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Council on Science and Technology


Naomi E. Leonard

Executive Committee

Manjul Bhargava, Mathematics

Rebecca D. Burdine, Molecular Biology

Paul J. DiMaggio, Sociology, Woodrow Wilson School

Maria E. Garlock, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Adele E. Goldberg, Psychology

Naomi E. Leonard, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Daniel R. Marlow, Physics

Howard A. Stone, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Emily A. Thompson, History

Daniel L. Trueman, Music

Sits with Committee

Aatish Bhatia, Council on Science and Technology

Catherine A. Riihimaki, Council on Science and Technology

Jaclyn A. Schwalm, Council on Science and Technology

The Council on Science and Technology, fosters education, research, and intellectual exchange that deepen and broaden understanding, experience, and appreciation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Council partners with engineering, mathematics, natural sciences, the arts, humanities, and social sciences to explore and promote the relation of STEM with culture and the course of public affairs.

The Council encourages and helps facilitate the development of high-quality courses through which undergraduates can satisfy the University Science and Technology (ST) distribution requirement. The Council has responsibility for approving the STL (science and technology with laboratory) and the STN (non-laboratory science and technology course) designations for science and engineering courses that are appropriate for students concentrating in the humanities and social sciences. The council staff partners with faculty members to develop new courses and to revise existing courses. The Council hosts events for faculty to share best practices and develop ways to explore the relation of STEM with the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. New STN and STL courses are designed to be of interest to all undergraduate students irrespective of their concentration by integrating the science and engineering content with societal applications.

The Council on Science and Technology likewise sponsors an array of activities for students to explore intersections of STEM with the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. The Council hosts events for students as well as faculty to discuss shared interests across the disciplinary divisions. The Council s Evnin Lecture series features prominent scientists, engineers and mathematicians who engage a wide audience both inside and outside the University community. The Council awards the Pope Prize for Science Writing to a graduating senior who has shown a keen interest in science and demonstrated an outstanding ability to communicate that enthusiasm to a wide audience through journalism.

All STN and STL courses are listed in Course Offerings. Many STL and STN courses have prerequisites or are core courses for the science and engineering disciplines. Those STL and STN courses that do not carry significant prerequisites in science or engineering are listed in a separate menu item in Course Offerings (STL, STN, and QR Courses for General Education). For more information about the Council, please visit our website.


STC 101 From DNA to Human Complexity (see MOL 101)

STC 102 Neuroscience and Everyday Life (see NEU 101)

STC 115A Physics for Future Leaders (see PHY 115A)

STC 115B Physics for Future Leaders (see PHY 115B)

STC 150 Foundations of Engineering (see EGR 150)

STC 201A Fundamentals of Environmental Studies: Population, Land Use, Biodiversity, and Energy (see ENV 201A)

STC 201B Fundamentals of Environmental Studies: Population, Land Use, Biodiversity, and Energy (see ENV 201B)

STC 209 Transformations in Engineering and the Arts (also EGR 209/MUS 209)   STN

The course focuses on the engineer-as-artist and the artist-as-engineer. We will merge artistry and aesthetic sensibility with systematic thinking and design. It is a goal for the students from all backgrounds to feel comfortable creating at the intersection of these creative disciplines. The course will be organized around four modules taught be faculty from COS, MSU, CEE, MAE with consultation from faculty in the Lewis Center. N. Leonard

STC 349 Writing about Science (also ENV 349)   Not offered this year STN

This workshop-style course is designed to teach students in both science and non-science majors how to write about science "broadly defined to include physical science, biomedical science, environmental science, engineering and technology" in a way that non-scientists can follow. The goal is to instill not only an understanding of scientific results, but also their context, along with the nature of the scientific process itself. In order to do so, we'll focus on several important aspects of the writing process. One three-hour seminar. M. Lemonick

STC 398 Health and Human Rights in the World Community   Not offered this year SA

This seminar will examine the relationship between health and human rights. It will provide an overview of human rights violations in the world today and an analysis of their health consequences. The course will consider how individual and community health can be improved by protecting and promoting human rights. It will also evaluate the role of health professionals in caring for victims of human rights abuses, documenting the health consequences of human rights violations, and participating in human rights advocacy and education. One three-hour seminar. Staff

STC 460 Diseases in Children: Causes, Costs, and Choices (see MOL 460)