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This study group provides a forum for lively discussions on a wide-ranging selection of science topics with recent news-worthy developments. The topic articles will be taken from journals such as Nature, Science, Scientific American, The Atlantic, Climate Science, or from reputable news sources such as The Guardian, The New York Times, Washington Post, and others. Sample topics include brain plasticity, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, genetics, space exploration, climate and earth science, human and animal cognition, and topics related to human health. Each participant will be expected to serve as discussion leader for one 1–2 hour class. If you have a particular interest, you will be free to choose your own topic and key article from any reputable scientific source. Discussion leaders are also free to choose additional readings and videos to supplement the main article and will prepare discussion questions to be distributed prior to each session. Assigned materials will be available through the Northwestern library portal, by open source on the internet, or on Canvas. All participants will be expected to read the assigned articles and relevant materials and to review the discussion questions in preparation for each session.

Class Details

14 Sessions
Weekly - Wed

Virtual - Any Location

MultipleInstructor :
1.Jeffery Semel2.Suzanne Sutherland3.Benjamin Schwartz 



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Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
9/8/2021 - 12/8/2021 Weekly - Wed 1:15 PM - 3:15 PM N/A, Virtual - Any Location  Map Benjamin Schwartz  ; Suzanne Sutherland  ; Jeffery Semel 
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