Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Aceros, Juan GoBabyGo UNF Community Project

(904) 620-1684

juan.aceros@unf.edu

50/3116

Summer B 2015- Summer A, 2016

Engineering students will participate in the creation of a UNF GoBabyGo program. This program will expose students to a very unique interdisciplinary and transformational community based experience. They will engage in hands-on experiential learning activities applying engineering knowledge from course content to the creation of real life devices that meet an immediate social need in the community. Students will also engage in interdisciplinary learning activities as they connect and interact with DPT students through the process of device development, and will acquire leadership skills as team leaders in a Special Topics Course.

Student Criteria:

This TLO is open to engineering and physical therapy students. 

Students will be interviewed. 

Categories:

Field Experience
Service Learning
Undergraduate Research

Arikawa, Andrea Exploring Nutrition through Cuisine, Sustainability and Culture of Brazil

620-1433
39/3027
n00966457@unf.edu

 

May 2-16, 2016

This course will examine the sociocultural and historical aspects of food practices in two regions of Brazil: Southeast region (São Paulo and Rio) and Central region (Minas Gerais), focusing on aspects of food production (agriculture, dairy farming, organic farming and most prominent crops) and access to food (food security). 
The course will start in the city of São Paulo, which is amongst the largest cities in the world with a population of over 20 million. Here, students will be exposed to different ethnic and cultural influences on food practices of the region as well as issues related with sustainable agriculture. Students will also network with local university faculty and undergraduate students to learn about their perspectives on nutrition related issues. Next, the group will travel to the central region of Brazil where they will learn about the activities of the slow food movement in that region, as well as visit local producers of cheese and take a cooking class. In this region, students will also have the opportunity to network with nutrition faculty and students at local universities. The final segment of this course will take place in Rio de Janeiro. This segment will expose students to breathtaking landscapes that depict not only the beauty of the mountains and the sea but also the poverty and food insecurity that affects 25% of the population in Rio. 

Student Criteria:

students registered in HSC 3578 Food, Health and Society

Categories:

International

Bennett, Erin Beaujolais Chamber Music Workshop (3rd Annual)
620-3854
45/2409
e.bennett@unf.edu
May 2 - 16, 2016 (Intercession)

Over the course of two weeks in Le Bois d’Oingt, students in the Beaujolais Workshop will be engaged in two primary activities. The first component is a 5-day music course for French children, ages 8-12, that is taught entirely by UNF students. Students in the Beaujolais Workshop plan the curriculum and develop teaching strategies in preparation for an intensive teaching experience. The music course consists of small group classes (approx. 5-6 students) in which each child learns to play an instrument, sings in a chorus, and is instructed in fundamental music skills. At the end of the course, the UNF student-teachers lead a concert featuring their French students at the town church. 30 children participated in the first Beaujolais course.


The second component of the Beaujolais Workshop is an intensive music workshop in which students practice and rehearse classical chamber music in ensembles of 3-8 performers. During the workshop they  undergo daily coaching sessions with faculty from UNF and Shorter College (Rome, GA). The rehearsal period culminates in a public performance at the Church of Le Bois d’Oingt.

Student Criteria:

Students enrolled in Mixed Chamber Music: MUN 3463

Categories:

Field Experience
International

Biernacki, Krzysztof UNF Opera Study Abroad in Europe

620-3852

45/2308

kbiernac@unf.edu

July 1-28, 2015 (Summer B)

This is a four week long summer opera program offering UNF students the opportunity to gain first class European experience by performing complete operatic works in professional opera theaters with accompaniment of professional symphony orchestra under the instruction of outstanding international faculty. The program also offers one on one voice lessons, master classes, individual language coaching, orchestral concerts plus cultural attractions and sight-seeing excursions.

Student Criteria:

UNF Music Students

Categories:

Field Experience
International

Christie. Catherine Mediterranean Diet, Culture and Society in Tuscany and Umbria, Italy

620-1202

39/3051

c.christie@unf.edu

June 5-20, 2016 (Summer A)

This TLO is designed to meet the goals of community based learning and global awareness experiences. It includes a 16 day immersion into Umbrian and Tuscan life at a villa and associated school originally designed for business and art students. It is now a family home in the Villa and a dorm for students and faculty with modern classrooms and equipment. Fifteen students (10 undergrad and 5 grad) from UNF went for 17 days in 2013 and 22 students (17 undergrad and 5 grad) went for 16 days in 2014 and were immersed in the culture through registration in the courses DIE 4931: Special Topics in Nutrition & Dietetics: Study Abroad of Italian Food, Culture and Society and HUN 6123 Sociocultural Influences on Nutrition. This proposal combines undergraduate students and graduate students in health majors to study the culture and foodways of a country that epitomizes the Mediterranean Diet. Students will be engaged in Italian culture living at the Villa and will see and experience many aspects of food production (olive oil factory in Lake Trasimeno, artisanal chocolate factory in Perugia, cheese and meat production in Norcia, markets in Umbrian towns,  and the Torgiano wine museum).

Student Criteria:

First preference given to undergraduates from BCOH, but students from other colleges are welcome to participate providing there is space available. Graduates students may participate, but must apply for TLO funds through the graduate school.

Categories:

International

Gabbard, Dwight Embodying Texts, with TLO
cgabbard@unf.edu
Spring 2016

ENG 3613 (a Cultural Diversity course) focuses on the nature, meaning, and consequences of what it is to be defined as disabled and explore the cultural dynamics of disability.ourse readings include Mark Medoff's CHIILDREN OF A LESSER GOD and Bernard Pomerance’s THE ELEPHANT MAN. Reading though does not fully open students’ minds to the disability experience. They also require one-on-on interaction with people with disabilities, but they need this contact in a setting that is not demeaning to the disabled people involved. 

 

n addition to attending the 75-minute class sessions twice a week, students will volunteer two hours a day, one day a week, over a ten-week period at one of two sites: Mt. Herman and its sister institution, Alden Road. Mt. Herman, primarily K-12, is located near Shands Hospital.


This TLO's point is to move them beyond pity,fear, and charity to seeing the larger social, cultural, and political picture. By the end, students come to understand that the children are not medical conditions but people, grasp the concept of stigmatization, and observe how fragmented and insufficient are the support systems. Most importantly, they begin to challenge conventional notions of beauty, the body, and normality. This is the core of tranformation the TLO facilitates.

Student Criteria:

Students enrolled in Topics/ Disability Studies: ENG 3613

Categories:

Service Learning

Gelsleichter, Jim Advanced Shark Ecolgy (Year 5)

(904) 620-1575

jim.gelsleichter@unf.edu

3/2210

May 12, 2014 - August 8, 2015

This TLO enters it's fifth year of funding for a 3-credit undergraduate course focused on the ecology of sharks.  The course will provide experiential training in coastal biology to UNF undergraduates by involving them in a federally-supported research project focused on identifying regions in northeast Florida that provide critical habitat to juvenile sharks.  The field-based training that students receive will be augmented by classroom-based activities, such as group discussions, hands-on laboratory assignments, and research seminars presented by visiting scientists. The students will select one day per week (Tues, Wed, or Th) during which they will participate in a day-long sampling trip to any of the UNF Shark Biology's main sampling sites.  There will also be a weekend-long, class-wide culminating event, in which all students will travel to the Caloosahatchee River near Ft. Myers, FL, to conduct field-sampling of juvenile bull sharks as part of a high-profile study on exposure of these animals to human pharmaceuticals.

Student Criteria:

Although we will show preference for students who have completed General Biology I, II and III, we will also be willing to accept a small number of highly motivated freshman to provide gateway experiences in science. 

A preference will also be given to students who enroll in Dr. Gelsleichter's Spring 2014 course in Shark Biology. 

Categories:

Undergraduate Research

Hager, Jenny Outdoor Sculpture at Josephine Sculpture Park, Frankfort, KY

620-2014

45/2014

j.hager@unf.edu

July 11 - 26, 2015 (Summer B)

This TLO takes place over a 6 week Summer B course; with 2 weeks dedicated to travelling to Frankfort, KY and creating original works of art on site. This group of students will have the opportunity to create semi-permanent works alongside professional artists, as well as understanding the complexities of planning and executing large-scale works of art on a strict timeline.

Student Criteria:

UNF fine arts students

Categories:

Field Experience
Service Learning

Lane, Amy Interdisciplinary Marine Natural Product Research: A full immersion experience for undergraduates

620-2315

59/3311

amy.lane@unf.edu

July 1, 2015 - April 1, 2016

The proposed TLO will employ marine natural product drug discovery as a tool for introducing cutting-edge interdisciplinary research to undergraduates.  During this TLO, students will develop analytical, communication, and critical thinking skills as well as increased global awareness that will prepare them for success in a wide variety of careers (e.g. medicine, research).  UNF has a large group of Biology, Chemistry, and other majors with interests in biomedical research, and this TLO is designed to meet the educational needs of this group. This TLO takes place on UNF campus and includes travel to the Florida Keys/Dry Tortugas and San Diego. 

Student Criteria:

UNF biology, chemistry students, and other majors interested in biomedical research. Students are expected to register for at least four credit hours of CHM4910 (Chemical Research), and have at least 9-12 hours/week to devote to research.

Categories:

Undergraduate Research

Murphy, Debra Italy: Art, History and Culture

(904)620-1766

dmurphy@unf.edu

45/2024

May 8 - June 30, 2016 (Intercession/Summer C)

For the study of art and art history, the museums and archaeological sites of Rome, Florence and Pompeii are incomparable.  The 2015 program will be scheduled for approximately six weeks  and will include an introduction to Italian language and culture in Massa before traveling to Rome. Students will have the rich experience of living in Rome where the majority of the program is centered. The living arrangements are in the St. John’s University Rome campus with dormitory facilities and kitchenettes so students have to learn how to shop with Italians, thus being exposed to an added dimension of Italian life.  St.John’s is located near the Lepanto metro stop and students learn to utilize the transportation system. They will also have many opportunities to study and present oral reports in some of the most important museums in the world including the Naples Archaeological Museum (where the majority of the finds from the Vesuvian sites buried in 79 are housed), the Vatican Museums (home not only to the Sistine Chapel but works from antiquity to the modern) to the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Uffizi and the Accademia in Florence.  They will meet contemporary Italian artists MArco Zeno, Rodolfo LAcquaniti and Rossella Vasta.

UNF students can earn between 6-9 hours in art history, photography and painting/drawing. Classes are offered on site from Mondays through Thursdays with weekends being available for additional exploration in Rome or travel within Italy. Field trips will be scheduled to Pisa, Siena, Florence and Naples where comparisons and contrasts will be emphasized.

Student Criteria:

Students must have at least a 2.75 GPA and must be of at least sophomore standing.

Students will be interviewed by the Academic Director of the program.

Students are encouraged to take either  ARH 2000, ARH 2050 or ARH 2051.

Students are thoroughly briefed about the physical rigors of the program with its demands of walking, climbing stairs and maneuvering cobblestones and archeological sites and the intensive nature of the lecture and class schedules

Categories:

International

Ochreitor, Judith Transformational Learning in the Biochemistry of Neural Systems

904-620-2827

jochriet@unf.edu 

3/2220

May 13, 2015 - April 29, 2016

This Transformational Learning Opportunity is designed to provide research training for students with biomedical interests.  Modern biochemical, molecular, and cell biology techniques will be employed in the study of the neural retina. Students will explore the roles played by proteins within the mouse neural retina to determine their contributions to cellular nutrition in both healthy and diseased states.  Not only will students gain valuable research training, including hypothesis-driven experimental design, data collection, and data analysis; but will also be mentored as they communicate their findings to the Department, University, and the international community of Cell Biologists.

Student Criteria:

A background in Biology (i.e. Biology major) is preferred, but not required.     

Students must have successfully completed the Molecular and Cell Biology course offered by the Department of Biology prior to joining this TLO program

Categories:

Undergraduate Research

Schwam-Baird, Shira French Language Study Abroad Program in Strasbourg, France

(904) 620-1248

sschwam@unf.edu

10/2151

May 21- June 25, 2016 (Summer C)

The Strasbourg French language and culture study abroad program consists of five weeks in France during which the UNF students have French classes 15 hours a week (total 60 contact hours) where native speaker instructors teach entirely in French and their classmates come from all over the world. They live with French families with whom they take two meals a day, so their immersion experience continues outside the classroom, and real cultural contact fills the greater part of most days as they navigate the city independently on foot and on public transportation (and most travel outside the city is by train). Three to four afternoons a week, Dr. Schwam-Baird teaches the culture class (Faces of France), which examines social, political, and cultural issues in contemporary France with insight into their historical context, and which includes the perspective of France as part of the construction of Europe. Students also participate in many excursions, afternoon visits to places of interest in the city, full-day Saturday excursions in the region around Strasbourg, and a long weekend in Paris.

Student Criteria:

The program is open to all majors and minors, but in order to participate, students must have the equivalent of a year of college French study.

Students must be in good academic standing, but there is no specific GPA minimum.

Categories:

International

Sheffler, David Pilgrimage Past and Present

620-1856

9/2506

dsheffle@unf.edu

July 6 - 26, 2015 (Summer B)

This is a six week course focused on the history of medieval pilgrimage. Students will attend UNF classes for the first two weeks of the course, and will spend three weeks travelling the full length of the French Way from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela. Students will travel by train through to Sarria where they will begin a six day walk to Santiage de Compostela. Students will spend the final week of the course reflecting on their experiences and completing their final written assignments.

Student Criteria:

Students enrolled in EUH 3932: Medieval Pilgimage and the Camino de Santiago and ANT 4931.

Categories:

International

Smith, Kelly Ecological Restoration of Coastal Habitats

 904-620-1954

ksmith@unf.edu

59/1314

Fall 2015

he proposed TLO will address current research in coastal restoration ecology, using an ongoing restoration project at the Guana Tolomato Matazanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTMNERR) as a focal site.  The project at the GTMNERR restored and enhanced fish habitat by preventing shoreline erosion and promoting shoreline accretion using a combination of fiber log and oyster-based living shorelines.  Current Spartina alterniflora planting is reducing erosion in about 1,000 linear feet of shoreline in the GTMNERR in NE Florida.  The combination of living shoreline methods has not been used in the Southeast, so this is a trial evaluation of the combined methodologies. The grant application to the Atlantic Coast Fish Habitat Partnership (ACFHP) included educational and outreach components as well as a fish monitoring program.  This TLO will continue the educational component described in the original grant application.  The grant funding ends in September of 2015, and the TLO will allow students to continue to participate in this valuable experience.

Student Criteria:

This TLO is open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors who have been accepted into the Biology program

Students will need to have completed General Biology III.

Students will be interviewed prior to registering for the course. 

The ideal student will be one with a strong interest in applied ecology and marine science, and with a willingness to engage in rigorous work, both physical and mental, carrying out restoration related work and assessing preliminary outcomes.

Categories:

Waddell, Dave Biomedical Research into the Molecular Genetics Mechanisms of Muscular Atrophy

(904) 620-1958

d.s.waddell@unf.edu

3/2234

July 1- 2015 - June 30, 2016

This TLO will provide undergraduates the opportunity to learn cellular and molecular genetic techniques they would not ordinarily learn in a classroom. Furthermore, students will use these skills to address important questions in muscle gene regulation. Ultimately, students will have the opportunity to conduct independent projects that will include cloning and characterizing the control regions of genes that become activated in muscle tissue in response to increased levels of TGF-β expression. The initial work for this project will occur at UNF during the 2015-2016 academic year. Then during the summer of 2015, the final phase of the project will be conducted during a two week trip to U.C. Davis.

Student Criteria:

Students who are majors in Biology and have an interest in the biomedical field will be given preference, however any student who is able to effectively demonstrate and articulate their reasons for wanting to participate in this program will also be given an opportunity.

Students who are freshman or sophomores will have to successfully complete General Biology I in order to participate.

Students who are juniors will be required to have successfully completed General Biology I and at least one of the other upper division courses listed above.

Categories:

Undergraduate Research

   
Field Experience
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Aceros, Juan GoBabyGo UNF Community Project

(904) 620-1684

juan.aceros@unf.edu

50/3116

Summer B 2015- Summer A, 2016

Engineering students will participate in the creation of a UNF GoBabyGo program. This program will expose students to a very unique interdisciplinary and transformational community based experience. They will engage in hands-on experiential learning activities applying engineering knowledge from course content to the creation of real life devices that meet an immediate social need in the community. Students will also engage in interdisciplinary learning activities as they connect and interact with DPT students through the process of device development, and will acquire leadership skills as team leaders in a Special Topics Course.

Criteria:

This TLO is open to engineering and physical therapy students. 

Students will be interviewed. 

Bennett, Erin Beaujolais Chamber Music Workshop (3rd Annual)
620-3854
45/2409
e.bennett@unf.edu
May 2 - 16, 2016 (Intercession)

Over the course of two weeks in Le Bois d’Oingt, students in the Beaujolais Workshop will be engaged in two primary activities. The first component is a 5-day music course for French children, ages 8-12, that is taught entirely by UNF students. Students in the Beaujolais Workshop plan the curriculum and develop teaching strategies in preparation for an intensive teaching experience. The music course consists of small group classes (approx. 5-6 students) in which each child learns to play an instrument, sings in a chorus, and is instructed in fundamental music skills. At the end of the course, the UNF student-teachers lead a concert featuring their French students at the town church. 30 children participated in the first Beaujolais course.


The second component of the Beaujolais Workshop is an intensive music workshop in which students practice and rehearse classical chamber music in ensembles of 3-8 performers. During the workshop they  undergo daily coaching sessions with faculty from UNF and Shorter College (Rome, GA). The rehearsal period culminates in a public performance at the Church of Le Bois d’Oingt.

Criteria:

Students enrolled in Mixed Chamber Music: MUN 3463

Biernacki, Krzysztof UNF Opera Study Abroad in Europe

620-3852

45/2308

kbiernac@unf.edu

July 1-28, 2015 (Summer B)

This is a four week long summer opera program offering UNF students the opportunity to gain first class European experience by performing complete operatic works in professional opera theaters with accompaniment of professional symphony orchestra under the instruction of outstanding international faculty. The program also offers one on one voice lessons, master classes, individual language coaching, orchestral concerts plus cultural attractions and sight-seeing excursions.

Criteria:

UNF Music Students

Hager, Jenny Outdoor Sculpture at Josephine Sculpture Park, Frankfort, KY

620-2014

45/2014

j.hager@unf.edu

July 11 - 26, 2015 (Summer B)

This TLO takes place over a 6 week Summer B course; with 2 weeks dedicated to travelling to Frankfort, KY and creating original works of art on site. This group of students will have the opportunity to create semi-permanent works alongside professional artists, as well as understanding the complexities of planning and executing large-scale works of art on a strict timeline.

Criteria:

UNF fine arts students

   
International
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Arikawa, Andrea Exploring Nutrition through Cuisine, Sustainability and Culture of Brazil

620-1433
39/3027
n00966457@unf.edu

 

May 2-16, 2016

This course will examine the sociocultural and historical aspects of food practices in two regions of Brazil: Southeast region (São Paulo and Rio) and Central region (Minas Gerais), focusing on aspects of food production (agriculture, dairy farming, organic farming and most prominent crops) and access to food (food security). 
The course will start in the city of São Paulo, which is amongst the largest cities in the world with a population of over 20 million. Here, students will be exposed to different ethnic and cultural influences on food practices of the region as well as issues related with sustainable agriculture. Students will also network with local university faculty and undergraduate students to learn about their perspectives on nutrition related issues. Next, the group will travel to the central region of Brazil where they will learn about the activities of the slow food movement in that region, as well as visit local producers of cheese and take a cooking class. In this region, students will also have the opportunity to network with nutrition faculty and students at local universities. The final segment of this course will take place in Rio de Janeiro. This segment will expose students to breathtaking landscapes that depict not only the beauty of the mountains and the sea but also the poverty and food insecurity that affects 25% of the population in Rio. 

Criteria:

students registered in HSC 3578 Food, Health and Society

Bennett, Erin Beaujolais Chamber Music Workshop (3rd Annual)
620-3854
45/2409
e.bennett@unf.edu
May 2 - 16, 2016 (Intercession)

Over the course of two weeks in Le Bois d’Oingt, students in the Beaujolais Workshop will be engaged in two primary activities. The first component is a 5-day music course for French children, ages 8-12, that is taught entirely by UNF students. Students in the Beaujolais Workshop plan the curriculum and develop teaching strategies in preparation for an intensive teaching experience. The music course consists of small group classes (approx. 5-6 students) in which each child learns to play an instrument, sings in a chorus, and is instructed in fundamental music skills. At the end of the course, the UNF student-teachers lead a concert featuring their French students at the town church. 30 children participated in the first Beaujolais course.


The second component of the Beaujolais Workshop is an intensive music workshop in which students practice and rehearse classical chamber music in ensembles of 3-8 performers. During the workshop they  undergo daily coaching sessions with faculty from UNF and Shorter College (Rome, GA). The rehearsal period culminates in a public performance at the Church of Le Bois d’Oingt.

Criteria:

Students enrolled in Mixed Chamber Music: MUN 3463

Biernacki, Krzysztof UNF Opera Study Abroad in Europe

620-3852

45/2308

kbiernac@unf.edu

July 1-28, 2015 (Summer B)

This is a four week long summer opera program offering UNF students the opportunity to gain first class European experience by performing complete operatic works in professional opera theaters with accompaniment of professional symphony orchestra under the instruction of outstanding international faculty. The program also offers one on one voice lessons, master classes, individual language coaching, orchestral concerts plus cultural attractions and sight-seeing excursions.

Criteria:

UNF Music Students

Christie. Catherine Mediterranean Diet, Culture and Society in Tuscany and Umbria, Italy

620-1202

39/3051

c.christie@unf.edu

June 5-20, 2016 (Summer A)

This TLO is designed to meet the goals of community based learning and global awareness experiences. It includes a 16 day immersion into Umbrian and Tuscan life at a villa and associated school originally designed for business and art students. It is now a family home in the Villa and a dorm for students and faculty with modern classrooms and equipment. Fifteen students (10 undergrad and 5 grad) from UNF went for 17 days in 2013 and 22 students (17 undergrad and 5 grad) went for 16 days in 2014 and were immersed in the culture through registration in the courses DIE 4931: Special Topics in Nutrition & Dietetics: Study Abroad of Italian Food, Culture and Society and HUN 6123 Sociocultural Influences on Nutrition. This proposal combines undergraduate students and graduate students in health majors to study the culture and foodways of a country that epitomizes the Mediterranean Diet. Students will be engaged in Italian culture living at the Villa and will see and experience many aspects of food production (olive oil factory in Lake Trasimeno, artisanal chocolate factory in Perugia, cheese and meat production in Norcia, markets in Umbrian towns,  and the Torgiano wine museum).

Criteria:

First preference given to undergraduates from BCOH, but students from other colleges are welcome to participate providing there is space available. Graduates students may participate, but must apply for TLO funds through the graduate school.

Murphy, Debra Italy: Art, History and Culture

(904)620-1766

dmurphy@unf.edu

45/2024

May 8 - June 30, 2016 (Intercession/Summer C)

For the study of art and art history, the museums and archaeological sites of Rome, Florence and Pompeii are incomparable.  The 2015 program will be scheduled for approximately six weeks  and will include an introduction to Italian language and culture in Massa before traveling to Rome. Students will have the rich experience of living in Rome where the majority of the program is centered. The living arrangements are in the St. John’s University Rome campus with dormitory facilities and kitchenettes so students have to learn how to shop with Italians, thus being exposed to an added dimension of Italian life.  St.John’s is located near the Lepanto metro stop and students learn to utilize the transportation system. They will also have many opportunities to study and present oral reports in some of the most important museums in the world including the Naples Archaeological Museum (where the majority of the finds from the Vesuvian sites buried in 79 are housed), the Vatican Museums (home not only to the Sistine Chapel but works from antiquity to the modern) to the Coliseum, the Pantheon, the Uffizi and the Accademia in Florence.  They will meet contemporary Italian artists MArco Zeno, Rodolfo LAcquaniti and Rossella Vasta.

UNF students can earn between 6-9 hours in art history, photography and painting/drawing. Classes are offered on site from Mondays through Thursdays with weekends being available for additional exploration in Rome or travel within Italy. Field trips will be scheduled to Pisa, Siena, Florence and Naples where comparisons and contrasts will be emphasized.

Criteria:

Students must have at least a 2.75 GPA and must be of at least sophomore standing.

Students will be interviewed by the Academic Director of the program.

Students are encouraged to take either  ARH 2000, ARH 2050 or ARH 2051.

Students are thoroughly briefed about the physical rigors of the program with its demands of walking, climbing stairs and maneuvering cobblestones and archeological sites and the intensive nature of the lecture and class schedules

Schwam-Baird, Shira French Language Study Abroad Program in Strasbourg, France

(904) 620-1248

sschwam@unf.edu

10/2151

May 21- June 25, 2016 (Summer C)

The Strasbourg French language and culture study abroad program consists of five weeks in France during which the UNF students have French classes 15 hours a week (total 60 contact hours) where native speaker instructors teach entirely in French and their classmates come from all over the world. They live with French families with whom they take two meals a day, so their immersion experience continues outside the classroom, and real cultural contact fills the greater part of most days as they navigate the city independently on foot and on public transportation (and most travel outside the city is by train). Three to four afternoons a week, Dr. Schwam-Baird teaches the culture class (Faces of France), which examines social, political, and cultural issues in contemporary France with insight into their historical context, and which includes the perspective of France as part of the construction of Europe. Students also participate in many excursions, afternoon visits to places of interest in the city, full-day Saturday excursions in the region around Strasbourg, and a long weekend in Paris.

Criteria:

The program is open to all majors and minors, but in order to participate, students must have the equivalent of a year of college French study.

Students must be in good academic standing, but there is no specific GPA minimum.

Sheffler, David Pilgrimage Past and Present

620-1856

9/2506

dsheffle@unf.edu

July 6 - 26, 2015 (Summer B)

This is a six week course focused on the history of medieval pilgrimage. Students will attend UNF classes for the first two weeks of the course, and will spend three weeks travelling the full length of the French Way from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela. Students will travel by train through to Sarria where they will begin a six day walk to Santiage de Compostela. Students will spend the final week of the course reflecting on their experiences and completing their final written assignments.

Criteria:

Students enrolled in EUH 3932: Medieval Pilgimage and the Camino de Santiago and ANT 4931.

   
Service Learning
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Aceros, Juan GoBabyGo UNF Community Project

(904) 620-1684

juan.aceros@unf.edu

50/3116

Summer B 2015- Summer A, 2016

Engineering students will participate in the creation of a UNF GoBabyGo program. This program will expose students to a very unique interdisciplinary and transformational community based experience. They will engage in hands-on experiential learning activities applying engineering knowledge from course content to the creation of real life devices that meet an immediate social need in the community. Students will also engage in interdisciplinary learning activities as they connect and interact with DPT students through the process of device development, and will acquire leadership skills as team leaders in a Special Topics Course.

Criteria:

This TLO is open to engineering and physical therapy students. 

Students will be interviewed. 

Gabbard, Dwight Embodying Texts, with TLO
cgabbard@unf.edu
Spring 2016

ENG 3613 (a Cultural Diversity course) focuses on the nature, meaning, and consequences of what it is to be defined as disabled and explore the cultural dynamics of disability.ourse readings include Mark Medoff's CHIILDREN OF A LESSER GOD and Bernard Pomerance’s THE ELEPHANT MAN. Reading though does not fully open students’ minds to the disability experience. They also require one-on-on interaction with people with disabilities, but they need this contact in a setting that is not demeaning to the disabled people involved. 

 

n addition to attending the 75-minute class sessions twice a week, students will volunteer two hours a day, one day a week, over a ten-week period at one of two sites: Mt. Herman and its sister institution, Alden Road. Mt. Herman, primarily K-12, is located near Shands Hospital.


This TLO's point is to move them beyond pity,fear, and charity to seeing the larger social, cultural, and political picture. By the end, students come to understand that the children are not medical conditions but people, grasp the concept of stigmatization, and observe how fragmented and insufficient are the support systems. Most importantly, they begin to challenge conventional notions of beauty, the body, and normality. This is the core of tranformation the TLO facilitates.

Criteria:

Students enrolled in Topics/ Disability Studies: ENG 3613

Hager, Jenny Outdoor Sculpture at Josephine Sculpture Park, Frankfort, KY

620-2014

45/2014

j.hager@unf.edu

July 11 - 26, 2015 (Summer B)

This TLO takes place over a 6 week Summer B course; with 2 weeks dedicated to travelling to Frankfort, KY and creating original works of art on site. This group of students will have the opportunity to create semi-permanent works alongside professional artists, as well as understanding the complexities of planning and executing large-scale works of art on a strict timeline.

Criteria:

UNF fine arts students

   
Undergraduate Research
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Aceros, Juan GoBabyGo UNF Community Project

(904) 620-1684

juan.aceros@unf.edu

50/3116

Summer B 2015- Summer A, 2016

Engineering students will participate in the creation of a UNF GoBabyGo program. This program will expose students to a very unique interdisciplinary and transformational community based experience. They will engage in hands-on experiential learning activities applying engineering knowledge from course content to the creation of real life devices that meet an immediate social need in the community. Students will also engage in interdisciplinary learning activities as they connect and interact with DPT students through the process of device development, and will acquire leadership skills as team leaders in a Special Topics Course.

Criteria:

This TLO is open to engineering and physical therapy students. 

Students will be interviewed. 

Gelsleichter, Jim Advanced Shark Ecolgy (Year 5)

(904) 620-1575

jim.gelsleichter@unf.edu

3/2210

May 12, 2014 - August 8, 2015

This TLO enters it's fifth year of funding for a 3-credit undergraduate course focused on the ecology of sharks.  The course will provide experiential training in coastal biology to UNF undergraduates by involving them in a federally-supported research project focused on identifying regions in northeast Florida that provide critical habitat to juvenile sharks.  The field-based training that students receive will be augmented by classroom-based activities, such as group discussions, hands-on laboratory assignments, and research seminars presented by visiting scientists. The students will select one day per week (Tues, Wed, or Th) during which they will participate in a day-long sampling trip to any of the UNF Shark Biology's main sampling sites.  There will also be a weekend-long, class-wide culminating event, in which all students will travel to the Caloosahatchee River near Ft. Myers, FL, to conduct field-sampling of juvenile bull sharks as part of a high-profile study on exposure of these animals to human pharmaceuticals.

Criteria:

Although we will show preference for students who have completed General Biology I, II and III, we will also be willing to accept a small number of highly motivated freshman to provide gateway experiences in science. 

A preference will also be given to students who enroll in Dr. Gelsleichter's Spring 2014 course in Shark Biology. 

Lane, Amy Interdisciplinary Marine Natural Product Research: A full immersion experience for undergraduates

620-2315

59/3311

amy.lane@unf.edu

July 1, 2015 - April 1, 2016

The proposed TLO will employ marine natural product drug discovery as a tool for introducing cutting-edge interdisciplinary research to undergraduates.  During this TLO, students will develop analytical, communication, and critical thinking skills as well as increased global awareness that will prepare them for success in a wide variety of careers (e.g. medicine, research).  UNF has a large group of Biology, Chemistry, and other majors with interests in biomedical research, and this TLO is designed to meet the educational needs of this group. This TLO takes place on UNF campus and includes travel to the Florida Keys/Dry Tortugas and San Diego. 

Criteria:

UNF biology, chemistry students, and other majors interested in biomedical research. Students are expected to register for at least four credit hours of CHM4910 (Chemical Research), and have at least 9-12 hours/week to devote to research.

Ochreitor, Judith Transformational Learning in the Biochemistry of Neural Systems

904-620-2827

jochriet@unf.edu 

3/2220

May 13, 2015 - April 29, 2016

This Transformational Learning Opportunity is designed to provide research training for students with biomedical interests.  Modern biochemical, molecular, and cell biology techniques will be employed in the study of the neural retina. Students will explore the roles played by proteins within the mouse neural retina to determine their contributions to cellular nutrition in both healthy and diseased states.  Not only will students gain valuable research training, including hypothesis-driven experimental design, data collection, and data analysis; but will also be mentored as they communicate their findings to the Department, University, and the international community of Cell Biologists.

Criteria:

A background in Biology (i.e. Biology major) is preferred, but not required.     

Students must have successfully completed the Molecular and Cell Biology course offered by the Department of Biology prior to joining this TLO program

Waddell, Dave Biomedical Research into the Molecular Genetics Mechanisms of Muscular Atrophy

(904) 620-1958

d.s.waddell@unf.edu

3/2234

July 1- 2015 - June 30, 2016

This TLO will provide undergraduates the opportunity to learn cellular and molecular genetic techniques they would not ordinarily learn in a classroom. Furthermore, students will use these skills to address important questions in muscle gene regulation. Ultimately, students will have the opportunity to conduct independent projects that will include cloning and characterizing the control regions of genes that become activated in muscle tissue in response to increased levels of TGF-β expression. The initial work for this project will occur at UNF during the 2015-2016 academic year. Then during the summer of 2015, the final phase of the project will be conducted during a two week trip to U.C. Davis.

Criteria:

Students who are majors in Biology and have an interest in the biomedical field will be given preference, however any student who is able to effectively demonstrate and articulate their reasons for wanting to participate in this program will also be given an opportunity.

Students who are freshman or sophomores will have to successfully complete General Biology I in order to participate.

Students who are juniors will be required to have successfully completed General Biology I and at least one of the other upper division courses listed above.