Summer 2017 Session I Module List

 

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.

 

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.

 

Game of Clones:

Genetic Engineering in Society

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Genetic Engineering in Society

Instructor:

Dr. Rebecca Swanson Balish

What fuels the debate surrounding genetically modified organisms in the United States? Are the choices people make when buying food based on scientific facts? Pseudoscience? Fear? We’ll explore topics related to the genetic engineering and in particular food crops in the United States, and compare attitudes of Americans to those of people living in other parts of the world. We’ll use molecular biology techniques in the laboratory to identify and generate our own genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

 

Understanding the Human Brain:

Lessons Learned from Neuroscience Research

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Lessons Learned from Neuroscience Research

Instructor:

Dr. Joyce Fernandes

What do mice, fruit-flies, crabs, and chicks have in common? They are model organisms that scientists have used for decades to unravel the mysteries of life at the cellular and molecular level. The development of tools, techniques, and technologies play a crucial role in designing research studies that advance scientific knowledge. We will explore current problems in brain research, examine the development of neuro-technologies, and conduct projects to visualize and study cells of the nervous system. We will also become familiar with goals of the BRAIN Initiative®, which is aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the brain.

 

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.

 

Why Do We Need Superheros?

Antiquity and Today

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Antiquity and Today

Instructor:

Dr. Zara Torlone

The narratives and images of superheroes dominated Greek and Roman literature and art. From Heracles, Jason, Achilles, Camilla, and Aeneas to Spiderman, the Avengers, Superman, and Superwoman, this track will expose students to the issues of continuing fascination with the ideas of heroism, superhuman ability and suffering, hero cults, and insatiable thirst for justice represented in the narratives about heroes and heroines. The groundwork for this track will be laid in the exploration of Greek and Roman hero myths. Students will participate in group projects where they will create narratives about their favorite modern superheroes. Through a combination of class lectures, discussions, in-class writing, and presentations, the class will investigate and analyze literary texts and visual media on heroes in antiquity and today. The class will focus on analytical thinking and develop the writing and public speaking skills formative for a successful college career.

 

Pathways to the Helping Professions

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Instructor:

Dr. Angela Curl

Students will develop a strong foundational knowledge of basic theories used to understand family and family-like relationships through this experiential workshop. Based on this foundation, students will explore various helping professions (e.g., family life education, youth/family extension specialists, social work, marriage and family therapy, and child life specialists) via guest speakers working in each profession/area, field trips to local agencies/organizations, demonstrations, role-plays, and community service/shadowing experiences. At the completion of the workshop, students will have identified which helping professions are of interest and set goals for their individual pathways to the professions.

 

Engineering Design:

Build an Interactive Robot

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Build an Interactive Robot

Instructor:

Dr. 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.

 

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 explore issues in global health and develop an understanding of complex problems, which are a consequence of biological, cultural, and economic factors at both local and global levels.

 

Search for the Cure:

The Discovery of Novel Antibiotics

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The Discovery of Novel Antibiotics

Instructors:

Dr. Michael Kennedy

Have you ever searched for novel antibiotics from local plants and mushrooms? We’ll go into the field and collect our own samples and then prepare extracts and screen for antibiotic activity. When we find a "hit," we will use molecular methods to identify the plant or mushroom species and perform liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry experiments and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy experiments to isolate and characterize the active compounds.

 

The Entrepreneurship 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Let's Play!

Exploring Human Learning and Development Through Play

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Exploring Human Learning and Development Through Play

Instructor:

Dr. Darrel Davis

Offered by the Department of Educational Psychology, this module will focus on human learning and development through the context of play. Students will learn about the theoretical constructs of play and how play influences and is influenced by learning and development. There will be an emphasis on hands-on exploration of concepts in an effort to help students understand and appreciate the real-life implications of play. Students will explore topics via interactive and engaging activities that will help them make sense of the various theories and perspectives. For example, students will conduct Piaget’s conservation experiments as they explore cognitive development, play the game “Barnga” as they explore moral issues such as social justice, and discuss technology-related play as they learn the Scratch programming language to program Wonder Workshop Robots. Excursions to Miami’s Virtual Reality technology in the Armstrong Institute for Interactive Media Studies and the Duke Energy Children Museum in Cincinnati will help them synthesize the module’s content.