Faculty Forum May 2, 2012 2:00pm
Energy Education February, 2012
Brain and Society • Brain and Society is a transdisciplinary, team-based learning experience that requires collaborative discovery across traditional academic disciplines. • Brain and Society will engage undergraduates, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, medical students, medical residents, medical fellows, professional students, and faculty from different programs, majors, and professional schools, including but not exclusive to Neuroscience, in an immersive curriculum that combines research and coursework into a common program of scholarship and that integrates students into multidisciplinary project based teams. • Students will enter Brain and Society via any of a set of gateway courses taken in the sophomore or junior years. • These courses will initiate a multi-semester sequence in which small teams of students (3-5 individuals, from Neuroscience, Public Policy Studies, Philosophy, Sociology, Economics, Women’s Studies, Visual and Media Studies, and other majors) work as part of a vertically integrated team, take a shared second course related to the research topic, select non-coursework training appropriate to the project, and then participate in a final theme capstone. • Research teams will be charged with building connections between basic research in neuroscience (and related biological sciences) and societal challenges in Medicine, Public Policy, Economics, Ethics, and Law. Example research questions could include understanding physical and social responses to transformative events (e.g., post-traumatic stress disorder following disaster), exploring methods for shaping public policies (e.g., increasing contributions to public goods), and understanding how decision processes shape our institutions (e.g., integrating new science into legal procedures). • As a new liberal art of the 21st century, neuroscience can become a lingua franca that allows students from diverse backgrounds to communicate across traditional disciplines, bringing their individual education to bear jointly on a social problem.
Summer Research Gateway Courses Extension Course Co-Curricular Training Capstone Course