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Spring Preview Day: Sample lectures

Criminal Profiling

Dr. Ruth Ann Johnson, professor of psychology

An introduction to the psychological profiling of criminal offenders as an aid in their apprehension. This course examines the psychological factors that contribute to criminal behavior, alternative methods of profiling, and the empirical evidence that supports and/or refutes the use of profiling in criminal investigation.

Food, Fermentation Chambers and Feces — April 2 and 9

Dr. Tim Muir, assistant professor of biology

Explore how animals use beneficial bacteria in their guts to increase nutrient acquisition from ingested food. In particular, we will discuss how animals with specialized fermentation chambers, like cows, can thrive on low-quality food and what that may or may not tell us about our own physiological history.

Gateway to the Beyond: Architecture and Music in Paris

Dr. Randall Hall, associate professor of music

Explore the possibilities of experiential learning in Paris! This course will give you a taste of what Augie students will study during their summer term in Paris, France. In this class students trace the development of music rom the Middle Ages to the 20th century and explore how music interacts with ideas, the other arts, and Paris itself.

Literature: New Visions, New Life

Dr. Paul Olsen, professor of English

What we experience and read shapes how we think. This brief lecture shows how language (including humor) and literature are about more than history and human nature but are also about perspective and truth.  How does that new perspective impact us, and as the Russian novelist Tolstoy asks, "how, then, do we live?"

Power of Image in TV Advertising — March 31 and April 2

Doug Tschopp, director, entrepreneurial center

This class explores the power of image in TV advertising. Students will examine the tools used in developing successful television advertisements by watching and discussing television commercials. The interactive session invites participation.

What is Cancer and Why is it Difficult to Treat? — March 31

Dr. Scott Gehler, assistant professor of biology

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States. With so many recent advances in cancer research and diagnosis, why does cancer continue to be so deadly? This class will discuss ways in which cancer is “a distorted version of our normal selves” (Harold Varmus). Furthermore, we will discuss why many cancers are resistant to current treatment methods.

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