p.m.
Index # 64885
|Using case histories of current and continuing concern, this course examines governmental regulations that oversee the safety and quality of our foods. Examples of potential topics for case studies are food additives, fat substitutes, food irradiation, artifical sweeteners, and antibiotics used in meat production.||Instructor:
Phone: 732-932-9522 X:329
in Science (11:015:405)
Sec 1: Meets W 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; Index # 68134
Sec 2: Meets F 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; Index #
Exploration of a variety of ethical issues related to science, including, but not limited to gene patents, conflict of interest, insider trading, cures of disease, endangered species, human experimentation, and man and the environment. Students work in small groups on a particular issue of their choosing.
Meets T, Th 3:55 - 5:15 p.m.
Index # 73399
|Examination and critical analysis of alternative therapies currently used to treat human illnesses.||Instructor:
Phone: 732-932-9711 X355
Ecological Business Management (11:015:414) CANCELLED
Research and Product Development (11:015:416)
Obesity (11:015:427) CANCELLED
Meets T 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Index # 71302
|Consideration of the positive attributes of diverse beneficial microbes through interesting vignettes and historical bases, including: microbes and the foundation of the U.S. steel industry; hymns of John Greenleaf Whittier; paintings of Beatrix Potter of mushroom hallucinogens; and stabilization of sand-dunes through the activities of bayberry's microbial symbionts.||Instructor:
Phone: 732-932-9763 X328
Food Problems: Scientific Solutions? (11:015:430)
Meets Th 9:15a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Index # 67661
|Examination both of the potential for corporations and international organizations to contribute to the solution of world food problems through biotechnology or other breakthroughs in science, and of the possibilites that these efforts will create more poverty and environmental problems.||Instructor:
Phone: 732-932-9159 X:20
Meets W 12:35 - 1:55 p.m; F 2:15 - 3:35 p.m.
Index # 69054
|This course will focus on the nature of trade in agricultural products, trade policies and practices of import and export nations, agricultural policies of common market areas and other major trading blocks, market instability and other primary commodity problems, trade negotiations and current developments in agricultural trade and trade policy.||Instructor:
Phone: 732-932-9171 X256
Meets M 7:15 - 10:05 p.m.
Index # 73994
|The Women, Food, and Health colloquium is built around a set of readings that inform a (semi-)passive and an active dialogue that we will all engage in, most particularly with the local community. The readings will place our discussions in the context of international human rights, feminist theory, and community development. By passive dialogue, I mean that I will bring in various media, including guest speakers who are active on women, food, and health issues (mostly, but not only in New Brunswick). By active dialogue, I mean that students will work in groups with a number of community-based projects mostly, but not necessarily only, in New Brunswick.||Instructor:
Phone: 732-932-1966 ext 1222
Meets T 2:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Index # 68554
|An experiential learning course about tropical agricultural systems, with major foci on the key food, agricultural and environmental issues. Teams of three or four students will be formed and will be the basis for most course activities and evaluation.||Instructor:
Phone: 732-932-9711 X:247
Resource Policy (11:374:428)
Meets F 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Index # 70183
|Study of local, state, national and international policies toward the
use and management of fish, wildlife, and other natural resources. Policy
is viewed as part of the complex socio-ecological systems that affect
the health and well-being of human and natural communities, and as such
requires an interdisciplinary approach. The course offers opportunities
for teamwork, experiential learning through simulation games, and field
visits to fishing communities and on a charter fishing boat.
Phone: 732-932-9153 X:314
& Re-emerging Diseases (11:374:431)
Meets M 2:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Index # 73418
|Provides a broad social, cultural and ecological framework for understanding both the emergence of new diseases (and the re-emergence of old ones) and the role they play in our lives and our evolution. This understanding should help us gain a clearer sense of where to intervene to control them.||Instructor:
Climate & Environmental Design (11:670:306)
Sec 1: Meets W 5:35 - 8:35 p.m.; Index # 61139
Sec 2: Meets M 5:35 - 8:35 p.m.; Index # 68227
|Impacts of interacting weather and climate variables on environmental and engineering issues and design applications in the areas of agriculture, stormwater management, air pollution, coastal management, weather extremes/severe weather, and global warming.||Instructor:
Meets W 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Registration by permission of instructor only
|Effects of technology and population growth on species, ecosystems, and human communities. Environmental impact of agricultural and industrial systems. Global environmental change. Biological and social underpinnings of conservation.||Instructor:
Meets T,Th 2:15 - 3:35 p.m.
Index # 73428
|The natural environment is undergoing pervasive, profound changes to its biology, chemistry and physics, in response to an exploding human population. These changes are all linked to each other. We can begin to understand how human actions are causing these changes through the study of ecosystems ecology, which is the branch of ecology which examines the movement of materials and energy in whole systems. In this colloquium, we will use the concepts of ecosystems ecology to study the element cycles, the human impacts on these cycles, and the implications of these impacts for the biota of the planet. Lectures on the basic science will alternate with student-led discussions of research on a series of case studies of prominent global-scale changes in these cycles and the human management of these changes. Student projects will be focussed on applying the information learned in the lectures and case study discussions to these issues in New Jersey.||
Instructor: Joan Ehrenfeld
Last Updated: November 29, 2005