How artists use their art to express technologys impact on society and individuals.

  
For your final essay for the class, you should consider the following. 
To begin the Mod, think about how you defined Technology and Art….think about how you saw the intersection of art and technology…what was your perspective then? What is it now? 
Essay part 1: Now that our course is winding down, I would like you to reflect on your original perspectives and redefine art and technology in your view – essentially, describe how you see these themes of art and technology with your new perspective. How do you view technology now? How do you view art now? How do you see the intersection between the two? How has your view shifted or evolved during the semester? Were there any “ah-ha moments” during the semester that really brought the intersection of art and technology home for you? 
Essay part 2: Next, locate two different examples of art – this can be ANY types of art – that represent for you the two “lenses” that we have been exploring. Find one piece of art for each lens: 1) how technology is empowering artists to express themselves in new and progressive ways and 2) how artists use their art to express technology’s impact on society and individuals. Then, analyze the two pieces in light of their relationship to the different lenses and expand on how you see the pieces being reflective of the work we have looked at during the course. 
NOTES: 
1) Be sure to include the images of art and/or a link to them in your final submission!
2) Your essay should be at least 2-3 pages (750 words +/-)
3) You should be sure to proofread for proper spelling, punctuation and grammar! 

Should Gene Editing be Performed on Human Embryos?

Gene editing and manipulation is a newer, but rapidly growing field. We have the ability to change, add or delete genes in human embryos, adults and plants alike. We are going to explore both of these topics for this forum.

The Objective:
Understand the methods and impacts of gene editing on humans and plants

With respect to gene editing in human embryos, most research is focused on fixing or removing harmful mutations that may cause diseases, but there are some fears of creating designer babies. In addition, we can edit the genes in adults, if we use a targeted approach. Read the articles below, and then respond to the prompt.

Pro and Con: Should Gene Editing be Performed on Human Embryos? Pro by Harris (2016) and Con by Darnovsky (2016).
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/08/human-gene-editing-pro-con-opinions/

The relationship of air to microbial growth.

Write a one page summary of the following learning objectives:
Understand:

the relationship of air to microbial growth
vacuum packaging and OTR and their effects on microbial growth
MAP (N2, CO, CO2) and its effects on microbial growth
the antimicrobial relationship of CO2 vs H2CO3 based on food pH
the three main refrigerated MAP, CAP, VP pathogens

The effects of reduced temperature on microbial growth.

Write a one to two page summary of the following learning objectives:
Understand:

the effects of reduced temperature on microbial growth
the typical reservoir for psychrotrophs
the relationship of cell membranes to psychrotrophy
the relationship of refrigeration temperatures to shelf life (e.g. milk)
refrigerated meat sliming
psychrotrophic pathogens
time to toxin formation of Clostridium botulinum in refrigerated reduced oxygen packaged foods
the potential for consumer food storage temperature abuse
the effects of freezing on microbial growth (including parasites)

Intelligent Design.

Topic: Intelligent Design

You and your classmates are ordinary citizens interested in science education. You have been assembled into an advisory group. The Virginia State Education Commission is drafting a policy that will affect all school boards in the state. You are being protected in a secluded hotel from ACLU lawyers and right-wing demonstration groups. Here is your question: is intelligent design theory scientific? The Virginia State Education Commission is paying you thousands of dollars for a simple yes or no answer to this question. Such an answer may be unrealistic, but court battles will follow. You need to get as close to a yes or no answer as possible.

As a group, you have 3 reference sources:Your textbook’s 2 chapters on origins and the scientific methodThe course presentation entitled “Origins, ID, and the Public School Classroom”Two expensive expert witnesses: Michael Behe, a Lehigh University biochemist, and Eugenia Scott of the National Center for Science Education (your two expert witnesses come to you from presentations in the Reading & Study folder of this module/week)

For your thread:

As panelists, first do your homework, then make a decision: based on how the scientific method works, is intelligent design theory scientific? Can you use it to do science?

The title must begin with the word “yes” or “no.” Using 3 concise, numbered sentences, argue your answer.