Four New Winter '17 Honors Seminars

See below for information on four new Honors Seminars JUST ADDED for Winter '17 quarter!  These courses are for students currently in the L&S Honors Program. Contact with any questions.

INT 84ZK: Introduction to Linear Programming: The Simplex Method
Professor Gustavo Ponce, Mathematics

Day:                Wednesdays
Time:              1:00-2:50 pm
Location:        PHELP 3519
Enrollment Code:      69161

Operation Research (OR) was developed early in World War II, as there was a need to allocate scare military operations in an efficient manner. After the war OR had a very rapid development, as linear programing, dynamic programing and inventory theory among others were developed at the end of the 1950's. Later, the computer revolution provided a great impulse to the growth of the OR.  Large amounts of computations often required in the complex problems typically analyzed by OR could be easily handled. An example of a problem which can be solved by using linear programing is the Transportation Problem: A company has stocks of goods allocated in k different storehouses. The goods have to be delivered to n different customers, each of which is requesting a certain quantity of goods. The transportation cost of one unit of the good from the storehouse i (for i=1 to k) to the customer j ( for j=1 to n) is known.  The aim is to design a transportation strategy which satisfies the customers demand and minimize the total transportation costs.

INT 184ZU: Principles and Applications of Terrestrial LiDAR
Professor Ed Keller, Earth Science
Day:                Wednesdays
Time:              5:00-6:50 pm
Location:        WEBB 1030
Enrollment Code:      69138

Students will be assisting with a project that aims to measure rates and patterns of coastal erosion using laser scanning technology called terrestrial LiDAR . Students will learn how perform Terrestrial LiDAR surveys of sea cliffs and beaches in Santa Barbara County, as well as learn how to process and perform measurements on the collected data. Types of measurements students will perform include: calculation of seacliffs retreat rate, determining patterns of erosion, investigating cliff stability, and determining volume loss/gain of beaches. Students will also be required to read several papers as well as write a report on their work that will be turned in at the end of the quarter. The proposed work is being done in conjunction with an ongoing research project within the Earth Science department and will be overseen by Professor Ed Keller and graduate student, Paul Alessio.

INT 184ZV: Addressing Social Problems with Psychological Science
Professor David Sherman, Psychological & Brain Sciences
Day:                Wednesdays

Time:              10:00-11:50 am
Location:        BUCHN 1934
Enrollment Code:      68932

Climate change. The spread of infectious disease. Achievement gaps. From the environment to health to education, there is no shortage of social problems for research to address. This seminar will discuss social psychological research that uses the scientific method to apply well-developed theorizing in real world settings to both understand and address societal issues.

INT 184ZW: Using Effective Communication Techniques in the Courtroom
Professor Daniel Linz, Communication

Day:                Wednesdays
Time:              4:00-5:50 pm
Location:        HSSB 2202
Enrollment Code:      68999

This course will require students to observe attorneys in the courtroom at trial in the Santa Barbara courthouse. The students may choose to focus on a number of topics relevant to effective communication. This may include making effective opening statements, visual presentation of evidence, inverting witnesses in the stand, and increasing jury persuasion. The course instructor will facilitate meetings and discussions with attorneys and the judge participating in the trial.  This course may be especially useful for students considering a career in the legal system.

News Date: 

Monday, November 14, 2016