FALL 2011 FRESHMAN SEMINARS
Please note that students may take a maximum of THREE
University Studies freshman seminars so long as subjects vary.
All sections are open to students of all majors
Enrollment in Freshman Seminars will be limited to
new lower division students
until September 15.
After that date, any remaining spaces will be offered to continuing lower division students.
CLAIRE TREVOR SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
So, You Want To Be A Star?
Donald Hill, Drama
Th 4:00-4:50pm, Mesa Court Housing Complex, Community Center Classroom
Course Code 87551
Note: Professor Hill's seminar will be held in the Mesa Court Housing. Please be aware that your travel time will be greater than 10 minutes if you are coming from Central Campus. For a map of Mesa Court, please go to http://www.housing.uci.edu/mc/map.asp.
Explore and design what you want your life to be. Discover what is most important for you. Get in touch with your inner self, your dreams and passions. Lean to become un-stoppable. Learn how to be a total success. Discover the art of finding the perfect mentor. Learn how to let go of fear. Build your own support group that will empower you towards success.
Don Hill received the outstanding professor of the year award 2009 for the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Mr. Hill is the Vice-chair and Head of Stage Management for the Drama Department. He is a life coach with over 35 years of working in the professional theatre.
COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Educating Instead of Medicating in Public Health
Zuzana Bic, Public Health
W 12-12:50pm, AIRB 2008
Course Code 87558
The goal of the seminar is to learn how to think healthy and increase the level of health literacy.
Students will enjoy reading and discussing health topics that address many issues in which they are interested in or are involved with. This seminar will transition students from passive, memorization-type learning, to an active, analytical and critical learning style with practical application for personal and public health.Required textbook: Educating Instead of Medicating in Public Health, University Readers, by Zuzana Bic and Ramon. P. Oblepias Llamas, www.universityreaders.com
Dr. Zuzana Bic, has Doctorate degrees in both Public Health and Medicine. She is the author of the book No More Headaches, No More Migraines. Dr. Bic studies the impact and application of "lifestyle medicine" (nutrition, physical activity, stress management) on slowing the process of aging and developing of other chronic diseases (headaches, diabetes II, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, ibromyalgia /chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, cancer, depression, drug abuse, and others.). She is also working to develop health literacy programs for the K-12 curriculum and for the general public and is an advisor for the Students' Public Health Association at UCI (see http://pha.zotters.org.)
Practical Nutrition for College Students
Frances Jurnak, Physiology & Biophysics
W 1:00-1:50 pm, Middle Earth Housing Complex, Gandalf’s Classroom B
Course Code 87559
Note: Professor Jurnak’s seminar will be held in Middle Earth Housing. Please be aware that your travel time will be greater than 10 minutes if you are coming from Mesa Court or the School of the Arts. For a map of Middle Earth, please go to http://www.housing.uci.edu/me/map.asp.
Course will focus on the scientific basis for genetic individuality, metabolic role of vitamins and minerals, diet fads, exercise and muscle building fads, improvement in mental acuity, methods to mitigate the negative effects of alcohol on the body, staying younger longer, and lowering the risk for cancer.
- Attendance at all meetings
- 24-hour food diary and analysis
- One short class presentation on an essential nutrient or an exercise topic
- Two page paper on an essential nutrient or an exercise topic
- Small group design of inexpensive daily meal plan that meets USDA nutritional recommendations
- Design an inexpensive daily meal plan that meets USDA requirements
Frances Jurnak is a Professor of Physiology and Biophysics in the College of Medicine. Her research specialty is structural and functional biochemistry, with strong personal interest in nutritional biochemistry. Dr. Jurnak has taught nutrition for one year and has given numerous seminars on the topics presented in class.
The Changing Face of Beauty in the Age of Extreme Makeovers
Brian Wong, Medicine
Tu 7 pm, Beckman Laser Institute, Room A120
Marketing, multiculturalism, and the explosion of reality
TV programming have expanded the definitions of facial beauty and eroded
traditional biases toward cosmetic facial surgery. The focus of this
course will to discuss facial beauty from both contemporary and classical
sources and examine how some standards have changed while others have
remained constant. Discussions will be from the perspective of art,
science, and surgery.
The Beauty Myth : How Images of Beauty Are Used Against Women
Dr. Wong is a facial platic surgeon in the Department of Otolarngology-
Head and Neck Surgery and also a Biomedical Engineer based at the Beckman
Laser Institute. His research is focused thermoviscoelasticity in
tissue, optical imaging, shape change technologies, and wound healing, and
is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and
the State of California. His practice is focused on corrective and
aesthetic nasal surgery.
Nature Walks in Plant Cell and Devlopmental Biology
Franz Hoffmann, Developmental and Cell Biology
Organizational Meeting on Friday, September 23 in MH 4248
Course Code 87552
Three 3-hour nature walks (e.g., Aldrich Park, UCI Ecological Preserve, UCI Arboretum, Duck Ponds, Irvine Arboretum, UC South Coast Field Station) will be scheduled at an organizational meeting. On those walks, we will look at phenomena that are in the center of interest to research in plant cell and developmental biology, such as plant tumors, galls and nodules, the effect of stress on plants, mechanisms that determine the shape and color of plants or drive fertilization and seed production. We will take pictures and produce a photographic summary (website) of the walks to conclude the course. It is my goal to open the students'' eyes for previously unnoticed wonders and to change the way they view and walk green nature in the future.
There will be one organizational class meeting to schedule the three nature walks (evenings or weekends) and to select the locations. There will be a concluding meeting week 10. Attendance at all meetings and nature walks is required.
Dr. Hoffmann has previously taught this course as a Biological Sciences Freshman Seminar. He has been a plant biologist at UC Irvine for more than 30 years.
Politics and Power
Martin Schwab, Philosophy
Tu 2-2:50 pm, TBA
Course Code 87561
We will read and discuss Machiavelli''s "Prince" both famous and infamous for its advice to princes as concerns the
acquisition and maintenance of power. How ''immoral'' is Machiavelli''s advice?
Born and trained in Germany, Dr. Schwab has been teaching in the US for nearly 30 years. His main field is Continental
European Philosophy, with emphases on Nietzsche, Existentialism,and French Philosophy.
The Spanish Language Worldwide: Its History and Contemporary Usage
Armin Schwegler, Spanish and Portuguese
M 3-3:50 pm, HH 100
Course Code 87553
This "fun course" studies the history and contemporary usage of Spanish worldwide. Special emphasis is placed on
Latin American dialect varieties (including Mexican, Cuban, Argentinean, Colombian, and USA Spanish). By
taking this course students will gain a better appreciation for (1) how and why a once very marginal tongue has
become one of the world''s major languages, (2) the extent to which Spanish dialects differ today, and (3) how
Spanish evolved from Roman times into what it is today. No prior knowledge of spoken or written Spanish required.
Dr. Schwegler is Professor of Spanish Linguistics, and Director of Global Cultures. He recieved his Ph. D. from UC Berkeley in Romance Linguistics, and also has a business degree from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, Neuchâtel, Switzerland. He has published several books and over 50 scholarly articles.
Telegraphs, Telephones, TVs and Tweets: New Media in Historical Perspective
Jeffrey Wasserstrom, History
M 10-10:50 am, KH 300E
Course Code 87562
This course will explore the various ways that the world has been changed and continues to be changed by shifts in technologies of communication. The goal will be to place the transforming effects of the Internet and related digital developments into a long-term perspective. In many ways, what they have done to shrink the globe and alter our sense of time and space is novel, but in other ways these developments and the fears and hopes they inspire echo things that have happened before.
Jeff Wasserstrom is a specialist in Chinese history and world history, who is very interested in issues of globalization and protest. In addition to writing for specialized publications, he contributes regularly to newspapers, magazines, online journals of opinion, and blogs, and he helped found "The China Beat," an electronic magazine devoted to Chinese culture and politics.
INFORMATION AND COMPUTER SCIENCES
Do it Yourself Electronics
Ian Harris, Computer Science
M 10-10:50 am, ICS 243
Course Code 87563
Have you ever wanted to build a cool electronic gadget like a digital music player or a remote controlled car? This seminar will introduce all the basics that you will need to start making projects on your own. This will be a hands-on class so you will be required to spend about $100 total on parts that you will build with. We will cover very practical issues, like how to buy electrical parts, how to wire components together, and how to read a component data sheet. You do not need to know about electronics to take this seminar but you should have written a program in the past, in any computer language.
Ian G. Harris is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at UCI. He received his BS degree in Computer Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1990. He received his MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science from the University of California San Diego in 1992 and 1997 respectively. His research interests involve the security and testing of hardware and software systems.
The Elements: Past, Present, and Future
Renee Link, Chemistry
Th 4-4:50 pm, RH 192
Course Code 87557
How were the elements discovered? What personal stories are involved in their discoveries? How are elements currently being used, and what new elements might yet be discovered? This seminar will explore these topics through reading, class discussion, and group presentations. Students will have the opportunity to explore research currently conducted at UCI.
Reading: "The Disappearing Spoon", Sam Kean
Assignments: Weekly reading, discussion board posts, and in-class discussion
Final Project: Group presentation in class
Dr. Link is a Lecturer in Chemistry and teaches organic chemistry lab courses. Her research background includes reaction methodology and mechanistic studies. Current work is focused on development of new teaching experiments, incorporating new technologies in teaching labs, and exploring the effects of TA training on the undergraduate teaching lab experience.
Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics
Alessandra Pantano, Mathematics
Tu 3-3:50 pm, RH 192
Course Code 87554
This course is for everyone who enjoys problem solving and critical thinking. Using the wonderful book “Problem Solving Through Recreational Mathematics” as our guide, we will explore some of the most fun recreational math problems, and we will learn interesting mathematics along the way. An active participation in problem solving is expected from each student, but no particular mathematical talent is required.
Dr. Alessandra Pantano obtained her B.S. degree at the University of Tor Vergata, in Rome, Italy, in 1999, and
her Ph.D. from Princeton University, in 2004. Both degrees are in pure mathematics, with theses in Representation
Theory. From 2004 to 2007 she was a H.C. Wang Assistant Professor at Cornell University, and came to UCI in 2007
as a lecturer/assistant specialist. In 2010, she transitioned to her current LPSOE (lecturer with potential security of
The Chemistry of Health and Disease
A. J. Shaka, Chemistry
F 12-12:50 pm, Mesa Court Community Center Classroom
Course Code 87564
How can we prevent or forestall diseases like cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer''s, Parkinson''s and so on? What is the best way to remain fit, active, vital, and young at heart all the way into your 80s? Join us for this exploration at the molecular level, and learn how lifestyle changes can minimize your risk. Elementary knowledge of chemistry would be helpful, but is not essential.
Professor Shaka has been at UCI for 22 years, and does research in NMR, and in nuclear and radiochemistry. He has an active interest in the chemical underpinnings of nutrition, exercise, hormesis, and other factors on human health.
Chemistry Around Us
Mare Taagepera, Chemistry
Tu 3-3:50 pm, RH 184
Course Code 87556
Topics involving chemistry are in the news every day. What is in the water we drink? Should we use food colors? Should we use biodiesel fuels? Is there really global warming? Why are drugs playing an increasingly important role in our lives? During our discussions you will learn about some basic chemistry concepts which will make it easier to understand how chemistry affects your everyday life and plays a role in our global challenges.
Dr. Taagepera received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research involved physical organic chemistry and is now focused on chemistry education, specifically how students build logic structures applying Knowledge Space Theory in general and in organic chemistry. She has received numerous teaching awards and organized outreach programs for K-12 students and teachers.
The Quest for Life in the Universe
Virginia Trimble, Physics and Astronomy
Tu 8-8:50 am, FRH 2111
Course Code 87555
People have been asking "are we alone" and "are we unique" from as far back as there are any records. Answers have ranged from "life, even intelligent life, must be very common" to "human intelligence is the only sort possible." Recent developments in astronomy, geosciences, and biology have made it possible to say that planets, including potentially habitable planets, must be common and that the processes leading up to appearance of life on earth may easily have happened elsewhere. The seminar will explore what we know about these topics and how we know them.
There will be weekly reading assignments from "Life in the Universe" by Steven J. Dick, and students will be asked to come to class prepared both to ask and to answer questions based on the reading and their other activities during the week. Full participation will guarantee a B in the course. Students wishing to receive As will be asked to write about some topic they choose from a list of things provided by the instructor.
Virginia Trimble is a native Californian and a graduate of Hollywood High School, UCLA, and the California Institute of Technology. Her current scientific interests encompass structure and evolution of stars, galaxies, and the universe and of the communities of scientists who study them. She serves on committees, boards, and panels of more than a dozen professional organizations and foundations and has a publication list with about 500 items on it, ranging from "Motions and Structure of the Filamentary Envelope of the Crab Nebula" (her PhD dissertation) to productivity and impact of optical telescopes (a study recently completed with a high school student summer intern).