Ever wonder where the shellfish on your plate comes from? If you are eating oysters, clams or scallops, the likely answer is New Jersey. Rutgers shellfish scientists have played a major role in the development and sustainability of the farms and fisheries that produce these delicious seafoods. From discoveries of the best ways to culture and harvest shellfish, and studies of the diseases that affect the wild populations, to genetic innovations that grow a better oyster and help protect wild ecosystems – Rutgers has been at the forefront of academic innovation of shellfish food production for over 125 years. This seminar will focus on the shellfish resources and industry in New Jersey – its history and the role that Rutgers researchers have played in helping shape it. The costs and benefits of these foods will be discussed in terms of human health, production costs, and ecological interactions.
In 2016, for the first time, a woman may head a major political party's ticket for the office of President of the United States. This historic breakthrough will intensify the interest in the national elections, with many people discussing gender whether or not they regard it as a legitimate or relevant campaign issue. Seminar topics will include: (1) a brief history of female presidential and vice presidential candidates, including Shirley Chisholm's historic 1972 campaign and the candidacies of Geraldine Ferraro (1984) and Sarah Palin (2008); (2) public attitudes about electing a woman to the White House; (3) media coverage of female candidates; and (4) women's changing political roles and status as candidates and voters over the last four decades.
The human body is an intricately engineered machine. To achieve peak operation the body employs intricately designed molecules, arranged in specific tissues, in different areas of the body. The human body has an incredible level of organization from the molecular level to the tissue level; one small change at the micron level can lead to health issues or even death. In this course, we will take a journey into the human body beginning at the molecular level and ending at the tissue level. We will discuss how molecular structure leads function; leading to a discussion of tissue structure and how molecular arrangement and alignment dictate tissue behavior. In addition, we will have a hands on experience isolating proteins from tissue and reconstituting them into a usable biomaterial.
What are the global geopolitical and policy implications of climate change? This seminar will introduce students to global climate change that is occurring in response to increasing levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases. After an introduction to the science of climate change, we will focus on potential future changes in water resources, both globally and in New Jersey, including the potential for increased floods and droughts, sea-level rise and coastal salt-water intrusion, and changes in groundwater reservoirs. Hands-on assignments will include learning about the sources of water in students’ hometowns, how the water is obtained and processed, and what local companies are doing to address climate change. This seminar may include a boat trip on the Raritan River and/or a field trip to a local water processing plant.
Adventure is often associated with escaping community, leaving civilization, and “entering nature,” in part because of the common view that human beings are separate from nature. But in Professor Michael Rockland’s Byrne Seminar, students are challenged to assume the opposite: that the environment humans have built—including cities, highways, and even sewers—is a part of nature and also a place of adventure and wonder. Reading select chapters from books that explore the human built environment (including Looking for America on the New Jersey Turnpike and The George Washington Bridge: Poetry in Steel), students will learn to see the familiar world differently, to engage their imaginations in relation to their surroundings, and to have fun. An integral part of Professor Rockland’s Byrne is a day-long field trip at the conclusion of the course that demonstrates through experience the central ideas of the course.