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Flowing through Virginia from the mountains of the Blue Ridge to the salt marshes of the Chesapeake Bay, the James River tells a special story about the people, farms, towns, and cities that line its banks. To begin the story, you'll need to put on your wet boots and hop on a research vessel. Through a variety of lab experiments and outdoor field studies on and around the water, you will use probe ware and other field tools to conduct water quality and aquatic habitat research. Be an eco-innovator and see how innovative technologies are being used to maintain health and restore damaged river ecosystems. Please note that this course may include an overnight stay at a research facility.


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In order to solve crimes, it takes the efforts of many individuals. Experience different roles and examine how the teamwork of crime scene investigators, detectives and forensic scientists can exonerate the innocent and convict the guilty. Become a crime scene investigator and search a simulated crime scene to collect evidence using accurate search methods and authentic evidence collection procedures. Learn techniques used by forensic specialists in a lab setting. Obtain and examine latent prints, use serology, DNA and drug analysis to determine "who dunnit." Field trips and guest speakers will enhance this fascinating experience.


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Get the real scoop on nanobites and nanobots. Explore what's hot and what's really not nano in our world today. From the tiniest scale, learn how geckos climb and why mood rings really work. Find out how gold nanoparticles play a role in cancer medicine. Take a trip to a tissue engineering lab and watch how humans use biomimicry to recreate a silk worm's thread. Check out your skills as a nanotechnologist as you filter gold nanoparticles, build liquid crystal thermo sensors, and spin "nanofibers." Discover why nanoscience is the hot topic in today's science world.


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The fields of medicine and engineering are converging in a battle against the ravages of age, disease, and physical trauma. Join us as we explore concepts and techniques in biomechanics, biomedical engineering, and computer modeling.Become a biomedical engineer as you design, build, and test prosthetic devices using rapid prototyping technology. Come discover how new advances in tissue and body "replacement" may affect the quality of your life in the future.


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Imagine the year is 2030. You are part of a team preparing for the first manned expedition to Mars. Mars promises to be a rich destination for scientific discovery and human exploration. As a vital team member, you will receive rigorous training in advanced imaging and robotics to help you plot the course for your crew of astronauts. As geologists, your team will be using innovative techniques to analyze rock samples. Could the analysis reveal evidence of life beyond Earth? What will the first human settlement on the red planet look like? Engineers and biologists on your team will need to design habitats that can withstand the ravages of deep space. A mission in the Challenger Center simulator will test your training. Are you ready to take the next giant leap in space exploration?


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