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Marc S Lewis

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Cincinnati

Marc S Lewis

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Biography

Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and The University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. He teaches creative problem solving and research methods.  His current research, which addresses the molecular biology of rare diseases, is based on study at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He is also currently the science director of a private scientific and charitable foundation that funds innovative research approaches to biology and medicine. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including The Amazon, India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 3 of the more than 1,000 speeches recorded at http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm

T C 310 • Modes Of Reasoning

43385 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm SEA 1.332
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Description:

This is a course for people who love creative problem solving.  The focus is on how to recognize, analyze, and solve a broad range of problems of all levels.  We begin by looking at conventional problem solving strategies and why they sometimes go wrong.  We then look at ways to develop novel solutions problems that cannot be solved easily by conventional approaches.  We use Research & Development Teams and in-class exercises to demonstrate practical applications of these methods.  In particular, you will use these methods to develop a team project whose outcome you and your team will present at the end of the semester. 

Students from all majors are welcome, but you should be aware that the team projects have a medicine/science orientation.  For that reason you should be ready to spend much of the course reading and thinking about approaches to scientific problems.

 

Texts/Readings:

Readings focus on works that give insight into the creative process and reading lists that you generate yourself as you pursue ideas for your classroom presentation.

 

Assignments:

In-class exercises

Individual/Team Project

Classroom Presentation

Classroom Participation

 

About the Professor:

Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. His research, which addresses the molecular biology of aging and the etiology certain rare diseases, is based on training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 3 of the more than 700 speeches recorded at http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm.

 

T C 310 • Modes Of Reasoning

43740 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm SEA 2.116
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Description:

This is a course for people who love creative problem solving.  The focus is on how to recognize, analyze, and solve a broad range of problems of all levels.  We begin by looking at conventional problem solving strategies and why they sometimes go wrong.  We then look at ways to develop novel solutions problems that cannot be solved easily by conventional approaches.  We use Research & Development Teams and in-class exercises to demonstrate practical applications of these methods.  In particular, you will use these methods to develop a team project whose outcome you and your team will present at the end of the semester. 

Students from all majors are welcome, but you should be aware that the team projects have a medicine/science orientation.  For that reason you should be ready to spend much of the course reading and thinking about approaches to scientific problems.

 

Texts/Readings:

Readings focus on works that give insight into the creative process and reading lists that you generate yourself as you pursue ideas for your classroom presentation.

 

Assignments:

In-class exercises

Individual/Team Project

Classroom Presentation

Classroom Participation

 

About the Professor:

Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. His research, which addresses the molecular biology of aging and the etiology certain rare diseases, is based on training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 3 of the more than 700 speeches recorded at http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm.

T C 310 • Modes Of Reasoning

43435 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 200pm-330pm SEA 2.116
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Modes of Reasoning: Inventive Thinking and Problem Solving Methods

Description:

This is a course for people who love creative problem solving.  We first investigate normal modes of problem solving and why they go wrong in some instances.  We then turn to novel methods for dealing with difficult problems, including creative approaches to both research and the real-world problems.   Class time is evenly divided between lectures, in-class exercises, and a individual/team project.

Texts/Readings:

Readings focus on works that give insight into the creative process and reading lists that you generate yourself as you pursue ideas for your classroom presentation.

Assignments:

 In-class exercises

 Individual/Team Project

 Classroom Presentation

 Classroom Participation

About the Professor:

Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. His research, which addresses the molecular biology of aging and the etiology certain rare diseases, is based on training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 3 of the more than 700 speeches recorded at http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm.

T C 357 • Prob Solv: Molec Bio/Epidemiol

43125 • Spring 2013
Meets W 200pm-500pm SEA 2.116
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Problem Solving, Molecular Biology, and Epidemiology

Description:

This course shows students how to combine problem solving, molecularbiology and epidemiology into creative and testable research ideas.About 50% of the class is devoted to lectures, class exercises, information gathering, and the generation of research ideas. Lectures will cover such topics as how to use problem solving to get creative research ideas and how to think like a disease to get clues aboutcausation. Students will also learn to use genetic and molecular research data bases such as PubMed, OMIM, and emedicine, and research tools such as gene cards, Human and Mouse Genome mapping sites, BLASTand BIND, amino acid analysis, three-dimensional modeling, and others.  The remaining 50% of the course will be devoted to working in teams on research projects aimed at real-world problems. I intend this course to be interesting and fun. The goal is not for students to become an expert in any particular field, but rather to introduce them to methods that can guide their future study. This course is probably the only one of its kind in the country and should increase student's attractiveness to medical schools and research oriented graduate programs.  Although the focus of this course is on biology, students with interests in all fields of the arts and sciences are welcomed and I will work to ensure that the class fits all backgrounds.

 

Texts/Readings:

Readings for lectures and classroom exercises will involve manuals,websites, and instructions for using various databases and analytic programs (e.g. emedicine, OMIM, Human Genome). There are very fewother types of assigned readings; students will generate most of their reading themselves as they pursue ideas for their team's research.  The readings may range from popular overviews to original research.  Other sources of information may include DVDs, interviews with key people in a field, and beyond.

 

Assignments:

Assignments will involve in-class assignments and homework, apossible mid term exam, in-class participation on the team project aswell as a short oral and written summary of the team's progress for the semester.

 

About the Professor:

Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent's Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and The University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. He teaches creative problem solving and research methods. His current research, which addresses the molecular biology of rare diseases, is based on study at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. He is also currently developing the structure for a scientific and charitable foundation that will fund innovative research approaches to biology and medicine. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including The Amazon, India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way.

T C 310 • Modes Of Reasoning

42975 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm SEA 2.116
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Modes of Reasoning: Inventive Thinking and Problem Solving Methods

This is a course for people who love creative problem solving.  We first investigate normal modes of problem solving and why they go wrong in some instances.  We then turn to novel methods for dealing with difficult problems, including creative approaches to both research and the real-world problems.   Class time is evenly divided between lectures, in-class exercises, and a class/individual project. 

Readings: Readings focus on works that give insight into the creative process and reading lists that you generate yourself as you pursue ideas for your classroom presentation.

Brief Biography: Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award, The Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. His research, which addresses the molecular biology of aging and the etiology certain rare diseases, is based on training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 3 of the more than 700 speeches recorded at http://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm .

 

T C 302 • Creat Prob Solv/Rsrch Methods

42820 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 1230pm-200pm SEA 2.116
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Creative Problem Solving and Research Methods

Instructor: Marc Lewis

Description: This is a course for people who love creative problem solving. Course readings and discussions focus on how to approach, analyze, and solve difficult problems and how to generate unusual ideas. Students will learn to apply these methods to diverse situations ranging from the discovery of the causes of disease processes to successful job hunting.

Grades will be based on in-class exercises, student presentations, and writing assignments. This course carries a writing flag and may require attendance at some events outside of normal classroom time.

Readings:

Readings focus on works that give insight into thecreative process (e.g., the science essays of J.B.S. Haldane, andthe letters of Richard Feynman), essays on effective writing (e.g.,the “underground grammarian” Richard Mitchell), and readinglists that you generate yourself as you pursue ideas for yourclassroom presentation.

Requirements: Several short papers and one medium lengthpaper, approximately 16 pages total (35% of final grade).Classroom presentation (25% of final grade).Classroom participation (40% of final grade)

Brief Biography: Marc Lewis is the winner of numerous teaching awards including the Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, The Silver Spurs Fellowship, The Presidents Teaching Excellence Award, and University Dad's Association Centennial Fellowship. His research, which addresses the molecular biology of aging and the etiology certain rare diseases, is based on training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. His chief nonacademic interest is travel including India, Tibet, Krygystan, Nepal, Outer Mongolia and many other small and wonderful places along the way. His 2000 graduation address is ranked number 3 of the more than 700 speeches recorded athttp://www.graduationwisdom.com/speeches/topten.htm .

T C 357 • Prob Solv: Molec Bio/Epidemiol

42875 • Fall 2010
Meets TH 1230pm-330pm SEA 2.116
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Description:

This course shows students how to combine problem solving, molecular biology and epidemiology into creative and testable research ideas. About 50% of the class is devoted to lectures, class exercises, information gathering, and the generation of research ideas. Lectures will cover such topics as how to use problem solving to get creative research ideas and how to think like a disease to get clues about causation. Students will also learn to use genetic and molecular research data bases such as PubMed, OMIM, and emedicine, and research tools such as gene cards, Human and Mouse Genome mapping sites, BLAST and BIND, amino acid analysis, three-dimensional modeling, and others.  The remaining 50% of the course will be devoted to developing, and perfecting an original research project.   The project can be anything of the student’s own choosing in their area of interest—for example, biology, music, engineering, mathematics, or some combination of those and others.  Students will work on the project in “pods” (clusters of people pursuing related ideas).

I intend this course to be interesting and fun. The goal is not for students to become an expert in any particular field, but rather to introduce them to methods that can guide their future study. This course is probably the only one of its kind in the country and should increase student’s attractiveness to medical schools and research oriented graduate programs.  Although the focus of this course is on biology, students with interests in all fields of the arts and sciences are welcomed and I will work to ensure that the class fits all backgrounds. 

Texts/Readings:

Readings for lectures and classroom exercises will involve manuals, websites, and instructions for using various databases and analytic programs (e.g. emedicine, OMIM, Human Genome). There are very few other types of assigned readings; students will generate most of their reading themselves as they pursue ideas for their class project.  The readings may range from popular overviews to original research.  Other sources of information may include DVDs, interviews with key people in a field, and beyond.

Assignments:

Participation, in-class assignments and homework will be 50% of student’s grade; the class project will be the other 50%. At the end of the semester, students will turn in a written treatment of their project and make an oral presentation to the class.

Small Print

The foregoing represents my plan for the course, but if unanticipated problems

arise, I may make changes. I will consult with you in if such changes become

necessary.   

About the Professor:

Dr. Lewis received his Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati in Clinical Psychology. He is associate professor of Clinical psychology. His research is the interface of molecular biology and  epidemiology with emphasis on the molecular biology of aging.

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