2014 JAN TERM
Exploring unique learning opportunities provided in Jan Term is greatly anticipated by students each year. There are on-campus courses and travel courses. The following science faculty offered classes in the 2014 Jan Term Program.
Dr. Carla Bossard (Biology) – Cultural Photography in Myanmar and Singapore
This course engaged students in the study of these cultures – their history and art – through the lenses of a camera. Learn more . . . http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/files/Bulletin_2-17-14_SENT.pdf
Dr. Hans de Moor (Mathematics & Computer Science) – Math 013
Twenty students took Math 13 - Calculus with Elementary Functions I. The course surveyed linear, polynomial and rational functions and introduced limits, derivatives, and integrals of these functions. It is the first part of a two-course sequence with Math 14 that is the equivalent of Math 27, Calculus I. The class was offered in Jan term as a means of allowing students to take Math 14 in the spring and thus ending the year having completed the equivalent of Math 27, Calculus I.
Dr. Hiroko Nakano (Psychology) – “Love and Tango”
More complex than you may think, students enact the psychology and chemistry of the “dance”.
Dr. Rebecca Jabbour (Biology) – “Ethiopia: History, Culture, and Community Engagement”
Students in this travel course studied Ethiopian history and cultures and engaged in service learning with two organizations serving disadvantaged children and women. Highlights included visiting the 12th-century rock-hewn churches of Lalibela, seeing endangered Ethiopian wolves in the Bale Mountains, caring for children at the Kidane Mehret Children's Home, learning about the work of the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital, and doing farm work at the hospital's rehabilitation center. See Photos . . .
Group at a 12th-century rock-hewn church in Lalibela
Group at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital
Madison Foss and Kristen Langer work in the kitchen at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital
Kristen Langer waters a garden at Desta Mender, a rehabilitation facility run by the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital
Dr. Sally Stampp (Psychology) “Exploring Cultural Metamorphoses through Spanish History, Art, and Architecture” The class traveled to nine different cities, including Madrid, Segovia, Toledo, Sevilla, Jerez de la Frontera, Italica, Barcelona, and Figueres. Read more . . .
Dr. Ellen Veomett and Dr. Chris Jones (Mathematics & Computer Science) "Math in the City: California Prison Realignment."
The students learned statistical methods with the specific goal of analyzing data on California prison realignment. The students analyzed data from the Marin County Probation office as well as from the Chief Probation Officers of California Realignment dashboard. The topics they statistically analyzed were: the percentage of split sentences versus straight sentences in different regions of California; risk assessment and recidivism in Marin County; and the relationship between crime types and personal characteristics. During the term, our class was visited by Realignment experts at Marin County Probation, as well as a leading scholar in sentencing and Professor at UC Hastings College of the Law. We also visited San Quentin prison.