The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Students who join CNS Connect RAP in KNOWLTON Hall in the Northeast residential area will enroll in the following seminar:

CNS First-Year Seminar: "Champions of Curiosity: Tales of Lesser-Known Scientists" Fall 2020

Read what Fall 2020 instructor, Jake 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 UMass biology professor whose groundbreaking paper was rejected 15 times before getting published to the Hollywood actress who invented the foundation for today's cell phone technology. 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 what it means to be a champion and what makes a scientist worth remembering. Come ready to dive into some remarkable stories that didn't show up in your high school science textbook! 

Students who join CNS Connect RAP in CANCE Hall in the Southwest residential area will enroll in the following seminar:

CNS First-Year Seminar: "Renewable Energy Technology: Cool Technology that Keeps the Earth Cooler" Fall 2020

Read what Fall 2020 instructor, Emily Smith has to say about this one-credit seminar:

We’ve all heard of greenhouse gas emissions and its scary big brother: climate change. How are scientists combating this problem and moving towards a cleaner, greener future? In this seminar, we will investigate innovative technologies that use energy from renewable sources. From buses that emit water to energy harvesting sidewalks, we’ll explore the function, feasibility, and limitations of renewable energy solutions. 

Students who join CNS Connect RAP in WEBSTER Hall in the Orchard Hill residential area will enroll in the following seminar:

CNS First-Year Seminar: "Puzzles: Enjoying Them, Finding Solutions, and Creating Your Own" Fall 2020

Read what Fall 2020 instructor, Rich Buckman has to say about this one-credit seminar:

Metagrobology is the study of puzzles, including rare and beautifully crafted wooden artifacts requiring potentially hundreds of moves to unlock, mass-produced and much loved (or despised) Rubik's cubes, crosswords, logic puzzles, and puzzle hunts combining all of the above. Are you an avid puzzler, or someone who avoids them at all costs?  Either way, in this seminar, you will find plenty of puzzles to appreciate and even more ways to appreciate them. We will learn about many different types of puzzles, some of the background mathematics, strategies to solve them, how to make your own with 3D printing, and most importantly how to love them! Come ready to play, work through the frustration before the “Aha!”, and learn how to solve a Rubik's cube.

CNS Connect RAP

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