2014 Virtual Learning Series Contemporary Issues in Society

The Resurgence of Russia: Richard Bidlack

Bidlack will discuss the rise of today’s Russia from the decline of the Soviet Union, its fragmentation into 15 republics and the devolution of authority within the Russian republic under Yeltsin to the remarkable reassertion of state power under Putin.

Healthcare Information Systems: Renee Pratt

Pratt will take viewers on the journey towards the electronic sharing of healthcare information and the successes and pitfalls along the way, exploring quality of care, patient safety and cost reduction methods from the perspectives of business, technology and medicine.

Genetic Engineering: Nadia Ayoub

Humans have manipulated genes for thousands of years to make better crops and domesticate animals. But in the last century, the ability to transfer genes from one organism to another--genetic engineering--has dramatically changed our understanding of biology and our lives. Ayoub will explain the nuts and bolts of genetic engineering, give a small sampling of its applications, and note the ethical considerations that they raise.

Digital Media and Society: Claudette Artwick

Facebook, YouTube, and iPhones are popular, if not essential, elements of college students' busy lives. Born in the digital age, students have grown up with profound and rapidly-changing media and communication technologies, apparently taking them for granted. Artwick will look at digital media and the relationship between technology and social change.