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Jul 27, 2020 - Aug 7, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm |
Measuring and understanding the stars has been one of the central priorities of astronomers throughout recorded history. The past decade has seen this field undergo a renaissance with new observatories, new data, and new computational methods. In this course, we take a hands-on approach to the latest data and techniques that astrophysicists are using to reveal the properties of our galaxy full of stars. Students learn to use the programming language Python to develop software to analyze cutting-edge data from the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite observatory. We work to understand how the vast differences in observed stellar properties result from the evolution of stars using the MESA software to create theoretical models of evolving stars. Finally, students work in groups to frame their own research question, explore it using the data and the theoretical models, and present their results to their peers. No prior experience with scientific data, programming, or astronomy is required to tackle the challenges of this course.
Academic Stem College access Non residential Arts College credit
Jul 27, 2020 - Aug 7, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm |
This course takes students on a journey through cancer biology, exploring the field from a researcher's perspective. The purpose of the course is to give students a unique view of how scientific research is conducted within the walls of a lab, focusing on experiments which unravel the characteristics of cancer cells and cancer. Starting with a broad, general introduction to cancer as a pathology that has had an impact on human life worldwide since prehistoric times, students then cover, step-by-step, each scientific breakthrough that led to the modern view of what entails cancer pathogenesis, each lecture focusing on one hallmark of cancer. Each lecture follows the same blueprint, in the sense that students navigate through each topic by addressing a specific molecular characteristic associated with cancer cells while highlighting the discrepancies with non-cancer cells. One session is a problem-based learning case, during which students play the role of a multidisciplinary care group and try to determine whether the patients present tumorigenic lesions by using notions and tools studied throughout this two-week course. This course, as an attractive combination of lecture and discussion, gives students a strong scientific background on basic cell biology properties such as cell division and DNA replication, but also a solid introduction to oncogenesis with more intricate topics such as oncogenes and the metastasis process.
College access Stem Non residential College credit Academic Arts
Jul 27, 2020 - Aug 7, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm |
Microbes surround us—inside and out. This course introduces students to the microbiomes of our bodies and our environment and their influence on human health. We begin by discussing the microbial world, individual microbial sites, and why a healthy dose of skepticism is needed regarding microbiome science. In week two, we focus on the role of the gut microbiome in health and disease. Finally, we discuss the promise and pitfalls of harnessing microbial science to influence human health and whether the hype has gotten ahead of the science. Throughout the course, we discuss the concept of a "healthy" microbiome and the persistent dichotomy of good and bad microbes. Students in this course develop critical thinking and research skills to evaluate claims about microbial science academically and as they relate to their everyday lives. Students learn how to find and identify appropriate academic sources and strengthen their oral and written communication skills through group discussions, presentations, and short papers.
Arts Stem College access College credit Non residential Academic
Jul 27, 2020 - Aug 7, 2020 3:15pm - 6:15pm |
Numerical methods have become ubiquitous and often indispensable in modern scientific research problems. In this course, students develop programming tools and apply them to problems in quantitative fields like mathematics, the physical and life sciences, and economics. Students acquire a basic knowledge of programming concepts, practice formulating scientific problems in terms of algorithmic instructions to the computer, build a starting set of programming tools they can use and expand on throughout their future careers, hear from local scientists about how they use programming as a tool in their research, and, most importantly, learn how to independently continue learning to code. The aim of the course is to give students the building blocks they need to get started on coding, and a big-picture overview of the diverse and exciting topics in scientific programming they can dive into in the future.
Academic Non residential College access Arts Stem College credit
Jun 29, 2020 - Jul 10, 2020 3:15pm - 6:15pm |
This course equips students with the knowledge and skills to think about key economic, political, and social issues related to globalization, and to make coherent and evidence-based arguments. The course highlights major analytical frameworks in the field of international political economy and how these can be applied to empirical questions concerning the structure of the global economy; the sources and implications of globalization; the nature of international economic institutions; and national economic policy choices. This course focuses on urgent problems and enduring questions, including: how can we explain the recent rise of populism—and is there a backlash against globalization? How does international trade affect prosperity and inequality in developed and developing economies? Should capital be able to flow freely across borders? What is the right balance between national sovereignty and international integration? How does the rise of China change the world system, and how should the US-China economic relationship be managed? What will the role of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Belt and Road initiative be in the international system? What is the best solution to tackle climate change at a global level? Who are the winners and losers of the global energy transition? And how should policy makers respond to technological developments in advanced and emerging economies?
Stem Arts College access Academic College credit Non residential
Jul 27, 2020 - Aug 7, 2020 8:30am - 11:30am |
This course provides an introduction to the field of finance, exploring the institutions, instruments, and economics of financial markets. The course starts with an introduction to economic models of the financial system, exploring issues like how it creates value and how it fits into the larger macroeconomy. Next, the course progresses to discuss theories of asset pricing, exploring the efficient markets hypothesis and standard tools of valuation (for example discounting and option value) before turning to specific instruments as applications (stocks, bonds, options). The course concludes with a series of in-class debates on open issues in finance. Assignments stress quantitative applications of the theories and techniques through project-based learning.
Non residential Academic Arts Stem College access College credit
Jun 29, 2020 - Jul 10, 2020 8:30am - 11:30am |
This course examines the personal essays of acclaimed scientific writers such as Oliver Sacks, Atul Gawande, Primo Levi, and Lewis Thomas. Drawing on their unique perspectives as scientists and physicians, these writers use their scientific knowledge (for example, in neurology, chemistry, physics, and biological science) as a critical lens for exploring the world outside of the lab and hospital. As a genre of critical self-reflection, the personal essay offers these award-winning writers a creative medium through which they can use the wonders of the physical world to probe internal questions about the human condition. Students learn college-level critical thinking skills by placing primary sources in conversation with secondary sources and executing formal literary analysis of the personal essays.
Arts Academic College credit Stem Non residential College access
Jun 29, 2020 - Jul 10, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm |
In today's interconnected world, what happens in one country has the potential to affect the political, economic, security, and/or social dynamics in many other countries. Diplomacy is the glue that holds the international system together. Tasked with representing their countries' interests abroad, diplomats tackle international challenges and work together to come up with innovative solutions to the world's most pressing issues. This is an integrated course intended to link diplomatic practice to international relations theory. It puts students, as realistically as possible, into the shoes of diplomats. During the course, students learn the nuts and bolts of diplomacy, study contemporary issues in global affairs, and learn how to link these issues to theoretical frameworks in international relations. Students encounter a mixture of academic, policy, and opinion pieces during the period of study. This course demands that students not only read the materials, but engage with them. Assignments lead students to consider the same dilemmas that policymakers face every day. Moreover, a final presentation session and live-action scenario activity requires students to think on their feet and apply all of the knowledge gained throughout the course.
College credit Arts Stem Academic College access Non residential
Jul 27, 2020 - Aug 7, 2020 8:30am - 11:30am |
Geography and politics are deeply intertwined: geography helps to explain why some country's boundaries are where they are, how some countries specialized in and dominated certain industries, and how alliances formed during wars. In history, we have seen geography impact the type of colonies that were established in the American North and South, international trade routes, and even the diffusion of languages across the world. Today, the relationship between geography and politics continues to be complicated: geography plays a salient role in many contentious political debates, such as immigration, ethnic politics, and the boundaries of electoral districts. In this course, we aim to understand the relationship between geography and politics, examining how geography has shaped political decision making, studying the types of political and economic institutions that develop throughout history, and analyzing the role of geography in current political debates. We examine how geography has shaped political institutions in both the United States and other countries, and question many provocative arguments about the role of geography in shaping political and economic life today. Lastly, we learn how to conduct our own research using geographic variables, using the ArcGIS software to produce maps that speak to important political, economic, or social questions.
Academic College credit College access Arts Stem Non residential
Jun 29, 2020 - Jul 10, 2020 3:15pm - 6:15pm |
From the radical to the absurd, from the trickster tale to Twitter, this course examines the role of humor in the Black freedom movement since emancipation. By reading, listening, and watching, we explore how black comedians—as influential, incisive, and imperfect social commentators—have, throughout American history, shaped and been shaped by prevailing ideas of race, class, gender, censorship, and free speech.
Stem Arts College access College credit Academic Non residential
Jul 13 - 24, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm |
Understanding and ethically engaging with media is more important than ever. Presidential tweets rock the stock market. Political opponents deride media bias. Social justice movements are birthed from hashtags. Facebook and Instagram radically redefine how we think of ourselves as social, or antisocial, individuals. This course challenges students to critically assess writing—from the early twentieth century until the present—about media forms, texts, and artifacts, published on a variety of media platforms. After delving into writing about general problems of ethics and aesthetics, we explore how successful media journalists address topical media hot spots, especially regarding complex social issues like race and politics. Through this process, we examine both the content of essays written by highly regarded authors and the linguistic means by which these ideas are expressed. In daily writing workshop segments, we work to integrate analyzed literary elements into our own writing, in order to generate pieces poised for publication in the online media ecosystem. To this end, interviews with professional media journalists, contributors to publications as varied as Vox, Teen Vogue, and The New Yorker, teach us practical knowledge about the ins and outs of becoming and working as professional media journalists.
Academic Stem Non residential Arts College access College credit
Jul 13 - 24, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm |
This course provides a broad introduction to American constitutional law and to contemporary debates about civil rights and civil liberties in the United States. Students learn about fundamental principles of constitutional interpretation, the basic legal limitations on governmental power, the relationship between law and society, and arguments around controversial topics such as affirmative action, free speech, freedom of religion, and government surveillance. In the process, students also deepen their understanding of US politics and see how the judiciary often functions as a key player in our political system.
College access Non residential Academic Stem College credit Arts
Jul 13 - 24, 2020 8:30am - 11:30am |
This course develops a portable toolkit of quantitative skills that supports students' strategic thinking. At the center of the course is a set of case studies from a broad range of organizations that require comprehensive quantitative analysis to properly diagnose and address the problems presented. After taking this course, students' strategic thinking is bolstered by the ability to develop mathematical models, calculate a break-even analysis, make use of linear regression and multilinear regression in the R statistical package, carry out constrained linear optimization, and apply core ideas from game theory. Each analytical tool comes to life in an authentic application. The course focuses not just on how to carry out the analysis, but how to communicate the results in simple, functional language. During the course, students become aware of their susceptibility to confirmation bias and learn to use data to disrupt it.
College credit Arts College access Academic Stem Non residential
Jul 13 - 24, 2020 8:30am - 11:30am |
We often think of memory as an immediately accessible and transparent record of past events. Yet work across many humanistic and scientific disciplines challenges our most basic assumptions about its accessibility, reliability, and nature. What is memory, and how reliable is it? Why and how do we remember things? This course explores the history of asking and answering these questions from the classical period to the present through philosophical and theological texts, scientific theories and studies, and works of fiction. The first part of the course focuses on ancient Greek, Roman, medieval, and early modern treatments of memory as a learned art necessary for making persuasive arguments and developing virtue, as the proper philosophical means for knowing the truth, and as necessary for personal identity over time. The second part of the course is devoted to modern case studies and research on memory from psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, and literature. Materials include Jorge Luis Borges's famous story "Funes the Memorious"; Christopher Nolan's film Memento, a powerful depiction of anterograde amnesia; A.R. Luria's study of S, a Russian journalist with apparently unlimited memory; and psychological and legal controversies surrounding recovered memories. Throughout the course we also test the theories of memory ourselves by doing the specific memory exercises the sources describe and prescribe.
College credit Non residential Arts College access Academic Stem
Jul 13 - 24, 2020 12:00pm - 3:00pm |
Hip-hop is a global art form, with millions of people enjoying rap music the world over. Despite its enormous popularity, hip-hop's deeper social and political significance often goes overlooked. This course explores hip-hop's relationship with social activism and movements, centering on three seminal works in hip-hop studies: Houston Baker's Black Studies, Rap, and the Academy; Tricia Rose's Black Noise; and Imani Perry's Prophets of the Hood. Students learn to close read these texts in order to critically examine the ways in which hip-hop can be used as a medium for expressing dissent. Key questions for consideration include how has hip-hop inspired political protests? Is rap music an effective medium for addressing social problems? How has rap music helped members of oppressed groups respond to injustice? What is the relationship between rap music and freedom of speech?
Stem Arts Academic Non residential College access College credit

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