Marquee Courses in Science and Technology
Get involved in how science and technology provide solutions to global problems.

Use this knowledge to address your challenges as citizens, leaders, and decision-makers.

Marquee Courses are I-Series courses.

They fulfill General Education and lower level CORE science requirements.

 

The Marquee Courses in Science and Technology are no longer being offered as a distinct set of courses. During the period from 2007-2013 the Marquee Courses charted a path that led to the development of the General Education Program's I-Series courses. All Marquee courses were and are I-Series courses.


About the Marquee Courses in Science and Technology

The Marquee Courses addressed the national need for an appreciation and understanding of how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can provide solutions to present and future world challenges.

The courses were taught by faculty distinguished by their teaching and research expertise in the STEM fields. Courses addressed the most significant, current and challenging questions in the STEM areas, and were taught to provide all students with the information and skills to make informed decisions about science and technology that will be important in their professional and personal lives.

The Marquee faculty, along with Dr. Donna Hamilton, Associate Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Studies, met regularly as a teaching community to consider current topics in STEM fields and innovative teaching projects. 

The Marquee faculty members have been widely recognized for their teaching and research efforts.

The Marquee Faculty - 2013

  • Robert M. Briber, Professor and Chair
    Department of Materials Science & Engineering

    Dr. Briber with studentsDr. Briber is one of the initial members of the Marquee faculty. Dr. Briber has taught his Marquee course ENMA 150 - Materials of Civilization every fall since 2007. In the spring 2011 Marquee Lecture Series Dr. Briber presented the lecture Materials of Civilization: the Role of Materials in Our World. He is a 2012 University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar Teacher, and has over 90 peer-reviewed publications. He is the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Neutron Scattering at the University and an internationally recognized researcher in the field of materials science and polymer physics. He is a past President of the Neutron Scattering Society of America, a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a former editor of Journal of Polymer Science – Polymer Physics Edition. .

    More on Dr. Briber from the Department of Materials Science & Engineering

  • Thomas D. Cohen, Professor and Associate Chair
    Department of Physics

    Dr. Cohen joined the Marquee faculty in the fall of 2012. His course The Manhattan Project was first taught as an I-Series course and is now taught each fall as part of the Marquee Courses in Science and Technology.

    More on Dr. Cohen form the Department of Physics

  • William W. Dorland, Professor
    Department of Physics and Director, Honors College

    Dr. Dorland is one of the initial members of the Marquee faculty. In collaboration with Marquee faculty members J. Goodman, S. Rolston and D. Lathrop, Dr. Dorland developed the Marquee course: PHYS 105 – Physics for Decision-Maker: The Global Energy Crisis. This course has been taught every semester since 2007. He is a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar Teacher.

    More on Dr. Dorland from the Department of Physics

  • James Farquhar, Associate Professor
    Department of Geology

    Dr. Farquhar is one of the initial members of the Marquee faculty. In collaboration with Marquee faculty member A.J. Kaufmann, he developed the Marquee course: GEOL 124 – Evolution of Life and Environment on Planet Earth. This course is taught in the Fall Semester.

    More on Dr. Farquhar from the Department of Geology

  • Jordan A. Goodman, Professor
    Department of Physics

    Dr. Goodman is one of the initial members of the Marquee faculty. In collaboration with Marquee faculty members W. Dorland, S. Rolston, and D. Lathrop, he developed the Marquee course: PHYS 105 – Physics for Decision-Maker: The Global Energy Crisis. This course has been taught every semester since 2007. In Spring 2011 and Spring 2012 Marquee Lecture Series Dr. Goodman and his colleague Dr. Rolston presented the lecture The Future of Global Energy Climate. Dr. Goodman is a University of Maryland Distinguished Scholar Teacher and a recipient of the UMD President's Medal.

    More on Dr. Goodman from the Department of Physics

  • David J. Hawthorne, Associate Professor
    Department of Entomology

    Dr. Hawthonre at the hivesDr. Hawthorne is one of the initial members of the Marquee faculty. He taught the Marquee course BSCI 120 - Pollinators in Crisis each spring. In the Spring 2011 Marquee Lecture Series Dr. Hawthorne presented the lecture Pollinators in crisis: Agriculture’s Small Heroes Threatened.

    More on Dr. Hawthorne from the Department of Entomology

  • Robert D. Hudson, Professor
    Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science

    Dr. Hudson is one of the initial members of the Marquee faculty. He taught his Marquee course AOSC200 - Weather and Climate. In the Spring 2012 Marquee Lecture Series Dr. Hudson presented the lecture More Snow in Recent Winters… Global Warming, Fact or Fiction? Professor Hudson joined the faculty in 1990, serving as a Department Chair until 1998. For the twenty years prior to that he worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. He teaches AOSC 200/201 Weather and Climate. Between 1996 and 2004 he was the President of the International Ozone Commission. Previous research interests were in the derivation of ozone column density, ozone profiles, aerosol concentration, and sulfur dioxide in the troposphere and stratosphere from ultraviolet radiances observed from satellites. Recently he has shown that the total ozone field can be used to determine the positions of the Jet Streams. He has been able to use this approach to determine climate variability over the last 30 years.

    More on Dr. Hudson from the Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Science

  • Alan J. Kaufman, Professor
    Department of Geology

    Dr. Kaufman in his lab with studentsDr. Kaufman is one of the initial members of the Marquee faculty. In collaboration with Marquee faculty member J. Farquhar, he developed the Marquee course: GEOL 124 – Evolution of Life and Environment on Planet Earth. This course is taught each fall. In the Fall 2011 Marquee Lecture Series Dr. Kaufman presented the lecture The Evolution of Life and the Environment on Planet Earth.

    More on Dr. Kaufman from the Department of Geology

  • Daniel P. Lathrop, Professor and Associate Dean for Research
    Department of Physics, Director, Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics

    Dr. Lathrop, in collaboration with Marquee faculty members William Dorland, Jordan Goodman, and Steven Rolston, developed the Marquee course Physics for Decision-Makers: The Global Energy Crisis. This course has been taught every semester since 2007. In the Fall 2012 Marquee Lecture Series, Professor D. Lathrop presented the lecture Solar Storm Violence Coming This Year! Is the Earth Ready…?

    Dr. Lathrop is Professor of Physics and Geology, Marquee faculty member and Associate Dean for Research, College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. His research focuses on turbulent fluid flows, geomagnetism, and superfluid helium experiments. Professor Lathrop received a B.A. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991. He joined the University of Maryland in 1997, the year he received a Presidential Early Career Award from the NSF.
    More on Daniel P. Lathrop from the Department of Physics

  • Wesley G. Lawson, Professor
    Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

    Dr. Lawson is one of the initial members of the Marquee faculty and teaches the Marquee course ENEE 132 – Engineering and Modern Medicine in the spring semester.

    More on Dr. Lawson from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • Douglas Lipton, Associate Professor
    Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Program Leader for Sea Grant Extension

    Dr. Lipton is a member of the Marquee faculty and teaches the Marquee Course, AREC 200: The Chesapeake Bay: Intersection of Science Economics and Policy in the Spring semester. In the Fall 2011 Marquee Lecture Series Dr. Lipton presented the lecture Restoring the Chesapeake: Is it Worth it?

    Dr. Lipton is Program Leader for University of Maryland Sea Grant Extension, a marine economic specialist with the program and Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, University of Maryland College Park. He previously (1979-1988) worked as a fishery biologist and then industry economist for the National Marine Fisheries Service. He has a B.S. (Biology) from the State University of New York @ Stony Brook, M.S. (Marine Science) from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William & Mary, and a Ph.D. (Agricultural & Resource Economics) from the University of Maryland College Park. In addition to numerous research and extension publications, Dr. Lipton has served as chairman of the Chesapeake Bay Programs, Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee and currently serves on the Maryland Agriculture and Resource Based Industries Development Corporation, Maryland Oyster Advisory Commission, the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council Scientific & Statistical Committee and technical committees of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. Dr. Lipton’s extension and research activities have been featured in numerous media outlets such as the Washington Post and Baltimore Sun. He has appeared numerous times on news affiliates in Washington, DC, and twice on CNN national news reports, along with interviews on National Public Radio.

    More on Douglas Lipton from the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

  • Karen L. Prestegaard, Associate Professor
    Department of Geology

    Dr. Prestegaard joined the Marquee faculty in the fall of 2012.

    More on Dr. Prestegaard from the Department of Geology

  • Romel Del Rosario Gomez, Professor
    Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

    Dr. Gomez is one of the initial members of the Marquee faculty and teaches the Marquee course ENEE133 Engineering in Medicine: The Body as a Machine.

    More on Dr. Gomez from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • Steven L. Rolston, Professor & Associate Chair
    Department of Physics

    Dr. Rolston is one of the initial members of the Marquee faculty. In collaboration with Marquee faculty members W. Dorland, J. Goodman and D. Lathrop, he developed the Marquee course: PHYS 105 – Physics for Decision-Maker: The Global Energy Crisis. This course has been taught every semester since 2007. In Spring 2011 and Spring 2012 Marquee Lecture Series Dr. Rolston and his colleague Dr. Goodman presented the lecture The Future of Global Energy Climate.

    More on Dr. Rolston from the Department of Physics

  • Aravind Srinivasan, Professor
    Department of Computer Science

    Dr. Srinivasan is a Professor with the Department of Computer Science and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. He received his undergraduate degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, and his Ph.D. from Cornell University, both in Computer Science. He was a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at DIMACS. He has also worked in industrial research, at Bell Labs. Aravind Srinivasan's research interests are in randomized algorithms, networking, social networks, and combinatorial optimization, as well as in the growing confluence of algorithms, networks, and randomness in society, in fields including the social Web, public health, and energy. He has published 80+ papers in these areas, in journals including Nature, Journal of the ACM, IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, and the SIAM Journal on Computing. He is an editor of three journals, and has served on the program committees of various conferences. His papers have been (co-)recipients of the Best Paper/Best Student Paper Awards at ACM STOC 1992, HiPC 2007, IEEE Socialcom 2011, and the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2012. He received an IBM Graduate Fellowship during his doctoral studies, and is an IEEE Fellow.Dr. Srinivasan joined the Marquee faculty in the fall of 2012.

    More on Dr. Srnivasan from the Department of Computer Science

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