I envision a dynamic learning community of students and faculty that analyze information critically for the betterment of the student population, Roger Williams University and society, I encourage my students to pursuit the unknown and support their claims with evidence. The scientific method properly learned, promotes rational thinking where an educated graduate is a better citizen when voting, running for office or thinking about sensitive issues that include stem-cell research, DNA manipulation, gender orientation, international or religious conflicts. I encourage venues that promote diversity and equality for all, through the advancement of humanistic values. I believe that a Roger Williams graduate ought to be a lifetime seeker of knowledge and a citizen engaged in improving peoples' quality of life around the world.
BIO340 Biotechnology and BIO340 Lab
The manipulation/analysis of molecular material from microbes to eukaryotic organisms generate the revolutionary field of biotechnology. Students explore how molecular and engineering principles integrate to generate biotechnological applications; analyze new scientific discoveries to design experiments for potential biotechnological uses; evaluate the implications and applications of biotechnology, including ethical considerations. It is an overview of biotechnology in forensics, human health, marine sciences/aquaculture, & crop/food improvement. Students are trained in commonly used biotech techniques.
BIO230 Microbiology and BIO230L
BIO230 has an interdisciplinary approach that helps students understand the impact that microorganisms have in daily life. Group exercises, a research paper and a class presentation are combined to ensure that students grasp the co-evolutionary processes that have shaped and continue to influence the interaction between parasites, symbionts and hosts. The course will contrast the classic “evolutionary arms race” with a modern ecological view to discuss novel alternatives in the management of infectious diseases.
BIO231 Bioethics: Life, Health and the Environment
The ethical, legal, and social implications of discoveries in biological research, environmental issues and technological applications generate discussions between scientists, politicians, lawyers, clergy and citizens throughout the world. Bioethics is a comprehensive interdisciplinary course about biomedical and environmental legal and ethical practice. Students will discuss the conflicts that arise in society that biologists/biotechnologists face when working in biotechnology, human and animal health, environmental health and ethical research practices in basic/applied science. Through critical thinking and “real case” scenarios students will be able to reach an appropriate course of action.
CORE441 Disease and Society COVID-19 Fall 2020
Throughout history disease epidemics have impacted human societies. In this course students explore human pandemics - using COVID-19 - as the current example; how it has impacted our life and livelihoods. Students will compare the scientific, cultural, social, economic differences between the developed and developing world and analyze how COVID-19 has influenced art, literature, music around the world. By comparing COVID-19 to past pandemics, students will evaluate how societies try to regain control and bring order to the confusion that disease causes in human populations.