Loyola University Maryland

Messina

Stories We Tell Course Pairing

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Understanding Literature: The Story of Science (EN101)

English 101 will introduce you to the serious study of poetry, drama, and fiction. As you read, write about, and talk about literature, you should attain an enriched awareness of the power and beauty of our language, and of its potential as an expressive and persuasive tool. By the end of the semester you should be able to read literature critically and analytically, understand the terminology used to discuss literature in an academic setting, and formulate clear and persuasive critical arguments in prose.  Our particular section deals with the intersection between science and literature, and explores the ways that scientific discovery and exploration affects the literary arts, and vice versa.

Faculty Biography

Erin Wilson is an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the English Department.  She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, and specializes in 19th-century British fiction, American film history, genre studies, and literature and science.  She lives in Baltimore with her husband, their animals, and a few dozen houseplants.  She's also an avid foodie and knows everything there is to know about the best restaurants in Baltimore. 

The World as it Was, Is and Could Be: Chemistry and Society (CH110)

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.

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 45 states in the U.S.)!
 
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