!!!NEW!!!! Summer STEM Seminars (S-Cubed)

Sunday, June 23rd- Friday, July 5th, 2019 

S-Cubed participants will have the opportunity to sharpen their skills under the tutelage of Barnard's STEM faculty and receive insight and mentorship from Barnard students during their time on campus. Students are permitted to take one elective course in addition to their afternoon seminar on Women in STEM. The afternoon sessions will focus on evidence based interventions for reducing gender barriers in academic and professional institutions through guest lecturers, dynamic panels, professional site visits, etc.   

Summer 2019 Course Offerings:


Life in the Universe 

Laura Kay

We do not know if there is life outside of Earth, so this class will explore how scientists in different disciplines think about the question of extraterrestrial life. Topics include the origin of life on Earth, the exploration of the Solar System, global climate changes on Venus, Mars & Earth, the discoveries of extrasolar planets, space colonization, and the search for extraterrestrial life (SETI). Course will include field trips to the American Museum of Natural History/Hayden Planetarium and to the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Environmental Science 

Data Collection and Analysis in the Urban Environment: River, Forest, Campus 

Terryanne Maenza-Gmelch

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.


Abnormal Psychology

Abnormal Psychology: The Study and Treatment of Mental Illness 

Michael Wheaton 

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 Happenings and Connections 

Christian Rojas 

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.


Neuroscience (Hormones) 

The Science of Hormones 

Kara Pham

This class explores the influence of hormones, which are chemical messengers, on development and behavior. Students will examine the roles of hormones on sexual differentiation, reproductive behavior, appetite regulation, biological rhythms, social interactions, and stress. The topic of hormone-mimicking chemicals in the environment will also be investigated.


Applied Statistics 

A Thinker's Guide to Scientific Thinking and Statistics

Joshua Feinberrg 

Understanding statistics is a critical skill for the 21st century. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to inferential and descriptive statistics. Learn how researchers use statistics to test hypotheses and build theories. This course will help students both comprehend and conduct the basic statistical tests and techniques frequently used in social science research.


Life Outside of the Classroom 

Summer evenings are an opportunity to complete assignments and engage in on and off campus activities, including Broadway shows, baseball games, exercise classes, and so much more! We will also be offering optional afternoon activities to include museum trips, walking tours, and visits to science centers.