Designed for fearless and inquisitive young women, Barnard's SITI program is perfect for students looking to develop their STEM skills in both lecture and laboratory settings. Using the city as a supplemental classroom, you’ll be able to explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in motion.

The Courses

Abnormal Psychology

This class will incorporate elements of two classes that I teach at the undergraduate level in the Barnard Psychology Department: Abnormal Psychology and Introduction to Clinical Psychology. Students will receive an introduction to the field of psychopathology, the scientific study of mental disorders. The course will survey a variety of forms of abnormal behavior in psychology, including anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, schizophrenia, and personality disorders.

Description, theory, research, and treatment will be discussed in relation to abnormal behavior. Finally students will be provided with an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of clinical psychologists, including conducting various forms of assessments and psychotherapy. This class will be of interest to students who intend to pursue careers in the "helping professions" of clinical psychology, psychiatry, counseling and social work.

Chemical Connections and Happening

Transferring electrons. Making and breaking chemical bonds. These are among the atomic- and molecular-scale happenings that we will explore in this course, combining discussions of chemical principles with hands-on laboratory experiments. We will also take field trips to New York City science landmarks such as the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan, the New York Hall of Science in Queens, and the location in Brooklyn where large-scale production of penicillin was first achieved.

This is an auspicious year for chemistry: 2019 has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly and UNESCO as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements, in honor of the 150th anniversary of Dmitri Mendeleev's publication of his periodic table. Along these lines, we will investigate some elemental properties through laboratory experiments on oxidation-reduction reactions and acid-base chemistry.

We will also use hand-held models and computer software to visualize three-dimensional molecular structures and to calculate the distribution of electrons within molecules. Finally, we will consider connections of chemistry to philosophical, artistic, and literary questions, such as levels of "truth" in scientific theories.

Our explorations will include museum and library trips in New York City to see paintings and drawings that reveal the ambiguity of visual representation (for example, art by René Magritte and Maurice Escher) and to read from the chemistry-influenced literary memoirs of Primo Levi (The Periodic Table) and Oliver Sacks (Uncle Tungsten). Curiosity and interest in chemistry are pre-requisites, but no special chemistry knowledge or background is required.

Data Collection and Analysis

In Data Collection and Analysis in the Urban Environment: River, Forest, Campus, students will explore NYC's Nature as found in the Hudson River, the wildflower meadows planted on top of Barnard College buildings and the High Line, old-growth forest at the New York Botanical Garden, wetland flora and fauna at Jamaica Bay and museum studies at the American Museum of Natural History. In addition to studying the water quality of the Hudson, students will measure carbon storage in campus trees, survey birds in relationship to habitat in Riverside Park and Jamaica Bay, simulate a paleoecological investigation of Manhattan using the Virtual Forest and quantify biodiversity on NYC rooftops.

It is an investigation of the city's wildlife, from plankton to peregrines, and will be hands-on, inquiry-based, include field experiences and involve data collection, analysis and presentations. Each meeting will begin with a discussion of the day's topic and then we will head outside to collect data, for example, water samples, tree measurements, plant and bird surveys, etc. Back in the lab, the data will be visualized, analyzed and discussed in the form of team presentations.

Forensic Psychology

This course is an examination of the interaction between the discipline of psychology and the criminal justice system. It examines the aspects of human behavior directly related to the legal process such as eyewitness memory, testimony, jury decision making, and criminal behavior in addition, the course focuses on the ethical and moral tensions that inform the law.

From Forensics to Art Conservation: The Jazz of Chemistry

Each class will start off with an interesting anecdote about chemistry in the fields of Forensics, Personal care chemistry, Environmental chemistry, Art conservation, and Food chemistry. Then we will explore the chemistry behind these fabulous stories.

Psychology 101

Psychology can be defined as the scientific study of mental processes and behavior. While psychology is most often associated with clinical issues (i.e. abnormal, personality), this makes up only a small portion of the field. This is a broad survey course covering topics such as physiological, social, organizational, and developmental psychology. The course will develop one’s understanding of seeing psychology as a science of human thought and behavior. Topics covered will be a helpful tool for most university introductory psychology courses.

Understanding, Transforming, and Preserving Movement in Digital Spaces

In the past few years, access to motion capture data, 3D base models, and software to “make an animation of yourself” has skyrocketed. From MakeHuman to Mixamo to CMU’s motion capture database, the ability to make and finish polished projects has become easier for many. While these resources are extremely helpful to create a range of projects, they lack tools to create diverse characters and movements unexplored by systems that center assumptions of neutrality.

This course will introduce you to the DIY 3D community. We will go over questions including “Who’s making in this space? How are they making?” and “Who is left out of the community due to a lack of resources?” Attendees will learn and create using current “accessible” motion capture and modeling technology, and will brainstorm ways to make the technology serve diverse communities/bodies in their needs and differences.

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