Loyola University Maryland


Stories We Tell Course Pairing

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The Worlds as it Was, Is and Could Be:  Chemistry and Society (CH110T)

How is chemistry useful to explain the world we live in?  How has chemistry’s discovery and development over time shaped human society?  And what might we expect for the future?  This core course for nonscience majors uses stories from the history of chemistry—past, present and the potential future—to show how science influences the world around us.  Students will gain insights into the workings of science and how to better discern the truth/uncertainty in current issues influenced by science and technology.  

Faculty Biography

Dr. Brian Barr is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry.  He holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University and has been at Loyola since 1997.  In addition to the Messina program, he teaches undergraduate courses in biochemistry for Loyola science majors. Dr. Barr’s research interests involve the development of renewable biofuels/bioenergy from cellulose and algae.  Dr. Barr has been an advisor of first year students for many years and enjoys learning about the history of science.

Introduction to Journalism (CM205T)

Understanding how journalists tell stories for their audiences is important to both those wanting to be in the profession but also those who consume these stories. This course provides a brief history of journalism with a focus on ways different types of these stories are told (hard, feature, investigative, travel, sports, entertainment, etc.). It also investigates the role changing technology and attitudes about the media and journalists play in creating and understanding some basic media challenges and issues journalists face when dealing with the industry and society today. Students will find new ways to engage with the material on different levels as they develop their own personas, beliefs, and ideas about the field itself, and how it fits into their first year experiences at Loyola and with Messina.

Faculty Biography

Dr. Sara Magee is an Assistant Professor of Communications who teaches journalism, broadcast (television and radio), and media ethics classes. Her research involves the (thin) line between news and entertainment and investigations into how news is consumed and created as well as the role popular culture plays in the news and journalism field today. She is a former Emmy winning television news producer, reporter and anchor who has also worked for National Public Radio.

Mentor Biography

Andrea Hoffman is the Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Support Services, responsible for advising, mentoring, and supporting student-athletes at Loyola.  Originally from Missouri, she received her B.S. in Finance at the University of Missouri, and her M.Ed. in Sport Administration at Xavier University, and has worked in universities in Missouri, Michigan, and Washington, DC.  In her spare time she finds herself reading, going to see indie films, and traveling (she’s been to over 40 states in the U.S.)!
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