HSem 3511H, Science Court: Strengthening Democracy Through Rational Discourse

Transcript Title: 
Applied Democracy
Ellad Tadmor and Lauren Clatch
Spring 2022
3 credits
Abroad Component: 
Writing Intensive: 
Liberal Education Themes: 
Civic Life & Ethics


Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00-5:15pm (location TBD)


Science Court is a mock trial system designed to promote democratic norms by investigating controversial societal issues, based on facts and sound scientific research, in front of a judge and jury of citizens. Students work together in three teams (Science, Legal and Media) to plan, research, execute, and report a SciCourt case. More information is available at scicourt.umn.edu!


Ellad B. Tadmor is a Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Minnesota. He uses computer simulations and theories that span multiple length and time scales to predict the behavior of materials and nano devices from their atomic structure. He has published 60 papers in this area and two graduate-level textbooks. Professor Tadmor is the Director of the Knowledgebase of Interatomic Models project, which is a web-based cyberinfrastructure tasked with developing standards and improving the reliability of atomistic simulations.


Lauren Clatch is a graduate assistant in the Department of Psychology.