"Neuroscience and the Demise of Humanity" - a CNS First-Year Seminar.

Students will live together in James Hall. 

Read what instructor Beata Kaminska has to say about this one-credit seminar

Albert Einstein regretted his role in the creation of the atom bomb even though it was a huge step in science. He deplored the unnecessary manner in which it was used and the damage it did to humans. Currently new technology is developed every day and within neuroscience, scientists are drawing closer in being able to decode how the brain functions. But what if this cutting edge technology gets used for evil and mind control? In this class we will look at the implications and ethics of neuroscience findings and their applications of the not so far off future.

James Hall is in the Southwest residential area.

"Your Brain is Lying to You: Perception & Reality" - a CNS First-Year Seminar.

Students will live together in Knowlton Hall. 

Read what instructor Margaret Ugolini has to say about this one-credit seminar

Over 200,000 years of evolution has shaped your brain into a well-oiled perceptual machine, allowing you to efficiently perceive the word around you. These eons of selective pressure have modified you perception into something that is far removed from true reality. In this seminar we will use methods of scientific inquiry to ask how these perceptual modifications work, probing questions about how your biology determines your reality.

Knowlton Hall is in the Northeast residential area.

"Connecting with Climate: How We Think About Climate Change" - a CNS First-Year Seminar. 

Students will live together in Kennedy Hall. 

Read what instructor Joel Ginn has to say about this one-credit seminar:

Climate change is one of the most pressing challenges we face today. However, it is hard for people to understand the far-reaching effects of climate change and they often don't see the connections from their daily lives to our changing world. This class will use a psychological lens to look at how people see the cause and effects of climate change, what motivates people to change their behavior, and how people think of the problem as a whole.

Kennedy Hall is in the Southwest residential area.

"What Do You Know About Food?" - a CNS First-Year Seminar.

Students will live together in Thoreau Hall. 

Read what instructor William Dixon has to say about this one-credit seminar

Every day, multiple times a day, we make choices about the food we eat. We also often see blanket statements in the media about how certain foods, food sources, or preparation methods are very good or very bad for you. Where is the truth in these claims?  Which should we adhere to and which can we ignore? Through mini-lectures, interactive class activities, and discussions, you’ll come to understand the science behind current controversies in the world of food, common food science principles, and explore how food can impact interplanetary spaceflight. Additionally, information about all CNS majors, CNS announcements, and college tips (e.g. campus resources, time management, etc.) will also be addressed in class.

Thoreau Hall is in the Southwest residential area.

"Shark Week: Science, Conservation, and Sensationalism" -  a CNS First-Year Seminar

Students will live together in Mary Lyon Hall. 

Read what instructor Katherine McClellan has to say about this one-credit seminar:

Are you one of the 40 million people that watched Shark Week on the Discovery Channel last year? Educational programming like this both informs and entertains, which has helped shift attitudes about sharks from the 1960s “kill the man-eater” to the current focus on shark conservation, and entertains, but can also propagate shark myths with sensationalized programming. In this seminar, we will examine topics in shark and marine science, conservation, and science communication through the lens of Shark Week. Students will use these examples to critically evaluate scientific media and literature and learn how science can be communicated to different audiences.   

Mary Lyon Hall is in the Northeast residential area. 

CNS Connect RAP

CNS Connect RAP - James Hall - Fall 2016