The University of Massachusetts Amherst

For students who join CNS Connect RAP in HAMLIN Hall in the Northeast residential area, enroll in one of two sections of the following seminar:

CNS First-Year Seminar: "Flavor Your World: Navigating the Spices of Science." Fall 2019

Read what Fall 2019 instructor, Michelle Ecarma has to say about this one-credit seminar: 

Ever wonder how the Science of Food impacts your eating choices? Have a friend—or are the one—that hates cilantro? This is the world of Sensory Science, where we will study the relationship between your five senses and their influence on everyday food choices. Prepare your eyes, ears, tongue and mind: we'll challenge your sensory perception! (Please note: This is not a cooking class.)

For students who join CNS Connect RAP in KNOWLTON Hall in the Northeast residential area, enroll in one of the following seminars:

CNS First-Year Seminar: "Food and Health: You are What You Eat." Fall 2019

Read what Fall 2019 instructor, Yiren Yue has to say about this one-credit seminar:

Hey, what did you eat for lunch today? Sandwich, pizza or salad? Have you ever wondered whether your everyday meal is really healthy or just sounds healthy? Have you ever purchased food because of the fancy health claims on its labels but never think about whether it’s indeed good for you? Have you ever doubted whether your supplements really work or are just placebos? Have you ever been overwhelmed by food news or articles but failed to differentiate with the truth and rumors? If you have ever confused about these questions or are interested in discovering more truth beneath food and health, then come on board because this is the right course for you! Please join me to embark on an exciting journey to explore the science behind food, understand how food interacts with our health, and shape your own ideas about how to eat and live a healthy lifestyle.

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CNS First-Year Seminar: "Molecular Metropolis: Imagine a Cell the Size of a Campus." Fall 2019

Read what Fall 2019 instructor, Spencer Shorkey has to say about this one-credit seminar:

This seminar will introduce a metaphorical scene where a human cell is scaled to the size of a campus. The class will feature a 10 to the 8th magnified cell, overlaid on UMass campus, in order to have an approachable and immersive view of a cell's layout and behaviors. From this viewpoint, comparison between cell and campus will show us similarities in organization and structures, movements of information and materials, and an overarching themes of modularity. Upon the cell as a campus framework, we will explore some exotic realities of the cellular world, such as the speeds, forces, and concentrations of the molecular components within. The goal of the seminar is to have a fun time, and create useful cellular contexts into which future learnings may easily fit.

For students who join CNS Connect RAP in CANCE Hall in the Southwest residential area, enroll in one of two sections of the following seminar:

CNS First-Year Seminar: "Champions of Curiosity: Little Known Scientists Who Changed the World." Fall 2019

Read what Fall 2019 instructor, Jacob Barnett has to say about this one-credit seminar:

Who are the real people that drive discovery? Explore stories of the characters behind the science, from the self-made doctor who performed the first heart surgery to the Hollywood actress who invented the foundation for today's cell phone and Bluetooth technologies. We will reflect on how anyone can think like a scientist, since we all possess an innate curiosity about the world around us. Class activities will explore how to inspire this curiosity in yourself and others. Come ready to dive into some remarkable stories that didn't show up in your high school science textbook! 

For students who join CNS Connect RAP in WEBSTER Hall in the Orchard Hill residential area, enroll one of the following seminars:

CNS First-Year Seminar: "How Good Are We at Making Decisions? From Choosing a Major to Ruling an Empire." Fall 2019

Read what Fall 2019 instructor, Ramiro Rea Reyes has to say about this one-credit seminar:

What guides the way we make decisions? Do we have a way to study them? We will explore these, and other questions related to the challenges we face when making choices. We will aim to understand the different mechanisms involved in these, using hands on activities and popular culture examples, learning how to use them to your advantage to build your own nation (or at least learn how to use them during college).

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CNS First-Year Seminar: "To Grow or Not to Grow: A Plant's Dilemma." Fall 2019

Read what Fall 2019 instructor, Maura Zimmerman has to say about this one-credit seminar:

When it’s unbearably hot outside, you seek shade underneath a tree or run to the nearest ai-conditioned room. But what about that tree? What can it do to beat the heat? It can hardly move out of the sun, or crawl into an air-conditioned room. So, why does the tree appear to be fine on dangerously hot days? How does the tree balance survival, growth, and reproduction? A plant’s dilemma! Join me as we explore these questions and more, illuminating the hidden side of plants!

CNS Connect RAP

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