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Introduction to Laboratory Research

This is an exciting time to work in biotechnology research. The Human Genome Project is generating fundamental genetic information at a breathtaking rate. Basic research findings are being applied to medicine, agriculture, and the environment; and a variety of new biotechnology products are moving into production. Behind each of these accomplishments lies extensive laboratory research. In this class, students will explore a variety of experimental techniques and evaluate their roles in modern biotechnology research.

Course Number: AS.020.120.77

Term: TBD

Dates: Not yet set

Instructor: Staff

Campus: Montgomery/Rockville Campus

Credits: 2

Days & Times:



MCC: College Writing Workshop

This workshop will cover the fundamentals of expository writing in order to prepare students for college-level assignments. This will not be a lecture course; rather, students will engage in writing and editing exercises that will allow them to accumulate hands-on practice in each of the writing skills discussed. Students will learn to develop argumentative thesis statements that align with strong topic sentences, incorporate quotes and evidence smoothly and with sophistication, and engage in a thorough outlining process that will eliminate "writer's block." We will work through a "Top Ten" editing checklist for final drafts (e.g., cut repetition), practicing each skill. Students will leave the workshop with a new understanding of the practical, step-by-step process that can be used to write any college-level expository essay--and to make writing a manageable, enjoyable experience!

Course Number: AS.360.190.78

Term: Non-Homewood 2-week, Term 3

Dates: July 20 - July 31

Instructor: Marina Ruben

Campus: Montgomery/Rockville Campus

Credits: 1

Days & Times:

M - 9:30 - 11:30 AM

T - 9:30 - 11:30 AM

W - 9:30 - 11:30 AM

R - 9:30 - 11:30 AM

F - 9:30 - 11:30 AM



MCC: Politics and Genre

This course will take place in Rockville, MD. When President Bush used the term "axis of evil" to describe enemies of the U.S., or when President Clinton famously said "I feel your pain" when confronted by AIDS activist Bob Rafsky, both men drew on the pathos and good-versus-evil moral categorization characteristic of melodrama. This class asks: What are the different genres of political speech and debate? Genres considered include melodrama, tragedy, and parody. We read political theoristsí accounts alongside fiction, film, and plays.

Course Number: AS.191.360.75

Term: Non-Homewood 5-week, Term 2

Dates: June 29 - July 31

Instructor: Katherine Goktepe

Campus: Montgomery/Rockville Campus

Credits: 3

Days & Times:

M - 12 - 2:30 PM

W - 12 - 2:30 PM

R - 12 - 2:30 PM



MCC: Rap as a Contemporary Poetic Form

This course will take place in Rockville, MD. In his essay "Disappearing Ink," Dana Gioia describes rap music as "the new oral poetry." As a course, Rap as a Contemporary Poetric Form will attempt to question Gioia's assertion. Initially, students will study traditional rhetoric, poetic sources and forms, including the Skeltonic, Free Verse, the Lyric, the Cento, and the Elegy. Students will critically examine a wide variety of authors including Lewis Carol, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsburg, Langston Hughes, Kevin Young, Dora Malech, Eminem, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and Nas. Creative assignments will include the composition of traditional poetic forms, spoken word poetry, and original rap or hip-hop lyrics.

Course Number: AS.220.164.75

Term: Non-Homewood 5-week, Term 2

Dates: June 29 - July 31

Instructor: John Grasser

Campus: Montgomery/Rockville Campus

Credits: 3

Days & Times:

M - 3 - 5:30 PM

W - 3 - 5:30 PM

R - 3 - 5:30 PM


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John D. Rockefeller V, Ph.D.

Dr. Rockefeller lectures for The Writing Seminars.

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Barbara Gruber, M.F.A.

Barbara Gruber teaches painting and drawing.

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