Campus News

March 1, 2010

Sustainability is newest Pre-College track

Now in its second year, Emory’s Pre-College Program allows talented rising high school juniors and seniors to experience Emory’s distinctive academic and residential community. This year, the summer program tackles the challenges of living sustainability in the modern world with the Science of Sustainability Institute.

Taught by Daphne Norton from the Department of Chemistry, the Institute offers students the unique opportunity to explore the intersection between problems facing our environment and the solutions science has to offer. A full day program, the Institute includes two daily classes, a lab and extracurricular activities connected to Emory’s sustainability initiative.

“While we will focus on science, we will address the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to solving sustainability programs,” Norton explains. “I want students to recognize the impact science can have in overcoming problems related to energy consumption. The Institute will take a very hands-on approach, engaging students in exploratory lab exercises that include designing a fuel cell, building and testing a solar cell, synthesizing biodiesel from cooking oil and using electrolysis to prepare nickel nanowires.”

In addition, the Institute will highlight some of Emory’s unique sustainable programs – including LEED buildings, biodiesel shuttles and the educational food gardens.

“The Science of Sustainability Institute is an initiative that showcases two of Emory’s real strengths: its commitment to ethically responsible living and its excellence in the sciences,” says Philip Wainwright, associate dean of international and summer programs. “This is an exciting opportunity for students to see cutting-edge environmental practices and to learn the science that lies behind those practices.”

The Pre-College Program offers six-week credit courses in disciplines including biology, economics, mathematics, film studies, languages, theater studies, social sciences and visual arts. Two-week non-credit courses span similar subject areas and include classes taught by Emory faculty Jennifer Romig, “Lawyer as Advocate and Advisor”; Scott Stewart, “Spectacular Soundtracks: Music in Movies”; Marshall Duke, “Psychology of Creativity”; Eugene Gangarosa, “Public Health Career Opportunities and Practices” and Peter Wakefield on “Ethics and Bioethics.”

“This program provides high school students with an excellent opportunity to experience college life and to get a sense of what Emory has to offer,” Wainwright adds. “We have been very fortunate that some of our top teaching faculty offer courses in the program and we feel that the program really does represent the best of Emory.”

Courses run from May 8 to Aug. 6. Children of Emory staff members may be eligible for the courtesy scholarship for credit courses. The application deadline is May 1.

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