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|Program||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||16||16||Evening||S 16Spring||Our goal in this program is to learn beginning to intermediate astronomy through lectures, discussions, interactive workshops, and observation using the naked eye, binoculars, and telescopes. We will learn about the evolution and structure of our universe and its celestial bodies. Students will build and take home astronomical tools such as spectrometers and position finders. Students will also research a topic of interest via observations and reading and share their research with classmates.In our seminars, we will discuss the idea of cosmologies: how people across cultures and throughout history have understood, modeled, and ordered the universe they perceived. We will study creation stories and worldviews, from those of ancient peoples to modern astrophysicists. Students will meet in small teams for pre-seminar discussion and write essays and responses to the readings.Students taking this program must be willing to work in teams and use computers for online assignments. They are invited to help organize an observation field trip to regions with clear skies.||EJ Zita||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Spring||Spring|
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||8||08||Day, Evening and Weekend||Su 16 Session II Summer||This program is focused on fieldwork and activities designed for amateur astronomers and those interested in inquiry-based science education, as well as those interested in exploring mythology, archeo-astronomy, literature, philosophy, history, and cosmological traditions.Students will participate in a variety of activities from telling star-stories to working in a computer lab to create educational planetarium programs. We will employ qualitative and quantitative methods of observation, investigation, hands-on activities, and strategies that foster inquiry based learning and engage the imagination. Through readings, lectures, films, workshops, and discussions, participants will deepen their understanding of the principles of astronomy and refine their understanding of the role that cosmology plays in our lives through the stories we tell, the observations we make, and the questions we ask. We will participate in field studies at the Oregon Star Party as we develop our observation skills, learn to use binoculars, star-maps, and navigation guides to identify objects in the night sky, and operate 8” and 12” Dobsonian telescopes to find deep space objects. We will camp in the high desert and do fieldwork for a week.||Rebecca Chamberlain||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Summer||Summer|
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|Research||SO–SRSophomore–Senior||V||V||Day||F 15 Fall||W 16Winter||S 16Spring||Rigorous quantitative and qualitative research is an important component of academic learning in Scientific Inquiry. Research opportunities allow science students to work on specific projects associated with faculty members’ expertise. Students typically begin by working in an apprenticeship model with faculty or laboratory staff and gradually take on more independent projects within the context of the specific research program as they gain experience. Students can develop vital skills in research design, data acquisition and interpretation, modeling and theoretical analysis, written and oral communication, collaboration and critical thinking. These are valuable skills for students pursuing a graduate degree or entering the job market. (physics), who has expertise in energy physics, modeling and organic farming, is researching sustainability and climate change. Many students have done fine projects on sustainable energy and food production in her academic programs. Zita is working with Judy Cushing and Scott Morgan to establish a new research program at Evergreen. With Cushing, they will model land use impacts on climate change; with Morgan, they will plan and facilitate sustainability projects on campus. More information on Zita's research is available at .||astronomy, physics, climate studies.||EJ Zita||Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Fall||Fall Winter Spring|