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Jaffe approves JBS programs

Published: November 6, 2009
Section: Front Page

Dean of Arts and Sciences Adam Jaffe yesterday afternoon approved Eight of nine Justice Brandeis Semester (JBS) proposals sent to him on Oct. 22 after being approved by Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC)

A proposal focused on Chemistry was not approved by the UCC. The proposal was submitted to the JBS committee by Christine Thomas (CHEM) and Jeffery Agar (CHEM). Conflict Resolution and Ethics in the Real World submitted by Richard Gaskins (AMST) and Student Union President Andy Hogan ‘11was not approved by Jaffe. “Conflict Resolution will most likely be considered again as a possibility for the Fall of 2010. Chemistry is still under review to determine if we can figure out how to mount it successfully at some future date, as yet undetermined,” Jaffe wrote.

Hogan felt Jaffe’s decision was better for the program overall.

“It’s definitely going to be proposed for the fall of 2010. The faculty support it’s in need of will be able to support it completely and therefore it will run properly. I’m really fine with it, I think it can be offered better in the fall then it could have been in the summer,” Hogan said.

All eight programs will begin on June 1 and most will run through Aug. 1. The JBS “Web Services, Mobile Apps, and Cloud Computing” submitted by Professor Tim Hickey (COSI) will continue to run through the fall semester.

Professor Laura Goldin (AMST) who submitted “Environmental Health and Justice” a program focusing on immersion with in the community shared her excitement for the program, “I am absolutely thrilled [and] I’m really looking forward to working with the students and all the community partners to make a really rewarding experience for all,” said Goldin.

One of two student representatives on the JBS committee Sofya Bronshvayg ’11 expressed her views about the long-awaited approvals, ”I’m just excited it’s finally happening. I think conflict resolution will work out fine and be great in the fall,” Bronshvayg said.