PHYS-203 Science & Society: Grand Challenges
Fall for 2008-2009
This seminar introduces students to some of the most significant and complex science and public interest challenges of our time including: managing a global pandemic, reducing carbon emissions, meeting growing global energy demand, and containing weapons of mass destruction. Guest speakers - including scientists, venture capitalists, congressional staff, and journalists - will examine the science, politics and public perceptions surrounding these challenges. Throughout the semester, students will break into groups and develop a report on one "Grand Challenge" that covers: the science, pending legislation, any Administration initiatives, relevant activity in the private sector, and the various policy options and barriers for solving the problem.
The class, which meets once a week, is open to sophomores through seniors and is three credits. Biology students may count one credit towards a degree. Physics students count the class as a restricted elective towards a degree. This course does not satisfy the General Education Requirements for science.
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