Summer 2018 Session I Module List

 

Activists in Action: 

Building Socially Just Leaders

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Building Socially Just Leaders

Instructor:

Dr. Michelle Cosmah

Leaders are an integral part of the growth of their community and can take on various roles, challenge policies, and demand equality. This module will provide opportunities to engage in classroom activities, interactive projects, and community exploration field trips around the city of Oxford. Summer Scholars will have the opportunity to learn about The Student Leadership Challenge and how to implement five key practices: modeling the way, inspiring a shared vision, challenging the process, enabling others to act, and encouraging the heart. This module will allow Summer Scholars to examine their own leadership qualities, challenge them to reflect on their own practices, extend their thinking to include various philosophies, and prepare them to promote social change.

 

Art of Puppetry:

Creating Characters that Perform

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Creating Characters that Perform

Instructor:

Melanie Mortimore

As a growing field of theatrical expression in the United States, puppetry is no longer seen as an outlet for children’s work alone. Used to explore topical ideas as an artistic form, the art of puppetry allows for greater exploration of subtle interpersonal and artistic expression than can not always be conveyed through film or theatre with live performers. Students will discuss “why” puppets, the artistic value of assorted puppetry forms, and processes that will help foster an understanding of the basic patterning principles and construction techniques necessary to create unique storytelling opportunities and emotive responses. Research on artistic styles will serve as a creative catalyst, while critiques with fellow students will help inform students how their use of design principles create and affirm character, intention and artistic style.

 

Beginning Design:

Architecture + Interior Design

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Architecture + Interior Design

Instructor:

Christie Lear

This summer, discover your inner Frank Lloyd Wright, your budding Frank Gehry, or your emerging I.M. Pei. The Beginning Design: Architecture + Interior Design course is a unique opportunity to peek into the lives of architects and designers. Students will work in the design studios, be taught by Miami professors, and build from their own imaginations. With a curriculum geared toward improving designs for creating competitive architecture and interior design portfolios, students will identify and examine several design topics. In multiple phases through a series of rigorous investigations and discoveries, students will practice fundamental design principles. The overriding emphasis will be placed upon the "process" of design. Where might it start? How does it evolve? Students will learn to develop their own ideas and use them to drive the creation of space and form. The module will conclude with portfolio documentation and analysis to improve application quality as well as an exhibition of works created.

 

Design Thinking

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Instructor:

Todd Stuart

In this project-centered, team-oriented environment, Design Thinkers start with the user in mind to create products, systems, and processes that solve a user need. They use empathy, creativity, decision-making, prototyping, and testing in interdisciplinary teams to move past the first idea and create innovative solutions for the user’s problem. Design Thinkers are creative problem solvers that understand users through observation. They use this information to define the challenge and use creative brainstorming to ideate potential solutions. Using prototyping, Design Thinkers start to develop the potential solution in a more concrete form while continuing to learn and analyze. Design Thinkers then test their prototypes on users and take the learning from those tests and continue to figure out a more innovative solution.

 

Engineering Design:

Design and Build an Interactive Robot

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Design and Build an Interactive Robot

Instructor:

Jim Leonard

It's science. Not fiction. This summer, delve headfirst into the realms of engineering and computing by designing and building a computer-controlled robot. First, you'll learn how they communicate. Through the wires and steel runs a rich programming language that reads light sensors and controls drive motors. Next, you and your team will apply those concepts to the design of your own robotic vehicle. Your team will assemble it. Program it. Test it. Then, your robot will face off in performing its task against the other teams' creations. The winner will be crowned. The universe might be saved by building a computer-controlled robot.

 

The Entrepreneurial Experience:

Building Your Dreams and Passions into Fun and Profitable Ventures

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Building Your Dreams and Passions into Fun and Profitable Ventures

Instructor:

Dr. Jim Friedman

The secret to success in life and business can be found in the entrepreneurial mindset. The entrepreneurship track of the Summer Scholars Program exposes students to the fun and excitement of bringing ideas to life. Students will participate in interactive, hands-on projects where they will be exposed to what it takes to build companies, teams, and insight. Whatever your interests – building a small start-up company, creating a major corporation, driving meaningful social change, or working in creative fields – we will build ideas, form teams, and create the structure that builds success.

 

Fashion Design and Merchandising

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Instructor:

Della Reams

Are you interested in a career in fashion? Do you dream of owning your own fashion business, or working for a large fashion brand? Did you know that one in every six people worldwide is employed in the global fashion and textile industry? Begin your fashion future with this focused two-week program at Miami University!

This module is for students who are interested in fashion design, fashion entrepreneurship, and/or fashion corporate business, but do not necessarily have experience in business, sewing, or patternmaking. With an introduction to fashion employers, fashion forecasting, fashion/design language, silk dyeing, garment analysis, and technical illustration, this course culminates in creation of a custom-fitted “little black dress,” to be worn in an informal exhibition.

 

Free Trade/Fair Trade:

Understanding World Trade from the Local to the Global

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Understanding World Trade from the Local to the Global

Instructor:

Dr. Jana Evans Braziel

Ever wonder who picked the coffee beans in your macchiato latte from Starbucks? Or who sewed the jeans you bought from Gap? Or stitched the soles onto your Nike Air Max 90s? Or what those workers were paid?

This seminar foregrounds the intellectual, economic, and political debate between “free trade” and “fair trade” with a focus on the post-WWII historical emergence of world trade, exchange, and banking systems.

We will also examine the late 20th and early 21st century forging of U.S. international trade agreements (NAFTA, CAFTA, FTAA, and TPP).

Throughout, we will explore key questions through historic, economic, political, sociological, and cultural lenses. For example: What is free trade? What is fair trade? Is free trade fair? Is fair trade free?

 

Health and How to Change the World

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Instructor:

Dr. Cameron Hay-Rollins

Global health is a practical field that seeks to understand the complexities of health and disease in order to innovate and develop creative solutions to make the world a healthier place. We will use medical anthropological perspectives to understanding the complex interactions of biological, cultural and economic processes at both local and global levels that lead to global health problems.

 

Inside State and Local Government:

Leadership and Public Affairs

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Leadership and Public Affairs

Instructor:

Dr. Mark Morris

Students interested in taking a leadership role in public affairs will focus on how public policy made in Washington, D.C. shapes the public agenda for state and local governments across the United States. From the sobering imperative of homeland security to the fascinating patchwork of interstate highways, streets, and roads, we’ll discover intricacies of the politics and economics inside state and local government.

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Measuring the Mind:

Psychology and Psychophysiology in Action

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Psychology and Psychophysiology in Action

Instructor:

Dr. April Smith

Why do people think what they think? When does that thinking become problematic, or even disordered? How do we measure what people are thinking? Does people’s thinking affect the way they feel?

In this Summer Scholars module, students will discover the answers to these and other questions by learning the fundamentals of psychology and psychophysiology (the way the mind and body interact). There will be a special emphasis on how to measure psychological processes. This program will encourage hands on learning, and students will be taught how to measure implicit (or automatic) cognition using computer based reaction time tests, emotion via self-report surveys, and arousal by learning how to collect heart rate and electrodermal responses. This learning will be cemented when students design and conduct their very own psychological experiment.

 

Search for the Cure:

The Discovery of Novel Anti-Cancer Agents

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The Discovery of Novel Anti-Cancer Agents

Instructors:

Dr. Michael Kennedy

Natural products from plants and mushrooms have been used for medical purposes for thousands of years. We are surrounded by natural products that have potential to treat important diseases like cancer, but have been unexplored. In this class, we will go into the field and collect mushroom and plant samples from our local forest and then prepare extracts and screen for anti-cancer activity using human pancreatic cancer cells. We will compare the activity of the extracts to the most commonly used chemotherapy agent, Gemcitabine. We will use molecular methods to identify the mushroom species, and liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to identify the active compounds.

 

Taking Care of Business

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Instructors:

Dr. Jeff Merhout
Helen Koons
Brenda Homan

What do people “do” in business? What makes a business successful? What does it take to be a business professional? The “Basics of Business” track of the Summer Scholars Program will allow students to investigate all of the functional areas of business, better understand business processes, and develop basic competency in the language of business. Students will work in competitive teams to solve a real-world business problem while thinking creatively and working collaboratively. Students will also have an opportunity to practice how to present in a professional environment.