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Applied Mathematics

Open Topics in Applied Mathematics: Methods and Analysis of Large Data Sets: Data! Data! Data!

Douglas Nychka
Director, Institute of Mathematics Applied to Geosciences
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Stephan Sain
Head, Geophysical Statistics Project
National Center for Atmospheric Research

APPM 4720, 3 semester hours, Section 100, Class No. 18190
APPM 5720, 3 semester hours, Section 100, Class No. 18549
Session A: June 2–July 3, 2014
Empowers students in scientific, engineering, and mathematical disciplines to use modern methods of data analysis. It reflects the contemporary view of statistics as a discipline with a rigorous foundation, grounded in probability and statistical theory, but also being a practical and discovery-oriented tool for interpreting data. This course will focus on larger data sets in the context of case studies, which will naturally motivate the use of advanced statistical methods. Prereqs., students should be familiar with linear algebra, have had at least one university-level statistics class, and have some knowledge of programming. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

Douglas Nychka is a statistical scientist with an interest in the problems posed by geophysical data. He earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin and was a faculty member at North Carolina State University before moving to the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to lead collaborative research between statistics and the geosciences.

Stephan Sain is a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). His research focuses on developing statistical methodology for analyzing the complex, multivariate data that arise in the geosciences, and, in particular, that capitalize on multicore or high performance computer environments to address big data challenges.


Senior Seminar: Functions of Communication: Health Communication

Gary L. Kreps
University Distinguished Professor and Director, Center for Health and Risk Communication
George Mason University, Virginia

COMM 4220, 3 semester hours, Section 100, Class No. 18189
COMM 4000, 3 semester hours, Section 100, Class No. 15015
Session A: June 2–July 3, 2014
Explores the evolving body of health communication theory, research, and practice, examining the powerful influences of communication on the delivery of care and the promotion of health across multiple levels of communication (intrapersonal, interpersonal, group, organizational, and societal communication) and across both human and mediated communication, including new digital information technologies (e-health). Students work together on designing and implementing health communication research and intervention projects to enhance health outcomes for specific programs.

Professor Kreps’s areas of research and expertise include health communication, organizational communication, and communication research methods. He served for five years as the founding chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute. He is widely published and has been recognized as a faculty advisor and teacher.


Shakespeare in Performance

Ralph Williams
Professor, Department of English, Language, and Literature
University of Michigan

ENGL 3573, 3 semester hours, Section 100, Class No. 17682
Session A: June 2–July 3, 2014
Designed to allow students to take advantage of the extraordinary theatrical resources at CU-Boulder. Focuses on Shakespeare the dramatist through the study of the three plays produced in the summer by the Colorado Shakespeare Festival. In addition to exploring the text, the historical context, and performance conventions c. 1600, students meet the CSF teams (professional directors, dramaturgs, designers, and actors) of the three plays and the Producing Artistic Director. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.

Professor Williams specializes in Medieval and Renaissance literature, Shakespeare, literary theory, comparative literature, and Biblical studies. He was instrumental in creating and developing the Royal Shakespeare Company residency program at the University of Michigan. He is a legendary teacher of literature and has won numerous teaching awards.

Film Studies

Topics in Film Theory:  Three French Film Terms: montage, decoupage, mise-en-scène

Dudley Andrew
R. Selden Rose Professor and Chair of Cinema Studies and Comparative Literature
Yale University

FILM 4004, 3 semester hours, Section 100, Class No. 13215
ARTF 5004, 3 semester hours, Section 100, Class No. 13216
HUMN 4004, 3 semester hours, Section 100, Class No. 13977
Session A: June 2–July 3, 2014
Film aesthetics around the world have had to contend with concepts pursued insistently by the French. Examine three key terms usually left untranslated in English: montage, decoupage, and mise-en-scène. The debates and issues surrounding these terms will be attached to the styles they help describe, from early 1930s films until today. The focus will be on postwar modernism as it developed through the French New Wave. Readings will be from Andre Malraux, Andrew Bazin, Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut, Eric Rohmer, Jacques Aumont, Raymond Bellour, Serge Daney, and others. Non-French films and scholars will very much be part of the discussion.

Dudley Andrew is an American film theorist. Andrew has been called, “one of the most influential scholars in the areas of theory, history, and criticism.” He specializes in world cinema, film theory and aesthetics, and French cinema. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2011 received the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Distinguished Career Achievement Award.

Religious Studies

Topics in Religious Studies: Religion and Film

S. Brent Plate
Visiting Associate Professor
Hamilton College, New York

RLST 3820, 3 semester hours, Section 100, Class No. 17400
Session A: June 2–July 3, 2014
Introduces the mystical stories, ritual practices, communal activities, and intellectual beliefs of several major religions (Judaism, Christianity, Island, Hinduism, and Buddhism) through the medium of film. The course aims to show how religious people around the world live and struggle and find joy in their lives. Film allows us a chance to see and hear people (even when fictional) and to think about the lived lives of people in their religious worlds. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours as topics change.

S. Brent Plate is currently Managing Editor of Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief. He has published widely in areas of religious visual culture and media students. He serves on the advisory board of several scholarly journals and international organizations.


Social Inequalities in Health

Jen’nan Ghazal Read
Associate Professor, Sociology and Global Health
Duke University

SOCY 4052, 3 semester hours, Section 200, Class No. 18266
Session B: July 8–August 8, 2014
Focuses on social inequalities in health in both U.S. and international contexts. Reviews the link between health status and various types of social statuses, including but not limited to socioeconomic status, gender, race, and ethnicity. Explanations for the relationships between these factors and various health outcomes are discussed. The class focuses on multiple levels of analysis, from the physician-patient interactions to health care systems and social policies. Students have the opportunity to develop their own specific research interests in this field. Prereq., SOCY 1001.

Dr. Read is Associate Professor of Sociology and Global Health at Duke. She is currently on leave to serve as the Assistant Executive Director for Health Services Research at the Hamad Medical Corporation in Qatar. She is a Carnegie scholar and leading expert on Arabs and Muslims in the west. She is widely published and has appeared on numerous national and international television shows.