Fall 2010 First-Year Seminars

Fall 2010 First-Year Seminars Brochure

CSI: MSU - Forensic Sciences Across Campus

Course Number: AN 1001

CRN: 34841

Wednesday
3:00 pm

Instructor: Nicholas Paul Herrmann

Description: This course will introduce the student to the diverse faculty and staff at the MSU campus who are assisting in criminal investigations here in Mississippi, the United States, and across the globe. We examine forensic sciences from multiple perspectives including computer forensics, biochemistry, DNA analysis, and forensic anthropology. The course will highlight the realities and the fallacies between television crime docudramas and laboratory science.

Instructor Bio: Nicholas Herrmann teaches biological anthropology and forensic anthropology for the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures. Faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Computer Science Engineering will also be contributing to this multi-faceted forensics course.


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African Cuisine

Course Number: AAS 1001

CRN: 34830

Thursday
11:00 am

Instructor: Kweku Ainuson

Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the various cuisines of sub-Saharan Africa. Students will learn the history of African cuisine and how cultural norms, colonialism and globalization have shaped food making in Africa, especially in the area of healthy living. The course will also introduce students to how African food making has influenced U.S. cuisines and food making around the world. This course will be fun as it will combine lectures with hands-on practice in basic African cooking techniques. It is hoped that this course will help students to become better global citizens as they increase their knowledge about eating habits and food making from other parts of the world.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Kweku Ainuson is an Assistant Professor with a joint appointment at the Department of Political Science and The African American Studies Program.


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And They Lived Happily Ever After...

Course Number: HS 1001

CRN: 34825

Wednesday
11:00 am

Instructor: Tommy Phillips

Description: While "living happily ever after" might not be the best expression to use when talking about relationships (after all, no one or no couple is "happy" 100% of the time, and all relationships go through their ups and downs), it is possible to have strong, stable, and satisfying relationships that stand the test of time. This seminar will provide you with knowledge and skills that will help you to build and maintain healthy relationships. Topics will include dating and mate selection, myths and realities of non-marital cohabitation, marriage preparation, adjusting to marriage, communication and conflict resolution skills, role relationships, affection and sexuality, common relationship issues, and more. The seminar will revolve around Developing Skills for Life: Building Relationships by acclaimed marriage and family expert David Olson and his co-authors, John DeFrain and Amy Olson.

Instructor Bio: Tommy M. Phillips received his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. He has conducted research on factors involved in marital longevity, as well as family and parental influences on young adult romantic relationships. He is a member of the Human Development and Family Studies faculty in the School of Human Sciences.


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Biology at the Movies

Course Number: BIO 1001

CRN: 34824

Monday
5:00 pm

Instructor: Walter Diehl

Description: A novel way to think about biology by delving into the genetics, physiology, anatomy, evolution, and ecology of the inhabitants, fauna and flora of classic and contemporary science fiction and fantasy movies. This seminar is designed for majors in the Department of Biological Sciences or other life science programs.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Walter Diehl earned the Ph.D. in Biology from the University of South Florida and conducted post-doctoral research at SUNY Stony Brook. He is a Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. His research expertise is evolutionary biology.


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Helping Our Families During Natural Hazards Time

Course Number: CE 1001

CRN: 34826

Thursday
2:00 pm

Instructor: Islam El-Adaway

Description: This class is expected to provide freshmen students with a special opportunity to become engaged in the intellectual stimulation associated with response and recovery during natural catastrophes.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Islam El-adaway is an assistant professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering as well as Building Construction Science at Mississippi State University. He earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. from the American University in Cairo and PhD from Iowa State University. His current research interests focus mainly on integrating multi-disciplinary techniques from risk management, financial engineering, stochastic modeling, optimization theory, and multi-agent simulation for mitigating key large-scale challenges associated with infrastructure systems in general and construction industry in particular. His over-arching career goal is to contribute towards the development of a sustainable and high performance environment for future generations.


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Ignorance is NOT bliss!

Course Number: GE 1001

CRN: 32054

Monday
12:00 pm

Instructor: Amy Barton

Description: When concerns about science and technology arise, the public needs accurate, responsible information. However, what they often get is misinformation, which can lead to fear. Many popular science fiction movies portray the public’s fear of “science gone wrong” (Frankenstein, Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later, The Day after Tomorrow, just to name a few). This course explores what it means to explain scientific information clearly and responsibly. We’ll look at some unfortunate examples of misinformation and many good examples of communication from writers, documentary makers, popular web sites, and experts from many fields.

Instructor Bio: Amy Barton is a technical writing instructor in the Bagley College of Engineering. While she currently teaches engineering students how to become better communicators, she has taught high school students as well. She understands the transition freshmen face and is eager to help with those challenges.


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Man-made Landscapes: The Greatest Hits of Multidisciplinary Collaboration

Course Number: LA 1001

CRN: 34831

Tuesday
10:00 am

Instructor: Kasia Gallo

Description: This course will celebrate the many ways in which the designers collaborate with artists, scientists, horticulturists, policy makers, and ordinary citizens to create the landscapes that surround us. You are invited to explore the flashy and mundane, ingenious and straightforward, successful and sometimes disastrous projects and ideas put forth by design professionals and others. The issues discussed will include: mystery of a concept and inspiration in design projects, affecting human behavior with design, making our lives simpler by mimicking nature’s solutions to everyday problems, bringing nature into cities, stormwater management as art, celebrating nature through environmental art installations, impact of agriculture on the landscape, and more.

Instructor Bio: Kasia Gallo has a great interest in sustainability, creativity, and multidisciplinary collaboration, and believes the three to be essential for bringing forth great environments. She teaches design in the Department of Landscape Architecture, and serves on the board of the Gaining Ground, the Sustainability Institute of Mississippi.


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Real World Ethics: An EDGE Initiative Course

Course Number: PHI 1001

CRN: 34829

Tuesday
4:00 pm

Instructor: Michael Clifford

Description: This is a survey of some of the most important ethical dilemmas of our day, including terrorism, genocide, global warming, the financial crisis, guns and violence, abortion and gay marriage. Students will have an opportunity to engage in critical discussion of these issues. The emphasis is on developing “moral literacy,” the ability to make considered decisions of right and wrong. This course is offered as part of MSU’s EDGE Initiative.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Clifford earned his Ph. D. in 1989 from Vanderbilt University. He has been teaching at Mississippi State University, including Business Ethics, since 1992. Dr. Clifford has published widely in the areas of political philosophy. His book, Savage Identities: Political Genealogy After Foucault, examines the ethical views of liberals and Conservatives.


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The Power of Color

Course Number: ID 1001

CRN: 32322

Wednesday
11:00 am

Instructor: Amy Crumpton

Description: Do you love color and pattern? Are you nervous about combining them? Do you know how to use color to its maximum effectiveness? This seminar introduces color theory and psychology through a series of weekly color activities. At the end of this seminar-color will no longer be a mystery - but a tool for you to improve and enhance your life.

Instructor Bio: Amy Crumpton has over 10 years of professional experience in the field of commercial Interior Design. She currently teaches a variety of courses in the Interior Design department ranging from freshmen to senior level. With a passion for design, she will inspire you to see things in a new way, whatever your current major.


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Money Talks – Don't Let Yours Say Goodbye

Course Number: GLC 1001

CRN: 34827

Thursday
3:30 pm

Instructor: Judy Li

Description: Money Talks is a course designed to provide a fundamental personal financial literacy for college freshmen. It gives freshmen a general concept of what personal finance is and what resources are available on the MSU campus for them. Real world topics covered will include money management, use of checking and saving accounts, spending, student loans, budget setting, debt and credit management as well as an understanding of insurance and taxes.

Instructor Bio: Judy Li has both MLIS and MBA (Entrepreneurship) as her credentials. She has been working in Business Information Research for a decade and now is Assistant Professor/Business Reference Librarian with MSU Libraries.


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Veterinary Medicine: Beyond Shots and De-worming

Course Number: CVM 1001

CRN: 31090

Tuesday
1:00 pm

Instructor: Patty Lathan

Description: This seminar will discuss various aspects of and approaches to veterinary medicine. Each seminar will be delivered by a specialist in a specific discipline (i.e., small animal internal medicine, large animal surgery, reproductive medicine, etc.). Seminar topics will be diverse and include discussions about specific diseases, the importance of veterinary medicine in controlling human disease, and diagnostic and therapeutic techniques used in veterinary medicine. As part of the course requirement, students will be assigned to "shadow" a veterinary clinician for
at least 6 hours in MSU’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Lathan received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed a residency at Purdue University. She is certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and teaches small animal medicine at the MSU-CVM. She has a special interest in endocrinology and Labrador retrievers.


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Three Cups of Tea: Embracing Change

Course Number: EPY 1001

CRN: 31778

Tuesday
3:00 pm

Instructor: Linda Morse

Description: This first-year seminar will explore the themes in Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time. This book has been chosen as MSU’s common book program for freshmen this year, a program which is called the Maroon Edition 2010. This seminar will explore topics such as social justice, schools and schooling, political issues, and becoming "family". Join us for a more in-depth discussion and experience of The Maroon Edition 2010!

Instructor Bio: Dr. Linda Morse is Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at MSU. Dr. Jerry Gilbert, Associate Provost, Dr. Lynn Reinschmiedt, Associate Dean for College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Dr. Nancy McCarley, Director of Honors will join her in leading this seminar. All has been very involved in the freshmen reading project at MSU.


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Three Cups of Tea: Embracing Change

Course Number: PS 1001

CRN: 34828

Monday
3:00 pm

Instructor: David Breaux

Description: This first-year seminar will explore the themes in Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time. This book has been chosen as MSU’s common book program for freshmen this year, a program which is called the Maroon Edition 2010. This seminar will explore topics such as social justice, schools and schooling, political issues, and becoming “family.” Join us for a more in-depth discussion and experience of The Maroon Edition 2010!

Instructor Bio: Dr. Dave Breaux is Associate Dean and Professor of Political Science and Public Administration. His teaching and research expertise is in the area of state politics and policy. Dr. Breaux has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in State Government, American Political Institutions, Interest Groups, Dynamics of Democracy, and Research Methodology.


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Viva Latino America: An Uncensored Sampling of the World's Most Vibrant Culture

Course Number: EPY 1001

CRN: 31891

Tuesday
2:00 pm

Instructor: Rosa Vozzo

Description: Students will embark in a virtual trip for several regions of Hispano-America. Students will be presented with cultural information, ideas, and events that have influenced the region, specifically those that provide a basis for comparisons of Hispanic and U.S. culture. Students will be encouraged to explore cross-cultural comparisons, and to identify
cultural patterns that could cause cultural misunderstanding.

Instructor Bio:Rosa Vozzo holds an M.A. in Foreign Languages, M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Mississippi State University. She teaches courses in Spanish language and Spanish for professionals (agriculture and business related fields). Her research interest focuses on teaching culture in the FL classroom, students’ motivation, and study abroad programs and their impact in students' attitude toward language and culture of the target group. Rosa Vozzo was born in the Dominican Republic, and studied for a year in the Centro Regional Latinoamericano de Acuacultura in Pirassununga, Sao Paolo, Brazil.


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It's All Greek To Me

Course Number: FL 1001

CRN: 31848

Tuesday
1:00 pm

Instructor: Robert Wolverton

Description: This seminar will look in a comprehensive way at the ancient Greeks and evaluate their contributions to modern America.

Instructor Bio: Robert E. Wolverton, Sr. has teaching interests in Classical Mythology, Latin, Greek, History of Christianity, Greek and Roman Civilizations, and Etymology (English Words from Greek and Latin). His latest book is In Other Words: A Lexicon of Sports for Winners and Losers…and More, published in 2005. John Grisham Master Teacher; Ageless Hero Award for Creativity; Alumni Teaching Award.


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Coaching/Sport Expertise: Learning from the Best

Course Number: PE 1191

CRN: 32894

Wednesday
1:00 pm

Instructor: Brad Vickers

Description: This course will provide students with an in-depth analysis of the growth and development of coaches (both novice and seasoned professionals). The course will provide valuable information about what it takes to become an expert coach and the necessary tools used by experts to continue their development within the coaching profession.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Brad Vickers has a great interest in the development of expertise of coaches and athletes. As a former college all-American and coach of a national champion swimmer, Vickers has perused this interest in a practical setting as well as through research. Vickers' studies of Bobby Bowden and Tommy Bowden, Olympic Swimming Coaches Jack Bauerle and Eddie Reese, along with the Southeastern Conferences' Head Football Coaches; have greatly enhanced his understanding of what it takes to be an expert and how to develop that expertise.


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SEC Football: Beyond the Field

Course Number: GLC 1001

CRN: 32104

Tuesday
12:30 pm

Instructor: Lisa Harris

Description: College football is an integral part of higher education. Now a multi-billion dollar industry followed by millions, the importance it plays in higher education cannot be downplayed. This seminar will focus on the issues of college football in today’s universities. The dynamics between fielding a winning football team and fulfilling the central mission of academics will provide a framework for discussions regarding such issues as coaches’ pay, the bowl system, and paying of student athletes. The fall 2010 college football season will provide current topics relevant to these .

Instructor Bio: Dr. Lisa Harris, Associate VP for Student Affairs, is responsible for the related areas of enrollment services, admissions, financial aid and scholarships, along with other duties. Dr. Harris is known across campus for her boundless enthusiasm for college football and knowledge of the game.


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Stepping into the World of Fashion

Course Number: HS 1001

CRN: 32275

Wednesday
4:00 pm

Instructor: Phyllis Miller

Description: Introduction to the exciting many careers in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising (ATM), including fun experiences with fashion illustration and design, textiles, historic costume, cross-cultural design and merchandising, the social/psychological aspects of dress, product quality analysis, visual merchandising, retailing, merchandising, and research. Students receive hands-on instruction with various aspects of the field as they learn from ATM faculty and professionals.

Instructor Bio: Miller is an associate professor of ATM and co-option leader for Design. She teaches computer applications for ATM, visual design, and fashion design. She is a Fulbright and Fulbright-Hayes scholar and has visited 34 countries/territories. Her International Sunset Jacket was selected for the 2008 International Textile and Apparel Association Design Exhibition.


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Cooking Basics: Iron Chef Bully

Course Number: FNH 1001

CRN: 31956

Monday
12:00 pm

Instructor: Sylvia H. Byrd

Description: Healthy eating doesn't have to be difficult or cost a fortune. Students will have fun learning through lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice, basic cooking fundamentals and techniques. These skills will help students be more versatile, creative, and experienced with food, as well as developing skills that can be used everyday.

Instructor Bio: Sylvia Byrd, PhD, RD, Associate Professor of Nutrition has over 20 years of experience as a dietitian and nutrition educator. She is dedicated to teaching others about agriculture and food preparation and their role in healthy lifestyles. Chef Roland Parny, a French trained chef will assist with the seminar demonstrations.


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iProgram: Programming for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Course Number: BIS 1001

CRN: 30540

Tuesday
3:30 pm

Instructor: Rodney Pearson

Description: This course introduces programming for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices, using the official Apple-supplied iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK). As members of the MSU iPhone Development Team, students will be able to develop third party iPhone applications (apps), and install them on their own iPhone and/or iPod Touch devices. As part of the MSU iPhone Development Team, each student will also be able to install apps developed by other students on his or her device. (Note: Uploading a developed app to the App Store requires a paid membership, which is not a required part of this class. This will all be explained in class.)

Instructor Bio: During his 21 years at MSU, Rodney Pearson has taught a wide range of courses, including COBOL Programming, Advanced Languages I and II, Microcomputers and Networks, and Management of Information Technology. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the MSU Alumni Association Upper Level Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the university 2002 Grisham Master Teacher Award.


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Reel Music: History and Function of Movie Music

Course Number: MU 1001

CRN: 32726

Monday
11:00 am

Instructor: Elaine Peterson

Description: This course will explore the ways in which music has been used in film over the past century. Students will explore early film music of the 1920s, Hollywood’s golden age, and today's current movies. Students will see how past and new techniques are being used in soundtracks and sound editing. Classes will consist of discussion, lecture and the viewing of film clips. Viewing of complete films outside of class may be a component of the course. This is a chance not only to learn how vital the music is to the movie industry, but also serves as a good introduction to film history, in general.

Instructor Bio: Elaine Peterson teaches music history, music appreciation, and double reeds for the Department of Music at Mississippi State University. She is the current director of the Magnolia Independent Film Festival, which is held in Starkville each February. The Festival is currently in its 13th season.

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