Colloquia Offered for Spring 2008
|Name and Registration Information||Description||Instructor Information|
in Science (11:015:405)
Sec 1: Meets W 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; Index # 66835
Sec 2: Meets w 12:35 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.; Index # 70456
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 M, Th 12:35 - 1:55 p.m.
|Examination and critical analysis of alternative therapies currently used to treat human illnesses.||Instructor:
Phone: 732-932-9711 X355
Meets T 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Index # 68987
|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
Meets W 12:35 - 1:55 p.m; F 2:15 - 3:35 p.m.
Index # 67507
|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 T 2:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Index # 67131
|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
Meets Th 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Index # 70649
|The pharmaceutical, biotech, green (environmental), and the food industries are expected to be major sources of growth in jobs and the wealth in the 21st Century. However, their contribution to job creation, human health, and an improved environment will depend on US and NJ policies. The US patent system will influence how much you have to pay for drugs and how much pharmaceutical companies will invest in developing new drugs. Federal Drug Administration regulations will determine whether the drugs we take are safe and when new miracle drugs will become available. They will also decide if biotech foods are safe. US environmental regulations will determine whether we can use plants and microbes to clean up heavy metals in the environment or whether we have to use bulldozers and landfills to clean up hazardous waste sites. The students in this class will choose a firm and analyze how policies affect the technology that the firm supplies, the prices that it charges, its profits, and the benefits and costs of their technologies to society.||Instructor: Carl Pray
Phone: 732-932-9155 X219
Meets F 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Index # 73028
|The focus of this junior-senior colloquium is human interaction with the ocean as mediated through the activity of fishing, and the main issue we address is sustainable use of fish, shellfish, and their habitats, from an inter-disciplinary perspective.||Instructor:
Phone: 732-932-9153 X314
& Re-emerging Diseases (11:374:431)
Meets M 2:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Index # 69818
|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)
Meets W 5:35 - 8:35 p.m.
Index # 61063
|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.
Index # 67136
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 W 9:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Index # 72401
|This course looks at the global food and agriculture system and examines how family farmers (peasants or campesinos) offer an alternative to corporate globalization: food sovereignty, or counties' right to define their own agriculture, food and trade policy without any dumping of cheap agricultural products on their markets. In addition to readings on agriculture and farmer movements (with a special focus on Latin America, South Asia and Africa), we will see videos about alternative agricultural production and farmer protests against free trade and agribusiness. We will look at the effect of the globalization on rural workers and communities in developing countries, on the global environment and global climate change, and on immigration to the developed and urban world. Students will work in research teams with farmer organizations to produce a final project.||
Instructor: William Kramer
Last Updated: November 12, 2007