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Michael Stoff, Director 305 East 23rd St, CLA 2.102, (G3600) Austin, TX 78712-1250 • 512-471-1442

Fall 2009

T C 310 • Modes of Reasoning: Originality in the Arts and Sciences

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
43752 MW
10:00 AM-11:00 AM
PHR 2.108
David LAUDE & Elizabeth SCALA

Course Description

Students are introduced to the traditions established in the arts and sciences for generating new knowledge from original ideas. Modeling after the way that faculty conduct research, students are required to create original research reports or papers that utilize skills introduced in lecture and developed in the learning laboratory. Faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate mentors will form intellectual communities in which students develop confidence in creating original ideas that will be subject to inquiry. To assist in turning idea into product, students will be taught to use the resources of the university including libraries, museums and research collections, research laboratories, and computer facilities.

About the Professors: Dr. David A. Laude is Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in the College of Natural Sciences and a professor of chemistry and biochemistry. His research interests are in the area of instrumentation development in the field of mass spectrometry and he has trained over 20 PhDs in the field. Dr. Laude has a passion for teaching and works hard to provide the very best educational environment for students in the College. He is involved with numerous College retention and enrichment programs including UTeach, Texas Interdisciplinary Plan and the Dean's Scholars honors program. He also works hard to promote undergraduate research in the College and organizes a large poster session each year that displays the research accomplishments of CNS students. Elizabeth Scala teaches Chaucer and his late medieval contemporaries in the context of psychoanalytic and textualist approaches to literature. She writes about Chaucer, the history of Chaucer studies. and the textual environments of medieval literature. Her forthcoming publications include a collection of essays, The Post-Historical Middle Ages, edited with Sylvia Federico (Palgrave, 2009), in which she has written "The Gender of Historicism." "The Texture of Emare" is forthcoming in Philological Quarterly and a special issue of Medieval Feminist Forum in 2009 on "academic injustice" is being planned around her work on female medievalists Eleanor Prescott Hammond and Edith Rickert. She is one of the new editors of the journal Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies.




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