The SLC is hosting several Michigan Math and Science Scholars (MMSS) courses throughout the summer term. Check out the interesting courses for high school students being taught at the SLC Main Branch and in the SLC Satellite Location.

Dissecting Life: Human Anatomy and Physiology, taught by Glenn Fox, will lead students through the complexities and wonder of the human body. Lecture sessions will cover human anatomy and physiology in detail. Students will gain an understanding of biology, biochemistry, histology, and use these as a foundation to study human form and function.

Explorations of a Field Biologist will be taught by Sheila Schueller.  Students will learn about many different kinds of living organisms in and how they interact with their physical environment and with other organisms. Understanding this mass of interactions and how humans are affecting them is a mind-boggling endeavor. In this course, students will get out of the lab and classroom and into the field to explore grasslands, forests, and wetlands of southeastern Michigan.

Human Identification:Forensic Anthropology Methods is taught by Kathleen Alsup. Forensic anthropology methods are used to aid in human identification with skeletal remains. Applications of forensic anthropology lie in the criminal justice system and mass disaster response. This course will address questions such as: What are important differences between male and female skeletons? Utilizing skeletal remains, how would you tell the difference between a 20-year old and an 80-year old? How do you distinguish between blunt force and sharp force trauma on the skull? In this hands-on, laboratory-based course, students will be become familiar with human osteology (the study of bones] and bone biology.

Organic Chemistry 101: Orgo Boot Camp will be taught by Kathleen Nolta. This course will introduce students to the techniques and concepts taught in the first term of organic chemistry at the University of Michigan. The emphasis will be on exploring concepts through problem solving (there will be lots of practice problems to do!), and the students will even have an opportunity to take examinations given to college students. This mini-course will introduce students to principles of nomenclature, as well as the structural organization of molecules including connectivity, stereochemistry, and conformational chemistry. Students will also explore the complexity of curved arrow mechanisms for proton chemistry, substitution reactions, and electrophilic additions.