W10 Tropical Ecosystems. Tropical ecosystems contain the largest concentrations of Earth's biological diversity. Under the pressures of human population growth and resource use, tropical ecosystems are also experiencing the highest rates of biodiversity loss. Participants in this course will explore the plant, animal and ecosystem diversity of tropical habitats in Belize and Costa Rica and study strategies that these countries are employing to conserve biodiversity in the face of social and economic development. Ecosystems to be studied include coral reefs, rain forests, limestone caves, alpine cloud forests and paramo. Daily field work will combine plant and animal identification, investigation of ecosystem processes and evaluation of human impacts. Extended interaction with local villagers, including an overnight stay with the residents of Maya Centre in Belize will provide cross-cultural engagement credit for the course. In preparation for the course, students will be required to attend three two-hour sessions during the fall 2006 semester. Course evaluation will be based on a daily journal, active participation in course activities and one test. Fee: $3,480. D. Warners, R. Van Dragt. Off-campus.
W60 Exploring Medical Missions in Ecuador . Residents of the United States experience one of the most sophisticated healthcare systems in the world while most of the world struggles with considerably less. This course exposes students to some of the unique healthcare problems in a Third World country and permits students to be a part of the solution. Students are exposed to medical missions and are spiritually challenged to consider the option of medical missions. The course is taught with the cooperation of Dr. Bradley Quist, a Calvin graduate and physician with HCJB World Radio Missions, stationed at the Hospital Vozandes Oriente in Shell, Ecuador . While in Ecuador the course focuses on three areas: 1) medicine as practiced in hospitals and clinics in a large city ( Quito ), 2) medicine in an intermediate provincial center (Shell), and 3) medicine in remote areas in the jungles of the Amazon basin. Students are paired with American and national physicians and healthcare workers. Formal lectures, informal discussions, and onsite experiences constitute the bulk of the Interim. The course meets several times in the fall prior to the Interim session. Student evaluation is based on a required journal, a paper, and class participation. Knowledge of Spanish is helpful. Preference is given to students in a health-science program. This course will fulfill the Cross Cultural Engagement core requirement. Prerequisites: satisfactory completion of Biology 141 or its equivalent and permission of the instructor. Fee: $2,855. P. Tigchelaar. Off campus.
W62 Electron Microscopy Techniques. This is a laboratory course designed to introduce students to electron microscopy. This will be a very hands-on laboratory. Students concentrate on fixation, embedding, and ultramicrotome techniques for the preparation of specimens suitable to transmission electron microscopy. Students learn the proper use of the Transmission Electron Microscope, darkroom techniques essential to photoelectron micrography, and the interpretation and analysis of elecronmicrographs. Course work includes a series of brief lectures, considerable hands-on experience, and an ultrastructure research project. Prerequisites: Biology 141, Chemistry 103 or 115, and permission of the instructor. J. A. Tatum. 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
394 Perspectives in Biotechnology. Within a Reformed Christian framework, this course explores historical and philosophical perspectives pertaining to the science and practice of biotechnology. Students delve into the underlying assumptions of current biotechnology research as well as its social and ethical implications. Students survey governmental regulations affecting laboratory safety, biohazards, containment of genetically-modified organisms, and patenting. Lectures and group discussions facilitate critical analyses of recent research articles and other scholarly literature, culminating in each student writing a position paper that critiques a current issue in biotechnology. Prerequisite: senior status in the biotechnology program or permission of instructor. Note: This is a required course in the biotechnology program that also fulfills Integrative Studies core requirement. D. Koetje. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W14 Cambodian Culture, Diet and Food Production . D. Dornbos Jr., H. Kim.
IDIS W15 Harness the Wind: Learn to Sail . J. Ubels, S. Vander Linde.
IDIS W28 Silent Spring and Stolen Future. K. Grasman.
IDIS W60 The Amazing Amazon: Searching for El Dorado . C. Blankespoor.