Category: Instructor Profile (page 2 of 5)

Experience Organic Chemistry with Kristen Mascall this Summer

Kristen joined the Chemistry Department in August ’14 to begin her transition into the role of master teacher responsible for the undergraduate organic chemistry sequence. As a pre-health requirement, the organic chemistry lecture and labs reach near enrollment of 200 students each semester. The Summer School, which has been offering pre-health courses as the core of its offerings for forty plus years, offers an opportunity for students to complete this important requirement in an different format and as a primary focus.

kristingmascall-brandeis-organic-chemistry-summer-2015Kristen earned a PhD from Dartmouth college and specializes in the areas of chemical education, organic synthesis, and medicinal chemistry. Her journey to this point began at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Mathematics. Although her initial post graduate plans were to become a dentist, an interest in organic chemistry was sparked after taking an upper-level undergraduate course “Organic Synthesis and Mechanisms.” “I could not shake the desire to learn more about this fascinating subject” she says.

During her graduate tenure, her love for organic chemistry grew along with a new found interest in teaching. With the support of her graduate advisor, Dr. Peter Jacobi, she finished her doctoral work and went on to join the Postdoctoral Faculty Fellow Program at Boston University, where she received further training in teaching Organic chemistry. After two years at BU, She became a member of the team of talented Chemistry faculty here at Brandeis dedicated to quality teaching and research.

Teaching at Brandeis has been a wonderful experience for Kristen and she is looking forward to working with the summer students staring June 1st.

Summer 2015 Courses taught by Kristen Mascall are:
CHEM 25a – Organic Chemistry, Lectures | Session I
CHEM 25b – Organic Chemistry, Lectures | Session II
CHEM 29a – Organic Chemistry Laboratory I | Session I
CHEM 29b – Organic Chemistry Laboratory II | Session II


Picture Yourself in a Digital Photography class this summer with Scott Patrick Wiener

Summer is a great time to get your digital camera out and improve your photography skills, learning in a small group with an acclaimed professional. Professor Scott Patrick Wiener is offering an introductory course in digital photography at Brandeis this summer that fulfills the general University requirement in Creative Arts. Students will spend time discussing form and technique before shifting into conceptual content, the moment where the students photographic ‘voices’ become most pronounced and articulate.

“The photograph is a 2-dimensional surface that references the past as an object in the present.” – Scott Wiener

scott-wiener-brandeis-summer2015-faculty-digital-photographyScott earned his BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art, and went on to earn his Masters at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he developed a more critical position toward the medium of photography and fell in love with teaching while working as a TA for his mentor, Claire Pentecost. He has been teaching at Brandeis for 5 years.

When Scott is not teaching he enjoys staying active in the Boston art community, and is looking forward to participating in a show at the Institute of Contemporary Art this June. His work has been profiled and reviewed in The Boston Globe, Temporary Land Bridge, Hyperallergic, Big Red & Shiny, ARTnews, TimeOut Chicago, and Paper & Carriage. Some of Scott’s work can be seen on his website.


Grand Canyon, Arizona in Violet (circa 1985-86) *detail Year: 2014 Medium: Sunlight, Inkjet Transparency, Construction Paper Dimensions: 9” x 12”


Northeast United States in Forest Green (circa 1975) *detail Year: 2013 Dimensions: 9” x 12” Medium: Sunlight, Inkjet Transparency, Construction Paper







Don’t miss this terrific opportunity to learn more about photography as an art form while developing your skills. Enroll today!

FA 9a – Introduction to Digital Photography

Summer Session I: June 1 to July 3, 2015

This is an experiential learning course. This course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor.

This course is an introduction to the visual forms and concepts of the photographic image. A range of digital techniques are covered along with aspects of the history of photography. Students must provide their own digital camera. Field trips and image presentations also supplement the studio aspect of the course.


Italy in Blue (circa 1989) *detail Year: 2012 Dimensions: 9” x 24” Medium: Sunlight, Inkjet Transparency, Construction Paper


Reserve Your Spot in the Suzuki Theater Arts Course with Jesse Hinson this Summer

For the first time Brandeis is offering a course that awards Physical Education credit as well as academic credit in the area of Creative Arts. Jesse Hinson trains students in a special method called “Suzuki” which develops physical strength, stamina, and and agility of an actor while engaging imagination.

Jesse’s version of the Suzuki training technique infuses elements of modern dance training together with relaxed and natural movement, realistic character portrayal, and actor awareness techniques to encourage better improvisation.

Jesse-hinson-brandeis-theater-arts-lecturerJesse Hinson works as a professional actor and consultant in many local and regional theaters. He studied the Suzuki method of actor training here at Brandeis University, where he earned his MFA in acting and continues to teach as a Lecturer in the Brandeis Theater Arts Department. Jesse is a member of the Actors’ Equity Association and a recent inductee into the Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s resident acting company

More information about the course:

Summer Session I: June 1 to July 3, 2015

Counts as one activity course toward the physical education requirement. Undergraduates may repeat this course twice for credit, once with each instructor. Developed by the Japanese theater artist Tadashi Suzuki, the Suzuki method of acting training develops physical strength, stamina, and agility while engaging the imagination and will of the actor. Through a series of walks, statues, and marches, students are taught to breathe and move from the core of their bodies. This training allows students to act from physical impulse, resulting in a deep and personal experience of language and the world of play.

Enrollment is limited – early registration is highly recommended. No prior acting experience is required to take this course!

Rock your summer with Charles Stratford’s new “History of Rock” course

An exciting new course is being offered this summer for non music-majors with any level of experience in playing or studying music. Using analytical methods employed in understanding classical music, students will gain the opportunity to see rock music in a whole new light.

stratford-brandeis-summer-2015Charles Stratford is a PhD candidate in musicology who has been a teaching fellow at Brandeis for the past 2 years. His interest in rock music began at the early age of 4, inspired by music of The Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Jimi Hendrix, and Led Zeppelin. He is trained as a classical bassoonist and has played on PBS, national radio, and in Hollywood recording studios. He also played the bassoon and analog synthesizer in a rock band for two years. Most recently Stratford conducted his doctoral research in Vienna, Austria at the Arnold Schoenberg Center.

“One of the things I love about teaching popular music is the opportunity to deepen one’s understanding of music one might already be familiar with” he says.

See the full course description:

MUS 35a – History of Rock

Summer Session II: July 6 to August 7, 2015
This undergraduate survey course examines the historical context, stylistic development, and cultural significance of rock and roll from the early twentieth century to the present. Some questions shall be posed: what are the origins of this art form, and how did the styles, technology, and business strategies of early rock and roll artists like Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and others pave the way for more contemporary forms of popular music such as indie rock and electronic dance music? This course also addresses how instruments, technology, mainstream media, and popular culture affect how rock music is created, marketed, and celebrated worldwide. Designed as listening intensive, this course aims at developing listening skills and the ability to reflect on the music through weekly writing assignments, with the goal of being able to discuss and think about rock intelligently. While some musical knowledge is beneficial, this course is intended for non music-majors with any level of experience in playing or studying music.

We hope you’ll be tuned in this summer for this great new opportunity.

Brandeis Anthropologist Javier Urcid Joins the Summer 2015 Faculty

Anthropology is the scientific study of the human condition. In the Brandeis University department of Anthropology there are 4 concentrated areas of study: sociocultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, biological anthropology, and archaeology. Students benefit from the opportunity to engage in fieldwork and to develop original research projects.

Brandeis Associate Professor of Anthropology, Javier Urcid teaches archaeology and studies ancient complex societies in Mesoamerica: the origin and societal functions of early writing, meaning and material culture, and the social and ideological dimensions of mortuary practices.

In this year’s first summer session he’ll be teaching Human Osteology, a lab based course in which students apply forensic techniques to archaeological problems, and Human Origins, a seminar that explores human evolution, from the beginnings of the hominid clade to the inception of complex societies.


Prof. Urcid will spend the balance of his summer in Mexico continuing regional surveys over a large expanse of southwestern Mesoamerica, the modern Mexican states of Oaxaca, Puebla, and Veracruz, searching for monuments with hieroglyphic inscriptions.
ANTH 116a – Human Osteology

Summer Session I: June 1 to July 3, 2015
This experiential learning course counts toward the HSSP Major or Minor. The course focuses on the study of skeletal anatomy and the application of forensic techniques to archaeological problems. Hands-on laboratory sessions allow students to practice methods of estimating age at the time of death, determining sex, assessing skeletal variability, detecting instances of bone remodeling, and identifying cultural and natural modifications to bony tissue. Case studies are used to exemplify bioarchaeological approaches.

ANTH 5a – Human Origins

Summer Session I: June 1 to July 3, 2015
This course studies major evolutionary transformations of humanity from early hominins to anatomically modern Homo sapiens, and offers an introduction to the theoretical framework and the biological processes that explain these transformations. Casts of fossils and archaeological evidence serve to highlight the origins of bipedalism, of symbolic practices including language and art, and the shift from foraging to agricultural and pastoral economies.

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