Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Aceros, Juan Pediatric Adaptive Technology Community Based Project TLO

(904) 620-1684

juan.aceros@unf.edu

50/3116

Summer B 2017 - Summer A 2018

It is proposed through this Pediatric Adaptive Technology Community Based Project TLO that engineering students will work as part of an interdisciplinary team on the development of adaptive technology targeted for young children with cortical blindness. As part of this program, students will enroll in a special topics course where they will be exposed to a very unique interdisciplinary and transformational community based experience. As part of this course they will attend lectures providing basic introductory information in neuroscience, child development, rehabilitation provision models such as International Classification of function (ICF) and Human Activity Assistive Technology (HAAT), developmental disabilities, and assistive technology principles including assessment, construction, and design. They will form interdisciplinary teams, and design, construct, and test appropriate assistive technology that address the needs for identified children with developmental disabilities in the community. Students will also be exposed to a clinical observation period. During this period students will meet with rehabilitation pediatric therapists and observe therapy sessions. In addition, students will attend a presentation by Dr. Cole Galloway, a recognized expert in early pediatric mobility and the director of the mobility and design studio at the University of Delaware

Student Criteria:

This TLO is open to engineering and physical therapy students.

Students will be interviewed. 

 

Categories:

Service Learning
Undergraduate Research

Arikawa, Andrea Improving Nutrition Through Biodiversity

(904) 620-1433

39/3035

andrea.arikawa@unf.edu

Spring 2018

 

The overarching goal of this proposal is to promote agricultural biodiversity within the state of Florida to improve food security and nutrition in our community. Our specific aims are to grow (in a sustainable manner) and study native and non-native edible plants that grow well in Florida, particularly over the hot summer months, but may not be consumed by the community due to lack of knowledge or availability. This is a unique opportunity for our nutrition students, because it builds on some of the courses they already take in the nutrition major and expands into areas that they may not have a chance to explore, such as sustainable agriculture and its impact on nutrition.  Students will analyze the antioxidant capacity of selected plants in Dr. Arikawa’s laboratory at UNF, and will also travel to the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez over spring break 2018, for analysis of anti-nutritional factors in these plants at the laboratory of Dr. Rosa Chavez-Jauregui. This aspect of this TLO will allow students to work at a different University setting and, hopefully, instigate a sense of ownership over their work and broaden their perspectives on the role of research in nutrition and dietetics. 

 

Student Criteria:

Nutrition Students

Categories:

Field Experience

Biernacki, Krzystof UNF Opera Study Abroad in Europe

(904) 620-3852

45/2308

kbiernac@unf.edu

Summer B 2017

UNF Opera Study Abroad is a four week long summer opera program offering UNF students the opportunity to gain professional 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, orchestra concerts, plus cultural attractions and sight seeing excursions.

Student Criteria:

UNF Music Students

Categories:

Field Experience
International

Ellis, Terri Student Research in Medical Microbiology

(904) 620-5766

terri.ellis@unf.edu

59/3312

Summer B 2017 - Summer A 2018

The main goal of this TLO is to give students an authentic, immersive experience in biomedical research. The UNF Biology department offers coursework in the areas of Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry. These courses give students a firm educational foundation in the core concepts of Biology and prepare them for medical, professional, and graduate programs. However, traditional classroom experiences cannot fully replicate true hands-on research. Biomedical researchers must be comfortable “working without a net”, unsure of where the research will take them, but confident enough in their skills and abilities to fully explore complex biological pathways. It is only through doing research that students can learn to rebound from failed experiments and explore science that has no “right answer”, unlike what they may be accustomed to in their coursework. This will broaden student's views of science beyond that of black and white answers, to more fully understand the nuances of medical research .Students will work directly with Dr. Ellis in the research lab from the summer of 2017 through the 2017-2018 academic year and will be expected to commit a minimum of 6 hours a week to this project in blocks of 3 hours apiece.

Student Criteria:

This TLO will be open to students who have successfully completed either BSC2012 (General Biology III) or MCB2010 (Microbiology).

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

Factors that will be considered include success in relevant coursework, career interest in the biomedical sciences, and willingness and ability to commit large segments of time (6- 9 hours a week in blocks of at least 3 hour increments) to the TLO experience.

Categories:

International

Gelsleichter, James Advanced Shark Ecology Year 7

(904) 620-1575

3/2210

jim.gelsleichter@unf.edu

Summer B 2017

This proposal requests support for the sixth year of funding for a 3-credit undergraduate course focused on the ecology of sharks. This course will be taught by Dr. Gelsleichter during Summer Session C, 2017. The course provides hands-on training in coastal biology research to UNF undergraduates by directly involving them in a long-running, federally-supported research project focused on examining shark abundance in northeast Florida. The field-based training that students receive is augmented by classroom-based activities, such as group discussions, hands-on laboratory assignments, field trips, and research seminars presented by Dr. Gelsleichter, UNF Biology graduate students, and visiting scientists. Students will have an opportunity to travel to the Bahamas to conduct research.

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 2017 course in Shark Biology.

Categories:

Field Experience
Undergraduate Research

Heywood, Stephen Primitive Pottery Techniques and the Ancient Fremont Aesthetic

(904) 620-3815

45/2015

s.heywood@unf.edu

Spring/Summer 2018

Students will travel to Utah to study primitive pottery techniques, culture and history of the ancient Fremont people. Students will collect clay samples and reconstruct primitive pottery pit kilns. Students will visit various state parks to hike, hear lectures and explore petroglyph and pictograph rock art. 

Student Criteria:

Students who have taken ceramic courses are eligible.

Categories:

Field Experience

Ibanez, Nuria Spanish Study Abroad Program at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain

(904) 620-1264

10/2155

nuria.ibanez@unf.edu

Summer B 2017

The Spanish Study Abroad Program at the University of Cantabria offers advanced Spanish students the opportunity of studying language and culture at one of the 15 top universities in Spain. The program consists of five weeks in Santander, during which the students take an intensive language course taught by accredited instructors from the University of Cantabria, and a three-credit-hour culture class with a UNF faculty member (María Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes). Students will earn six hours of credit for the completion of the two courses. Classes will meet four days a week (Monday-Thursday) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The students benefit from a rigorous academic program while they also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish culture. Students will also travel to Burgos, Bilbao, Peñafiel and Segovia to view firsthand examples of art and architecture.

Student Criteria:

Advanced Spanish students

Categories:

International

Kaplan, Leslie It's All Greek to Me: Honors Study Abroad in Athens

(904) 620-3993

1/1606

leslie.kaplan@unf.edu

Summer C 2018

Students will live and study for five weeks at the American College of Greece, a NEASC accredited college in suburban Athens. The students will take six credits of courses, a course taught by UNF faculty and a course at ACG. The class at ACG will be a course of their choice at either the upper or lower division. By individually choosing their own ACG class, most if not all of the other students will be Greek students, pushing them out of their “American bubble” and into closer contact with Greek students, providing a deeper level immersion.  The UNF course will add context to those immersive experiences by focusing on Greek culture.  In addition to historical background, the anthropological readings will look at attitudes, expectations, and behaviors typical of Greek culture, all of which are markedly different than in American culture.  The classwork will include some experiences and field trips designed to broaden their experience further.  Students will attend a series of workshops offered by the ACG on topics like Greek dance and cooking, and again students will be asked to compare them to American culture.

Student Criteria:

The target audience for this program is students in the Honors program. Space permitting, the TLO leaders will also admit non-Honors students. 

Students can be of any academic level and any major. 

Students must have a 3.0 GPA or above, maturity, openness to new cultures, and interest in the the subject. 

To fully participate in the trips, students will need to be able to walk extensive distances on uneven ground as many of the archaeological sites are not handicap-accessible. 

Students wishing to apply will fill out an application and will be interviewed.

Categories:

International

Lane, Amy Chemical Treasures from Coastal Northeast Florida

(904) 620-2315

59/3311

amy.lane@unf.edu

Summer B 2017 - Summer A 2018

 

By completing projects aimed at the discovery of new antibiotics, four students will gain hands-on understanding of the process of scientific research during this TLO. Students will evaluate the capabilities of marine microorganisms from northeast Florida as sources of new molecules effective as antibiotics. This TLO is designed to yield student learning outcomes that include enhancement of analytical, communication, and critical thinking skills as well as increased global awareness. These TLO outcomes will prepare students for a wide variety of careers (e.g. medicine, research).  During the TLO, students will pursue three mentored activities to achieve targeted learning outcomes:

1) Collect marine sediments through field expeditions to coastal northeast Florida sites.

2)  Isolate and identify unique marine microorganisms contained within sediment samples. Evaluate these microorganisms for the production of molecules that exhibit antibiotic properties.  

3)  Present discoveries at the American Chemical Society National Conference in Spring 2018.

 

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

Michelman, Jeff Study Abroad and Social Innovation in Peru

(904) 620-1541

10/2101

jmichelm@unf.edu

Spring 2018

This study abroad course involves 18 hours of pre-trip meetings to understand the social and economic fabric of Peru. During the preparation students will be engaged in research by talking with local community leaders (Rotary and water associations working in Peru) as well as resources in Peru that have been developed over time (e.g. Peace Corps, Rotary and local Incan contacts).  In Peru we will see a broad spectrum of activities which will include visiting Machu Picchu to understand the importance of Incan history and culture; meeting with experts on economic development from Government, Rotary, other NGOs, the Peace Corps and several local water agencies including Water for People. Students will work with school children and villagers to both help with education (reading to students and singing) and work on several water projects. Most importantly the students will be involved in needs assessment to better understand the issues and develop a clear strategy for raising money upon return to Jacksonville. One of the unique aspects of this study abroad is that students will have an opportunity to meet with a number of NGOs in order to determine where to invest the results of their fundraising. Upon return students will complete their strategy for raising funds ($300/student or $6,000 in total that they may choose to work with UNF Rotaract and Oceanside Rotary to apply for matching funds); complete fundraisers; work in teams to develop several proposals to use the money raised in Peru and complete the reflective portion of the journal.

 

Student Criteria:

This TLO is targeted to first year Hicks Honors College students.

Categories:

International
Service Learning

Murphy, Debra Italy: Art, History and Culture

(904) 620-1766

45/2024

dmurphy@unf.edu

Summer A 2018

For the study of art and art history, the museums and archaeological sites of Rome, Florence and Pompeii are incomparable.  The 2018 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

Ochrietor, Judy Transformative Learning: Biochemisty of Sensory Systems

(904) 620-2827

59/1316

j.ochrietor@unf.edu

Summer B 2017 - Spring 2018

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 immune function within neural tissues, specifically the neural retina and cornea of the eye, the brain, and the gustatory epithelium of the tongue.  Students involved in this Transformation Learning Opportunity experience will study immune molecules found within the neural tissues indicated to determine exactly which cells of the tissue express them and their mechanism of action.  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 regional 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

Scaff, Claudia Art, Design and Culture in Brazil

(904) 620-3817

45/2512

cscaff@unf.edu

 

Summer B 2017

Art, Design and Culture in Brazil will take place in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. This study abroad program will focus on art, design, history, social and environmental sustainability. Students will design and develop programs and promotions for selected non-profit organizations. Students will also work under the guidance of Brazilian designers and advertising agencies while engaging in a range of professional development activities such as client interview techniques and portfolio development. In addition to professional opportunities, students will also study Brazilian cultural traditions such as music, dance, media and popular culture.

 

The course will be offered in July 2017 with a total dur ation of 17 days. Students will also be required to meet 3 times before departure and 2 times after the trip.

Student Criteria:

• Junior classification preferred,

• a minimum of 2.8 GPA,

• enroll in the ART 3930 Art, Design and Culture in Brazil course,

• attend at least two pre-departure meetings and a safety orientation, time/date/place T.B.A

• preference will be given to students seeking their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design, Photography, or Drawing and Painting Tracks,

• program is also open to students in the Communication Department and Coggin College of Business.

• request a program application to Claudia Scaff, fill it out and email it back to cscaff@unf.edu to set up an interview.

Categories:

International

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

(904) 620-1248

10/2151

sschwam@unf.edu

Summer A 2018

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 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. As part of the culture course, students participate in many excursions such as afternoon visits to places of interest in the city, one-day 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

Shank, Jackie Study Abroad of Italian Food, Culture and Society in Umbria and Tuscany

(904) 620-2328

39/3014

jshank@unf.edu

Spring 2018

This TLO, the Study Abroad of Italian Food, Culture, and Society, is designed to meet the goals of community based learning and global awareness experiences. It includes a 16 day immersion in Umbrian and Tuscan life at a historic country villa – the Villa Pieve. The academic course linked with this study abroad is DIE4931 Special Topics in Nutrition and Dietetics, Study Abroad of Italian Food, Culture and Society. On this TLO students in various health majors will discover the culture and foodways of a country that epitomizes the Mediterranean Diet. Students will engage in seven Italian language classes and eight hands-on cooking classes. Class structure will include lectures, discussions and experiential learning. Students will experience total immersion in Italian culture by living at Villa Pieve and via daily travel to outlying towns. The robust itinerary includes 12 day trips to various places including an olive farm/factory, cheese and meat production facilities, food markets, a winery, a medieval grain mill, an organic farm that produces heritage legumes and grains, grocery stores, museums, cathedrals, and restaurants. In addition, students will participate in extensive food preparation that showcases traditional Umbrian cuisine; they’ll eat the food they prepare, and they’ll challenge their beliefs regarding what makes up a healthful diet. Students participating in this TLO will gain an understanding of the sociocultural aspects of nutrition in Italy and they’ll compare/assess the health benefits of the traditional Mediterranean diet versus the typical American diet.  

Student Criteria:

Graduate and undergraduate students from the Brooks College of Health.

Students enrolled in other UNF colleges will be considered as well. 

Categories:

International

Sheffler, David Pilgrimage Past and Present

(904) 620-1856

9/2506

david.sheffler@unf.edu

Summer B 2017

The UNF Pilgrimage Project will take place over two UNF courses, culminating in a trip of three weeks to France and Spain, traveling the full length of the Camino from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela. The project will contribute to a new UNF Digital Humanities Initiative where students will transcribe ethnographic interviews and examine the spatial dimensions of pilgrimage utilizing remote sensing data and GIS mapping. Students will participate in two courses: Medieval Pilgrimage and the Camino de Santiago, which will focus on the medieval roots of the contemporary pilgrimage tradition and Modern Pilgrimage Field Research, which will engage ethnographic and oral history methodologies to explore what the Camino means to modern pilgrims and to understand the Camino as a global cultural phenomenon and a micro-culture of its own. The UNF Pilgrimage Project will work with the Taylor leadership Institute to offer credits in the leadership minor and to provide students the opportunity for a study abroad experience in the context of exploring the “leader within.” Through readings grounded in leadership theory, personal reflections, and dialogues with UNF students, international students and other pilgrims, students will explore the interface between leadership and personal identity, and prepare for becoming effective leaders in the global community.  

 

 

Student Criteria:

Students enrolled in the Pilgrimage courses.

Categories:

International

Tanase, Madeline and Dr. Elizabeth Gregg Creating Transformational Learning Opportunities in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools

(904) 620-1258

57/2305

madalina.tanese@unf.edu

Spring 2018

 

For the past eight years, education majors at the University of North Florida who are completing their final internship semester have had the opportunity to participate in a two week student teaching and sports management experience in Plymouth, England and also spend two days touring the cultural and historical attractions in London. The foundational principles for this project are based upon the reality that North Florida's schools are becoming more diverse; our K-12 classrooms are increasingly populated with students from many different cultures.  A selected group of academically qualified and recommended students will travel to Plymouth, England accompanied by COEHS faculty where they will participate in an internship for 9 full days in diverse elementary and secondary education classrooms as well as sports agencies. Participating schools and agencies have been selected that offer comprehensive and innovative P-12 programs including a community based model school that offers inclusive educational programs. Plymouth is a center for first and second generation immigrants from African, East and West Asian countries, and from Eastern European countries increasing the multicultural training opportunities for our students. This internship will serve as a culminating activity to the fourteen week internship semester in Jacksonville.  Students will participate in all aspects of the school day and week, engaging in discussions about the curriculum and organization of British schools. They will practice teaching and receive feedback from their UK teacher and the UNF faculty supervisor. Also they will attend seminars with home and host faculty at the University College, Plymouth (UCP) directed at their observations of pedagogy and curriculum, as well as unique aspects of the UK school system. UCP is ranked as #1 best teacher preparation program in South West England and has provided our students with an unforgettable and transformational opportunity.

 

 

Student Criteria:

Education Students

Categories:

Field Experience
International

Taylor, James St. John's River

(904) 620-5804

1/2202

j.taylor@unf.edu

 

Spring 2018

This Transformational Learning Opportunity will utilize the St. Johns River, a vital community asset, to build connections between diverse academic disciplines. Through a combination of curricular and co-curricular experiences students will develop a deep understanding of the St. Johns River, its importance to surrounding communities and the issues threatening the River’s future. As a result, students will develop a sense of place, undergo personal growth and have an opportunity to explore research opportunities and potential career fields. 

All students who participate will be required to enroll in a one-credit course that meets weekly. The course will combine class work, guest speakers, field trips and lab work. The main transformational component is the spring break full-immersion experience. The weeklong adventure focuses on exploring the middle basin of the St. Johns River, giving students personal connections to the River. The field experiences will enrich the learning experience and personal development of the students. During the trip students will participate in a variety of outdoor adventures, including hiking, snorkeling in springs, canoeing, wildlife viewing and boating. Students will meet a diverse group of local experts and many guests will join the students on the hiking and canoe trips. These speakers not only provide valuable information related to the River, they also give students valuable career advice. 

Student Criteria:

The St. Johns River Experience is open to all undergraduate students, with a focus on recruiting freshman and sophomores. This emphasis is aligned with the Environmental Center strategic focus on recruiting students that exhibit leadership potential early in their academic career and retraining those students by offering a set of unique experiential learning and research opportunities.

Categories:

Field Experience

Waddell, Dave Biomedical Research into the Molecular Genetic Mechanisms of Skeletal Muscle Atrophy

(904) 620-1958

3/2234

d.s.waddell@unf.edu

Summer B 2017 - Summer A 2018

The research methodology utilized in this ongoing project will provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to learn and understand new and exciting tools that are being employed in biomedical research. This TLO will allow students the chance to learn cell culture and molecular genetic techniques they would not ordinarily learn in the classroom. Furthermore, students will use these skills to address important questions in skeletal muscle biology. Ultimately, this TLO will afford students the opportunity to conduct independent projects that will include characterizing the regulation of genes that are differentially expressed during muscle wasting. The initial work for this project will occur in my laboratory at UNF during the 2017-2018 academic year. Then immediately after the 2018 Spring semester, in collaboration with Dr. Xiao-Fan Wang, Dr. Tso-Pang Yao, and Dr. Monte Willis, an additional phase of the project will be conducted during a 10-12 day trip to Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Wang, Dr. Yao, and Dr. Willis are leaders in the field of molecular and cell biology, molecular skeletal muscle physiology and molecular cardiac muscle physiology and they have generously offered space in their laboratories for UNF students to observe and learn techniques essential for conducting cell biology, molecular muscle physiology and molecular genomic studies, which cannot currently be accomplished at UNF. In addition to traveling to North Carolina for an immersive research experience, students will also have an opportunity to travel to the 2018 Experimental Biology research conference in San Diego, CA to present their research findings to the scientific community. Providing UNF students with a research project that requires them to design and execute experiments in the laboratory helps develop an important sense of ownership and independence, while also developing and enhancing important critical and analytical thinking skills.

Student Criteria:

 

Students with a background 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 either Genetics or Molecular Cell Biology

 

Categories:

Field Experience
Undergraduate Research

   
Field Experience
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Arikawa, Andrea Improving Nutrition Through Biodiversity

(904) 620-1433

39/3035

andrea.arikawa@unf.edu

Spring 2018

 

The overarching goal of this proposal is to promote agricultural biodiversity within the state of Florida to improve food security and nutrition in our community. Our specific aims are to grow (in a sustainable manner) and study native and non-native edible plants that grow well in Florida, particularly over the hot summer months, but may not be consumed by the community due to lack of knowledge or availability. This is a unique opportunity for our nutrition students, because it builds on some of the courses they already take in the nutrition major and expands into areas that they may not have a chance to explore, such as sustainable agriculture and its impact on nutrition.  Students will analyze the antioxidant capacity of selected plants in Dr. Arikawa’s laboratory at UNF, and will also travel to the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez over spring break 2018, for analysis of anti-nutritional factors in these plants at the laboratory of Dr. Rosa Chavez-Jauregui. This aspect of this TLO will allow students to work at a different University setting and, hopefully, instigate a sense of ownership over their work and broaden their perspectives on the role of research in nutrition and dietetics. 

 

Criteria:

Nutrition Students

Biernacki, Krzystof UNF Opera Study Abroad in Europe

(904) 620-3852

45/2308

kbiernac@unf.edu

Summer B 2017

UNF Opera Study Abroad is a four week long summer opera program offering UNF students the opportunity to gain professional 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, orchestra concerts, plus cultural attractions and sight seeing excursions.

Criteria:

UNF Music Students

Gelsleichter, James Advanced Shark Ecology Year 7

(904) 620-1575

3/2210

jim.gelsleichter@unf.edu

Summer B 2017

This proposal requests support for the sixth year of funding for a 3-credit undergraduate course focused on the ecology of sharks. This course will be taught by Dr. Gelsleichter during Summer Session C, 2017. The course provides hands-on training in coastal biology research to UNF undergraduates by directly involving them in a long-running, federally-supported research project focused on examining shark abundance in northeast Florida. The field-based training that students receive is augmented by classroom-based activities, such as group discussions, hands-on laboratory assignments, field trips, and research seminars presented by Dr. Gelsleichter, UNF Biology graduate students, and visiting scientists. Students will have an opportunity to travel to the Bahamas to conduct research.

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 2017 course in Shark Biology.

Heywood, Stephen Primitive Pottery Techniques and the Ancient Fremont Aesthetic

(904) 620-3815

45/2015

s.heywood@unf.edu

Spring/Summer 2018

Students will travel to Utah to study primitive pottery techniques, culture and history of the ancient Fremont people. Students will collect clay samples and reconstruct primitive pottery pit kilns. Students will visit various state parks to hike, hear lectures and explore petroglyph and pictograph rock art. 

Criteria:

Students who have taken ceramic courses are eligible.

Tanase, Madeline and Dr. Elizabeth Gregg Creating Transformational Learning Opportunities in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools

(904) 620-1258

57/2305

madalina.tanese@unf.edu

Spring 2018

 

For the past eight years, education majors at the University of North Florida who are completing their final internship semester have had the opportunity to participate in a two week student teaching and sports management experience in Plymouth, England and also spend two days touring the cultural and historical attractions in London. The foundational principles for this project are based upon the reality that North Florida's schools are becoming more diverse; our K-12 classrooms are increasingly populated with students from many different cultures.  A selected group of academically qualified and recommended students will travel to Plymouth, England accompanied by COEHS faculty where they will participate in an internship for 9 full days in diverse elementary and secondary education classrooms as well as sports agencies. Participating schools and agencies have been selected that offer comprehensive and innovative P-12 programs including a community based model school that offers inclusive educational programs. Plymouth is a center for first and second generation immigrants from African, East and West Asian countries, and from Eastern European countries increasing the multicultural training opportunities for our students. This internship will serve as a culminating activity to the fourteen week internship semester in Jacksonville.  Students will participate in all aspects of the school day and week, engaging in discussions about the curriculum and organization of British schools. They will practice teaching and receive feedback from their UK teacher and the UNF faculty supervisor. Also they will attend seminars with home and host faculty at the University College, Plymouth (UCP) directed at their observations of pedagogy and curriculum, as well as unique aspects of the UK school system. UCP is ranked as #1 best teacher preparation program in South West England and has provided our students with an unforgettable and transformational opportunity.

 

 

Criteria:

Education Students

Taylor, James St. John's River

(904) 620-5804

1/2202

j.taylor@unf.edu

 

Spring 2018

This Transformational Learning Opportunity will utilize the St. Johns River, a vital community asset, to build connections between diverse academic disciplines. Through a combination of curricular and co-curricular experiences students will develop a deep understanding of the St. Johns River, its importance to surrounding communities and the issues threatening the River’s future. As a result, students will develop a sense of place, undergo personal growth and have an opportunity to explore research opportunities and potential career fields. 

All students who participate will be required to enroll in a one-credit course that meets weekly. The course will combine class work, guest speakers, field trips and lab work. The main transformational component is the spring break full-immersion experience. The weeklong adventure focuses on exploring the middle basin of the St. Johns River, giving students personal connections to the River. The field experiences will enrich the learning experience and personal development of the students. During the trip students will participate in a variety of outdoor adventures, including hiking, snorkeling in springs, canoeing, wildlife viewing and boating. Students will meet a diverse group of local experts and many guests will join the students on the hiking and canoe trips. These speakers not only provide valuable information related to the River, they also give students valuable career advice. 

Criteria:

The St. Johns River Experience is open to all undergraduate students, with a focus on recruiting freshman and sophomores. This emphasis is aligned with the Environmental Center strategic focus on recruiting students that exhibit leadership potential early in their academic career and retraining those students by offering a set of unique experiential learning and research opportunities.

Waddell, Dave Biomedical Research into the Molecular Genetic Mechanisms of Skeletal Muscle Atrophy

(904) 620-1958

3/2234

d.s.waddell@unf.edu

Summer B 2017 - Summer A 2018

The research methodology utilized in this ongoing project will provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to learn and understand new and exciting tools that are being employed in biomedical research. This TLO will allow students the chance to learn cell culture and molecular genetic techniques they would not ordinarily learn in the classroom. Furthermore, students will use these skills to address important questions in skeletal muscle biology. Ultimately, this TLO will afford students the opportunity to conduct independent projects that will include characterizing the regulation of genes that are differentially expressed during muscle wasting. The initial work for this project will occur in my laboratory at UNF during the 2017-2018 academic year. Then immediately after the 2018 Spring semester, in collaboration with Dr. Xiao-Fan Wang, Dr. Tso-Pang Yao, and Dr. Monte Willis, an additional phase of the project will be conducted during a 10-12 day trip to Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Wang, Dr. Yao, and Dr. Willis are leaders in the field of molecular and cell biology, molecular skeletal muscle physiology and molecular cardiac muscle physiology and they have generously offered space in their laboratories for UNF students to observe and learn techniques essential for conducting cell biology, molecular muscle physiology and molecular genomic studies, which cannot currently be accomplished at UNF. In addition to traveling to North Carolina for an immersive research experience, students will also have an opportunity to travel to the 2018 Experimental Biology research conference in San Diego, CA to present their research findings to the scientific community. Providing UNF students with a research project that requires them to design and execute experiments in the laboratory helps develop an important sense of ownership and independence, while also developing and enhancing important critical and analytical thinking skills.

Criteria:

 

Students with a background 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 either Genetics or Molecular Cell Biology

 

   
International
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Biernacki, Krzystof UNF Opera Study Abroad in Europe

(904) 620-3852

45/2308

kbiernac@unf.edu

Summer B 2017

UNF Opera Study Abroad is a four week long summer opera program offering UNF students the opportunity to gain professional 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, orchestra concerts, plus cultural attractions and sight seeing excursions.

Criteria:

UNF Music Students

Ellis, Terri Student Research in Medical Microbiology

(904) 620-5766

terri.ellis@unf.edu

59/3312

Summer B 2017 - Summer A 2018

The main goal of this TLO is to give students an authentic, immersive experience in biomedical research. The UNF Biology department offers coursework in the areas of Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Immunology, and Biochemistry. These courses give students a firm educational foundation in the core concepts of Biology and prepare them for medical, professional, and graduate programs. However, traditional classroom experiences cannot fully replicate true hands-on research. Biomedical researchers must be comfortable “working without a net”, unsure of where the research will take them, but confident enough in their skills and abilities to fully explore complex biological pathways. It is only through doing research that students can learn to rebound from failed experiments and explore science that has no “right answer”, unlike what they may be accustomed to in their coursework. This will broaden student's views of science beyond that of black and white answers, to more fully understand the nuances of medical research .Students will work directly with Dr. Ellis in the research lab from the summer of 2017 through the 2017-2018 academic year and will be expected to commit a minimum of 6 hours a week to this project in blocks of 3 hours apiece.

Criteria:

This TLO will be open to students who have successfully completed either BSC2012 (General Biology III) or MCB2010 (Microbiology).

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

Factors that will be considered include success in relevant coursework, career interest in the biomedical sciences, and willingness and ability to commit large segments of time (6- 9 hours a week in blocks of at least 3 hour increments) to the TLO experience.

Ibanez, Nuria Spanish Study Abroad Program at the University of Cantabria in Santander, Spain

(904) 620-1264

10/2155

nuria.ibanez@unf.edu

Summer B 2017

The Spanish Study Abroad Program at the University of Cantabria offers advanced Spanish students the opportunity of studying language and culture at one of the 15 top universities in Spain. The program consists of five weeks in Santander, during which the students take an intensive language course taught by accredited instructors from the University of Cantabria, and a three-credit-hour culture class with a UNF faculty member (María Ángeles Fernández Cifuentes). Students will earn six hours of credit for the completion of the two courses. Classes will meet four days a week (Monday-Thursday) from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The students benefit from a rigorous academic program while they also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Spanish culture. Students will also travel to Burgos, Bilbao, Peñafiel and Segovia to view firsthand examples of art and architecture.

Criteria:

Advanced Spanish students

Kaplan, Leslie It's All Greek to Me: Honors Study Abroad in Athens

(904) 620-3993

1/1606

leslie.kaplan@unf.edu

Summer C 2018

Students will live and study for five weeks at the American College of Greece, a NEASC accredited college in suburban Athens. The students will take six credits of courses, a course taught by UNF faculty and a course at ACG. The class at ACG will be a course of their choice at either the upper or lower division. By individually choosing their own ACG class, most if not all of the other students will be Greek students, pushing them out of their “American bubble” and into closer contact with Greek students, providing a deeper level immersion.  The UNF course will add context to those immersive experiences by focusing on Greek culture.  In addition to historical background, the anthropological readings will look at attitudes, expectations, and behaviors typical of Greek culture, all of which are markedly different than in American culture.  The classwork will include some experiences and field trips designed to broaden their experience further.  Students will attend a series of workshops offered by the ACG on topics like Greek dance and cooking, and again students will be asked to compare them to American culture.

Criteria:

The target audience for this program is students in the Honors program. Space permitting, the TLO leaders will also admit non-Honors students. 

Students can be of any academic level and any major. 

Students must have a 3.0 GPA or above, maturity, openness to new cultures, and interest in the the subject. 

To fully participate in the trips, students will need to be able to walk extensive distances on uneven ground as many of the archaeological sites are not handicap-accessible. 

Students wishing to apply will fill out an application and will be interviewed.

Michelman, Jeff Study Abroad and Social Innovation in Peru

(904) 620-1541

10/2101

jmichelm@unf.edu

Spring 2018

This study abroad course involves 18 hours of pre-trip meetings to understand the social and economic fabric of Peru. During the preparation students will be engaged in research by talking with local community leaders (Rotary and water associations working in Peru) as well as resources in Peru that have been developed over time (e.g. Peace Corps, Rotary and local Incan contacts).  In Peru we will see a broad spectrum of activities which will include visiting Machu Picchu to understand the importance of Incan history and culture; meeting with experts on economic development from Government, Rotary, other NGOs, the Peace Corps and several local water agencies including Water for People. Students will work with school children and villagers to both help with education (reading to students and singing) and work on several water projects. Most importantly the students will be involved in needs assessment to better understand the issues and develop a clear strategy for raising money upon return to Jacksonville. One of the unique aspects of this study abroad is that students will have an opportunity to meet with a number of NGOs in order to determine where to invest the results of their fundraising. Upon return students will complete their strategy for raising funds ($300/student or $6,000 in total that they may choose to work with UNF Rotaract and Oceanside Rotary to apply for matching funds); complete fundraisers; work in teams to develop several proposals to use the money raised in Peru and complete the reflective portion of the journal.

 

Criteria:

This TLO is targeted to first year Hicks Honors College students.

Murphy, Debra Italy: Art, History and Culture

(904) 620-1766

45/2024

dmurphy@unf.edu

Summer A 2018

For the study of art and art history, the museums and archaeological sites of Rome, Florence and Pompeii are incomparable.  The 2018 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

Scaff, Claudia Art, Design and Culture in Brazil

(904) 620-3817

45/2512

cscaff@unf.edu

 

Summer B 2017

Art, Design and Culture in Brazil will take place in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. This study abroad program will focus on art, design, history, social and environmental sustainability. Students will design and develop programs and promotions for selected non-profit organizations. Students will also work under the guidance of Brazilian designers and advertising agencies while engaging in a range of professional development activities such as client interview techniques and portfolio development. In addition to professional opportunities, students will also study Brazilian cultural traditions such as music, dance, media and popular culture.

 

The course will be offered in July 2017 with a total dur ation of 17 days. Students will also be required to meet 3 times before departure and 2 times after the trip.

Criteria:

• Junior classification preferred,

• a minimum of 2.8 GPA,

• enroll in the ART 3930 Art, Design and Culture in Brazil course,

• attend at least two pre-departure meetings and a safety orientation, time/date/place T.B.A

• preference will be given to students seeking their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design, Photography, or Drawing and Painting Tracks,

• program is also open to students in the Communication Department and Coggin College of Business.

• request a program application to Claudia Scaff, fill it out and email it back to cscaff@unf.edu to set up an interview.

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

(904) 620-1248

10/2151

sschwam@unf.edu

Summer A 2018

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 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. As part of the culture course, students participate in many excursions such as afternoon visits to places of interest in the city, one-day 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.

Shank, Jackie Study Abroad of Italian Food, Culture and Society in Umbria and Tuscany

(904) 620-2328

39/3014

jshank@unf.edu

Spring 2018

This TLO, the Study Abroad of Italian Food, Culture, and Society, is designed to meet the goals of community based learning and global awareness experiences. It includes a 16 day immersion in Umbrian and Tuscan life at a historic country villa – the Villa Pieve. The academic course linked with this study abroad is DIE4931 Special Topics in Nutrition and Dietetics, Study Abroad of Italian Food, Culture and Society. On this TLO students in various health majors will discover the culture and foodways of a country that epitomizes the Mediterranean Diet. Students will engage in seven Italian language classes and eight hands-on cooking classes. Class structure will include lectures, discussions and experiential learning. Students will experience total immersion in Italian culture by living at Villa Pieve and via daily travel to outlying towns. The robust itinerary includes 12 day trips to various places including an olive farm/factory, cheese and meat production facilities, food markets, a winery, a medieval grain mill, an organic farm that produces heritage legumes and grains, grocery stores, museums, cathedrals, and restaurants. In addition, students will participate in extensive food preparation that showcases traditional Umbrian cuisine; they’ll eat the food they prepare, and they’ll challenge their beliefs regarding what makes up a healthful diet. Students participating in this TLO will gain an understanding of the sociocultural aspects of nutrition in Italy and they’ll compare/assess the health benefits of the traditional Mediterranean diet versus the typical American diet.  

Criteria:

Graduate and undergraduate students from the Brooks College of Health.

Students enrolled in other UNF colleges will be considered as well. 

Sheffler, David Pilgrimage Past and Present

(904) 620-1856

9/2506

david.sheffler@unf.edu

Summer B 2017

The UNF Pilgrimage Project will take place over two UNF courses, culminating in a trip of three weeks to France and Spain, traveling the full length of the Camino from St. Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela. The project will contribute to a new UNF Digital Humanities Initiative where students will transcribe ethnographic interviews and examine the spatial dimensions of pilgrimage utilizing remote sensing data and GIS mapping. Students will participate in two courses: Medieval Pilgrimage and the Camino de Santiago, which will focus on the medieval roots of the contemporary pilgrimage tradition and Modern Pilgrimage Field Research, which will engage ethnographic and oral history methodologies to explore what the Camino means to modern pilgrims and to understand the Camino as a global cultural phenomenon and a micro-culture of its own. The UNF Pilgrimage Project will work with the Taylor leadership Institute to offer credits in the leadership minor and to provide students the opportunity for a study abroad experience in the context of exploring the “leader within.” Through readings grounded in leadership theory, personal reflections, and dialogues with UNF students, international students and other pilgrims, students will explore the interface between leadership and personal identity, and prepare for becoming effective leaders in the global community.  

 

 

Criteria:

Students enrolled in the Pilgrimage courses.

Tanase, Madeline and Dr. Elizabeth Gregg Creating Transformational Learning Opportunities in Primary, Secondary and Special Schools

(904) 620-1258

57/2305

madalina.tanese@unf.edu

Spring 2018

 

For the past eight years, education majors at the University of North Florida who are completing their final internship semester have had the opportunity to participate in a two week student teaching and sports management experience in Plymouth, England and also spend two days touring the cultural and historical attractions in London. The foundational principles for this project are based upon the reality that North Florida's schools are becoming more diverse; our K-12 classrooms are increasingly populated with students from many different cultures.  A selected group of academically qualified and recommended students will travel to Plymouth, England accompanied by COEHS faculty where they will participate in an internship for 9 full days in diverse elementary and secondary education classrooms as well as sports agencies. Participating schools and agencies have been selected that offer comprehensive and innovative P-12 programs including a community based model school that offers inclusive educational programs. Plymouth is a center for first and second generation immigrants from African, East and West Asian countries, and from Eastern European countries increasing the multicultural training opportunities for our students. This internship will serve as a culminating activity to the fourteen week internship semester in Jacksonville.  Students will participate in all aspects of the school day and week, engaging in discussions about the curriculum and organization of British schools. They will practice teaching and receive feedback from their UK teacher and the UNF faculty supervisor. Also they will attend seminars with home and host faculty at the University College, Plymouth (UCP) directed at their observations of pedagogy and curriculum, as well as unique aspects of the UK school system. UCP is ranked as #1 best teacher preparation program in South West England and has provided our students with an unforgettable and transformational opportunity.

 

 

Criteria:

Education Students

   
Service Learning
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Aceros, Juan Pediatric Adaptive Technology Community Based Project TLO

(904) 620-1684

juan.aceros@unf.edu

50/3116

Summer B 2017 - Summer A 2018

It is proposed through this Pediatric Adaptive Technology Community Based Project TLO that engineering students will work as part of an interdisciplinary team on the development of adaptive technology targeted for young children with cortical blindness. As part of this program, students will enroll in a special topics course where they will be exposed to a very unique interdisciplinary and transformational community based experience. As part of this course they will attend lectures providing basic introductory information in neuroscience, child development, rehabilitation provision models such as International Classification of function (ICF) and Human Activity Assistive Technology (HAAT), developmental disabilities, and assistive technology principles including assessment, construction, and design. They will form interdisciplinary teams, and design, construct, and test appropriate assistive technology that address the needs for identified children with developmental disabilities in the community. Students will also be exposed to a clinical observation period. During this period students will meet with rehabilitation pediatric therapists and observe therapy sessions. In addition, students will attend a presentation by Dr. Cole Galloway, a recognized expert in early pediatric mobility and the director of the mobility and design studio at the University of Delaware

Criteria:

This TLO is open to engineering and physical therapy students.

Students will be interviewed. 

 

Michelman, Jeff Study Abroad and Social Innovation in Peru

(904) 620-1541

10/2101

jmichelm@unf.edu

Spring 2018

This study abroad course involves 18 hours of pre-trip meetings to understand the social and economic fabric of Peru. During the preparation students will be engaged in research by talking with local community leaders (Rotary and water associations working in Peru) as well as resources in Peru that have been developed over time (e.g. Peace Corps, Rotary and local Incan contacts).  In Peru we will see a broad spectrum of activities which will include visiting Machu Picchu to understand the importance of Incan history and culture; meeting with experts on economic development from Government, Rotary, other NGOs, the Peace Corps and several local water agencies including Water for People. Students will work with school children and villagers to both help with education (reading to students and singing) and work on several water projects. Most importantly the students will be involved in needs assessment to better understand the issues and develop a clear strategy for raising money upon return to Jacksonville. One of the unique aspects of this study abroad is that students will have an opportunity to meet with a number of NGOs in order to determine where to invest the results of their fundraising. Upon return students will complete their strategy for raising funds ($300/student or $6,000 in total that they may choose to work with UNF Rotaract and Oceanside Rotary to apply for matching funds); complete fundraisers; work in teams to develop several proposals to use the money raised in Peru and complete the reflective portion of the journal.

 

Criteria:

This TLO is targeted to first year Hicks Honors College students.

   
Undergraduate Research
Faculty/Staff Leader Nature of the Experience
Aceros, Juan Pediatric Adaptive Technology Community Based Project TLO

(904) 620-1684

juan.aceros@unf.edu

50/3116

Summer B 2017 - Summer A 2018

It is proposed through this Pediatric Adaptive Technology Community Based Project TLO that engineering students will work as part of an interdisciplinary team on the development of adaptive technology targeted for young children with cortical blindness. As part of this program, students will enroll in a special topics course where they will be exposed to a very unique interdisciplinary and transformational community based experience. As part of this course they will attend lectures providing basic introductory information in neuroscience, child development, rehabilitation provision models such as International Classification of function (ICF) and Human Activity Assistive Technology (HAAT), developmental disabilities, and assistive technology principles including assessment, construction, and design. They will form interdisciplinary teams, and design, construct, and test appropriate assistive technology that address the needs for identified children with developmental disabilities in the community. Students will also be exposed to a clinical observation period. During this period students will meet with rehabilitation pediatric therapists and observe therapy sessions. In addition, students will attend a presentation by Dr. Cole Galloway, a recognized expert in early pediatric mobility and the director of the mobility and design studio at the University of Delaware

Criteria:

This TLO is open to engineering and physical therapy students.

Students will be interviewed. 

 

Gelsleichter, James Advanced Shark Ecology Year 7

(904) 620-1575

3/2210

jim.gelsleichter@unf.edu

Summer B 2017

This proposal requests support for the sixth year of funding for a 3-credit undergraduate course focused on the ecology of sharks. This course will be taught by Dr. Gelsleichter during Summer Session C, 2017. The course provides hands-on training in coastal biology research to UNF undergraduates by directly involving them in a long-running, federally-supported research project focused on examining shark abundance in northeast Florida. The field-based training that students receive is augmented by classroom-based activities, such as group discussions, hands-on laboratory assignments, field trips, and research seminars presented by Dr. Gelsleichter, UNF Biology graduate students, and visiting scientists. Students will have an opportunity to travel to the Bahamas to conduct research.

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 2017 course in Shark Biology.

Lane, Amy Chemical Treasures from Coastal Northeast Florida

(904) 620-2315

59/3311

amy.lane@unf.edu

Summer B 2017 - Summer A 2018

 

By completing projects aimed at the discovery of new antibiotics, four students will gain hands-on understanding of the process of scientific research during this TLO. Students will evaluate the capabilities of marine microorganisms from northeast Florida as sources of new molecules effective as antibiotics. This TLO is designed to yield student learning outcomes that include enhancement of analytical, communication, and critical thinking skills as well as increased global awareness. These TLO outcomes will prepare students for a wide variety of careers (e.g. medicine, research).  During the TLO, students will pursue three mentored activities to achieve targeted learning outcomes:

1) Collect marine sediments through field expeditions to coastal northeast Florida sites.

2)  Isolate and identify unique marine microorganisms contained within sediment samples. Evaluate these microorganisms for the production of molecules that exhibit antibiotic properties.  

3)  Present discoveries at the American Chemical Society National Conference in Spring 2018.

 

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.

Ochrietor, Judy Transformative Learning: Biochemisty of Sensory Systems

(904) 620-2827

59/1316

j.ochrietor@unf.edu

Summer B 2017 - Spring 2018

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 immune function within neural tissues, specifically the neural retina and cornea of the eye, the brain, and the gustatory epithelium of the tongue.  Students involved in this Transformation Learning Opportunity experience will study immune molecules found within the neural tissues indicated to determine exactly which cells of the tissue express them and their mechanism of action.  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 regional 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 Genetic Mechanisms of Skeletal Muscle Atrophy

(904) 620-1958

3/2234

d.s.waddell@unf.edu

Summer B 2017 - Summer A 2018

The research methodology utilized in this ongoing project will provide an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to learn and understand new and exciting tools that are being employed in biomedical research. This TLO will allow students the chance to learn cell culture and molecular genetic techniques they would not ordinarily learn in the classroom. Furthermore, students will use these skills to address important questions in skeletal muscle biology. Ultimately, this TLO will afford students the opportunity to conduct independent projects that will include characterizing the regulation of genes that are differentially expressed during muscle wasting. The initial work for this project will occur in my laboratory at UNF during the 2017-2018 academic year. Then immediately after the 2018 Spring semester, in collaboration with Dr. Xiao-Fan Wang, Dr. Tso-Pang Yao, and Dr. Monte Willis, an additional phase of the project will be conducted during a 10-12 day trip to Duke University and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. Wang, Dr. Yao, and Dr. Willis are leaders in the field of molecular and cell biology, molecular skeletal muscle physiology and molecular cardiac muscle physiology and they have generously offered space in their laboratories for UNF students to observe and learn techniques essential for conducting cell biology, molecular muscle physiology and molecular genomic studies, which cannot currently be accomplished at UNF. In addition to traveling to North Carolina for an immersive research experience, students will also have an opportunity to travel to the 2018 Experimental Biology research conference in San Diego, CA to present their research findings to the scientific community. Providing UNF students with a research project that requires them to design and execute experiments in the laboratory helps develop an important sense of ownership and independence, while also developing and enhancing important critical and analytical thinking skills.

Criteria:

 

Students with a background 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 either Genetics or Molecular Cell Biology