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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Cerebral challenge: How much do YOU know about UMUC Asia’s Academic Advisors, and the services they offer?
What’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.
Is 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.
Dr. Steven Aird, who will begin teaching biology in Okinawa in fall session 1, talks about snakes, spiders, venus flytraps, and more!
“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?