Loyola University Maryland

First-Year Programs

Visionary Course Pairing

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Computers, Robots, and Minds (CS118.01V)

This hands-on discovery course for students of all backgrounds will investigate how robotics will shape our future. Building on a foundational understanding of computer applications, this course guides students through a series of exploratory labs with computer software and robotic hardware. Students will gain a personal vision of how intelligent robots will shape future careers and everyday life. The course will consider visionaries in science and science fiction to understand how technologies arise from the human spirit.

Professor Biography

Dawn Lawrie is an associate professor in the department of computer science and an adjunct researcher at Johns Hopkins University. She holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts and was recognized at the Loyola University’s Twelfth Annual Dean’s Symposium for outstanding achievement in research, teaching, and service. Her areas of expertise include information retrieval, natural language processing, and software engineering. Her current research focuses on the natural language found in software.

Introduction to Communication: How does Technology Change Society (CM203.03V)

How do writers translate the world they see into words? How does reading literature show us different worlds —or perhaps, help us see our own world anew? In this course, we will read poems, short stories, and graphic narratives that envision the world in a variety of ways, highlighting writers whose experiments with language have transformed the very nature of literature itself.

Faculty Biography

Jonathan Lillie, PhD, is an associate professor of digital media and online journalism at Loyola. He was a Park Doctoral Fellow in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research interests include online journalism, the cultural uses of Internet technologies, and the history of 'new' media.

Mentor Biography

Dave Gerrity is a Loyola graduate, a former student-athlete and coach of the women’s soccer program, a member of the Sellinger School of Business Marketing faculty, an administrator and a current parent of a Loyola student. Gerrity has been the Associate Athletic Director of Athletics since 2007 after spending the previous eight as Assistant Athletic Director. He joined Loyola as the athletic business manager in 1989 and has been both a coach and administrator at Evergreen. Currently, Gerrity works with the men's soccer, lacrosse and golf programs as well as men's and women's tennis and swimming and diving. He manages the athletic department's human resources program and works closely with student development to integrate student-athletes into the university's student development programming.