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.
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.
Literature and Vision (EN101.02V)
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.
Jean Lee Cole is an associate professor in the department of English. She received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas-Austin; her research and teaching focuses on nineteenth- and early-twentieth–century American literature and American magazines. She is the co-editor of The Collected Plays of Zora Neale Hurston (2008) and the editor of Freedom’s Witness: The Civil War Writings of Henry McNeal Turner (2013). Her current research examines the effect of visual technologies on literary style at the end of the nineteenth century.
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.