Here are the seminar options being offered for this coming spring semester. They are open to any SEBS Honors student (freshmen & sophomores) in General Honors or Honors College:

Wednesday, 10:55 - 1:55
11:554:196 (fresh) or 296 (soph)

"About That Question"

Jason Grabosky, Professor
Ecology & Evolution
Director of the SEBS Honors Program

This seminar will consider how to ask questions and organize ways to develop answers. We will discuss different types of research, the role of the Land-Grant University (we are one), the process of collaboration and different lines of reasoning when developing research questions. To demonstrate those points in an entertaining way, there will be several guest speakers. They will give a short presentation, and then there will be a scripted interview before opening the floor to your questions about their questions. We'll talk about inventing things and have guests talk about how they asked the questions and developed answers. Guests range from a forensic engineer/multi-patent inventor to a State Assistant Attorney General among other contributors coming in for a chat. See Honors Office, Loree Bldg., Rm. 040, Janice for a special permission number (

Friday, 10:55 - 1:55

"Global Equine Industry"

Sarah Ralston, Professor
Animal Science

We will explore international differences in equine management and regulations and exotic breeds. After two introductory lectures on use of the internet to obtain good information and some of the perceived international issues, students will choose a country, internationally important breed (i.e.: American Quarter Horse/Thoroughbred/Arabian/Standardbred) or equine discipline (Any represented in the Olympics) to prepare an oral presentation to give during a class meeting. The professor would meet with the student one on one at least once before their oral presentation to help with its organization. There would be a final paper on either the unique aspects of the equine industry in the country of choice (i.e. Iceland and its famous ponies, Australia with its huge racing industry, but also their wild horse management which differs from ours) or differences in management (especially regulation) of a given breed/discipline in different countries. The papers would be submitted in DRAFT form at least three weeks before final due date to be critiqued and returned for modification. The professor will give guidance on finding pertinent information and also put the students in contact with equine experts in their choice of country/breed /discipline. Students would be graded on the basis of their oral presentation and the final paper. See Honors Office, Loree Bldg., Rm. 040, Janice for a special permission number (

Wednesday, 10:55 - 1:55

"Mapping and Making Healthier Communities"

David Tulloch, Professor
Landscape Architecture

Research is showing increasingly that our built environment shapes our health. One of the ways that we know this is through the sophisticated use of mapping technologies to show previously unseen patterns across our communities. This seminar will combine hands-on computer exercises using geospatial technologies with lessons about planning and design tools for improving community health. See Landscape Architecture, Prof. Tulloch (Blake Hall, Rm. 227) for a special permission number (

Monday, 2:15 - 5:15

"Building and Using Sensors"

A. J. Both, Associate Extension Spec.
BioEnvironmental Engineering Prog.

Subtitle: Designing and Building an Environmental Sensing Platform that can Fly on a Drone

BioEnvironmental Engineers work in diverse environments and use a variety of sensing systems to investigate important environmental parameters. The resulting data require processing and quality control and enable us to better understand any changes that may occur and that are often due to anthropogenic processes. The value of engineering solutions is often greatly enhanced by applying appropriate data collection and analysis methods. In this course, we will use Raspberry Pi computers to develop sensing systems that can operate autonomously based on pre-programmed software instructions. Students will receive a set of hardware components and will be tasked to design and construct their own sensing system. They will be developing their own software programs. They are challenged to work with minimal traditional instruction to complete their projects. The ultimate goal is to fly their sensing systems on a drone allowing for aerial data collection. See Honors Office, Loree Bldg., Rm. 040, Janice for a special permission number (