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Graduate Student Opportunities

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Enhance Your STEM Education
In Spring 2020, NSM will offer a History of Science course at the undergraduate (IDNS 4392) and graduate levels (IDNS 6392) for all STEM fields. The course is Open Honors. Also, the course is CORE – Writing in the Disciplines (WID).

The course targets mainly undergraduate students but graduate students will also find it highly enlightening and helpful. After introducing the students to the basic principles and styles of writing, the course emphasizes practice on topics drawn from the science history record. The topics are diverse covering a wide range of disciplines keeping the course engaging and accessible across departmental boundaries. In our globalized team-science era, the value of such a course cannot be overestimated: Learning to interact and work in inter- and multi- disciplinary settings is a must for STEM students at all levels. More important, historical knowledge is also fundamental to quality STEM education: There is no way to build a better future without drawing wisdom from the past. The course uses extensively documentary films and discussion/debate sessions.

In particular, the course analyzes central issues in the evolution of science and technology during the past century. Emphasis is placed on the interaction between science, technology, and society/culture in America: The progressive era and scientific experts; conservation versus preservation and ecology; politicians, geneticists, and the eugenics movement; the two World Wars and little science, big science, independent inventors, and industrial labs; the Manhattan Project and the atomic bomb droppings at Japan; the building of the Super bomb and the Cold War; environmental science and the 1960s counterculture; global concerns, NASA, and the space program.

More Information: Contact Ioanna Semendeferi, Ph.D., Instructional Associate Professor, Department of Physics, University of Houston,

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