Janet L. McCoy


AUBURN -- Seven Auburn University faculty have been recognized for their work in teaching a unique core class at that introduces students to the interplay between science and the humanities.

Those honored were Norman Doorenbos, pharmacal sciences; Clark Lundell, industrial design; Mark Graham, art; Carolyn Brown, English; Charlotte Ward, physics faculty; Robert Henkels, foreign languages and literatures; and Mark Price, art.

"We wanted to recognize the many faculty who have contributed and decided to begin this recognition in a formal way with faculty who finished their tenure in the 2000 academic year," said Jim Bradley, professor of biological sciences and director of the Human Odyssey Program. "Many faculty members have made equivalent contributions in the past, and we honor those as well."

Ten faculty -- five scientists and five humanities scholars -- teach five sections of the Human Odyssey Program. Each section has about 35 students.

The Human Odyssey Program is a science-humanities team-taught sequence of two semester courses focusing on interactions between science and the humanities throughout humankind's time on earth. It is the only interdisciplinary program for undergraduate students in the core.

Goals and objectives of the Human Odyssey program include the fostering of cross cultural tolerance and understanding, critical thinking, development of verbal and written communication skills and thinking across disciplines as well as providing a solid base of information about the history of Western Civilization.

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