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JP003j    Premed Academy Students will be paired with MaineGeneral-affiliated physicians in the Waterville area for intensive job shadowing and clinical observation. They will also develop and complete a project of benefit to the practice of the supervising physician and spend time reflecting on their experiences through group discussions centered on relevant readings. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Biology 163 and 164, or Chemistry 141 and 142, or 145; sophomore or higher standing; and significant interest in medicine as demonstrated through previous volunteer work or job shadowing. Application required. Upload résumé, unofficial academic record including courses in progress, and cover letter describing your learning goals and the relevance of the course to your professional plans in CareerLink. Noncredit. Berkner
JP006j    Furniture Making An introduction to the basic techniques and design skills that will enable students to create fine furniture. Hand- and power-tool techniques taught in a well-equipped shop at the Colby-Hume Center. $100 lab fee. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Contact Daniel Camann at djcamann@colby.edu Noncredit. Camann
JP007j    Blacksmithing An intensive introduction to the fundamental processes involved in forging and forming iron (steel), taught in a well-equipped shop at the Colby-Hume Center. Primary focus will be the development of the skills and understanding necessary to complete assigned exercises using fire, hammer, and anvil. Students will also work individually with the instructor to design and execute a final project. Materials fee: $100. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Prospective students should submit a brief essay outlining their interest in the course to the instructor, Steve Murdock, at scmurdock@uninets.net. Final selection will be by personal interview. Noncredit. Murdock
JP021j    Integrating Mindfulness into Work, Health, Play, Relationship Mindfulness is the study and practice of paying attention to what is happening right here, right now, before judgment, and responding to the situation from the place of balance and center rather than reacting from old patterns. We will study the history and neuroscience research of mindfulness with emphasis on techniques for everyday life. With lightheartedness we will study the mind/body connection. Our study and practice comes from the work of Nancy Hathaway, founder of the Center for Studying Mindfulness, and Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder and director of the Mindfulness Program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Nongraded. Previously offered as JP097 (2013). Noncredit. Hathaway
JP024j    Sheep to Shawl Visit a Maine sheep farm where you will skirt and wash a fleece and dye skeins of farm wool. Learn to spin and design yarn on a spindle and on a wheel. Thinking about your creative process, learn the characteristics of various fibers (wool breeds, silk, bamboo, cotton and sparkle) and design and create a fiber object using knitting, felting, crochet or other fiber technique. We will talk about the history of hand spinning in the context of the global textile industry. No previous experience is needed. Students will complete a portfolio and fiber object. Nongraded. Noncredit. Fowler
JP143j    Introduction to Entrepreneurship An introduction to the new venture development process, from initial idea through funding and market launch. Identification and evaluation of new venture opportunities, and the development of a comprehensive business plan and funding summary are key learning objectives. Topics also include a review of the new venture funding industry and how these funding sources evaluate, value, and select potential investments. Nongraded. Does not count toward the economics majors or minors. Previously listed as JP297B (Jan Plan 2015 and 2016). Prerequisite: Economics 133 recommended but not required. Two credit hours. Downs
JP153j    Meteorology Using text and real-time data, students discover how the basic principles of meteorology are used to understand weather systems and learn how to forecast weather patterns using these principles. A field trip allows those enrolled to interact with working meteorologists and discuss how forecasts are made for the public and private sectors. Students present their own meteorological research efforts, demonstrating their understanding of the principles and practices presented during Jan Plan. (Does not earn lab science credit.) Three credit hours. N. Epstein
JP197j    Resettling Refugees and Immigrants in Portland Held in Portland and Westbrook, Maine, where people from more than 80 different countries, speaking more than 55 languages, now live. Students will each live with a refugee or immigrant family, work in public school classrooms as a teacher's aide or at a community health facility, and encounter issues confronting immigrants from Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America. Students write two short reflective essays, keep a journal, meet regularly with the instructor, and attend arranged events. Learning goals include strengthening skills of written and oral reflection and active listening and questioning, increasing self-confidence and self-awareness, learning more about international cultures embedded in American culture, and gaining firsthand knowledge of public education and health issues. Fulfills Practicum requirement of the Education Department. Cost: $100 deposit. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Application, by October 3; deposit by October 15. Contact Professor Thaler at Jeffrey.Thaler@maine.edu for more information or to request an application. Three credit hours. Thaler
JP197Bj    Mental Health: Strength-Based and Person Centered Designed to build awareness and basic skills related to mental health that would benefit any student considering a career in social work, education, human services, mental health, or public safety. Taught from a strength-based approach, includes two national certifications as part of the course work. Students will become nationally certified in the evidence-based Mental Health First Aid curriculum as well as the Youth Mental Health First Aid curriculum. Specific topics include understanding the perspectives of family members and individuals with a diagnosis, and the role that lived experience can play in driving both service delivery and system change. Three credit hours. Mehnert
JP254j    Stress and the Human-Environment Interaction Explores the scientific evidence of psychological stress resulting from our interaction with the complex environment of modern Western society. Many aspects of our contemporary environment act as stressors and can lead to a wide spectrum of unhealthy stress-induced behaviors and conditions. These stressors can originate from a variety of sources ranging from the normal function of society (e.g., traffic noise, city lights) to the extremes of pollution disasters (e.g., oil spills). We will examine the epidemiological and neuroendocrine evidence of environmentally induced psychological stress. Previously listed as JP297C (Jan Plan 2015 and 2016). Three credit hours. Buccigrossi