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3-Week Full-Day Programs: Jul 14-Aug 1

Mini Medical School is a unique and highly intensive three-week residential program open to academically gifted juniors and seniors who have an interest in pursuing careers in medicine. This selective and rigorous program offers research labs, rotations, and service learning at local clinics. Students will also be exposed to hands-on medical experience, clinical, didactic, community service, and public health aspects of medicine, providing participants with a real taste of the medical school experience.

Instructors: University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty

Students at the University of Rochester Hajim School of Engineering and Applied Sciences will integrate the unique independence of the Rochester Curriculum with advanced research, invention, and problem-solving skills. Rising 11th–12th graders can explore engineering topics, including one week on biomedical engineering, one week on optics, and one week on audio and music engineering. Students will be able to use the resources of the Hajim School.

stephen roessnerAudio and Music Engineering Instructor: Stephen Roessner

Stephen is a Grammy Award-winning recording engineer, musician, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He has toured the world as a drummer for the instrumental rock band, Saxon Shore, and is also very active in the local music scene. He is currently a PhD student in electrical engineering at The University of Rochester and holds a BM in music performance in percussion, a BS in sound recording, and a MSEE in audio signal processing. Stephen’s research interests include acoustics, signal processing, and hardware electronics. He also teaches courses in audio engineering and critical listening at the University. Outside of the University, Stephen owns his own recording studio, Calibrated Recording, and frequently travels to other cities to do on-location recordings.

 

 

scott seidmanBiomedical Engineering Instructor: Scott Seidman

Associate professor Scott H. Seidman has been on the faculty of the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Rochester since its creation in 2000. His research interests include the detection of motion by the inner ear, and how this information is used by navigational and orientational mechanisms. Scott is co-director of the technology core of the Center for Navigation and Communication Sciences, funded by the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders, and helps disseminate technological development to other NIDCD cores. He has designed two laboratory-intensive courses, including the BME core course, Quantitative Physiology. He also co-teaches the year-long undergraduate senior design sequence.

Scott’s engineering background is in bioinstrumentation and embedded devices. He has applied this expertise as co-inventor on two patent applications for medical devices, both in the area of neonatal monitoring. One of these devices comes directly out of a BME senior design project, and he shares inventorship with four alumni of our design program and two UR neonatologists. Another area of interest is assistive technology to help people with profound accessibility issues use computers.

He served as director of an international design educational initiative funded by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance in which students and faculty travelled between the University of Rochester and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) in Lima to identify global health needs of developing nations that could be addressed by the design programs of both schools. Seidman serves as the faculty advisor of the University of Rochester chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

Optics Instructor: Katelynn Sharma

Katelynn is a PhD student in the optics department, researching the spatial coherence of light. She also earned her bachelor’s in optical engineering from the University of Rochester. She has enjoyed being a teaching assistant in a variety of math and science courses over the past five years as well as committing time to outreach projects with the Rochester community. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, cooking, and reading.

This course provides relevant classroom instruction in English language skills, American culture, and history. To complement their immersion program, students also enroll in a Rochester Scholars course in a select academic area of interest to explore, and participate in cultural excursions.

Today, everyone is a filmmaker. How can we take advantage of all the wonderful recording technologies we have available to us while holding onto some core principles of storytelling? This intensive workshop will attempt to recapture some of the magic, fun, and rigor of the art of movie-making and will introduce you to old (16 mm black and white film stock, 1980s VCR cameras) and new (Vine, iMovie) traditions of short filmmaking. This workshop will plunge you headfirst into an intimate relationship with the art of short visual storytelling.

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Instructor: Tara Najd Ahmadi

Tara Najd Ahmadi is an Iranian artist who moved to the US in 2009. She has an MA in motion picture directing and an MFA in time-based media. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the Visual and Cultural Studies Program at the University of Rochester. Tara has received awards including the Norman Art Council’s Individual Artist Award (2011), the Madeline Collaborate Fellowship (2009 to 2012) and the 2009 OVAC Momentum Spotlight Honorarium. She has exhibited in Tehran, Croatia, Paris, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Ohio, Tucson, Minnesota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Tara has previously assisted and taught classes on 16-mm film, video production, stop motion animation, as well as programs such as Adobe After Effect and Final Cut pro in Tehran, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Rochester.

 

Rochester Scholars A: Jul 14-25

This course will provide a hands-on introduction to the behind-the-scenes world of theatre. Have you ever wondered about the technology involved in theatre, and how it has evolved over time into today’s highly advanced productions? Students will learn not only about theatre’s great history, but also about lighting and sound for the theatre environment, and the visual language, principals, safety, and tools used in theatre. Get a first-hand look into the various types of theatres, theatre technicians, techniques, and theories of constructing a stage. Students also get to operate many different types of theatre equipment and explore and research the future of some of the developing technologies available.

gordon riceInstructor: Gordon Rice

Gordon Rice has more than 25 years of professional experience as a theatre technologist from small community theatres, to Broadway, to network television in Hollywood, CA. Gordon has earned his MFA from California Institute of Arts. Currently, he is the production manager/senior lecturer for the University of Rochester’s International Theatre Program.

The course would introduce students to a subsection of general biochemistry: metabolism. Metabolism is defined as the sum total of biochemical reactions occurring in each cell, but it is much more than that. The emergence of metabolism-related disorders is on the rise in the 21st century, and this course will strive to appreciate the foundation of such diseases as obesity and Type II diabetes. Students will gain an understanding of the metabolic underpinnings of these diseases as well as their basic regulation. They will have access to labs working on mouse models of obesity (mice reared on high fat diet) and get hands-on experience in designing experiments and collecting data. They will analyze biochemical parameters such as serum glucose and lipid profile and observe tissue sections under the microscope. The class will end with each student delivering a short report and presentation giving them a flavor of effective scientific communication as an integral part of research. At the end of the class, they will be able to not just appreciate the science behind obesity and Type II diabetes, but they will also adopt a healthy outlook to prevent these diseases with good standards of nutrition and lifestyle choices. It is recommended that students participating have background in biology or chemistry.

debamita chatterjeeInstructor: Debamita Chatterjee

Debamita has just completed her PhD degree in biology from the University of Rochester. She has earned her master’s degree from the University of Rochester and a previous master’s and bachelor’s degree from the University of Calcutta with summa cum laude. She is passionate about research in aging and metabolism with a special focus on metabolic diseases. In her spare time, she writes for “Science for the Public.”

Imagine being a lawyer assigned to your first big case-and it’s a homicide! Whether you’re a prosecutor or defense attorney, the defendant’s fate is, in many ways, in your hands. How will you plan to prove your case? Gather evidence? Prepare witnesses? Convince a jury? What are the specific procedures you’ll use in the courtroom? How do real attorneys prepare and argue their cases? In this course, you’ll learn about basic criminal trial procedures, but most importantly, through planning, strategizing, and arguing, you’ll learn that trial lawyers work in an exciting world. Field trips to Attica State Penitentiary and the Monroe County Court will be included.

dave caiazzaInstructor: Dave Caiazza

Dave Caiazza is a retired City School District teacher. He taught high school criminology classes for over ten years there. Though not a lawyer, he has many connections with the police and legal communities and meets with convicted killers at Attica Prison each year. He is currently an adjunct professor of adolescent education at Nazareth College. He has enjoyed teaching “May It Please the Court” at Rochester Scholars for several years.

In this course, students will learn about research dealing with successful communication, miscommunication, perspective-taking, behavioral mimicry, and emotional contagion. For example, we will read papers discussing why we yawn when someone else does, cry during sad movies, and how sometimes we just cannot avoid miscommunicating. Though these concepts seem very different, there are cognitive mechanisms that relate each type of communication. The course will involve reading and discussing fun and exciting research papers, as well as in-class and laboratory evaluations of conversation.

jennifer rocheInstructor: Jennifer Roche

Jennifer is a cognitive psychologist interested in social and action dynamics during human interaction. Her research primarily focuses on assessing how behavior (verbal and nonverbal) changes during successful and unsuccessful communication. She integrates methods and theories drawn from cognitive psychology, perceptual psychology, speech perception/production, psycholinguistics, affective/emotional psychology, and behavior analysis. For more information, please visit my website: www.jennyroche.com.

What’s it like to be a physician? What does it take to become a doctor? Meet with practicing physicians, medical students, and other experts. Explore hands – on medical procedures, examine equipment, and discuss medical ethics and the role of the physician. Learn what it takes, academically, to prepare for medical school, and how to decide if medicine is the right path for you. Examine the current pros and cons of being a doctor. Please note, a $25 lab fee applies.

Instructors: University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty

This course provides opportunities for students to develop basic language skills that can be used in various activities and disciplines. The fundamentals of French pronunciation, grammar, and culture are presented through a balanced development of all four skills: listening, speaking, writing, and culture. Activities and assessments require students to synthesize and interact with the information, thereby honing inquiry and critical-thinking skills while building linguistic and cultural competency. This course is designed for students with little or no knowledge of French language and francophone culture.

Instructor: Ghislaine Radegonde-Eison

Ghislaine is a French national with 20 years of progressive professional experience in higher education and program and budget management, coordinating details for a multifaceted program and diverse student groups. Currently, she is a program manager at the University of Rochester. She has held teaching positions as a language instructor both at Summer University in Toulon, France, and at Language Intelligence in Rochester, NY. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education at the Warner School of Education.

The goal of this course is to provide important academic, social, and self-reflective capital that young adults will need to successfully navigate decisions made in high school and the community in which they live. Resumes, autobiographies, mock interviews, college essays, time management, balancing athletics and academics in college, and much more will be explored through lecture, guest speakers, and tours of businesses/colleges.

joe latimerInstructor: Joe Latimer

Joe has a bachelor’s from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, a master’s from Northeastern University, and is currently pursuing a second master’s from the University of Rochester. A native of central Massachusetts, Joe has been involved in the field of college admissions counseling for eighteen years, with an interest in early outreach to younger high school students to inspire them to be high achievers in their academic and co-curricular lives. In his spare time, Joe plays and coaches lacrosse, is an avid reader of The New York Times, and is a die-hard Yankees fan.

This course offers an introduction to computer graphics. It will include lessons on image selection, adding layers, using effects, filters, painting blending, and color modification. Each new technique will build on past ones in order to prepare for the end product: a website of the student’s choice. This end product could be used in tandem with other Pre-College courses. For example, if the student is taking Managing and Imagining your Future, they could create an online portfolio including their resume and other materials produced in that course.

joshua fosterInstructor: Joshua Foster

Joshua was born in Utica, NY, and graduated from Whitesboro High School. He is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College, and is certified in both biology and as an educational technology specialist. He was a three-sport varsity athlete, played for the St. John Fisher men’s soccer team, and competed in the Empire 8 conference. As a certified educational technology specialist, he has used very current programs in order to improve the education of students. One of these programs is Photoshop, which is used almost weekly in his classroom. Currently employed at Eastridge High School, he teaches Living Environment, Advanced Human Biology, and IB Biology. He also coaches the girls’ varsity soccer team at Eastridge as well as a girls’ team for the Irondequoit Soccer Club.

This problem-solving course is designed to introduce students to basic content in medical science and pathology which will be used in problem-solving sessions to solve a series of medical cases. We will explore a series of diseases and learn to think through a differential diagnosis. The structure of the course will involve short interactive lectures followed by participation in case studies employing the problem-based-learning process that used in many medical schools.

danzig, a_photoInstructor: Ayala Danzig

Ayala is a first year medical student at the University of Rochester. Prior to attending medical school, Ayala enjoyed a career in education teaching grades 2-9 in a variety of subjects including science, math and English. She enjoys cycling, reading, cooking and classical music when not studying for her courses. Ayala is fascinated by human anatomy and pathology and is excited to introduce her students to the excitement of medicine.

Do you like to play video games? Why not learn how to make one? This course is a hands-on lab-based introduction to software engineering and computer programming using the development of computer/video games. Students will learn the basics of computer programming and the basics of the management and development processes of software engineering. This course is intended for students with little or no previous programming experience.

Instructor: Ted Pawlicki

What’s it like to be a physician? What does it take to become a doctor? Meet with practicing physicians, medical students, and other experts. Explore hands – on medical procedures, examine equipment, and discuss medical ethics and the role of the physician. Learn what it takes, academically, to prepare for medical school, and how to decide if medicine is the right path for you. Examine the current pros and cons of being a doctor. Please note, a $25 lab fee applies.

Instructors: University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty

Nursing is the largest workforce in the health care setting. The roles that nurses fulfill in the hospital, public health, research, and advanced practice roles are vital to the success of a patient’s health. This course will explore the history of the nursing profession, historical figures in the profession, and the impact they have had on health care. We will discuss the foundation of nursing practice, different and diverse nursing specialties, and the future of nursing in the ever-changing health care environment. Come explore if nursing is for you.

Instructor: Shannon McCarthy-Leone

Mrs. McCarthy-Leone has been a nurse for 23 years with experience in critical care, high risk obstetrics, ambulatory women’s health, perianesthesia nursing, clinical informatics, and urgent care services. Obtaining a master’s in nursing education from Keuka College, she currently is a nursing faculty member at Finger Lakes Community College, and an adjunct clinical faculty member at the University of Rochester. Passionate about the nursing profession, Mrs. McCarthy-Leone is involved in the Finger Lakes Future of Nursing Coalition in New York State, the National League of Nursing, the Genesee Valley Nurses Association, the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses, and the National Nursing Network Organization.

Do babies understand morality? Does the type of music you listen to affect the way your food tastes? Can your mind impact your physical health? This course will cover a variety of subfields of psychology, examining surprising research findings and testing them out for ourselves. We will discuss the psychological theories behind these unexpected results, critically examine current psychological research, and design and run our own psychological study. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of how the scientific method is used in psychological research and the kinds of questions researchers investigate across psychology’s many diverse fields.

jessica robinsonInstructor: Jessica Robinson

Jessica is a graduate student in the developmental psychology department at the University of Rochester. Her research focuses on moral development, autonomy development, and parenting. She moved to Rochester from Utah, where she received a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from the University of Utah. In her free time, she enjoys baking, hiking, yoga, and scuba diving.

The stories of our lives increasingly unfold through digital means. It’s reasonable to wonder in this day and age: What will become of our stories in the future? How do we navigate through all this information, and will generations to come be able to make sense of it? Hands-on History invites students inside a treasure-laden archive where the material relics of lives from the past are collected for preservation and interpretation. Here, in the department of Rare Books, Special Collections and Preservation at Rochester’s Rush Rhees library, we can handle actual fragments of history that connect us to people, places and events like Frederick Douglass’ handwritten speeches, Susan B. Anthony’s teacup, George Eastman’s personal photographs of his African safari and more. Exploring archive contents while learning ways of telling stories with “stuff,” we will work together to narrate a chapter of local history by ideating, researching, designing and mounting a public exhibition on display in the University library.

lori birrellInstructor: Lori Birrell

Lori Birrell is the historical manuscripts librarian at the University of Rochester, where she works with nineteenth- and twentieth-century collections. She is the co-founder of the Rochester Early Career Information Professionals, a group that fosters collaboration and entrepreneurship among area professionals. Prior to working at the University, she completed a Master of Library and Information Science degree at Simmons College and a history master’s at the University of Massachusetts. Lori is currently pursuing a doctorate in education at the Warner School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Instructor: Abby Glogower

Abby Glogower is a PhD student in the University of Rochester’s program in visual and cultural studies. She has a BA in art history from Oberlin College and an MA in art history from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has worked as a museum educator at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Mattress Factory Museum in Pittsburgh, and the Spertus Museum in Chicago. Abby also teaches a freshman writing seminar in Rochester’s Writing, Speaking and Argument Program called “Remembering the Future.” She co-curated the recent exhibition, “Nurturing Inquiry: Exploring Special Collections Research at the Rush Rhees Library.”

This course is for students who are interested in Japanese language through traditional Japanese culture, anime, movies, food and more! Students will learn how to construct Japanese sentences and will be able to talk about themselves and carry on simple conversations with others after step-by-step grammar instruction. Students will have opportunities to do interesting hands-on activities related to Japanese culture. The class will watch Japanese films and/or anime in Japanese every day to develop comprehension of each day’s target grammar!

shizuka hardyInstructor: Shizuka Hardy

Shizuka is a Japanese language instructor for the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. She has been teaching conversational Japanese classes for intermediate and advanced levels since 2011. She is experienced in teaching all levels, from high school students who are interested in Japanese language and culture to business people who are planning to go on a business trip to Japan.

We live in a world connected by technology. In the famous words of Albert Einstein, “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” However, whether we agree with Einstein or not, technology is here to stay, and this course will focus on the technology that inter- connects the entire world through the Internet. Students will explore the protocol that allows the Internet to work: TCP/IP. And on a much smaller scale, how information is transmitted across wired and wireless local area networks using the 802.3 and 802.11 standards. They will learn about switches and routers, will be introduced to the Cisco IOS, and will learn how to configure and connect those devices through hands-on exercises and virtual simulation exercises. Upon completion, the student will have a fundamental understanding of computer networking and the protocols that make it all work and have the knowledge to pursue the Cisco CCENT certification.

garret arcoraciInstructor: Garret Arcoraci

After 17 years at Xerox Corporation, Garret decided to pursue a career in education. After graduation, he was asked by one of his professors to adjunct for evening classes; through this experience, he discovered how much he enjoys teaching and how rewarding it can be. Two years later, he was fortunate enough to accept his current position as a lecturer in the college of Information Sciences and Technology at RIT.

This course is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of human anatomy as it applies to the most common sports injuries. Units of study will cover basic anatomy, injuries to the integumentary system, the head, neck, and spine, major joints, and major muscles. Along with the anatomy of the injury, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation techniques will be discussed. This is a project-based course that will involve research and presentations.

joshua fosterInstructor: Joshua Foster

Joshua was born in Utica, NY, and graduated from Whitesboro High School. He is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College, and is certified in both biology and as an educational technology specialist. He was a three-sport varsity athlete, played for the St. John Fisher men’s soccer team, and competed in the Empire 8 conference. As a certified educational technology specialist, he has used very current programs in order to improve the education of students. One of these programs is Photoshop, which is used almost weekly in his classroom. Currently employed at Eastridge High School, he teaches Living Environment, Advanced Human Biology, and IB Biology. He also coaches the girls’ varsity soccer team at Eastridge as well as a girls’ team for the Irondequoit Soccer Club.

In this class, you will learn to create Cyanotype prints and Pinhole Camera prints. All of our tools will be hand made from common materials. After this class, you will be taking home multiple images and a pinhole camera that you constructed.

Instructor: Michael Leonard

Michael Leonard is a practicing artist and educator in the Rochester, NY area. He also serves as the studio manager for the Sage Art Center at the University of Rochester. Michael’s artistic practice focuses on social and emotional stigma and the ways that it affects human interaction.

Looking to be in a rock band, create a jazz combo, or sing in your local choir, but don’t know how to get started? Learn how to make music creatively by learning new songs in a variety of styles based on material you already know! Further areas covered include song writing and arranging, effective rehearsal techniques, how to put on a performance, understanding the music business, recording with Garage Band, and more. The course culminates in a live performance and/or recording by the groups formed and rehearsed during the week. Open to aspiring/intermediate/advanced instrumentalists and singers, as well as established groups.

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Instructors: Alan Murphy & Christopher Teal

Instructors Chris Teal and Alan Murphy are active performers and educators in the Rochester area, playing regularly with the Mighty High and Dry, Violet Mary, Mitty & the Followers, Dave Rivello Ensemble, Steve Grills, and other freelance groups. Chris and Alan both hold MM degrees in jazz performance from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and Nazareth College (respectively).

 

Rochester Scholars B: Jul 28-Aug 1

This one-week course will provide insight into the diverse world of electronic music with an emphasis on basic audio technology and software. Students will learn to record, edit, and produce CDs of their own performances, which can be used for auditions, scholarship applications, and general promotions. Students will learn about recording technology, editing, sequencing, and mixing audio as well as how to set up a sound system. Students will use audio software including Audacity, Logic Pro, and various plugins and effects, and they will become familiar with a range of audio hardware including MIDI controllers, mixers, microphones, interfaces, and pre-amps. The course will be an introduction to a wide variety of applications in computer music, which will equip students with resources for the successful implementation of music technology in their own careers. No prior knowledge of recording or programming is needed to be successful in this course, though basic computer skills are encouraged. Limited enrollment. This class is held on the Eastman School of Music Campus.

Instructor: Christopher Chandler

Christopher Chandler is a composer of acoustic and electroacoustic music currently teaching at the Eastman Community Music School. His music frequently involves the use of technology, and he has been actively engaged in the electroacoustic music community for several years. He has been the music technology specialist in the Department of Music at the University of Richmond and has been a teaching assistant in Music Technology and Computer Music at Bowling Green State University, and in Composition and Computer Music at the Eastman School of Music. Additionally, Christopher has served as associate technical director of the Third Practice Electroacoustic Music Festival in Richmond, Virginia since 2008. In this capacity, he has been directly involved with presenting works for instruments and computer, dance, video, and stereo and multi-channel works for fixed media. His music has been performed by eighth blackbird, Ensemble Interface, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony.

This is a workshop for rock guitarists eager to develop their skill and knowledge of the guitar. Students will work on developing better playing and practice techniques, improving reading and transcription skills, exploring a variety of approaches to improvisation, and gaining a greater familiarity with effects, amps, and other technical aspects of rock guitar gear. Students will focus on the work of classic rock guitarists such as George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Howe, and others. There will also be introductory sessions on jazz, classical, finger-style, and other styles of playing. Students should be at the intermediate level, which means being able to play several songs or excerpts learned from a teacher, YouTube, or tabs. No music reading skills or background in music theory is required. Demonstration/Informal concert for friends and family: Friday, August 1 at 11 am in A707. This class is held on the Eastman School of Music Campus.

jonathan covachInstructor: Jonathan Covach

John is the chair of the College Music Department at Eastman, a music theory professor at Eastman, and a music professor at the University of Rochester. He received his BM, MM, and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan. John has published dozens of articles on topics dealing with popular music, twelve-tone music, and the philosophy and aesthetics of music. He co-edited Understanding Rock (Oxford, 1997), American Rock and the Classical Tradition (Harwood, 2000), and Traditions, Institutions, and American Popular Music (Harwood, 2000). He also has a textbook, What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock Music (W. W. Norton & Co., 2006).

For intermediate and advanced violin, viola, cello, and bass players grades 5-12 (NYSSMA Level V-VI). Daily chamber music coachings for trios, quartets, and quintets as well as daily string orchestra rehearsal. This week will help students develop chamber music skills and deepen knowledge of chamber and string orchestra literature in a nurturing environment, where players can strive for excellence in performing with appropriate support from faculty. Also open to limited collaborations with winds and piano for pre-formed groups. For more information, contact the director at karineviolin@yahoo.com or (585) 314-8716. Concert: Friday, August 1 at 7:30 pm in Hatch Recital Hall. This class is held on the Eastman School of Music Campus.

karine stoneInstructor: Karine Stone

Karine Stone is an active recitalist, chamber musician, teacher, conductor, and arts administrator. An experienced orchestral musician as well, Karine was a member of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, has performed as acting concertmaster of the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra, was in the first violins of the Santo Domingo Music Festival, the Todi Music Festival, and the Skaneateles Festival, and performed as principal second of the Rochester Oratorio Society and as concertmaster of the Finger Lakes Symphony. She performs frequently in the second violins of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and was the first violinist of the RPO Educational Quintet from 2002 to 2005. Through her freelance work, Karine has provided backup violin for artists such as Josh Groban, The TransSiberian Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr., Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, and the Capitol Saxophone Quartet. Karine is currently on the conducting faculty of the Eastman Community Music School where she conducts the Eastman Youth String Orchestra, the Eastman Youth Chamber Soloists, the New Horizons String Orchestra, and the New Horizons Symphonic Orchestra. Formerly, Karine was an adjunct faculty member at RIT, teaching violin and viola, and performing as concertmaster of the RIT Orchestra. Karine also founded and conducted the Eastman Kaleidoscope Community Orchestra for many years. Karine currently teaches violin and viola in her private studio and at the Harley School. Through her extensive administrative and creative work as the executive and artistic director of Gibbs & Main, Karine is committed to keeping chamber music alive in Rochester.

For more than one hundred years, movies have shocked audiences, moved them to tears of joy, sorrow, and anger, and transfixed them in philosophical contemplation or simple awe. But why do the movies affect audiences so powerfully? How do they achieve their effects? In this course, we will explore the forms, functions, and history of cinematic grammar. We will watch and discuss several movies, including selections from Rear Window, Rashomon, Citizen Kane, and The Shining. In the process, we will learn why filmmakers use cinematic grammar and we will gain a deeper understanding of and richer appreciation for movies.

daniel singletonInstructor: Daniel Singleton

Daniel earned his BA in English at Kennesaw State University and his MA in English at the University of Rochester. A former English instructor at St. John Fisher College, he is currently working toward his PhD in English at the University of Rochester. This task requires him to watch many, many movies.

This course is comprised of a series of mini-lectures and demonstrations about the basic phenomena of quantum physics. The mini-lectures will require only a math background in algebra. Basic quantum mechanics covered will include quantum tunneling, quantum superposition, and two-particle quantum entanglement. The demonstrations will include a series of optics experiments such as the quantum eraser, optical interferometry, generation of the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) paradox (aka “spooky action at a distance”), and Bell’s inequality.

andrew jordanInstructor: Andrew Jordan

Andrew, a Texas native, has a BS in physics and mathematics from Texas A&M University. He received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He did post-doctoral research at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and also worked as a research scientist at Texas A&M. He is currently an assistant professor of physics at the University of Rochester. His research has been featured in Nature News and New Scientist magazine.

Jump into the world of CSI as you study how to investigate a crime scene and process evidence from a homicide. During the investigation, you will study fingerprints, hairs, fibers, powders, and fur in order to determine the perpetrator of this ultimate whodunit. Throughout this intense week, you will familiarize yourself with the scientific method, microscopes, teamwork, and lab safety. You will work diligently to find your group’s killer by the end of the week. An interest in science and forensics is recommended.

dennis muceskiInstructor: Dennis Mucenski

Dennis was destined to become a forensics teacher from the first time he watched Law and Order and then CSI. He developed a forensics class at Pittsford Mendon High School and then started coteaching a forensics course for teachers at College of the Atlantic. He is a published author, does webinars for Ward’s Natural Science, and a three-day conference on how to incorporate forensics into school curricula each July. Dennis also teaches an undergrad and graduate course on the science of crime scene investigation at St. John Fisher College.

Do you ever look up at the sky and wonder what makes up all of space and time? This introductory level interactive astronomy class will take you on a journey through space. Students will learn of the major components that make up our universe, such as stars, galaxies, and black holes. You will also participate in fun activities to enhance your understanding of these topics.

Instructor: Triana Almeyda

Triana Almeyda is a graduate student at the Rochester Institute of Technology in astrophysical sciences and technology. Triana’s research focuses on the dusty torus that surrounds active galactic nuclei. She enjoys participating in various outreach activities that promote and teach the general public about current astronomy-based topics and research.

What’s it like to be a physician? What does it take to become a doctor? Meet with practicing physicians, medical students, and other experts. Explore hands – on medical procedures, examine equipment, and discuss medical ethics and the role of the physician. Learn what it takes, academically, to prepare for medical school, and how to decide if medicine is the right path for you. Examine the current pros and cons of being a doctor. Please note, a $25 lab fee applies.

Instructors: University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty

This course teaches students the underlying physiology of crucial human organ systems and how to record the biological signals which dictate how they perform. Students will learn about vital signs such as blood pressure, heart rate, and electrical signals produced by the muscles and heart. Students will also learn to interpret and integrate these signals with biological processes and diseases.

Kanika VatsInstructor: Kanika Vats

Among the various sub-disciplines of science, biomedical engineering has fascinated Dr. Vats immensely because of its remarkable potential to positively influence the living world. During her doctoral study at Pennsylvania State University and post-doctoral training at the University of Rochester, she acquired extensive practical training in biomedically relevant fields such as biomedical nanotechnology, biomaterial design and characterization, and the assessment of cell-biomaterial interactions. Currently, she designs and runs a vibrant, hands-on undergraduate laboratory teaching program in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Rochester.

Wonder what it’s like to be a chemical engineering student at Rochester, and what career opportunities are available with this degree? Chemical engineering is a multidisciplinary field with challenging careers in industrial processing, pharmaceuticals, materials science, product development (from food to nano-materials) and manufacturing. In this course, students will be introduced to core engineering concepts through short daily lectures on such topics as alternative energy, reaction engineering, fluid dynamics, and transport processes. Demonstrations will augment these concepts along with enriching hands-on laboratory exercises. Given the current world focus on climate change and the ever-growing demand for energy, there will be a strong emphasis on green energy topics. This course is recommended for highly motivated rising juniors and seniors.

rachel monfredoInstructor: Rachel Monfredo

Rachel Monfredo teaches Introduction to Chemical Engineering.

 

 

 

 

 

wyatt tenhaeff

Instructor: Wyatt Tenhaeff

Professor Wyatt Tenhaeff received a BS from Oregon State University in 2004 and a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009, both in chemical engineering. Before coming to the University of Rochester, Dr. Tenhaeff spent three and a half years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory as a Weinberg Fellow and Staff Scientist. At ORNL, he worked on the development of electrolytes for solid state lithium batteries. His current research at the University of Rochester focuses on the development of novel electrochemical energy storage systems, but he has a strong interest in many green energy topics. This class will be co-taught by staff member Rachel Monfredo.

Dystopian literature portrays strange, negative possibilities of a world that could be. This course will explore segments of dystopian novels, including We, 1984, Brave New World, and V for Vendetta, and look at examples from films, such as V for Vendetta. How are governments structured in dystopian societies? How are religions treated? How is censorship enforced or depicted? What caused these societies to evolve in this manner? Beyond our discussion of fiction, we will look at parallels between these works and discuss any similarities in societies of past and present, including the Soviet Union, the United States, and others.

chris bierasinskiInstuctor: Christopher Bierasinksi

Christopher graduated from the University of Rochester in 2010 with a degree in Russian language and literature. He also studied at The Center for Russian Language at Saint Petersburg State University. At Rochester, Christopher studied literary theory, history, identity, language, and literature, including the works of Tolstoy, Chekov, Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Turgenev, Bulgakov, and more. After graduation, Christopher enrolled in an intensive language program at St. Petersburg State University, studying Russian Language and Culture. Christopher now works with students from Russia, Central Asia, and Eastern Europe for the office of Undergraduate Admissions.

This five-day intensive Wind Ensemble Workshop is for students currently in grades 8-12. In addition, college students who reside in the Rochester area and are music majors or minors may enroll in the class without cost to assist and perform with the students. (College students do not need to be there every day of the camp.) The class is offered to Level 5 and 6 NYSSMA soloists on all wind, brass, and percussion instruments. A concert on Friday evening will represent the culmination of the week’s exploration of some contemporary and traditional works for wind ensemble or symphonic band. Instrumentation may be limited in certain sections, so early enrollment is encouraged. Concert: Friday, August 1 at 7 pm in Kilbourn Hall. This class is held on the Eastman School of Music Campus.

bill tiberioInstructor: Bill Tiberio

Bill Tiberio has over 26 years of experience in the field of public music education, and has been at Fairport (NY) High School for 23 years. He completed his undergraduate work at Ithaca College, where he majored in music education and clarinet. His master’s degree is from SUNY Fredonia in music education. At Fairport, Bill conducts the top Concert Band, two jazz ensembles, jazz combos, pit orchestras, chamber ensembles, and teaches woodwinds throughout the district. He is the former president of the NY State Chapter of the International Association of Jazz Educators, is on the faculty for the Eastman Community Music School, and the founder and director of the Hochstein School of Music summer jazz camp. He is the founder and conductor of the Eastman Community Music School High School Chamber Winds, and will be directing a Music Educators Jazz Ensemble there this year. He is also teaching at the Ithaca College School of Music in the jazz department. Bill was appointed in 2004 to conduct the University of Rochester Wind Symphony, and has been the director of the UR Jazz Ensemble since 2008.

Bill is a frequent guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator for both jazz and concert honor groups and festivals throughout NY State. He is active in the Rochester music scene as a jazz saxophonist and woodwind player, and has had experience in all styles of jazz. Bill has performed with Fred Wesley, The Four Tops, the Temptations, Nestor Torres, Lou Gramm, Al Chez, Soul Stew, and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and has shared the stage with Chuck Loeb, the Yellowjackets, Eileen Ivers, Jesse Cook, Ken Navarro, the Rippingtons, Minde Abair, and Euge Groove. He is a founding member of the original contemporary soul group, The Bill Welch Band (www.BillWelchBand.com), and is the saxophonist in the Spiritus Christi Gospel Choir. His own band, the Bill Tiberio Band (www.billtiberioband.com), is active in the Rochester music scene and has performed twice at the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Bill’s groups have released six commercial CD recordings

In this Extended Essay Workshop, students will explore the criteria for the IB Extended Essay Assignment. Students will develop a focused research question that meets the requirements of IB, a collection of relevant, scholarly articles, and a working structured argument. The research and writing of the extended essay is approximately a 40-hour process; this workshop is the exploratory stage of that process.

joshua fosterInstructor: Joshua Foster

Joshua was born in Utica, NY, and graduated from Whitesboro High School. He is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College, and is certified in both biology and as an educational technology specialist. He was a three-sport varsity athlete, played for the St. John Fisher men’s soccer team, and competed in the Empire 8 conference. As a certified educational technology specialist, he has used very current programs in order to improve the education of students. One of these programs is Photoshop, which is used almost weekly in his classroom. Currently employed at Eastridge High School, he teaches Living Environment, Advanced Human Biology, and IB Biology. He also coaches the girls’ varsity soccer team at Eastridge as well as a girls’ team for the Irondequoit Soccer Club.

This workshop for beginning and intermediate level harpists (high school to adult) provides individual and ensemble instruction, music theory, and orchestral repertory classes for pedal and lever harpists. Students must bring their own harps. Highlights include concerts and other performance opportunities with Eastman School faculty and guest artists. Concert: Friday, August 1 at noon in Hatch Recital Hall.

nan gulloInstructor: Nan Gullo

Nan Gullo graduated from the Juilliard School of Music (where she studied with Marcel Grandjany), Penn State University (where she received a Med), and the Eastman School of Music (where she earned a DMA, studying harp with Eileen Malone and Kathleen Bride). She has been a winner of Concert Artists Guild with a New York City Town Hall debut. As a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony for six years, she toured the US, Europe, and the Middle East. She has toured the US as soloist with the Chicago Little Symphony and has given numerous solo and chamber music recitals.

While at Juilliard, she was the founding secretary of the American Harp Society and was the founder of the Central Pa. Chapter of the AHS. She has also served as president of the Rochester Chapter. Her collection of 18th- and 19th-century harp music is housed at the Eastman Sibley Music Library in Special Collections. The Historical Harp Society published her publications from this collection. She has written articles on teaching for “Music Journal.”

Gullo has taught at Penn State, Houghton College, and Roberts Wesleyan College. Currently she teaches studio harp at the Eastman Community Music School and directs two harp ensembles. She will direct the annual ECMS Harp Workshop in July. In 2007, she received the Jack L. Frank Award for excellence in teaching.

What do Albert Einstein, J.K. Rowling, and President Obama have in common? Teaching! Whether you are considering a career in education or in another field, you will end up teaching others at some point in life. This course is designed both for students considering careers in K-12 or higher education and those seeking practical teaching skills for informal use in the humanities or sciences. Through a variety of hands-on activities, we will explore how people learn, what motivates their learning, and ways to design and deliver engaging, inspirational lessons. The course culminates in a hands-on teaching experience with children in a low-stakes, judgment-free environment.

Instructor: Joe Hanson

Joe Hanson holds a BA in music education from Towson University, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his MA in music education from the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music. Joe teaches Elements of Music at Rochester and also serves as the manager of music performance programs on the River Campus. He began as a percussionist but then switched to trombone performance and music history while he was an undergraduate. Josef’s MA thesis discusses the “development of a contextual Internet-based teaching application for beginning instrumental music instruction.”

Every day, there are articles in the news about emerging diseases, potential pandemics, or isolated but dangerous outbreaks. How will these events affect us? How will they affect the world? This course will give a basic overview of infectious diseases from the point of view of the pathogen as well as a look at how the body responds. We will then take that knowledge and try to answer these questions within the context of current topics in infectious diseases, immunity, treatments, and vaccines. This class may be most appropriate for those who have taken biology in high school.

Emma ReillyInstructor: Emma Reilly

Emma is a research scientist who has been fascinated by infectious diseases since childhood. She started her hands-on training in biotechnology at RIT and recently completed a PhD from Brown University, studying immune responses to viral infection. Currently, as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rochester, she is investigating how environmental factors can alter immunity. She enjoys mentoring and teaching students and has a strong interest in increasing scientific literacy through this process.

This class will offer a hands-on introduction to 3D modeling computer graphics and animation, teaching students to construct still images, animations, and 3D printed objects. The coursework follows a sequence of exercises that introduces basic modeling, composition, animation, and 3D printing techniques through demonstration, experimentation, and analysis. Through a series of projects, students will have the opportunity to develop technical graphics skills while enhancing their conceptual understanding of virtual 3D space. Evaluation will primarily be based on the quantity and quality of studio production as well as the effort to thoughtfully contribute to critiques and discussions.

Instructor: Ted Pawlicki

In this course, students will learn how to use either iMovie or Movie Maker to create personalized movies. These movies can be tied into a digital portfolio to promote the student in a positive and creative light for academic work, college admission, and/or professional advancement.

joshua fosterInstructor: Joshua Foster

Joshua was born in Utica, NY, and graduated from Whitesboro High School. He is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and Nazareth College, and is certified in both biology and as an educational technology specialist. He was a three-sport varsity athlete, played for the St. John Fisher men’s soccer team, and competed in the Empire 8 conference. As a certified educational technology specialist, he has used very current programs in order to improve the education of students. One of these programs is Photoshop, which is used almost weekly in his classroom. Currently employed at Eastridge High School, he teaches Living Environment, Advanced Human Biology, and IB Biology. He also coaches the girls’ varsity soccer team at Eastridge as well as a girls’ team for the Irondequoit Soccer Club.

Through stimulating lectures, interactive labs, and informative field trips, this class introduces the many disciplines of engineering, and what to expect during academic training at a university level. Students will be provided with an overview of the necessary tools for analysis and problem solving, and will be encouraged to use their creativity, energy, and interpersonal skills while participating in several in-class design projects. Additionally, students will learn the importance of mathematics, science, and technology in everyday engineering situations. By the end of the course, they will have a better-defined idea of engineering, its requirements, and their options for a future within this field.

alexander shestopalovInstructor: Alexander Shestopalov

Alex is an assistant professor of chemical engineering at the University of Rochester. He is pursuing research that focuses on the development of new unconventional fabrication and patterning techniques and the use of these techniques in preparation of functional micro- and nanostructured devices. At Rochester, he teaches a junior level class about chemical engineering thermodynamics and a graduate level class about biointerfaces.

Have you ever looked at a planet in the night sky and wondered what it might be like to live on it? What would it feel like? Are there mountains, lakes, or riverbeds? Are there places that life could potentially exist? All these questions have answers that will lead to even more questions. This class will take you on a journey through the solar system while covering basic physical and geological principals. Students will leave this class with an understanding of how the Earth and planets form, what each planet is like in terms of composition and surface conditions, and if life has the potential to exist in the solar system.

david principeInstructor: David Principe

David Principe is a PhD student in the Astrophysical Sciences and Technology program at RIT. He is currently studying star formation with an emphasis on the interaction between protostars and their circumstellar disks (i.e., the material from which planets can form). He has a personal interest in solar system physics and the history of astronomy. He actively attends conferences to present his research and participates in community events.

This intensive workshop is designed for motivated high school rock musicians (grades 9-12) and focuses on rock music of the 1955-1990 period, with emphasis on the classic music of artists including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Yes, and many others. Students will participate in rock combos, building performance and aural skills, as well as in rock-specific music theory, history, and improvisation sessions. This workshop is especially well-suited to students who plan to pursue advanced study in music as well as those aspiring to a career in popular music. Open to guitarists, bassists, drummers, keyboardists, and vocalists at intermediate level or above.

jonathan covachInstructor: Jonathan Covach

John is the chair of the College Music Department at Eastman, a music theory professor at Eastman, and a music professor at the University of Rochester. He received his BM, MM, and PhD degrees from the University of Michigan. John has published dozens of articles on topics dealing with popular music, twelve-tone music, and the philosophy and aesthetics of music. He co-edited Understanding Rock (Oxford, 1997), American Rock and the Classical Tradition (Harwood, 2000), and Traditions, Institutions, and American Popular Music (Harwood, 2000). He also has a textbook, What’s That Sound? An Introduction to Rock Music (W. W. Norton & Co., 2006).

What’s it like to be a physician? What does it take to become a doctor? Meet with practicing physicians, medical students, and other experts. Explore hands – on medical procedures, examine equipment, and discuss medical ethics and the role of the physician. Learn what it takes, academically, to prepare for medical school, and how to decide if medicine is the right path for you. Examine the current pros and cons of being a doctor. Please note, a $25 lab fee applies.

Instructors: University of Rochester Medical Center Faculty

Shakespeare is not sacred. His work is meant to be seen, tasted, spoken, and tossed about. In this course, we will look at Shakespeare in performance. Initially, that will mean looking at scenes from a number of different takes on Shakespeare’s plays, including direct adaptations such as Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V, as well as looser adaptations, such as Ran, She’s the Man, and 10 Things I Hate About You. The goal of the class is to stop thinking about “Shakespeare’s” characters. We will discuss DiCaprio’s Romeo, McKellen’s Richard III, and Ethan Hawke’s Hamlet. Each performer does something new and unique with every role. By the end of the course, students will be claiming their own Shakespearean characters, and delivering their version of one of that character’s speeches.

scott o'neilInstructor: Scott O’Neil

Scott O’Neil is a PhD student at the University of Rochester focusing on Shakespearean drama. He previously earned an MA in English from St. Bonaventure University and a BS in English education from Towson University. Before graduate school, he spent three years as a sports writer in Maryland and four years as a high school English teacher. He also serves as a facilitator for the Folger Shakespeare Library, occasionally running workshops on teaching through performance.

What is it like to be a dentist, or a dental specialist such as an orthodontist, pediatric dentist, prosthodontist, periodontist, or oral surgeon? This course will explore hands-on dental procedures, examine the latest equipment, and take a close look at the skills and educational requirements necessary to become an oral health professional. Students will learn firsthand how to conduct an oral examination and to make diagnostic plaster models of teeth for use in treatment planning. Students will meet with dentists who are pursuing careers as faculty in educational programs and with researchers working in the basic sciences or translational arenas. Dental specialists working in diverse and emerging areas of treatment, including dental implants and cosmetic dentistry, will interact with the students. There will be site visits taken to the ambulatory care dental unit and the Center for Oral Biology at the University’s Medical Center. The course will focus on the changing field of oral health and the high demands for dentists to meet the oral health care needs of local, national, and international patient populations.

Instructor: Clare Shaffer

Clare Shaffer holds a BSEd from SUNY Cortland and an MSEd from SUNY Brockport. She also has her New York State Health Education Teaching Certificate and New York State Dental Hygiene Teacher’s Certificate. Clare currently serves as the director of the Infection Control Program at the University of Rochester Eastman Dental Center. She was awarded the 2002 Excellence Award from the University of Rochester Medical Center Board.

This course will give students an overview of the physiology of the heart and will cover the molecular and cellular events that lead to heart failure. The course will specifically focus on one key cell type that is involved in cardiac plaque formation, the platelet. We will investigate how the moleclular properities of platelets are involved in driving cardiac plaque formation.

clare chapmanInstructor: Lesley Chapman

Lesley is a fourth year PhD student in the URMC Translational Biomedical Sciences (TBS) Program. Before moving to Rochester, she completed her degree in biology at Duke University. Their lab is housed in the URMC Cardiovascular Research Institute, where she studies the role of microRNAs in malaria progression, and she has also studied the functionality of platelets in transplant rejection. Melissa Martin graduated with her BS in biology in 2009, after which she came to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry to pursue her PhD in pharmacology. Her current research seeks to identify novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of pathologic cardiac remodeling and heart failure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

melissa martin

Instructor: Melissa Martin

Melissa Martin graduated with her BS in biology in 2009, after which she came to the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry to pursue her PhD in pharmacology. Her current research seeks to identify novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of pathologic cardiac remodeling and heart failure.

In this course, students will explore the world of electronics and microcontrollers using the popular Arduino platform to design and build interactive objects and environments. The course teaches the basics of electronics and programming using a hands-on, “learn by doing” approach. More experienced students can work on more complex projects independently. Each student will receive an Arduino Starter Kit that they can keep after the course.

Instructor: George Ferguson

In this course we will discuss famous moral dilemmas from contemporary life, politics, philosophy, and movies, and try to solve them. Should President Truman have authorized dropping the bomb on Japan? Should you push an innocent person in front of a train if it would save other lives? Should the passengers on the ferry in the film The Dark Knight have pressed the button, destroying a ship of convicts to save themselves from the Joker? Students will discuss and debate questions like these on teams in a Bowl-style format, make short group presentations, and play card games that illustrate answers to tough questions about justice.

matthew baddorfInstructor: Matthew Baddorf

Matthew is a PhD student in the philosophy department at the University of Rochester, where he plans to write his dissertation about moral knowledge and how we can acquire it. He graduated with a BA in philosophy from Covenant College, and when not worrying about moral dilemmas, he plays games (board and computer) and reads.

In the aftermath of World War II, the international world of art began its gradual shift toward Postmodernism. The idea of “artistic genius” crumbled, as did conventional ideas of “high” and “low” art. From minimalism and conceptual art to performance art and multimedia works, the possibilities have been endless. In this course, we will explore a wide range of postmodern works, and attempt to create some of our own through hands-on exercises, taking inspiration from Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Tree Dance,” Shelley Jackson’s “Skin Project,” and many others. Students will come to understand postmodernism’s many currents of influence and departure, and achieve the type of visual literacy needed to discuss works of art from any period.

???????????????????????????????Instructor: Kelly Long

Kelly is a third-year PhD student in the University of Rochester’s Visual and Cultural Studies Program. Her specialties include modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on installation and performance works, and art produces in the aftermath of the subprime housing crisis.

Numerous groundbreaking inventions are inspired by the close observation of biological systems. We explore an example in bioengineering: the cochlea, our hearing organ. The cochlea is a biological microphone. It encodes acoustic vibrations into neural (electrical) signals. This class will teach the basic concepts of the acoustics, vibrations, the inner ear mechanics and physiology, and the working theory of the microphones. By learning the working principles of the cochlea and the microphone, students will understand the similarity and the difference between the cochlea and the microphone. The course will be comprised of lectures, hands-on experiments, and field trips to bioengineering laboratories. Students will assemble their own microphones and test their performances.

jong-hoon namInstructors: Jong-Hoon Nam & Talat Jabeen

Jong-Hoon is an assistant professor in the mechanical and biomedical engineering departments at the University of Rochester. He has been studying the mechano-sensation in the inner ear. Currently, he teaches computational methods for graduate students and Engineering Mechanics II for undergraduates.

Popular culture is becoming increasingly central to global social life. Through music, art, fashion, film, and the World Wide Web, popular culture shapes how we think about and view each other, the world around us, and ourselves. In this class, we will examine how popular culture affects our lives as well as what popular media and culture tell us about who we are, individually and collectively. This course looks at how identity is visualized across six media categories: music, film, graphic novels and comics, fashion, literature, and contemporary visual art. Students will learn how to analyze different forms of popular culture from a visual perspective, ‘reading’ film scenes, song lyrics, music videos, fashion designs, advertisements, and other forms of popular culture much like a text. Activities include discussion, peer-group work, and art projects.

tiffany barberInstructor: Tiffany Barber

Tiffany is currently a second-year PhD student in visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester, where her research interests focus on race, gender, and performance.

Jump into the world of CSI as you study how to investigate a crime scene and process evidence from a homicide. During the investigation, you will study fingerprints, hairs, fibers, powders, and fur in order to determine the perpetrator of this ultimate whodunit. Throughout this intense week, you will familiarize yourself with the scientific method, microscopes, teamwork, and lab safety. You will work diligently to find your group’s killer by the end of the week. An interest in science and forensics is recommended.

dennis muceskiInstructor: Dennis Mucenski

Dennis was destined to become a forensics teacher from the first time he watched Law and Order and then CSI. He developed a forensics class at Pittsford Mendon High School and then started coteaching a forensics course for teachers at College of the Atlantic. He is a published author, does webinars for Ward’s Natural Science, and a three-day conference on how to incorporate forensics into school curricula each July. Dennis also teaches an undergrad and graduate course on the science of crime scene investigation at St. John Fisher College.

 

Study Abroad Immersion Program

July 4–20

This is not a typical high school summer program to Africa! This two-and-a-half-week study abroad/experiential learning program offers high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors the unique and transformative opportunity to explore, research, and experience life in the southern African country of Malawi. The seminar challenges classic views of development, helps students build critical thinking skills, and provides a rare opportunity for students to complete university-level field research on a topic of their interest. With its combination of adventure and academics, the seminar prepares students for college while also working to bring sustainable and locally driven change to Malawi.

joe lanningInstructor: Joe Lanning

As a University of Rochester undergraduate, Joseph Lanning studied abroad in Kenya, Africa, for a semester in 1998. Upon his return to the States, he founded the World Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that benefits schoolgirls in Kenya orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Following his graduation in 2000, he spent two years serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Africa. Joe’s combined experiences in Kenya and Malawi inspired him to create the Malawi Immersion Summer Seminar, through which he has been bringing undergraduate students to Malawi since 2003. In 2007, he completed his master’s degree in global history, and he is currently pursuing his PhD in ecological and environmental anthropology at the University of Georgia. Joe has also been an instructor for an ethnographic research methods course at Rochester. The 2013 program will mark his first Samoan Pre-College seminar, his third Malawi Pre-College seminar, and his twelfth undergraduate seminar. In his free time, Joe coaches high school baseball and does documentary photography.

July 26Aug 9

This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for students to move beyond the postcards and beach resorts and to immerse themselves in Polynesian culture. This two-week study abroad/experiential learning program offers high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors the unique and transformative opportunity to explore, research, and experience life on the island of Samoa. The program will provide the necessary training for meaningful, productive learning and service work abroad. The seminar will focus on the concepts of well-being and development and will explore the many methods used to measure different aspects of well-being and development in a small Samoan village.

joe lanningInstructor: Joe Lanning

As a University of Rochester undergraduate, Joseph Lanning studied abroad in Kenya, Africa, for a semester in 1998. Upon his return to the States, he founded the World Education Fund, a nonprofit organization that benefits schoolgirls in Kenya orphaned by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Following his graduation in 2000, he spent two years serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in southern Africa. Joe’s combined experiences in Kenya and Malawi inspired him to create the Malawi Immersion Summer Seminar, through which he has been bringing undergraduate students to Malawi since 2003. In 2007, he completed his master’s degree in global history, and he is currently pursuing his PhD in ecological and environmental anthropology at the University of Georgia. Joe has also been an instructor for an ethnographic research methods course at Rochester. The 2013 program will mark his first Samoan Pre-College seminar, his third Malawi Pre-College seminar, and his twelfth undergraduate seminar. In his free time, Joe coaches high school baseball and does documentary photography.

 

 

 

 

brent vickers

Instructor: Brent Vickers

Brent Vickers is a biologist and environmental anthropologist with more than ten years of experience working on South Pacific islands. Brent first came to the South Pacific for a biological field-research program in French Polynesia while he was an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Since then, Brent has worked on several environmental projects on islands including Hawaii, Guam, and the Northern Marianas Islands. Brent is now a PhD candidate at the University of Georgia’s Department of Ecological and Environmental Anthropology and he has spent the last four years researching economic development and climate change in Samoa. Brent is also an avid rugby player and coach and is always willing to help students learn about his and many Samoans’ favorite sport.


2014 Course Listing and Descriptions:

2014 Program Course Descriptions
TOC Fall 2014 Introductory Courses