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Center for Teaching Excellence

Fall 2015 San Juan Scholars Seminars

September 15
Merrill Adams
How the Brain Makes Decisions: The Good, the Bias, and the Uncertain

September 17
Kate Fulton and Alicia Skipper
Unlocking Student Learning Through Theme-based Learning Communities

October 15
Pam Peters and Lisa Wurtz
Paper Blues

Decision-making is a process deceptively simple and seemingly effective. On a daily basis we make dozens of decisions ranging from what to have for breakfast to how to approach a difficult interpersonal conflict. Knowledge of how our brain is affected by available information can enable us to develop effective strategies for preventing or compensating and thereby make better decisions.

Do you want to get your students excited?Do you want to teach in a collaborative setting?Do you want to build a strong community in your classroom? If so, then Learning Communities may be the answer! Come hear about the benefits of theme-based Learning Communities and get ideas of how to develop one of your own.

We all remember the mystique of secret decoder rings and coded messages to friends. Cryptography has been used throughout history, by Julius Caesar, Mary Queen of Scots, and Thomas Jefferson. It became a lynchpin to military secrets in World Wars I and II, with Alan Turing and the codebreakers of Bletchley Park key to the Allied victory in WWII. We will discuss the basics of cryptography and the math involved, explore its intriguing history, and talk about the amazing work of the men and women cryptographers of Bletchley Park.

October 27
Don Hyder
Locally Produced Honey Being Evaluated for Treating Community Acquired Topical MRSA Infections
November 17
Sam Bachert
Increasing Social Presence in a Developmental Online Writing Course

This is a report of the first year of an undergraduate research project to identify the floral source and antibiotic components of locally produced honey that is currently being investigated in a clinical trial treating community acquired MRSA infections with honey.The first year of the study is aimed at identifying the candidate antibiotic methylglyoxal in the honey as well as nectar from the primary floral source, Russian knapweed. The project is being funded by a five year NIH New Mexico INBRE grant.

Since the last time I presented for San Juan Scholars I have received IRB approval for my study and I have been collecting data. Come hear an update on the study for my dissertation and what I have found out so far regarding adding a synchronous component to asynchronous discussions in online developmental writing courses.

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