Honors Eccles Fellowship Combines Research and TeachingThree members of the Weber State University faculty have been named Honors Eccles Fellows for the 2010-2011 academic year, receiving more time to pursue their research interests, while also sharing that research with students in an honors course. David Ferro, associate computer science professor, and Eric Swedin, associate professor of information systems and technologies, will combine to teach “Colloquium: Science Fiction and the History of Science and Technology,” where they will examine current and historical writings of science fiction in the context of scientific and technological developments. In addition, performing arts professor Erik Stern will offer a class titled, “The Body of Religion,” which will explore the way different cultures move, how that movement defines a culture and what can be derived from movement. Judy Elsley, director of WSU’s honors program, is thrilled about the program’s possibilities. “We always get really exciting classes from the fellowship,” she said. “It’s offering something above and beyond what’s already available in the departments.” A committee, made up of Elsley and the previous year’s fellowship recipients, reviews applications at the beginning of each academic year. Fellows are chosen based on their proposed new and different ideas, interdisciplinary subject matter and the applicant’s ability to connect research for the class with their own research. The Honors program will host a reception recognizing current and past fellows on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. in Stewart Library 225.
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