W10 Secrets of Science Writing. Students in this class will be taught the 'tricks of the trade' for effective science writing by learning how to craft high quality lab reports, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, research papers and posters. Students will take part in some simple greenhouse experiments as a means for collecting data and then practice reporting their data in written form. We will highlight how science writing is different from writing in the humanities, and discuss a variety of strategies for insuring successful outcomes. We will also spend time on effective visual rhetoric (graphs and figures), with application for producing high quality poster presentations. This will be a very practical class that will be geared towards helping students improve their writing skills for real life research and laboratory experiences. Students will be evaluated on the quality of their work and their general level of investment in the class. D. Ward, D. Warners. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
W60 Pathogens & Pandemic Potential. This course will introduce students to the topic of infectious diseases and their potential for catastrophic, worldwide outbreaks. Students will investigate historical pandemics and the biological, societal, and cultural factors that contributed to their emergence, transmission, devastation, and eventual control. With this understanding, students will evaluate local and global threats to health from pathogens that might be present in water, food, air, body fluids, various environments, and from deliberate activities such as bioterrorism. Students will gain an appreciation for the roles of governments, public health officials, and non-governmental agencies in predicting, monitoring, and responding to infectious disease outbreaks. Guest speakers will demonstrate the work and challenges of public health professionals and provide insight into career options. Activities will include field trips, laboratory exercises, and computer simulations. Students will be evaluated by quizzes and exams, independent activities, and class participation. Prerequisite: one college course in the natural sciences. Fee: $100. D. DeHeer, A. Hoogewerf. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
354 Investigation in Winter Ecology. Field and laboratory investigations examining the unique abiotic conditions and biological adaptations that determine ecological processes under winter conditions. Interpretation of scientific literature, study design, and the collection, analysis, and presentation of data will be emphasized. Students will develop and conduct research projects related to the winter biology of animals and plants. This course will include extensive field work on Calvin’s ecosystem preserve and field trips to local sites. Completion of this course will fulfill the research/investigations requirement for the B.S. degree in biology. Grades will be awarded on an A through F scale. Prerequisites: BIOL 242 & 243 and permission of the instructor. K. Grasman. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W15 Reformation in Scotland & London. S. Matheson.
IDIS W17 The Adventure Travel Race. C. Blankespoor. A. Warners.
IDIS W31 WILDFIRE: A Natural & Cultural History. R. Van Dragt.
IDIS W42 Harness the Wind: Learn to Sail. J. Ubels, S. Vander Linde.
IDIS W61 China: Culture, Medicine & Bioethics. B. Bouma, A. Shen.
IDIS W62 Hawaiian Farms & Food. D. Koetje.