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  • The Center for Ethics Living & Learning Experience (CELLE) is an annual program co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics and the Office of Residential Services. Participants in the CELLE include 8 students (sophomore, juniors, and seniors only) selected annually from a pool of applicants, who live together in 2 suites in an on-campus residential facility. These students are mentored by one Faculty Scholar-Residence, also selected annually. Together, the Faculty Scholar-in-Residence and the CELLE students form a living-learning community based in the residence hall that explores issues raised by Center for Ethics programming.

The Living & Learning Experience program is not operating during the 2012-2014 academic years. Look for more information about future year programs here. Students interested in possibily participating in a revived CELLE during the 2014-2015 academic year should contact CFE Director Bruce Wightman.

 

  • Meet the 2010
  • Living & Learning Community
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      • Faculty Scholar in Residence: Holly Cate
        Hometown: Colorado Springs, Colorado
        Year: Professor (this is my fifth year at Muhlenberg)
        Major/Minor: my undergraduate degree is in English History and Literature; my graduate degree is an MFA in Acting
        Favorite class taken in college: undergrad, Shakespeare, taught by Marjorie Garber; grad school, Movement and Improvisation, taught by Annie Loui
        Best thing I’ve read in college so far: undergrad, Daniel Deronda by George Elliot; more recently, Among the Thugs by Bill Buford
        What I like to do: cook, watch sports, play games
        Favorite scientific principle, theory, idea or invention: the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, which very simply stated says that you can’t observe something without changing it
        Most pressing ethical question facing science today: the sequencing of the human genome – do we really want to know all the secrets our genes hold? Would you want to know you had a fatal disease that will kill you in ten years?
        Something many people don't know about me, but if they did, they'd understand me better: I’m fascinated by numerical systems; to me, integers have personalities.

       

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  • Name: Alyssa Balogh
    Hometown: Kintnersville, Pa
    Year: Junior (2012)
    Major/Minor: Biology
    Favorite class taken in college: Physiology with Meier
    Best thing I’ve read in college so far: Player Piano, FYS: science.culture
    What I like to do: Play/watch sports, read, cook
    Favorite scientific principle, theory, idea or invention: the CERN particle accelerator
    Most pressing ethical question facing science today:
    Something many people don't know about me, but if they did, they'd understand me better: I’m a small town girl who owns horses so I think differently than most people

 

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  • Name: Ann-Marie Cittadino
    Hometown: Tinton Falls, New Jersey
    Year: Junior
    Major/minor: Biology Major
    Favorite class taken in college: General Physiology with Dr. Meier
    Best thing I’ve read in college so far: "McClellan and Failure" by Dr. Bonekemper
    What I like to do: Playing softball, boxing, running, painting, and watching the NY Mets.
    Favorite scientific principle, theory, idea or invention: String Theory because it's exciting and different. Theorists must find new dimensions to prove the theory, however the it can't be disproved.
    Most pressing ethical question facing science today: How far is too far when it comes to the topic of genetic engineering? (Creating a perfect human?)
    Something many people don't know about me, but if they did, they'd understand me better: I'm a perfectionist and can't stand failure. I have to try my best 100% of the time.

 


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    Name: Cristina Gannon

    Hometown: Eagan, MN
    Year: Junior
    Major/minor: Currently Neuroscience, but switching to Psychology & Education with an Art minor
    Favorite class taken in college: Printmaking and Genetics
    Best thing I’ve read in college so far: Water for Elephants
    What I like to do: Hanging out with friends, piano, horseback riding, art
    Favorite scientific principle, theory, idea or invention: Theory of Relativity
    Most pressing ethical question facing science today: What is the right balance between the benefits of scientific advancements in genetic engineering and stem cell research vs. their potential risks?
    Something many people don't know about me, but if they did, they'd understand me better: I love confident, opinionated people that are still open-minded. Then having deep conversations with these people for hours pondering life

 

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  • Name: Anyka Jerome
    Hometown: Brooklyn
    Year: 2013
    Major/minor: Biology
    Favorite class taken in college: FYS: Diagnosing Healthcare in the United States with Dr Meier.
    What I like to do: Reading Fiction novels and finding out about unpopular bands or artists on Youtube.
    Favorite scientific principle, theory, idea or invention: Crystal Field Theory.
    Most pressing ethical question facing science today: Should Stem cell research be allowed? Is destroying pre-embryos ethical and acceptable?
    Something many people don't know about me, but if they did, they'd understand me better: I’ve been living in the States for almost four years now.

 

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  1. Name: Leah Kirby
    Hometown: River Vale, NJ
    Year: 2013
    • Major/Minor: Biochemistry with a minor in Spanish
    • Favorite class taken in college: General Chemistry II
    Best thing I’ve read in college so far: Why We Get Sick: The New Science of Darwinian Medicine by R.Nesse and G.Williams
    What I like to do: Be as colorful as possible
    Favorite scientific principle, theory, idea or invention: Evolution and Natural Selection
    Most pressing ethical question facing science today: Any topic that involves science, religion, gender and sexuality
    Something many people don't know about me, but if they did, they'd understand me better: I’m an outrageous, colorful, constantly laughing, non-conforming kid who just really loves science!

 

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  • Name: Monica Shin
    Hometown: Flushing, New York
    Year: 2012
    Major/minor: Psychology
    Favorite class taken in college: FYS: What is Normal?
    Best thing I’ve read in college so far: Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters by Courney E. Martin.
    What I like to do: What I love to do above all else is travel. I also enjoy reading on my spare time, singing, dancing, yoga, and hanging out with my hometown friends.
    Favorite scientific principle, theory, idea or invention: The Chaos Theory—a field of study focusing on the behavior of dynamical systems greatly sensitive to initial conditions.
    Most pressing ethical question facing science today: Genetic Engineering: should we have the right to experiment with the blueprint of life?
    Something many people don't know about me, but if they did, they'd understand me better: I tend to get very antsy if I have too much free time.

 

 

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  • Name: Steven Solano
    Hometown: Eastchester, NY
    Year: Sophomore
    Major/minor: Double Physics & Chemistry Major
    Favorite class taken in college: First Year Seminar: Ethics of Nuclear Energy
    Best thing I’ve read in college so far: “The Pillars of the Earth” by Ken Follett
    What I like to do: Just sit down with a nice glass of…whatever, and listen to some Korn.
    Favorite scientific principle, theory, idea or invention: “The Theory of Everything” – the theory that has yet to be found AND proved.
    Most pressing ethical question facing science today: The most obvious question of them all: why people are still debating whether or not scientists have ethical and moral responsibilities?
    Something many people don't know about me, but if they did, they'd understand me better: I’m always right…just kidding. But really…one thing that I even hate about myself, a contradiction – I love to learn, but I hate to read.


 

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  • • Name: Khadejah Whyte
    Hometown: Queens, New York
    Year: Sophomore
    Major/Minor: Undecided
    Favorite class I’ve taken in college: First Year Seminar: Diagnosing Health Care
    Best thing I’ve read in college so far: Along For The Ride by Sarah Dessen
    What I like to do: Reading Sarah Dessen’s novels, daydreaming, shopping, traveling, listen to music, dancing, and watching movies
    Favorite scientific theory, principle, theory or idea: Evolution is the core theme of biology
    Most pressing ethical question facing science today: Why do some people refuse to believe evolution?
    Something many people don’t know about me, but if they did, they’d understand me better: I am still a little kid at heart just trying to figure things out for myself.