BIOL W10 The White Plague- Poverty and the threat of Tuberculosis. Historically known as the White Plague, Tuberculosis (Tb) is a highly contagious airborne disease. It is estimated that one third of the world’s population is infected, and Tb accounts for 2 million deaths every year. Tb is often characterized as a disease of poverty since the poor and marginalized bear the heaviest burden. While this is true and the vast majority of Tb-related deaths currently occur in the developing world, Tb remains a significant public health concern worldwide. In fact, several developed countries continue to experience higher than expected rates of infection and some have even experienced a resurgence of Tb infections over the past decade. This class provides a historical perspective of the impact of Tb on human health, an analysis of past and present public health strategies used to control this disease, and explores what needs to be done to confront new challenges posed by Tb. Students investigate the biological, socio-economic and geo-political factors that contribute to shaping the current face of Tb, paying particular attention to how poverty impacts efforts to control Tb disease both within the United States and internationally. Students are responsible for specific reading assignments everyday and classes largely revolve around discussions of the assigned readings and/or documentaries watched during class. Students are evaluated based on daily reflections on the assigned readings, participation in classroom discussions as well as a final project. An extensive understanding of biological concepts is not required for this class and students from a variety of academic backgrounds are encouraged to enroll. T.Y. Bediako. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
BIOL W61 Pathophysiology. Pathophysiology is the study of altered normal body function leading to a state of disease. This course presents the etiology, pathology, and prognosis of many human diseases. The structural and functional changes of diseases of the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, hormonal, muscular, neural, renal, reproductive, and respiratory systems are covered using the classic organ system approach and case studies. Students are evaluated on the basis of tests, a research paper, and a class presentation. Prerequisite: Biology 206, 242 or 331. R. Nyhof. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
BIOL 354 Investigations in Winter Ecology. This course will study 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. Letter grades will be awarded. Prerequisites: BIOL 242 & 243 OR BIOL 250 and permission of the instructor. K. Grasman. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W10 Glaciers, the Outback and the Great Barrier Reef. Course dates: January 4-24. Fee: $5700. C. Blankespoor, S. Vander Linde, A. Warners. Off campus.
IDIS W16 Green Cuisine. Fee: $125. A. Hoogewerf, A. Wolpa. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W17 Local Food Options & Challenges. Fee: $150. D. Koetje. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W18 Chinese Medicine & Chinese Culture. Fee: $250. A. Shen. 2:00 p.m.to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W19 Exploring the Arts to Foster Creation Care. G. Heffner, D. Warners. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
IDIS W25 Exploring Bioinformatics . R. DeJong, S. Nelesen. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
IDIS W40 Transforming Cambodia. Course dates: January 4-24. Fee: $3900. D. Dornbos Jr., L. De Rooy, P. Dykstra-Pruim (Calvin College), S.K. Lee, H. Kim (Handong Global University). Off campus.
IDIS W60 Science & Religion: Italy & England. Course dates: January 3-24. Fee: $4,050. H. Bouma III. Off campus.