Biology for the New Millennium is designed to familiarize non-scientists with the dramatic developments taking place in biology. These scientific advances are already impacting our lives in surprising ways, and the influence of biology on contemporary life will continue to increase with each passing year. It is important that citizens understand the science behind these developments and their potential for changing the trajectory of everyday experience, influencing cultural norms, and modifying societal values. This course will cover emerging paradigms in the biological sciences and medicine, conveying the material at a level where students not trained in science can grasp the essential truths and consider the intellectual and ethical implications.
Field WorkCountry: Singapore
Day: 1 - Singapore - 22 February
The purpose of our field lab is to visit Science Centre Singapore, which is acclaimed as one of the top science centers in the world. Among the exhibitions we will see there are the Bioethics Exhibition, the Genome Exhibition, and the Living with Viruses Exhibition. These exhibitions explore newly emerging biomedical discoveries and raise questions about the social, legal, and ethical implications that accompany such scientific advances. The goal of our class is familiarize non-science students with the remarkable progress made in biological research so that they can make informed decisions that will affect their own lives. Indeed, the subject matter covered Biology in the New Millennium parallels themes featured at the Science Centre Singapore. Thus, our visit there is truly an extension of our classroom.