Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Accounting for the Governor: The Politics of Budgeting

Accounting for the Governor: The Politics of Budgeting Victor Moore, Director of the Washington State Office of Financial Management, and Marty Brown, Legislative Director of the Governor’s Office, discuss the legislative and executive sides of what politics realistically looks like when making a budget. Guests in Assistant Professor of Political Science Caleb Henry's UCOR 2000 The West and the World course. May 27, 2009. [Audio] [Video]


John's John: The Tenor of Scripture in a Wesleyan Key, Part Two

John's John: The Tenor of Scripture in a Wesleyan Key, Part Two Paul T. Walls Professor of Scripture and Wesleyan Studies Rob Wall continues to explore John Wesley's theological appropriation of 1 John. The Paul T. Walls Lecture. April 10, 2009. [Audio] [Video]


Social Darwinism and Politics (POL 3550)

Social Darwinism and Politics Political Science Professor Reed Davis explores the impact of Darwinism and scientific materialism on such fields as criminal justice, medicine, economics, welfare and education during the past century. Topics include eugenics, the Scopes trial, biological defenses in criminal law and evolutionary theories of morality. Spring 2009.


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Humility

2009 SPU Baccalaureate Service Associate Professor of Christian Ministry Jeff Keuss offers four important reminders drawn from Job 23 on how heartbreak, work, brokenness and humility provide a vision for how to live out a deep and compelling vocation in the 21st century. June 12, 2009. (34:09)


Monday, June 8, 2009

Best Teaching Ideas 2009

Creative Presentations for Teachers SPU Assistant Professor of Education and Elementary Placement Coordinator Debby Espinor describes a project that requires her students to create creative presentations that illustrate their individual teaching philosophies. [Audio] [Video]

What Is Truth? SPU Associate Professor of Organizational Psychology Paul Yost outlines his use of a postmodern Cinderella story to examine the importance of varying perspectives in trying to get at truth. [Audio] [Video]

Teaching Grammar by Numbers Instructor of English Misty Anne Winzenried describes her method for teaching grammar to students. [Audio] [Video]

Market Simulation Associate Professor of Economics Doug Downing simulates the fluctuation in the stock market in a classroom where the buying and selling by students changes the value of their stocks. [Audio] [Video]

The Physics Interview Process Assistant Professor of Physics Hunter Close shares about how learning assistants studied how students think about something in physics. [Audio] [Video]

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Vertebrate Biology (BIO 3432)

Vertebrate Biology (BIO3432) Associate Professor of Biology Eric Long examines vertebrate life in an evolutionary context through the study of adaptations, comparative anatomy, paleontology, and natural history. Spring 2009.

What Does It Mean to Be Human: Psychology Assistant Professor of Psychology Bain Craft talks about the evolutionary model he uses to understand animal behavior and what determines animal and human choices. (3:22)

What Does It Mean to Be Human: Philosophy Associate Professor of Philosophy Patrick McDonald expresses that reason is an important part of human distinctiveness. (5:46)

What Does It Mean to Be Human: Scripture Professor of Christian Scriptures Rob Wall claims that the Bible is prepared to give a valuable part of the whole truth in a discussion on humanity as co-creators with God, but it cannot give an accurate scientific perspective. (9:30)

What Does It Mean to Be Human: Evolutionary Biology Associate Professor of Biology Cara Wall-Scheffler describes the need to identify which stage of development a specific fossil within the evolutionary process is in order to locate specific, survival enhancing traits. (4:13)

What Does It Mean to Be Human: Animal Behavioral Biology Associate Professor of Biology Janet Bester-Meredith draws connections between certain human behaviors and non-human animal behaviors. (11:15)

What Does It Mean to Be Human: Q and A SPU professors answer student questions about the role of humanity in a scientifically informed Christian worldview. (42:34)

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