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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|
Signature Required: Spring
|Program||FR–SRFreshmen–Senior||8||08||Evening||S 16Spring||How have humans understood the universe and our place in it, from ancient to modern times? Our readings will explore questions like this, from the perspective of several cultures.In conjunction with the program Astronomy and Cosmologies, a limited number of students are invited to join our seminar to discuss the idea of cosmologies. We will study creation stories and worldviews, from those of ancient peoples to modern astrophysicists. We will all read the same seminar texts. Science Seminar students will read the same seminar texts as Astronomy and Cosmologies, but will do half the work—no math, half the class meetings, and a little more writing.Students will work in teams to prepare for each seminar. Teams will post pre-seminar assignments online, and individuals will post essays (and responses to peers' essays) online. We will have two seminars per week. Our class meetings will be in person, and the online work will contribute importantly to our community-based learning.||EJ Zita||Freshmen FR Sophomore SO Junior JR Senior SR||Spring||Spring|
Signature Required: Fall Winter Spring
|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|