Five faculties named in the Honors College Faculty Fellows Program E-News

The Sixth Honors College Faculty Fellows Group will challenge WVU students to re-examine their assumptions about ethics, science, and even reality itself through innovative courses.

Courses scheduled for the 2022-23 academic year will cover ethical dilemmas in transplant surgery, understanding metaversion, justice in law and literature, the limitations and promises of the scientific community, and information literacy through film.

“This competitive program provides selected faculty with the opportunity to develop new curricula and teaching ideas through courses that incorporate the values ​​of our service, leadership, and innovation,” said Damien Clement, Dean of the College of Honor. “They encourage students to explore a variety of ideas and issues for inclusion, to make connections between disciplines and to apply what they have learned in the real world.

Collaborators and their courses are:

Vagner BeneditoDepartment of Plant and Soil Sciences, Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design

In Science Use and Abuse, students will explore the mechanisms and limitations of science, from its potential to address societal challenges to intentional scientific fraud and abuse. They will develop the skills to analyze the world around them and evaluate scientific claims in advertising, politics, commercial products and social media. From ongoing societal challenges such as global warming, food and energy production, and a pandemic to historical scientific shortcomings or misconduct such as the bias of artificial intelligence algorithms and clearly unethical experiments with Tuskegee syphilis, scientific literacy is a necessary skill to participate fully in civic life. in discourse and in our communities.

Lynsey BiondiSurgery, School of Medicine

Ethics and Organ Transplant students will study the science of transplant surgery and immunology and analyze its bioethical implications, using case studies of the real dilemmas faced by medical professionals, patients and families. Students will form the basis of scientific knowledge about transplant surgery, meet with experts in various fields of organ donation and transplantation, and understand the four pillars of bioethics. With this new experience, students will face the ethical complexity of impossibly difficult medical decisions from the perspective of the patient, family, and medical professional. Students will need to reconsider their preconceived notions about transplantation and develop empathy for those whose views contradict them.

Rose Caseyin English, Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Legal Fictions brings together law and literature to look at global perspectives on justice. By reading novels, poetry, and drama alongside legislation, resolutions, and conventions, students will see how law and literature use similar methods to create a fairer world. They will learn about laws that discriminate on the basis of race, gender, and nationality, and examine how legal systems around the world have protected the rights of individuals and groups. Examining continuity between countries as diverse as India, South Africa, the United States and the UK, Legal Fiction inspires students to think broadly about justice: what it is, what it was, what it could be.

David SmithReed College of Media

Expanding Reality will introduce students to the media and the debate about XR technology (virtual, augmented and mixed reality), its origins, current programs and future growth potential. As the digital and physical worlds become more and more converged, new opportunities for interactivity and communication, as well as new privacy and digital identity issues in the metaverse, open up for us. Students will learn about these concepts through lectures, class discussions, and hands-on learning activities. The course will culminate in students proposing, planning and developing a meaningful XR project for a university or community partner.

Lynne StahlResearch services, WVU libraries

Selection Knowledge will teach students literacy in film art and language, and encourage students to analyze the stories we tell about the socio-political contexts and information economies in which they are created and viewed. Students will learn how films create meaning and impact and how our own cultural context shapes our intellectual and emotional responses. How are the creation, dissemination and consumption of information linked to our political systems and norms? Students will consider how these contexts change our concepts of knowledge, access, power, and merit.

Honors College offers an enhanced undergraduate experience for students at the University of West Virginia, creating a curious community of scholars that enriches their education in and out of the classroom. These faculty scholarship courses allow students to explore new ways of thinking while meeting the requirements of a general education basic course.

Contact Damien Clement for more information Damien.Clement@mail.wvu.edu.

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