Fall 2016 History and Philosophy of Science courses

HPSC-X 111 Ethical Issues in Biological and Medical Sciences (3) Evan Arnet Class # 4268 Regular Academic Session MW 11:15a-12:30p AC C112

Investigation of ethical issues that arise in the biological and medical sciences, the impact of these issues on the behavior of scientists during the conduct of scientific research, and on the role of science in discussions about ethics and public policy. The course will focus on specific cases and debates arising from and within biology and medicine, and in related fields such as ecology or clinical psychology. The course will provide an introduction to critical reasoning in ethics and an overview of major ethical theories. No prior background is required.


HPSC-X138 Science & Religion(3) Ali Mirza Class #28224 Regular Academic Session TR 09:30a-10:45p WH008

The aim of this course is to look at the relation between science and religion (mainly Christianity) from both a historical and a philosophical perspective. It intends to show that the relation between science and religion is extremely complex and impossible to understand with the use of simplistic conceptualizations like ?conservative religion vs. progressive science.? We will examine the relation between natural knowledge and theology during the Middle Ages and see that the latter were not the ?dark? period once thought to be. We will look at the revolutionary developments in both science and religion during the course of the 16th and 17th centuries and examine closely the events that led to Galileo?s trial. Further, we will consider the emergence of Darwin?s theory of evolution and the religious responses to it as well as the complex relation between Evolution, Creationism, and Religion in modern day America.

L474 Field Ecology – summer 6W1

L474 Field Ecology
Summer Session 1, 2016
Field Lab, IU Research and Teaching Preserve
Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30 – 2:00

Instructor: UTA or AI
Tara Darcy-Hall
Morrison Hall 203

New this year: We will be meeting at a site off of main campus at the Field Lab of the IUTRP. On the first day of class, however, we will initially meet in Jordan Hall 122. On subsequent class dates, a ride to the field lab will be available at 8:15 am at Jordan Hall.

Course Description:
Ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their biotic and abiotic environments. Ecologists examine these interactions at levels of organization ranging from individuals and populations to communities and ecosystems. L474 provides an introduction to five components of doing ecology: generating testable hypotheses, collecting observational data, designing experiments, analyzing data, and communicating results through scientific writing. By the end of the semester, you will have gained a basic repertoire of skills necessary to conduct independent research in this field. The research and communication skills you will learn in this course are also useful in all other areas of the sciences. A secondary goal of this course is to expose you to a wide array of natural environments in our region of Indiana. Our lab projects will be done at several different sites around the area and will expose you to a broad range of natural habitats including forests, fields, streams, lakes, and caves. This natural history knowledge will be useful for related academic pursuits as well as personal knowledge and a better understanding of the ecology and natural history of the area where you live.
Course Requirements

Volunteers needed for June 22 Girls Inc. event in Jordan Hall

Girls Inc. is a local, non-profit organization in Bloomington that helps girls in the community be “strong, smart, and bold.” This summer, Girls Inc. is hosting STEM Week! in conjunction with other IU science departments like physics, chemistry, and computer science. Biology day will be held on Wednesday, June 22, from 10am-4pm. Approximately 12-15 girls ranging from ages 10-16 come to Jordan Hall for a fun day of activities.

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Part-time 2-3 week job this summer

WANTED: 2 or 3 undergraduate students to work for 2-3 weeks during the summer testing and evaluating future laboratories for CHEM-C 127.  Pay is $10 per hour/max 40 hours per week.  Outgoing, personable individuals desired.  Chemistry major not required, enthusiasm is.

Contact Lane Baker (lanbaker@indiana.edu) for more information, or stop by the Chemistry undergraduate office for more information.


Lane Baker

James F. Jackson Associate Professor

Department of Chemistry

Indiana University

Bloomington, IN 47405