You read from time-to-time that the U.S. is lagging behind other countries in math and science. While this may or may not be true, the Chatfield Science Department is conducting more classes between both campuses for Fall 2016 than has been the case in many years. Classes have been offered in the past, but getting enough students to keep the class on the schedule has been challenging. That is not so for the Fall 2016 semester. Human Biology is in progress at both campuses as is College Biology. Chemistry I is being conducted at both campuses for the first time in at least six years. We are even also offering Basic Chemistry at the OTR Campus. Ecology is also being offered at both campuses. For those who do not know, College Biology is a prerequisite for several other science classes so keep your eyes open to enroll in College Biology if you are interested in taking classes like Anatomy & Physiology or Microbiology.
As the Department Chair and the College Biology instructor at the OTR campus, I would like to do a shout out and offer kudos for two enthusiastic students, Fay Grove and Shanika Moore, who made a presentation of carbohydrates, lipids & fats, proteins and nucleic acids more exciting than usual. We even debated the role of high fructose corn syrup in association with obesity in the U.S. We discussed anabolic steroids and the importance of proteins to our human biological processes. If you see either one of these students, be sure to ask them why babies need milk but the majority of adults in the United Sates are likely to be lactose intolerant?
One final comment, can you name the organization that determines the difference between good science and bad science? I will give you a moment to think about that…… of course you can’t name it, because there isn’t one. Other Scientists monitor published science experiments. They scrutinize the data, results and experimental design and then if scientists can replicate the experiment over and over, time after time, then new ideas become accepted ideas. If not, that idea gets kicked to the curb. Thank goodness for the Scientific Method. See you around campus.