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Oil in the Gulf: The Effects on Wildlife

mp39/9/10 Oil in the Gulf

The recent BP oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico resulted in many images in the media of oil-covered birds. The leak is stopped and the oil is out of the headlines, but the effects on wildlife continue, and will for years to come. Jill Rolfe, a UMUC instructor at Misawa AB, Japan, talks about some of the ongoing and anticipated effects of the oil on wildlife. Also, what does it take to get oil off a bird?

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Academic Advisors

mp31/4/10 Academic Advisors

Academic Advisors

Cerebral challenge: How much do YOU know about UMUC Asia’s Academic Advisors, and the services they offer?

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The Financial Meltdown: Re-learning Old Lessons

mp39/11/09 The Financial Meltdown: Re-learning Old Lessons

The Financial Meltdown: Re-learning Old LessonsWhat’s it like to teach an Economics class during an economic meltdown? UMUC Asia Adjunct Associate Professor Douglas Ostrom had this experience last fall while teaching at Yokosuka NB, Japan. He’ll describe how he handled it, the causes of (and solutions to) the economic crisis and the current recession, and the effect it has had on the Japanese economy.

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Jeffrey Newbern on Sex and Drugs

mp38/28/09 Jeffrey Newbern on Sex and Drugs!

Jeffrey Newbern on Sex and DrugsIs there such a thing as a “gateway drug”? Are certain types of personalities more prone to substance abuse? Why does dinner seem to be the ideal date for most couples? Psychology instructor Jeffrey Newbern talks about teaching the UMUC courses PSYC 307X Substance Abuse: An Introduction, and PSYC 332 Psychology of Human Sexuality.

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Dr. Steven Aird: Snakes, spiders, and other natural marvels

mp38/14/09 Dr. Steven Aird: Snakes, spiders, and other natural marvels

SnakeDr. Steven Aird, who will begin teaching biology in Okinawa in fall session 1, talks about snakes, spiders, venus flytraps, and more!

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Sri Lanka and India: A Slide Show

mp35/22/09 Sri Lanka and India

Nick Zoa at Taj MahalUMUC Asia faculty member Nick Zoa talks about his trip to Sri Lanka and India in a presentation given at Yokota Air Base on May 21. View his slides here.

E-mail Dr. Zoa here if you have any questions.

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Philosophy: An Empty-Nest Discipline?

12/15/08 Philosophy: An Empty-Nest Discipline?

“Philosophy is a discipline that has seen many of its children grow up and move out,” says UMUC professor Christopher Melley. Originally, physics, chemistry, biology, and psychology were situated within the cozy nest of philosophical inquiry, but eventually emerged as their own disciplines, somewhat independent of philosophy. What new disciplines might spin off from philosophy? And, for that matter, just what IS philosophy, exactly?

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