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For further information about the Frontiers of Science course, please contact David Helfand, Chair, Department of Astronomy, at

For further information about publicly available digital media associated with the course, please contact Rebecca Miller, Executive Editor at Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures, at

Frontiers of Science: A Science Course for the Core Curriculum at Columbia University

Course Materials
The 2002–03 pilot course for the Science Core will be available online in a series of e-seminars. These include lecture video, images, animations, text, and links. Four of these e-seminars are now available: David Helfand's The Dark Side of the Universe, Darcy Kelley's How Your Brain Works--Or Not!, Don Melnick's Darwin, Mendel, and the Diversity of Life and, Horst Stormer's Small Wonders: The World of Nano-Science.

Check this space for future e-seminars in this series, or sign up in the box at left to be notified as materials are released.

Columbia University faculty and students may view materials from the fall 2003 undergraduate course here.

Materials from the Fall 2003 undergraduate course Frontiers of Science will be made available outside Columbia University in the coming year. In addition to e-seminars, these may include a casebook, detailing intellectual and pedagogical approaches to the scientific habits of mind with which we aspire to imbue our students, and the undergraduate course reader, which includes exercises, readings, questions, study guides, practice examinations, and portals to further exploration. These materials could, if we succeed, be influential in shaping the approaches of high schools and universities with similar goals.

Examples of the digital media being developed include the following:

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Streaming video excerpt from David Helfand's pilot lecture. (RealPlayer is needed to view the video.)

Animation of signal transduction in neurons, from Darcy Kelley's pilot lecture. (Flash is needed to view the animation.)

Materials for the classroom teaching of "Frontiers of Science" are being developed by the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning.

Materials for dissemination outside Columbia are being developed by Columbia University Digital Knowledge Ventures.