StudioLab Courses

STC/ENV 349: Writing about Science (STN)

Faculty: Michael D. Lemonick

This course will teach all majors how to write about research in STEM fields with clarity and a bit of flair. Goal will be to learn to convey technical topics to non-experts in a compelling, enjoyable way while staying true to the underlying facts, context and concepts. We'll do this through readings, class discussion, encounters with professional writers and journalists of all sorts, across several different media. Most important of all, students will practice what they learn in frequent writing assignments that will be critiqued extensively by an experienced science journalist.

STC/EGR/MUS 209: Transformations in Engineering and the Arts (STL/LA)

Faculty: Sigrid M. Adriaenssens , Aatish Bhatia , Maria E. Garlock , Naomi E. Leonard , and Jeffrey O. Snyder

This course explores the parallels and intersections of design/composition in engineering and the arts, emphasizing a merging of artistry and systematic thinking. Students will use what they learn to create as engineer-artists and artist-engineers. The course is organized around four modules: A) Visuals, B) Sound, C) Structure and 4) Movement, led by faculty from COS, MUS, CEE, MAE with faculty from the Lewis Center for the Arts. 'Transformations' unifies the modules by engaging the different disciplines and allowing the course to serve as an introductory experience for students with diverse academic backgrounds.

STC/EGR/MUS 309: Independent Design in Engineering and the Arts

Faculty: Sigrid M. Adriaenssens , Aatish Bhatia , Maria E. Garlock , Naomi E. Leonard , and Jeffrey O. Snyder

This course provides an opportunity for students who completed STC 209 to continue, or innovate new, design projects. New projects may be selected from suggestions by faculty members or proposed by the student. A written report and an oral presentation/demonstration/workshop that engages visitors in the completed design project will be required. Students must register for at least one of the class meetings (Monday or Wednesday 1:30pm-4:30pm) and can expect to generally spend 5-8 hours per week on the project. Students will have the opportunity to interact with and mentor the new cohort of students in STC 209.

GEO/ ENV/ WRI/ STC 299: Studio Lab: El Niño, Global Climate Changes and Earth's Habitability

Faculty: Samuel G. Philander and Sajan Saini

Astronomers estimate that our galaxy has billions of planets, but the only one known to be habitable is planet Earth. Students working in small teams at Princeton's StudioLab will build models that explain how the evolution of a glorious diversity of flora and fauna depended on the recycling of water, oxygen, and carbon between the atmosphere, oceans, "solid" earth, and the biosphere, to the rhythm of climate fluctuations that include El Niño, La Niña and the seasonal cycle, that are now changing. Each team will document its research by producing a short science film that explains why our exceptional planet needs responsible stewardship.

FRS 156 Transformative Questions in Biology (STN)

Faculty: Angela Creager and Michael Levine

This course seeks to teach core principles of the life sciences through a set of key historical questions that biologists have sought to answer. Each week, we will focus on a different major idea as an answer to longstanding problems in understanding life. Readings will focus on the primary publications that answered these questions. We will discuss both the basic biology at stake and what enabled each scientist to see something new. In addition to our seminar discussions, we will have several hands-on sessions to allow students to examine the materials used or see the kinds of results obtained in the historic experiments. By situating key findings in their historical setting, we aim to depict science as an inquiry-based, concrete, and ongoing activity, rather than as codified and unchanging. Topics include cell theory, evolution, experimental embryology, genetics, recombinant DNA, and molecular development. (Tuesday, Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.)

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