Course Description
The third seminar introduces students to scientific and technological topics that have had an impact on contemporary New York. These may include technology and the computer, urban health issues, the environment, and energy. Students read scientific literature related to their topic and learn the fundamentals of science necessary to understand their readings. The seminar also engages students in the process of scientific inquiry, while giving attention to the historical, ethical, legal, social, and economic ramifications of the topic. Class work is enriched by visits to New York scientific institutions, such as the Museum of Natural History, the Rose Planetarium, the Mt. Sinai Medical Center, and other important research sites. The culminating event of this seminar is the exhibit of collaborative scientific posters.