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      Dean College Hosting Two Symposiums to Develop Courses That Infuse the Humanities with Science

      07/13/2018

      National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Grant to aid in the development of courses.

      Last summer, Dean College was among the 245 recipients slated to receive a total of $39.3 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) aimed at supporting vital research, education, and public programs in the humanities. This is Dean College’s first grant application submitted and award received from NEH.

      With this funding, College faculty are developing two courses in the history of science that incorporate hands-on labs: “History of Science” and “Beyond Henrietta Lacks:  Race and Medicine in 20th Century America.” Both courses are set to pilot for the 2018-19 calendar year. 

      Project Director and Associate Professor of History at Dean College, Dr. David Dennis spearheaded the development of the courses, alongside Project Co-Director, Dr. Jessica Pisano, as well as Dr. Rob Lawson, who will teach the course on race and medicine. The three have been hard at work this past year, developing both courses.

       “Culture shapes science, and science shapes culture,” said Dennis. “From early ideas about the Earth’s place in the cosmos to popular attitudes toward climate change and cancer treatment, the humanities are essential for how we understand the past and present of modern scientific society. This project furthers the ongoing revitalization of the humanities for the twenty-first century at Dean College and beyond. The opportunity to combine history courses with lab science underscores Dean’s record of educational innovation. I look forward to working with science and humanities faculty, as well as external scholars, to bring this groundbreaking curriculum to our students.”

      For the next two weeks, the College will host two symposiums, one for each course, and will bring in four outside scholars, two from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, one from UMass Amherst and one from Emmanuel College, to help design the curriculum. 

      “The real innovative part here, what I’m most excited about, is that we’re going to couple a humanities course, what would otherwise have been a standard 3-credit course, with a science lab, that allows student to have hands-on experience with the science that’s being discussed in the humanities course,” said Dennis. “The symposiums bring together Dean College faculty with outside experts to answer a key question: how do we integrate a history classroom with a science lab in a way that makes the experience compelling, engaging, and seamless for our students?” he added.

      The group plans to finalize the curriculum for each course this summer with the first offering set to roll out in fall of 2018.

      For more information on the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), visit www.neh.gov. To learn more about Dean College, visit www.dean.edu

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      About Dean College

      Dean College is a private, residential New England college grounded in a culture and tradition that all students deserve the opportunity for academic and personal success. A uniquely supportive community for more than 150 years, Dean has woven together extensive student support and engagement with exceptional teaching and innovative campus activities. Our graduates are lifetime learners who thrive in their careers, embrace social responsibility and demonstrate leadership. This is The Dean Difference. To learn more, visit: www.dean.edu.

      About the National Endowment for the Humanities

      Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov

      *Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this (publication) (program) (exhibition) (website) do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

       

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      Dean College Entry Level EMT Course Information Session, December 12, 2018

      12/11/2018

      Dean College to offer Entry Level EMT Course beginning January 14, 2019. Join us on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 for a FREE information session.

      Dean College, in partnership with Emergency Medical Teaching Services, Inc., is proud to offer its first EMT Basic Training Course. Classes start January 14, 2019.

      Don’t Miss Our Free Information Session on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM in the Dean College Campus Center, Campanella Board Room. No registration required. 

      If you are unable to join us, visit dean.edu/scs or email cvandale@dean.edu to learn more about the program.


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      Dean College Residence Halls to Close for Winter Break on Thursday, December 13, 2018

      12/04/2018

      Dean College Residence Halls to Close for Winter Break on Thursday, December 13, 2018 

      Students are required to check out of their room two hours after their last final and prior to leaving, must do the following:

      - Ensure all trash is taken out of the room

      - Unplug all electronics

      - Unplug and defrost any mini-fridge units

      - Lock all windows

      - Turn off the light and lock the door

      - Return key to the residence director, community advisor, or designated key drop area

      Other important reminders:

      - Students should sign up with their resident director or community advisor to check out of their room, and return their room key. Failure to return a room key may result in a fine.

      - Students are encouraged to take home any valuables or items they will need over the break. Re-entry into rooms due to forgotten items will not be allowed.

      - Students who are not returning for the spring semester should completely remove all belongings from their room in order to avoid any charges.

      For questions, please either contact the Office of Residence Life at reslife@dean.edu or 508-541-1838 or if you are a student, stop by the Chapman House and/or speak with your residence director.

       

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      Dean College Offering Winter Courses

      11/19/2018

      Special one-week and online course options available!

      3-week online courses – December 26, 2018 – January 18, 2019

      1-week 1 credit courses – January 7-11, 2019

      2-week 3 credit courses – January 7-18, 2019

      1-week 3 credit courses – January 14-18, 2019 

      Dean College also welcomes high school juniors and seniors looking to explore their academic interest and quickly earn transferrable college credits with a variety of formats including online and on-campus.

      Visit www.dean.edu/scs for more information and to register. 

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      Dean College Presents: New Dancers Showcase, December 7-8, 2018

      11/19/2018

      The Joan Phelps Palladino School of Dance at Dean College will perform New Dancers Showcase on Friday, December 7th and Saturday, December 8, 2018.  

      The performance is an informal showing of dance works created and/or performed by our first-year dance majors. 

      The New Dancers Showcase will take place in the Main Stage within the Campus Center at Dean College, 109 West Central Street, Franklin at 8:00 p.m. both nights, with a 2:00 p.m. performance scheduled for Saturday. Tickets range from $5-$10. 

      For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.dean.edu/boxoffice.

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      Dean College Administrative Offices Closed November 21-23, 2018

      11/19/2018

      Dean College administrative offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday, November 21-23, 2018 for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

      Residence Halls will close Tuesday, November 20th at 6:30 p.m. and will reopen on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 12:00 noon.

      Administrative offices will resume normal business hours beginning Monday, November 26, 2018.

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